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For Just 10 Cents a Workday
By Brian J. Wagner
Past NAPS President
You may have seen television or heard radio commercials asking for donations that lead with a message: “For just $5 a week …” or “For just $11 a month, please support …” Yes, there are many worthy causes that help make a difference in one’s life.
Did you know that, for just 10 cents a workday, you can make a difference in the lives of your fellow NAPS members and yourself? Here’s the scoop!
In 1978, the NAPS Executive Board established the Supervisors’ Political Action Committee (SPAC) as the legislative fundraising arm of our organization. Since then, SPAC has raised millions of dollars to aid political candidates who support NAPS’ legislative priorities.
Only NAPS active, associate and auxiliary members are eligible to contribute to SPAC. Members may give online, through USPS payroll deduction or OPM retirement allotment or by mailing a check or money order to NAPS Headquarters. All the ways to donate to SPAC are listed in most issues of The Postal Supervisor and on the NAPS website at www.naps.org.
Now, for just 10 cents a workday, 50 cents a week or $1 per postal pay period, I encourage active NAPS members to support SPAC. The easiest way is a contribution via USPS payroll deduction. Currently, there are approximately 25,608 active NAPS members.
If each member contributed just 10 cents a workday or $1 per postal pay period to SPAC, NAPS Headquarters would consistently receive about $25,608 every two weeks, a little more than $51,000 per month or about $615,000 annually in SPAC contributions. On average, annual SPAC contributions are just under $300,000. Imagine if all active members contributed just 10 cents a workday to SPAC, it literally would double our SPAC war chest in just one year!
Now imagine how much more in SPAC contributions could be generated if each of our current 1,456 associate members contributed at least $2 a month—basically 50 cents a week—to SPAC via their OPM retirement allotment. NAPS Headquarters would receive an estimated $2,900 a month in SPAC contributions—$35,000 annually—from our associate members.
Let’s not forget the hundreds on hundreds of NAPS members who already are contributing well over 10 cents a workday to support SPAC. Such generous contributions result in many members achieving a specific annual SPAC donor level and being recognized with a special SPAC pin. Many members are using payroll deduction or their OPM retiree allotment to become “Drive for 5” SPAC contributors and be recognized with a SPAC pin.
If you have the desire to contribute more than the suggested 10 cents a workday to SPAC, feel free to do so. Whether you are a regular SPAC contributor or soon to be a first-time regular contributor or a one-time contributor, NAPS appreciates any and all SPAC contributions. When NAPS members come together to support SPAC, it advances NAPS’ legislative agenda on Capitol Hill and in our congressional districts.
Ask yourself: Can I spare a dollar, four quarters, 10 dimes, 20 nickels or 100 pennies every two weeks from my paycheck or OPM pension to contribute to this worthy legislative cause known as SPAC? I hope every member answers “yes.” I did!
Today’s takeaway: Whether it’s 10 cents a workday or more, whatever works best for you, just know you can make all the difference in achieving NAPS’ legislative agenda when contributing to SPAC. More importantly, your SPAC contribution is a worthy legislative cause that makes a difference in the livelihoods and welfare of all NAPS members and their families, including yours.
Speaking of family, best wishes to my NAPS family for a happy holiday season and prosperous New Year! As you enjoy the holiday season, also enjoy my ice-cream-flavor-of-the-month recommendation: peppermint cookies & cream. Be safe and eat more ice cream.