Saturday, December 15, 2018

USPS Seeks 'Most Valuable Players'

Do you know a craft employee who is enthusiastic and is involved and committed to exceptional service towards co-workers and customers?

The U.S. Postal Service wants to recognize bargaining unit employees who demonstrate positivity and who go above and beyond the call of duty for their work and their colleagues.

These individuals will be honored through the Employee Engagement Most Valuable Player (EMVP) Program that helps the Postal Service engage and empower employees.

Each EMVP honoree will receive a lanyard,  a pin and a Certificate of Appreciation.

Only bargaining unit employees can nominate other bargaining unit employees for the program. Nominations are being accepted through January 13. Honorees will be announced in early 2019.

The nomination process is easy! Visit or go to Lite Blue and look under “Employee Engagement.”

'What Safety Means to Me!'

Friday, December 14, 2018

Holiday Blues? EAP Can Help You

For most people, the holiday season is a fun time of the year filled with parties, celebrations, and social gatherings with family and friends.

But for some people, it is a time filled with sadness, self-reflection, loneliness, and anxiety.

You may know of a postal employee who is recovering from a lengthy illness, grieving a family member, or missing a military spouse. Or maybe an employee who has unrealistic expectations, financial pressures, and too many commitments --- all stress factors that may escalate this time of year. Poorly-managed holiday stress can lead to headaches, excessive drinking, overeating, and insomnia.

Setting realistic goals and expectations, reaching out to friends, sharing tasks with family members, finding inexpensive ways to enjoy your time, and helping others are all ways to help beat holiday stress. 

Individuals who may need a little extra emotional support to get through the holidays are encouraged to contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This resource is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just call 800-EAP-4-YOU (800-327-4968) or visit For deaf and/or hard-of-hearing employees, TTY assistance is available at 877-492-7341. 

Miami GMF SSA Achieves Gold Star

Miami General Mail Facility (GMF) Finance Unit Supervisor, Customer Services Alex Fonseca (right) recognized Sales and Services Associate Wang Shu Lee (left) who achieved a perfect score on a Retail Customer Experience (RCE) transaction.
Photo: Miami Customer Relations Coordinator Mirtha Uriarte


'What Safety Means to Me!'

Making A Difference Through the CFC

Every dollar can make a difference when you make a pledge to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), currently underway in the South Florida District.

This year's theme is "Show Some Love, " and it's the second year that the CFC is encouraging online donations to your favorite charities. For more information, visit
As part of the fabric of every American community, the U.S. Postal Service demonstrates good corporate citizenship each and every day. Its collective commitment to the CFC is a prime example. There are more than 4,000 approved charities eligible to receive your donation --- organizations that provide human services, health care, medical research, disaster relief, housing, youth development, and much more.

The CFC is the largest and most successful workplace charitable giving drive in the world. The CFC is the only authorized charitable organization solicitation of federal employees in their workplace.

Your gift will help shape the lives of thousands of people in our communities, across the country, and around the world. For example:

Pledging $1 a week ($52 a year) can buy …
· 12 elementary school students with trained volunteer tutors to help with reading and math.
· 10 children with bilingual beginning-to-read books to build early literacy skills.
· Three 30-minute appointments for health assessment and counseling for individuals facing physical, developmental or mental health challenges.
· One acre of unprotected tropical rainforest which assures protection of the natural areas vital to our climate and diverse species.
Pledging $5 a week ($260 a year) can buy …
·  Two months of meals for a homebound person.
·  Five wigs for children with cancer undergoing chemotherapy.
·  Two nights of shelter for a troubled or neglected youth.
·  After school care (food, health, recreation, and homework help) for one child for a year.
·  Temporary shelter for a family of four for three nights following a disaster.
Pledging $10 a week ($520 a year) can buy …
·  Two days of care for a terminally-ill individual.
·  Baby formula for 52 low-income infants (one each week).
·  A full year of scouting for two girls.
·  One month of preschool for a child at risk of falling through the cracks.
·  Lightweight wheelchair for a person who is physically challenged. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Terminally Ill Boy Seeks Cards

Vinton, LA, Rural Carrier Lisa Langley delivers mail and packages to Drake Quibodeaux this week.

A Louisiana boy who has terminal cancer wants to receive greeting cards for Christmas — and people from around the world are responding to his request.

Drake Quibodeaux, 8, was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma in March.

A family friend suggested filling Drake’s mailbox with cards would lift his spirits, so his mom went on Facebook and posted a request that went viral.

Although Drake requested 190 cards, he has received more than 8,000 pieces of mail and several packages, according to Vinton, LA, Postmaster Trish Chenevert, whose office serves the route where the Quibodeaux family lives.

“Every day, people are contacting him. It’s such a wonderful outpouring of love and compassion,” Chenevert said.

Lisa Langley, a rural carrier who delivers to Drake’s home, appeared with him during a report on a local NBC station this week to talk about the response to his request.

“This is the most mail I have ever delivered,” Langley said.

News organizations have published the address for those who wish to send cards to Drake: 2412 Hwy 388, Vinton, LA 70668.