The Postal Service is reminding employees who are interested in supporting their communities to ensure that any activity they propose follows the community service activities policy.
The policy, also known as CSAP, addresses the use of Postal Service money, property or time for a community event, project or cause.
Under CSAP rules:
• Employee participation must be voluntary.
• The proposed activity must fit within one of six categories: disaster aid, hunger relief, education/literacy, the environment, wellness, and child welfare.
• Donations — monetary or otherwise — may not be solicited from the public.
• The activity must have existed in the community prior to postal involvement and cannot have been created solely by the USPS employees who are seeking to take part.
• The activity must not be political or religious, nor should it be sponsored by a political or religious organization.
• The activity should reflect favorably on the Postal Service and its brand and should not involve the organization in controversy.
Before the activity can take place, employees must submit PS Form 3337-A, Community Service Activity Participation Request, to their district manager or division director for approval. Headquarters employees should submit the form to their PCES manager.
Not all community service events fall under CSAP. Exceptions include Combined Federal Campaign activities, Stamp Out Hunger food drives and blood drives.
Employees who have questions should email the ethics helpline or call 202-268-6346.