SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- --
Schriever kicked off the 2018 Combined Federal Campaign with training opportunity in the event center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Oct. 3.
The CFC is the world’s largest annual workplace charity campaign, with Schriever AFB being one of 200 campaign drives held throughout the country. Donations are collected for more than 8,000 charities nationwide, each charity approved and verified for authenticity.
“This is an important campaign - there are a lot of organizations that need our help so they can help others,” said Staff Sgt. Brandon Council, contract administrator with the 50th Contracting Squadron and alternate installation project officer.
The event featured informational booths from organizations such as the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado and the Springs Rescue Mission, whose members shared their mission, as well as a general briefing by Barbara Barfield, CFC zone manager, on the CFC rules and regulations for the attendees who will be CFC leads in their squadrons.
“This event was very informative for me,” said Senior Airman Tammy Nguyen, mobile training technician with the 4th Space Operations Squadron and CFC lead. “I plan on educating my squadron about the local charities and how we can impact them through either a donation or with volunteer hours.”
According to the U.S. Office of Personal Management’s website, “the mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.”
Master Sgt. Kenneth Dallies, special mission systems flight chief with the 50th Space Communications Squadron and installation project officer, highlighted this year’s campaign goals.
“We want 100 percent contact, 100 percent awareness,” Dallies said. “We want to make sure everyone gets to talk face-to-face with a key representative, not just an impersonal email. That way you can share your stories with them and make for a bigger impact.”
The campaign season runs now until Dec. 15, with the official solicitation period running until Jan. 11, 2019. A mid-campaign CFC Charity Fair in the fitness center, featuring more charity representatives and information booths, is scheduled for Nov. 14.
Anyone may donate to the campaign. Donations can be made by filling out a pledge form on paper and online. Additionally, one may request automatic payroll deduction online on mountainstatescfc.org
Donators can choose the charity or charities they wish to donate to through the website. The OPM’s online donation system has been updated with the consolidated amount of participating organizations for convenience.
As an added incentive, Schriever AFB will have a Geocaching campaign Oct. 17 through Nov. 14, in which GPS coordinates will be broadcast via the Schriever AFB Facebook page each business day. The first person to follow the coordinates will find a CFC related prize and will be entered to win a grand prize the CFC Charity Fair Nov. 14th. All others who come after can sign a logbook and be entered as well.
Dallies said one can also donate through volunteer work with the various CFC organizations.
“Your help is always welcome,” he said. “By volunteering your time, it shows your dedication.”
Council said the CFC is a chance for Schriever Airmen to strengthen bonds and give back to the communities which support them.
“This shows all of us at Schriever AFB cares for all they do,” he said. “Keep an open mind, there’s a lot of organizations you can help out not just through donating money but getting out there volunteering.”
To learn more about the CFC and to make a donation, go to mountainstatescfc.org