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CFC invites Team 5-0 to be a change maker

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Preparations are underway for the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

According to the U.S. Office of Personal Management's website, www.opm.gov, "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."

This year's CFC theme is "Be a change maker." It's a transition from the 2014 theme which was "what is my story?"

"It piggy-backs off of last year's theme," said Capt. Chi Nguyen-Johnson, 21st Medical Squadron Support Flight commander and CFC project officer. "Now that we know where we are because of the story from last year, how are we going to make a difference?"

This year, Schriever will hold a kick-off for the 2015 CFC 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Oct. 2 at the base fitness center. The kick-off will feature opening remarks from Col. DeAnna Burt, 50th Space Wing commander, as well as more than 45 organizations that will be providing information about their cause as well as giving out free giveaways and door prizes to attendees. .

In addition, a drawing will take place during the fair to raffle off one reserved parking spot at the front of the North Restricted Area portal to four winners (one week each during the month of January). Donations for $2 per ticket or $5 for 3 tickets will be accepted and donated directly to the CFC general fund. Participants must be present at the kick-off to enter.

"It's a way for charities to come together and be able to solicit for their organizations for the military all at once," said Master Sgt. Jamie Walker, 50th Operations Support Squadron Operations Support Flight chief and CFC project officer. "You can donate to any charity through one venue."

The active solicitation dates for CFC will be Oct. 2 - Nov. 23. The follow-up portion will run through Dec. 15, during which the campaign will not be actively soliciting, but still accepting donations.

In November, there will be another vendor fair. Some of the same charities will be present from the first fair as well as new ones that haven't yet been introduced.

"By then, if members haven't been able to contribute yet, they can still come out to that event to see what's available," said Nguyen-Johnson.

Walker shared there will also be a final celebration toward the end of the campaign which will be announced at a later date.

"There are so many charities that help military members, children, less fortunate people, people with diseases, finding cures for cancer, diabetes any many other kinds of charities out there," said Walker. "By donating, you can be a change maker."

As a reminder, during the CFC no other fundraising is allowed. The wing commander will determine when fundraising may resume.

For more information regarding the CFC, contact Capt. Chi Nguyen-Johnson at 719-567-4423 or Master Sgt. Jamie Walker 719-567-7422.
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