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CFC kicks off

A 50th Contracting Squadron member scores a goal in a knockerball game against the 8th Space Warning Squadron, Detachment 1 during the 2016 Combined Federal Campaign kick-off event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. The event gave members an opportunity to have fun and learn about some of the charitable organizations they may donate to during the campaign.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

A 50th Contracting Squadron member scores a goal in a knockerball game against the 8th Space Warning Squadron, Detachment 1 during the 2016 Combined Federal Campaign kick-off event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. The event gave members an opportunity to have fun and learn about some of the charitable organizations they may donate to during the campaign. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Chief Master Sgt. John Bentivegna, 50th Space Wing command chief, gathers information packets while an organization representative speaks with other Airmen during the 2016 Combined Federal Campaign kick-off event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Forty organizations provided information to Team Schriever members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Chief Master Sgt. John Bentivegna, 50th Space Wing command chief, gathers information packets while an organization representative speaks with other Airmen during the 2016 Combined Federal Campaign kick-off event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Forty organizations provided information to Team Schriever members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

In an effort to introduce members to some of the 2016 Combined Federal Campaign organizations, Team Schriever kicked off the CFC at the fitness center gym and indoor running track here Tuesday.

“Today is the official start of CFC at Schriever,” said 2nd Lt. Scott Bean, 22nd Space Operations Squadron and installation project officer.

The kick-off event featured the traditional information booths set up in the gym, with 40 organizations on hand for the event.

“I used to just look at the magazine to decide who to donate to,” said Senior Airman Elisabeth Berwick, 50th Force Support Squadron. “It was awesome talking to all the different agencies. I know who to donate to now because some of them really hit close to home.”

“It helps to see a face for the organization,” added Senior Airman Shannon Anderson, 50 FSS.

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 “Choose your cause.”

“A lot of people think of a charity as one (organization),” Bean said. “The CFC represents a myriad of charities. They represent so many niches and causes that everyone can find something to donate to.

“Find something that speaks to you (and) you think is worthy of supporting,” he continued. “You can designate exactly where you want your money to go so you know your money is supporting your cause.”

The CFC active solicitation period runs through Nov. 15. A follow-up portion, where members can still donate but there will be no active solicitation, will be open until Dec. 15.

Bean said one of the major changes to this year’s campaign is there is a limited catalogue containing charity information. Members can visit www.rockymountaincfc.org to see a full list of participating organizations.

“The website is the same as the hard copy magazine,” Bean said.

Donations can be made in one of three ways; the traditional long-form and CFC nexus website, which will both require assistance from unit representatives to complete, or members may request an automatic deduction through MyPay.

“The unit reps have limited paper copies,” Bean said. “Using MyPay eliminates some of the pressure (on members) because they can choose their organization and amount on their own.”

Those wishing to use the MyPay option should choose their charity(ies) through the website first as each organization has an alpha-numeric code that needs to be entered into the MyPay system when requesting the deduction. Additionally, MyPay will ask for a base or installation code. The code for Schriever is 0141.

“We’d really like people to use the base code because it lets the CFC know the donation came from Schriever,” Bean said.

In addition to speaking with organization representatives, some members also took part in an indoor knockerball tournament.

“We had a decent turnout,” said Master Sgt. Ryan Laube, 50th Contracting Squadron and IPO. “We had a couple of teams (compete).”

The 50th Contracting Squadron defeated the 8th Space Warning Squadron, Detachment 1, 3-1, to win the event.

Coicidentally, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station is including a knockerball tournament as part of its kick-off event as well. Schriever IPOs decided to take advantage and set up a friendly competition.

Each installation’s tournament winner will faceoff during a mid-campaign event-date, time and location to be determined.

“It’s a break from the typical (event),” Laube said. “Having the competition allows the campaign to bleed over to a Front Range event.”

For more information about the 2016 CFC, visit www.rockymountaincfc.org

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