VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
The Air Force Assistance Fund starts its annual fundraising campaign, March 27, at the Base Exchange from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The AFAF is an annual effort to raise funds for the charitable affiliates that provide support to Air Force families in need.
“There are four charities that make up the campaign,” said 2nd Lt. Lee Wilson, 2nd Range Operations Squadron range control officer. “You have the Air Force Aid Society, The Air Force Village, Air Force Enlisted Village and the LeMay Foundation. It kicks off in the spring every year for a six-week period. This year’s goal is $40,638.”
The AFAF utilizes donations by Air Force members to provide support in emergencies, educational needs or to secure retirement homes for widows or widowers of Air Force members in need of financial assistance.
“The Air Force Aid Society provides permanent change of station childcare, emergency loans, scholarships, the give parents a break program and the spouse employment program,” said Wilson. “They do a lot to give back to Air Force personnel and their spouses. The other three charities are geared towards veterans and their widows.”
Representatives from each unit will be responsible for spreading the word, providing information, and allowing active duty Airmen, retirees, civilians and contractors an opportunity to donate.
“In 2016, 57 Airmen across the wing received a total of $44,000 from the AFAF,” said Master Sgt. Joseph Williams, 30th Space Wing inspector general superintendent. “This was Vandenberg Airmen helping other Vandenberg Airmen. For Airmen that have utilized these services, they understand what impact this campaign has on them.”
The AFAF campaign also provides education to Airmen regarding its available resources to support Airmen and their families in need of assistance.
“Our motto is Airmen taking care of Airmen,” said Wilson. “This is just one way you can help your fellow Airmen.”
For further information, contact 2nd Lt. Lee Wilson at 805-605-7235 or Master Sgt. Joseph Williams at 805-605-0626, or visit www.afaassistancefund.org.