Air Force Assistance Fund extended to May 11th Published May 2, 2018 By Tech. Sgt. Jim Araos 30th Space Wing Public Affairs VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Air Force Assistance Fund kicks off its annual fundraising campaign to educate the base populace, March 26, 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. “The AFAF campaign contributions provide financial support to four AFAF affiliates,” said Master Sgt. Chad Brock, 30th Medical Group bioenvironmental technician. “They are the Air Force Village Charitable Foundation, the Air Force Aid Society, the Air Force Enlisted Village and the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation. The campaign is conducted for six consecutive weeks starting March 26 through May 4. Our goal for Team V this year is to raise $41,027.” The AFAF utilizes donations by Air Force members to provide support for emergencies, educational needs or to secure retirement homes for widows or widowers of Air Force members in need of financial assistance. “Last year the Air Force Aid Society alone provided over $103,000 in emergency assistance--helping over 140 families,” said Brock. “The AFAF organizations support not only our active duty families, but also Air Force retirees and widowed persons.” 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. “Last year's goal was exceeded by $8,676.08,” said Brock. “Here at Vandenberg, we use more than we collect each year. Our minds and hearts should focus on the day that our families may be in need of support.” The AFAF campaign also provides education to Airmen regarding its available resources to support Airmen and their families in need of assistance. “As the demand for our Air Force increases, more Airmen are likely to look towards the services provided by the charities included in the AFAF,” said Col. Michael Hough, 30th Space Wing commander. “I encourage you as leaders and wingmen to discuss the benefits of each of the AFAF organizations with your fellow Airmen. Come out and show your support to a worthwhile cause!” For more information, visit www.afassistancefund.org. *Update to story: The Air Force Assistance Fund annual fundraising campaign has been extended to May 11, 2018.