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Vandenberg enters last week of 2011 CFC

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Vandenberg’s 2011 Combined Federal Campaign is scheduled to end Nov. 11. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Carolyn Lander)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Vandenberg’s 2011 Combined Federal Campaign is scheduled to end Nov. 11. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Carolyn Lander)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg's 2011 Combined Federal Campaign is scheduled to end Nov. 11.

Vandenberg's CFC representatives campaigned for a period of six weeks and the Vandenberg community has more than proven its support for the campaign.

"We have had some very generous donations this year and I am very thankful for those people," said 1st Lt. George Flathers, Vandenberg's CFC project officer. "In the end though, it's a team effort where every bit helps - even $10 or $20 helps. It may not sound like a lot, but it adds up quickly when you combine it with other contributions from around the base and around the nation."

As of the beginning of the last week of the 2011 CFC campaign, Vandenberg raised $114,580 from 414 donors. Vandenberg's goal for the year was to raise $185,000; leaving the base $70,420 short of the goal.

"As we finish up, our unit CFC representatives are going to continue to raise awareness in their workplaces and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to take part," Flathers said. "We are trying to emphasize the act of giving, rather than the amount. Some units, like the 30th Medical Group, 30th Wing Staff Agencies and the 576th Flight Test Squadron, have nearly doubled the number of donors from last year, which is exciting to see. But overall, the number of donors is down and that is what concerns me more than anything."

The CFC was established in 1961 and is the largest workplace charity campaign in the country. This annual fall fund-raising drive allows millions of federal employees and military personnel to contribute to thousands of local and national nonprofit organizations, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's CFC website.

The CFC was designed to promote philanthropy through a voluntary program that is employee-focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.

"Taking care of one another is central to our Air Force culture," said Flathers. "There are hundreds of organizations that are dedicated to taking care of veterans and folks in our community who are less fortunate. We shouldn't let the uncertain economic times be an excuse and, if anything, that should be a motivation. It's times like these that make our contributions even more important to the people helped by the CFC."

Even though the CFC is in its last week at Vandenberg, there is still an opportunity for everyone to get involved. The process is as simple as writing a check, filling out a pledge or completing an online pledge.

"CFC representatives will ensure that all of the Vandenberg staff has the opportunity to donate," said Capt. Kenneth Rosenblum, a 30th Medical Group CFC representative.

For more information, contact one of Vandenberg's CFC representatives. For those people who do not know who their CFC representatives are, call 1st Lt. George Flathers at 606-1428 or email george.flathers@vandenberg.af.mil.

For more information about the CFC, visit www.cfcgoldcoast.org or www.opm.gov/CFC/.