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Vandenberg to kickoff 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 is scheduled to kickoff the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign here Oct. 3.

The campaign will run through Nov. 11.

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.

Vandenberg is planning to have one CFC representative per unit on base this year. This will provide for direct contact between the representative and the base populace, which will allow the information to be disseminated directly to the people who are eligible to donate.

"CFC representatives will make contact with 100 percent of their unit members to educate them on the CFC program and the various charities that participate," said Capt. Kenneth Rosenblum, a 30th Medical Group CFC representative. "In addition, there will be a kick off Ice Cream social on Oct. 3 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Cocheo Park. Everyone is invited to enjoy free ice cream and meet representatives from many of the local charities involved in the CFC program."

Last year Vandenberg raised approximately $175,000 through the CFC and more than doubled that figure with $259,000 in 2009.

"Vandenberg's overall goal this year is to raise at least $185,000 for the CFC campaign," said Rosenblum. "CFC representatives will ensure that all of the Vandenberg staff has the opportunity to donate."

There are several reasons for people to get involved and donate to the CFC.

"The CFC campaign is the most successful work based charity program in the world, and has raised millions for nonprofit organizations dedicated to giving back to society," Rosenblum said. "The work the charities do can benefit the families of every person that contributes; you never know when cancer research or diabetes research will make the difference in the life of someone you care about."

Military and DOD Civilians can now pledge online at www.cfcgoldcoast.org.

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