Vandenberg’s CFC campaign begins at Cocheo Park
By Staff Report, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 21, 2008
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg's 2008 Combined Federal Campaign kicked off with a cookout at Vandenberg's Cocheo Park Sept. 24. The Campaign is slated to run until December.
The CFC was established in 1961 and is the largest workplace charity campaign in the country. This annual fall fund-raising drive allows nearly 4 million federal employees and military personnel to contribute to thousands of local and national nonprofit organizations.
The CFC is to support and 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.
"the great thing about the CFC is that anyone can give, from a four star general to an airman basic," said Capt. Andrew Frey, the base CFC officer.
According to the official CFC web site, pledges made by federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.
The CFC offers a reliable, consistent and easy way of supporting charities that are designed to assist those who are most in need.
On average, one in four federal employees or their dependents will benefit from the CFC charities this year, according to CFC officials. Donors may designate which charities receive their money by filling out a pledge card.
"Donating is simple, you just look through a book, pick out a charity, and fill out a pledge card," Capt. Frey said. "each unit has a CFC representitive to help with the process."
Even deployed individuals have the opportunity to lend a helping hand to those in need.
Military and civilian personnel who are deployed or will be deployed during the campaign have the opportunity to participate in the overseas CFC at the deployed location where they will have access to the same national and international charities.
Those people who do wish to donate to local charities may donate to those charities at the deployed location. If married, servicemembers may obtain a spousal CFC power of attorney to complete local contribution forms at their home base.
This years campaign has a goal of $145,000.
"Donating to the campaign is a rewarding experience," Capt. Frey said. "Just to know that your making a difference makes it worthwhile."