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Vandenberg kicks-off 2015 CFC

The 2015 Combined Federal Campaign will run from Oct. 19 through Dec. 11. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Jan Kays/Released)

The 2015 Combined Federal Campaign will run from Oct. 19 through Dec. 11. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Jan Kays/Released)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- For eight weeks, members of Team Vandenberg will seek donations for the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign, here, Oct. 19 through Dec. 11.

Pledges made during the two month-long campaign will support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.

The CFC, established in 1961, is an annual program that allows federal government employees to make contributions to non-profit organizations. The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a 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 CFC is a wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact on the community and the world at large through monetary donations," said Master Sgt. Joseph Arduca, 4th Space Launch Squadron operations support flight chief. "Our goal this year is 100 percent solicitation of all military and federal employees. We hope to raise $110,000 and I think it can be achieved through the utilization of each group, and tenant unit's, designated CFC representative."

Although previous years have yielded significant funds, representatives hope to continue the upward trend and raise even more donations.

"In previous years donations have been right around $100,000 - which is great, but we want to try and strive for even better this year," said 1st Lt. Britta Lerda-Plog, 30th Comptroller Squadron financial services flight commander.

Bringing continued campaign awareness through a unified and friendly spirit of sports competition, while promoting charitable giving -- this year's CFC will kick-off with a base-wide volleyball tournament.

"With more than 20,000 charities available, the opportunities to make a real difference are limitless," said Lerda-Plog. "This year's kick-off event will be a base-wide volleyball tournament held on Oct. 30, in the base gym - starting at 1 p.m. The goal is to raise awareness of the campaign and provide an opportunity to bring in donations through good-natured fun and competition. The winning team will challenge 30th Space Wing leadership for the winning title! All are welcome to attend."

For more information on the CFC, or to sign up for the volleyball tournament -- contact your group representative, or 1st Lt. Britta Lerda-Plog, at 805-606-4031.