The Combined Federal Campaign kicked off Sept. 1 in workplaces around the world. The campaign will run until Dec. 15 and, here on D-M, representatives are gearing up to help make this year’s campaign a success.
The CFC is one of the largest and most successful annual charities held in today’s workplace. It raises millions of dollars for charities such as the American Lung Association and the Children’s Cancer Network.
There are more than 100 CFC representatives serving the different units of D-M.
“There are two things that we are really focusing on this year,” said Master Sgt. Tibetha Pascal, CFC rep for the 355th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies and 355th Comptroller Squadron. “One is to thank everyone, whether they donate or not, for their time. By giving us their time they are helping us spread awareness. The CFC is an organization that thrives off of awareness.”
Unit reps are tasked to go into the different offices of their assigned squadrons and talk with personnel about CFC. They can answer any questions you may have and help facilitate your donation if you choose to contribute.
“People are not just being asked to donate during the brief, but it’s educational for them as well,” Pascal said. “When we explain the different charities we may be indirectly giving someone having a problem a solution they didn’t even know was out there.”
Donating is as easy as setting up an allotment or writing a check and there is no donation limit.
“For me, I like the face-to-face solicitation,” Pascal said. “Talking to people in different offices you get to hear their stories on why they choose to donate to the CFC.”
During the last campaign the Air Force raised more than $2.3 million dollars for the CFC.
“I think a lot of Airmen give because they’ve been in a position before where they needed help so they understand the need that charities fulfill,” Pascal said. “Also it fits in with our core values, especially service before self. Even though donating may not be something that benefits them, it can help someone else.”
Squadron reps can provide potential donors with a list of approved CFC charities. To find your squadron CFC representative, contact your first sergeant.