2008 Combined Federal Campaign ‘Faces of Changes’
By Col. Jay Raymond , 21st Space Wing commander
/ Published September 24, 2008
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
For more than 47 years the Combined Federal Campaign has led the way as the world's largest and arguably the most successful annual workplace giving campaign. Each year, more than 350 CFC regional campaigns throughout the United States and internationally help to raise millions of dollars to benefit human health and welfare charities.
The CFC sends nearly all of what it collects to the charities that provide services to people, retaining only a small percentage for fund raising expenses and overhead. As a safeguard, federal employees review all charities so only those that meet stringent standards can participate in the CFC. Workplace giving has advantages; through payroll deduction you can make a contribution by having a small amount deducted each pay period.
Locally, the official pledge drive begins Sept. 30, and will run for six weeks, ending Nov. 13. Although the campaign runs for six weeks, the goal is to execute a three-week campaign with the first week focusing on 100 percent awareness, the second on 100 percent accountability, and the third on 100 percent follow-up.
Additionally, there will be a charity fair in the atrium of Bldg. 350 on Oct. 1, from 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m., which will host approximately 65 charities and offer personnel the opportunity to interact with individual charity representatives and learn first-hand the kind of work they do. Also that day, a CFC 5K awareness run will start at 11:30 p.m. from the Peterson Fitness Center and end at Bldg. 350 where prizes for individual and unit participation will be awarded.
The opportunity to make a difference is certainly in our grasp and articulated in this year's theme, "Faces of Change," which represents great hope, tremendous strength, and pure inspiration. In past years the 21st Space Wing has been a reliable force in meeting and exceeding its initial goals in CFC contributions. This year the monetary goal for the
21st SW and tenant units combined is $252,000.
With the objective of improving quality of life for all, here is your chance to assist those facing hardship by giving them the opportunity to overcome. Each year generous contributions help combat disease, hunger, illiteracy, poverty, homelessness and disaster at the local, national and international levels. I'm confident we will once again arrive at our goal.
I encourage everyone to continue to make a difference in the lives of those around us through this extremely worthwhile campaign, now and in the future.