CFC highlights culture of giving

PETERSON AFB, Colo. -- On Nov. 13, the official pledge drive for the 2007 Combined Federal Campaign ended throughout the Team Peterson community; however, donations will still be accepted through Dec. 1 if anyone would still like to contribute. The Nov.13 cutoff is only significant because this is the date that our overall donation goals are measured against.

As of last week, the 21st Space Wing and its tenant organizations were moving in fast on our overall goal of raising $221,000 for the year. The numbers are still being tallied, but I'm confident we will again reach our annual goal.

The mission of the Combined Federal Campaign 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 real key is improving the quality of life for all. The money we raise as a community absolutely makes a difference in meeting this objective. From local non-profit organizations to the state and federal levels, even international organizations, the money we contribute has a unique way of affecting many people in a positive manner.

The Combined Federal Campaign is more than raising money for a worthy cause. The CFC campaign reminds us that we belong to something special - the profession of arms. It's about our sense of community and who we are as members of this profession. Whether you are an active duty Airman, Air National Guardsman, Air Force Reservist, or are among those who serve in the civilian ranks, we all have a tie to the profession of arms and belong to a culture that emphasizes giving back to the community.

This sense of giving back to the community is also found in our Air Force core values: integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. These values set the standard for our daily conduct. They serve as a means to remind us of the importance of the profession we have chosen and the expectations placed upon us as members of the profession of arms. Contributing to the CFC and making a difference in the lives of those around us is one way in which we further this culture.

There are a number of organizations on Team Peterson who have really taken the concept of giving back to the community to an entirely new level. Based on their overall fundraising efforts, these organizations have earned "Gold Unit Award" status based on their ability to raise 125 percent of their starting goal for the CFC season. One organization that has clearly gone above and beyond is the 21st Mission Support Squadron who, at last count, has raised nearly double the amount it was aiming for at the start of the campaign.

If you look at the numbers, it's not the case that a few individuals are contributing exorbitant amounts to CFC - it's the high percentage of participants that makes all the difference. This point highlights the fact that the power of CFC is the power of numbers. The more people that contribute - even a relatively small amount - the more that can ultimately be done for the betterment of our communities. As evidenced by the huge participation rates in the 21st MSS, every donation counts. I encourage everyone to continue to make a difference in this extremely worthwhile campaign, now and in the future. You never know whose life you will be able to touch just by giving a small amount of your time and money.