Hanscom kicks off CFC campaign this month
By Mark Wyatt, 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs
/ Published November 02, 2018
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- The 2018 Combined Federal Campaign kicked off here Nov. 1 with base organizers setting a goal to raise $140,000 and make 100 percent contact with military and civilian federal employees.
This year’s CFC drive will continue through Jan. 11. The theme is “Show Some Love.”
“The Combined Federal Campaign is an opportunity for federal employees at Hanscom and elsewhere to help people in need through their support to eligible non-profit organizations,” said Tech. Sgt. Hyun Cho, who, along with Staff Sgt. Alexander Wagner, is one of Hanscom’s CFC coordinators. “There are an estimated 20,000 non-profits worldwide personnel can contribute to.”
In an email to Air Force Materiel Command’s workforce, Lt. Gen. Robert McMurry, interim commander of AFMC, wrote about the impact of CFC.
“Charitable contributions provide the thrust behind a wide variety of special causes that are meaningful to you, your family, your friends and your community,” he wrote.
Federal employees may choose to deduct a certain amount from each paycheck or give a one-time donation via credit card or check. For those who choose the payroll option, they should either fill out a pledge card or visit the pledge site www.opm.gov/ShowSomeLoveCFC. The OPM website requires users to create an account by providing a government or personal email address and password. Anyone interested in making a one-time donation will need to fill out a pledge card through a unit CFC representative.
Federal annuitants or military retirees will again have the option to make a pledge using their annuity/retirement pay, credit card or direct from their bank account. Those wishing to make a donation should visit the CFC Donor Pledge System at www.opm.gov/ShowSomeLoveCFC to create an account and pledge to the charity or charities of their choice.
Last year program officials began a five-year plan to phase out paper-based pledging, which is intended to reduce costs and comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act.
Anyone making payroll deductions can expect them to begin the first full payroll period after the solicitation period end date.
“Federal military and civilian employees may pledge both volunteer time and monetary donations to multiple organizations of their choice,” said Wagner. “Pledged volunteer time is added to CFC results.”
Last year’s CFC was the first year that the campaign allowed donors to pledge off-duty volunteer time to charitable organizations. Visit CFC Donor Pledge System at www.opm.gov/ShowSomeLoveCFC to search for charities that offer volunteer opportunities and pledge time.
Since its inception in 1961, the CFC has promoted and supported philanthropy through an employee-focused program that provides federal employees a way to give back to their communities through a number of charities.
Similar to last year, bake sales and other CFC fundraising events will not accept cash donations. Organizers will continue to accept checks, money orders and cashier’s checks.
Hanscom, along with other federal organizations in the region such as the National Park Service and U.S. Postal Service, is part of the CFC of New England. Learn more at https://www.newenglandcfc.org/.
For more information on Hanscom’s CFC drive, email Cho at email@example.com or Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org.