Annual charitable drive begins March 16

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  • By Mark Wyatt
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- The 2020 Air Force Assistance Fund charitable drive will take place here March 16 through April 24. The goal for this year's fundraising effort at Hanscom is $28,500.

The Air Force Assistance Fund is a service-wide annual fundraising effort to assist past and present Airmen and their families with unexpected challenges and financial hardships through four charities: The Air Force Aid Society, General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation, Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation and the Air Force Enlisted Village.

The campaign theme this year is “Taking Care of Our Own — For Airmen, By Airmen.”

“Any contributions made to this year’s charitable drive will lend support to our fellow Airmen and their families, whether active duty and retired or officer and enlisted,” said Tech. Sgt. Samuel Burke, this year’s project officer at Hanscom.

Organizers will have a kick off breakfast March 19 from 8 to 8:45 a.m. at the Minuteman Commons. Proceeds will benefit this year’s drive.

The Air Force Assistance Fund website,, features information about all of the affiliate charities, assistance stories and frequently asked questions.

“The four charitable organizations provide support in an emergency, with educational needs, or a secure retirement home for widows or widowers of our Air Force members in need of financial assistance,” said Burke.

The AFAF campaign is offering e-giving this year via texting AFAF to 50155 or scanning a QR code. Members can opt for payroll deduction or a one-time gift online.

Donations made via e-giving begin immediately and may overlap the previous campaign, which ran from June 1, 2019, to May 1, 2020, resulting in two deductions per pay period until May 1 this year.

In lieu of e-giving, donations to the AFAF can be made by cash, check or payroll deduction by completion of a pdf form provided by unit project officers that is then printed in triplicate and turned into the unit project officer.

AFAF keyworkers can only solicit on-the-job donations from active duty members and military retirees. However, civilians may also make one-time cash or check donations during the drive.

For additional information on making a donation, contact Burke at 781-225-2751.