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Hanscom CFC concludes, reaches goal

This year’s Hanscom Combined Federal Campaign drive will officially begin Oct. 10 and continue through Dec. 16. (Combined Federal Campaign graphic)

This year’s Hanscom Combined Federal Campaign concluded Jan. 15 with organizers reaching their goal of 100 percent contact made throughout the Hanscom community. (Combined Federal Campaign graphic)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The 2020 Combined Federal Campaign concluded here Jan. 15 with organizers reaching their goal of 100 percent contact made throughout the Hanscom community.

Donators contributed more than $59,500 to the government’s sole annual charity event since kicking off Oct. 1, 2020.

“People were really inspired to donate this year, especially to the smaller charities,” said Tech. Sgt. Talisa Bell, co-organizer for the Hanscom campaign.

Bell said reaching out to military and civilian federal employees was a bigger challenge this year than most because of the virtual work environment brought on by COVID-19, and credits their team of volunteers for the campaign’s success.

“We had 30 volunteers within the units who helped get the word out on how to donate,” said Bell. “Having those key workers made such a difference in reaching our [geographically separated units] across New England.”

Despite challenges, senior leaders lauded the 2020 campaign as a success.

“Our team has far surpassed expectations in this work environment,” said Col. Katrina Stephens, installation commander, in an email to organizers.

The CFC has raised more than $8.4 billion for charitable organizations since 1961, remaining among the largest workplace giving campaigns in the world.

“The CFC is a great opportunity to give back, and we are proud to have been a part of its success,” said Capt. Benjamin Persian, co-coordinator for Hanscom’s campaign.