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Fundraising campaign supports past, present Airmen

The 2021 Air Force Assistance Fund charitable drive will take place March 15 through April 23. The goal for this year's Hanscom fundraising effort is $28,000. The Air Force Assistance Fund is a Department of the Air Force annual fundraising effort to assist past and present Airmen, Guardians 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 Village Charitable Foundation, and the Air Force Enlisted Village.

Annual AFAF drive begins this month

The 2021 Air Force Assistance Fund charitable drive will take place here March 15 through April 23. The goal for this year's fundraising effort at Hanscom is $28,000.

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- The 2021 Air Force Assistance Fund charitable drive will take place here March 15 through April 23. The goal for this year's Hanscom fundraising effort is $28,000.

The Air Force Assistance Fund is a Department of the Air Force annual fundraising effort to assist past and present Airmen, Guardians 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 Village Charitable Foundation, and the Air Force Enlisted Village.

This year’s campaign theme is “For Airmen and Guardians, by Airmen and Guardians.”

“These four charities help Department of the Air Force active duty, retirees and eligible Reserve and Air National Guard members in a variety of ways,” said Master Sgt. Trevor Simms, this year’s co-project officer at Hanscom.

Among them, according to a March 1 email from Air Force senior leaders, the Air Force Aid Society provided $2 million in support to Airmen, Space Force Guardians and their families impacted by COVID-19.

Those interested may make a donation by visiting http://www.afassistancefund.org and clicking the donate button. Members may contribute via e-check, debit or credit card or with a paper check, using the donation form available on the site.

Last year’s AFAF campaign raised $2.13 million across the Air Force, even as pandemic shutdowns began soon after the campaign kicked off.

Key workers across the installation will electronically make contact with uniformed Air Force and retired members only, according to 1st Lt. Nicholas Vasquez, Hanscom co-project officer.

Civilians and contractors interested in donating may do so by using the e-giving platform on the AFAF website.

For further information about the Air Force Assistance Fund, including information about all of the affiliate charities, assistance stories and frequently asked questions, visit http://www.afassistancefund.org.

For additional information on making a donation, contact Simms at 781-225-6598 or Vasquez at 781-225-6203.