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Base-wide CFC campaign to begin Sept. 27

Hearts Apart program celebrates fathers

Paul Daddario, an Airman and Family Readiness Center volunteer, hands a Father's Day gift bag to Cameron Creason, military spouse, and his son, Graylin, during a Hearts Apart event at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., earlier this year. The Hearts Apart program receives support from the Hanscom-based Friends of Family Services private organization, a 2021 Combined Federal Campaign charity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- The 2021 Combined Federal Campaign will kick off here Sept. 27 with base organizers setting a goal to raise $75,000 and make 100 percent contact with military and civilian federal employees.

This year’s CFC drive will continue through Dec. 11. The theme this year is “You Can Be the Face of Change.”

“The Combined Federal Campaign is the largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign in the United States,” said Master Sgt. Nashan Jalivay-Pereira, who, along with Master Sgt. Jeremi Isaacs, is a Hanscom CFC coordinator. “Your donation will support eligible non-profit organizations.”

In a video message to members of the workforce, Col. Katrina Stephens, installation commander, spoke about the opportunity to collectively make a difference during this year’s campaign.

“As a community, our core value of ‘service before self’ has ensured that we never forget to help those in need,” she said. “It’s our hope that every military, civilian and contracted member considers participating in this 60-year tradition.”

Among the charities donors may choose is Friends of Family Services, a 501 (c)(3) private organization.

“The Friends of Family Services private organization provides services to military members, their families and federal civilians in the Hanscom community,” said Nancy Budenas, Friends of Family Services board member.

According to Budenas, donations to this organization help support the Hanscom community by providing gift baskets for families with new babies, monthly Hearts Apart events and more. The code for Friends of Family Services is 33931.

“When we make the choice to give through the CFC, we build our legacy by honoring a loved one, carrying on a tradition, or donating to an effort that is near and dear to our hearts,” said Chief Master Sgt. William Hebb, installation command chief, in a video message.

Employees may choose to give a one-time donation via credit card or check, deduct a certain amount from each paycheck or pledge volunteer hours. 

“Donors can easily search local charities for volunteer opportunities and then indicate the number of hours they would like to pledge,” said Isaacs. “Visit https://cfcgiving.opm.gov/welcome to search for these opportunities.”

Those interested in giving may also do so via the “CFC Giving” mobile app. iPhone users can download the app via the Apple App Store or Android users can download at Google Play.

Hanscom, along with other federal organizations in the region, are part of the New England CFC. Learn more at https://www.newenglandcfc.org/.

The CFC is administered by the Office of Personnel Management and is the official workplace giving campaign for federal employees and retirees. This year, the CFC celebrates its 60th anniversary.

For more information on Hanscom’s CFC drive, email Jalivay-Pereira at nashan.jalivay_pereira@us.af.mil or Isaacs at jeremi.isaacs@us.af.mil, or visit https://cfcgiving.opm.gov/faq.