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Team Buckley to kick off CFC

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Combined Federal Campaign begins Oct. 4 with an event 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Leadership Development Center. Buckley's CFC is scheduled to run through Nov. 22, but people can continue to make donations until Dec. 15.

Representatives from more than 70 charities will attend the kickoff event to share accounts of how donations positively affect their respective organizations and those who benefit.

The overall CFC goal is to make 100 percent contact with individuals eligible to donate. The local goal is to raise participation from last year's 26.8 percent to 30 percent. Contributions can be made with cash, check or by payroll deduction.

In 2011, federal employees and service members around the globe donated $272.7 million. If every active-duty Airmen contributed $1 per month during the 2012 CFC, that would add almost $4 million to the campaign.

"It is an opportunity to give to charities throughout the world and help people in need. With the CFC, members are able to find a charity that really speaks to them," said Tech. Sgt. John Harms, 2nd Space Warning Squadron, NCO in charge orbital analysis and CFC volunteer. "There are so many charities out there that need help, and without CFC they would have to close their doors. With payroll deduction as an option, it is incredibly easy to donate, and every little bit helps."

The CFC was established in 1961 and allows more than 4 million people to contribute to thousands of local, national and international non-profit organizations. On average, one in four federal employees or their family members will benefit from a CFC charity this year, according to CFC officials.

The CFC is the world's largest annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 200 CFC campaigns throughout the world that helps raise millions of dollars each year. People don't need a specific charity in mind to donate. Contributions may be undesignated and shared proportionately among all charities and federations that received designations.

"I personally donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation," said Master Sgt. Bradley Moses, 460th Security Forces Squadron first sergeant and CFC volunteer. "My brother-in-law has cystic fibrosis, and I feel that any amount that I can give to the research for a cure or for life-sustaining methods may help him."

For more information on the CFC or how to donate, contact a unit keyworker. For a list of keyworkers, visit http://www.buckley.af.mil/cfc2012.asp.

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