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CFC kicks off with a bang

Airmen of the 460th Space Communication Squadron hold a CFC sign at the Combined Federal Campaign Kick-off event Oct. 2015, 2015, at the Fitness Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The CFC is held annually to encourage federal employees to donate to the more than 16,000 participating non-profit agencies around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Airmen of the 460th Space Communication Squadron hold a CFC sign at the Combined Federal Campaign Kick-off event Oct. 2015, 2015, at the Fitness Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The CFC is held annually to encourage federal employees to donate to the more than 16,000 participating non-profit agencies around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Members of wing leadership decide what charities to donate to at the Combined Federal Campaign Kick-off event Oct. 2015, 2015, at the Fitness Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The CFC is held annually to encourage federal employees to donate to the more than 16,000 participating non-profit agencies around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Members of wing leadership decide what charities to donate to at the Combined Federal Campaign Kick-off event Oct. 2015, 2015, at the Fitness Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The CFC is held annually to encourage federal employees to donate to the more than 16,000 participating non-profit agencies around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Col. Scott Romberger, 460th Space Wing vice commander, addresses participants at the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign Kick-off event Oct. 15, 2015, at the Fitness Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The CFC is held annually to encourage federal employees to donate to the more than 16,000 participating non-profit agencies around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

Col. Scott Romberger, 460th Space Wing vice commander, addresses participants at the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign Kick-off event Oct. 15, 2015, at the Fitness Center on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The CFC is held annually to encourage federal employees to donate to the more than 16,000 participating non-profit agencies around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phillip Houk/Released)

A Team Buckley member throws a dodgeball during the Combined Federal Campaign dodgeball tournament at the Fitness Center Oct. 13, 2015 on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Seventeen teams signed up to compete in the tournament, which helped raise more than $400. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Darren Scott/Released)

A Team Buckley member throws a dodgeball during the Combined Federal Campaign dodgeball tournament at the Fitness Center Oct. 13, 2015 on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Seventeen teams signed up to compete in the tournament, which helped raise more than $400. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Darren Scott/Released)

Two teams race to throw the first blow during the Combined Federal Campaign dodgeball tournament at the Fitness Center Oct.13, 2015, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Seventeen teams signed up to compete in the tournament, which helped raise more than $400. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Darren Scott/Released)

Two teams race to throw the first blow during the Combined Federal Campaign dodgeball tournament at the Fitness Center Oct.13, 2015, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Seventeen teams signed up to compete in the tournament, which helped raise more than $400. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Darren Scott/Released)

Staff Sgt. Jared Bavender, First Term Airman Center NCO-in-charge, throws a dodgeball during the Combined Federal Campaign dodgeball tournament at the Fitness Center Oct. 13, 2015 on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Seventeen teams signed up to compete in the tournament, which helped raise more than $400. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Darren Scott/Released)

Staff Sgt. Jared Bavender, First Term Airman Center NCO-in-charge, throws a dodgeball during the Combined Federal Campaign dodgeball tournament at the Fitness Center Oct. 13, 2015 on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Seventeen teams signed up to compete in the tournament, which helped raise more than $400. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Darren Scott/Released)

A Team Buckley member catches a dodgeball during the Combined Federal Campaign dodgeball tournament at the Fitness Center Oct. 13, 2015 on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Seventeen teams signed up to compete in the tournament, which helped raise more than $400. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Darren Scott/Released)

A Team Buckley member catches a dodgeball during the Combined Federal Campaign dodgeball tournament at the Fitness Center Oct. 13, 2015 on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Seventeen teams signed up to compete in the tournament, which helped raise more than $400. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Darren Scott/Released)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Combined Federal Campaign has begun at Buckley with its annual kickoff event Oct. 14 encouraging Team Buckley to be a change maker.

The CFC is a program that brings local, national and international charities into one combined, easily accessible program that offers more than 79,000 federal employees the opportunity to contribute to nearly  27,000 charities worldwide.

While at the CFC kickoff event, Team Buckley members searched through the 65 participating non-profit organizations to decide where they will donate and give back to their community.

"When you start to break apart the different charities, you find that it covers the full spectrum of the ability to give," Senior Master Sgt, 460th Space Communications Squadron flight chief of operations. "Whether your thing is animals or Wounded Warriors, the CFC provides access to whatever it is you want to give to."

Participation in the CFC has heavily varies over the last several years varying by over 20 percent of the base.

"In 2011 this base had an overall participation of 25.9 percent," said Heckman. "By 2013, we had right at 7 percent participation. I think that is mostly because there are people who want to give, but were not contacted."

To encourage participation and promote the CFC a dodgeball tournament was held with on base with 17 teams competing, raising $425 for local charities.

"The CFC is a big deal," said Heckman, "if there was one thing I wanted the base to know, it is find your keyworkers and make sure you are making an effort. If you want to give, make that effort and don't wait for them to come to you."

To participate contact your unit CFC representative for a pledge sheet or donate online using MyPay here.
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