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