WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii -- The Hawaii-Pacific area launched its annual Combined Federal Campaign, or CFC, and it is scheduled to run through Nov.18.

According to the Hawaii CFC website, www.cfc-hawaii.org, CFC is an annual fundraising drive that offers federal employees, both military and civilian, the opportunity to donate to a variety of charities and improve quality of life for all.

This year, the campaign is celebrating its 50th birthday.

Maj. Jonathan Ishikawa, U.S. Army Pacific Command, assisted in training CFC unit and section representatives, last week.

Ishikawa said CFC, which was created in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, was established to create a more convenient and cost-efficient way to raise money for charities. He added that more than 2,500 national, international and local charities and federations participate in the campaign.

"Hawaii-Pacific area CFC ranks 5th in most contributions raised," he said. "In 2010, on a national level, CFC raised (more than) $281 million in charitable donations, and this year's goal for the Hawaii-Pacific region is $6.5 million."

Lt. Col. Darren Holbrook, 2011 Hawaii CFC project officer, U.S. Army-Pacific, said participation is voluntary, but he wants potential donors to keep an open mind when approached by unit and section CFC representatives.

"Think about how many of the charities participating in CFC have helped Soldiers and families in the past," Holbrook said. "According to CFC Hawaii, one in three Soldiers will be assisted by a charity this year."

Holbrook also said it is important to know that all charities participating in CFC have been audited by PACOM and the Department of Defense.

"They have all been verified as legitimate charities," he explained.

As in past years, people can donate through their unit representative with cash, check or a payroll deduction.

In addition to those methods, a new feature this year is e-pledging. Donors who choose to use the e-pledge option still have to work with their unit representatives for reporting purposes and will only be able to use payroll deduction as their payment method.

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