PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. -- The annual Combined Federal Campaign charity drive, interrupted by the 16-day federal government shutdown, has resumed.

Susan A. Yarwood, director of human resources for Washington Headquarters Services, which manages the Defense Department's CFC participation, announced the resumption in a memo to all DOD personnel.

Here at the Presidio of Monterey, the campaign will begin Oct. 28 and run for six weeks.
To make donating easier, the campaign added a new feature for donors this year: an online pledge option available through the Defense Finance and Accounting Service's MyPay website, which most service members and civilians already use to view their leave and earnings statements.

The online pledge option offers several advantages over paper pledge forms:

•It's available all the time, from any computer;
•It's more confidential and secure, as no paper forms pass from hand to hand; and
•It's less prone to error.

Before Presidio of Monterey employees visit MyPay to set up their donations, they should speak first with their key leader for specific instructions, such as the Presidio of Monterey-specific codes, said POM CFC coordinator Liz Clark.

The Combined Federal Campaign, which is the only campaign authorized in the federal work place, covers about 1,500 charities in the United States.

CFC is also the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and internationally to help to raise millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.

According to a CFC release, prior to the 1950s, on-the-job fund raising in the federal workplace was an "uncontrolled free-for-all." Now, charity solicitations in federal work places follow strict guidance and are under the control of the annual event.

And because the CFC is the only authorized charity payroll deduction, people may choose to spread out their donations throughout the year if they don't want to or cannot pay by check immediately.

(Additional information by American Forces Press Service.)