By Jeremy Henderson, Army Flier Staff WriterSeptember 8, 2016
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Federal civilian, postal and military service members will once again have the opportunity to support eligible nonprofit health and human service organizations throughout the world during this year's Combined Federal Campaign.
"The Combined Federal Campaign is the official workplace giving program for the federal government of the United States," Sgt. 1st Class Myissha Tompkins, Fort Rucker installation project officer, said. "CFC's goal is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. Through the generous donations of federal employees, local charities are able to assist those in need, creating hope for a brighter tomorrow. However, donations are not just limited to local charities -- the CFC reaches over 20,000 nonprofit organizations, providing donors with the opportunity to give both nationally and internationally."
According to Tompkins, a list of CFC partner nonprofits can be found at www.mycfc.us.
"All of these charities are eligible for CFC donations," she said. "Charities provide many needed services in our community. The benefits are too many to count."
Although 2015 totals are not yet available, Tompkins said, the 2014 national CFC raised $193 million. The 2015 CFC southeast tri-state region raised $1,854,628 and Fort Rucker's CFC raised $155,365, which is close to 2016's $160,000 fundraising goal.
A kickoff event begins at 9 a.m. Sept. 13 at The Landing. The kickoff is free to attend, and open to all federal employees and military members.
"A formal presentation will begin promptly at 9 a.m.," Tompkins said. "(Maj. Gen. William K. Gayler, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker commanding general) will provide opening comments and endorse the campaign at that time. After the presentation, attendees will be invited to visit with CFC partner charities to learn about the services that the charities provide. A light breakfast will be provided."
According to Tompkins, CFC donations support a range of charities from military and veteran support to assisting a local animal shelter; providing services through disaster relief organizations and through health and medical care organizations; supporting our local education programs to faith-based programs and services. She added that CFC provides access to every type of program and service that is available through 501(c)3 non-profit charities.
Tompkins added that federal employees can support the campaign in other wars.
"Though the main method of CFC support is through financial donations, federal employees can help spread awareness about our mission through word of mouth, social media participation and coworker encouragement," she said. "Without the support of federal employees, the CFC would not be able to help connect charitable organizations with these individuals."
Federal employees and military members have a reputation as being extremely generous in their charitable giving and with their volunteer efforts, Tompkins said.
"Every year, CFC partner charities depend on the caring donations of federal employees," she said. "No matter your cause or favorite charity, every dollar counts when it comes to meeting community needs through charitable services."
CFC will also host a closing ceremony on Dec. 5 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum to announce total contributions and recognize volunteers.
For more information, visit www.mycfc.us.