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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — Fort Leonard Wood’s 2022 Combined Federal Campaign solicitation period begins Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 16.

According to Sgt. Adam Dedik, one of Fort Leonard Wood’s two CFC coordinators this year, the CFC is the official workplace giving campaign for federal employees and retirees, and, as in previous years, personnel here may choose to donate to any of the thousands of participating charities via a one-time gift or through regular payroll deductions.

“The brilliance of CFC is it allows for a more streamlined approach to giving,” Dedik said. “It is a one-stop shop to find something you are passionate about and choose to whom and how you would like to give. Many of these charities directly benefit the Fort Leonard Wood community.”

Dedik said the goal for this drive is to raise $100,000 at Fort Leonard Wood, but his definition of success this year is the number of people here making donations.

“It is important to remember that success is not only defined in how much money is raised, but by how many people are encouraged and empowered to give,” Dedik said. “Many hands make light work.”

To help highlight some of the causes CFC charities assist, Dedik has a list of focus areas, one for each of the seven weeks of the campaign. The first week is about children and families, and he pointed out CFC charities connect children with mentors, organize community sports programs, offer after-school tutoring, provide counseling services, implement summer camps and distribute nutritious food. In addition, awareness programs and educational resources can help young people recognize the dangers in drugs, seek help in violent situations, obtain early job training and access basic necessities not available at home.

Fort Leonard Wood’s other CFC coordinator this year, Sgt. 1st Class Trevor Stovall, said the military’s biggest resource is people — and CFC is all about people helping other people.

“The Fort Leonard Wood community is massive,” he said. “There is always someone or something that needs help. CFC can provide that help.”

Stovall asked that service members, their families, retirees and civilians here “normalize CFC into our conversations.”

“If it becomes normal, more people will be led to give,” he said. “It starts with talking to our people.”

Since the campaign first began in 1961, federal employees have donated more than $8.6 billion through the CFC — more than $80 million was donated last year alone.

In a Sept. 28 memo, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin wrote the CFC presents a great opportunity to take care of people.

“There are thousands of local, national and international charities participating in the CFC again this year, including those that support our men and women in uniform, veterans and their families,” Austin wrote.

For more information about CFC — including information on how to donate and a list of charities — visit the Gateway CFC website or the Fort Leonard Wood website.