By Paul BelloSeptember 10, 2009
FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- Though it will not officially begin until Oct. 1, information on this year's Combined Federal Campaign will be available at select tables during Fort Belvoir's Garrison Organization Day, Sept. 18.
Dee Polling, the campaign's coordinator, said it's an opportunity to get people familiar with the CFC - which is the only time civilians can be solicited for charities. According to her, individuals pick up a booklet listing the various charities involved with the campaign and, if they choose to donate, can elect to have deductions taken from their payroll check.
CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual work place charity campaign, with more than 300 CFC campaigns worldwide. Pledges made by federal, civilian, postal and military donors this season, which ends Dec. 15, support various non-profit organizations which provide health and human service benefits across the world, Polling said.
Rebecca Conlon, a health benefits adviser at Belvoir's Logan Dental Clinic, makes it a point to contribute to the Fisher House at Lackland A.F.B. in San Antonio. In 2005, she stayed there when her husband, Matthew, now retired from the Air Force, was wounded by a land mine in Afghanistan.
"Their level of care was a godsend and I would've been beside myself without them," she said. "CFC contributions to the Fisher House make it possible for military families to feel taken care of. It helped me be at peace knowing that I didn't have to worry about money and that I had a place to stay.
Anything I can do to help them each year, I will."
For more information on the CFC this season, visit opm.gov/CFC.