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Combined Federal Campaign 2007 begins Oct. 1

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  • By Capt. Ed Zaborniak
  • Team Andersen CFC coordinator
The Combined Federal Campaign Kick-Off event is scheduled for Oct. 1 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. at the Top of the Rock ballroom.

The event will be an opportunity to join Brig. Gen. Owens and other Team Andersen leadership for the beginning of this year's campaign, said 1st Lt. Jason Schenck, 36th Comptroller Squadron, alternate CFC wing coordinator.

This is also a great time to come and meet individual unit representatives and make donations, he said.

According to the Office of Personnel Management, the mission of the Combined Federal Campaign is to support and to promote 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. 

"In simpler terms, it's an avenue for all of us to help those who help others," said Lieutenant Schenck.

President John F. Kennedy established the CFC in March of 1961 in order to consolidate a wide variety of charitable campaigns within Federal workplaces. The CFC is one central campaign which is held once a year that makes fundraising easier for both Federal employees and charities. The campaign is conducted each fall and follows regulations and guidelines established by Congress. 

This year's Combined Federal Campaign will only run throughout the month of October. This is a slight change from years past, as Andersen now falls under the Hawaii-Pacific Region. Although the campaign is only running for one month, it is still plenty of time for all of us to make a difference. 

As a DoD employee you have the option to donate to any one of charities that have registered with the CFC. These charities touch all aspects of society to include medical research, civil rights, disaster preparedness and relief, foreign affairs and national security.

There are literally thousands of reasons to take the time to donate, but here are some reasons not to...

You're sure a flood, hurricane, fire or other disasters will never affect you
Your son or daughter will never want to join a youth program
You're sure no one in your family will ever have cancer
You're sure your community's environment will remain healthy with clean water and air
You're positive that you or your parents will never need nursing care

...on the other hand, if you think you or a family member might one day make use of one or more of the services offered by the agencies that CFC helps support, by all means, make a donation. That way, you'll know that the agencies will always be there when you need them. 

A unit representatives will be in contact with you beginning Oct. 1. Please take a moment to speak with them so that they can help you understand all of the options to give. Any donation will be appreciated, and you can rest assured that it is going to a good cause. No gift is too small.

For more information, call Capt. Ed Zaborniak, 36th Services Squadron, CFC wing coordinator, at 366-1075 or Lieutenant Schenck at 366-6795. You can also visit the CFC Home Page at www.opm.gov/cfc, or www.honolulu-pacific.feb.gov, or www.cfc-hawaii.org.

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