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Andersen continues AFAF drive

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  • By Staff Sgt. Chris Powell
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
Team Andersen members are continuing their push to make this year's Air Force Assistance Fund "Commitment to Caring" campaign the best ever. 

So far, Andersen has raised more than $24,700 in support of the AFAF campaign, which began here March 5 and will end April 15. 

"Team Andersen had a lot on its plate recently - exercise and UCI preparations and distinguished visitors alongside its normal duties. However, thanks to the unit reps, and overall commitment to caring, Team Andersen has impressively pulled through," said Capt. Richell Martinez, Andersen's AFAF project officer said. "I am very impressed with the unit reps in my discussions after the exercise. They have told me that, with the exercise behind them, they are going to hit the units hard in the next few weeks before the UCI to meet Team Andersen's goal." 

Andersen's goal is a little more than $25,000, and we're at about 98 percent, according to Captain Martinez. 

"The AFAF supports charities that are chartered to assist Air Force personnel in their times of need and the AFAF campaign is their main source of funding and another chance for Airmen to help fellow Airmen," he said. 

The Air Force Assistance Fund was established to provide for an annual effort to raise funds for the charitable affiliates that provide support to the Air Force family in need. These organizations are the Air Force Village Foundation, Inc., the Air Force Aid Society, Inc., the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation, and the Air Force Enlisted Village, Inc. 

People can contribute through cash, check, money order or payroll deduction to:
-- The Air Force Aid Society, which provides Airmen and their families with worldwide emergency financial assistance, education assistance and an array of base level community-enhancement programs. Base family support centers have full details on programs and eligibility requirements. Information is also available online at http://www.afas.org. 

-- The Air Force Enlisted Village Indigent Widow's Fund in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., near Eglin Air Force Base, which provides rent subsidy and other support to indigent widows and widowers of retired enlisted people 55 and older. More information is available at www.afenlistedwidows.org. 

-- The Air Force Village Indigent Widow's Fund in San Antonio, which is a life-care community for retired officers, spouses, widows or widowers and family members. The Air Force Village Web site is www.airforcevillages.com. 

-- The General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation, which provides rent and financial assistance to indigent widows and widowers of officers and enlisted people in their own homes and communities. The LeMay Foundation Web site is www.lemayfoundation.org. 

Contributions to the AFAF are tax deductible. For more information, visit afassistancefund.org or the Air Force Personnel Center's voting and fundraising Web site at www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/votefund.

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