CFC-O 2016 Campaign kicks off on Kadena

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  U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Barry Cornish, 18th Wing commander, signs a Combined Federal Campaign pledge form, Oct. 4, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Combined Federal Campaign - Overseas began Oct. 3 and is scheduled to run until Dec. 2. The campaign combines more than 20,000 charities and compiles them so it’s easier for military members and their families to gain awareness of what charities are available and how to contribute. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Barry Cornish, 18th Wing commander, signs a Combined Federal Campaign pledge form, Oct. 4, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Combined Federal Campaign - Overseas began Oct. 3 and is scheduled to run until Dec. 2. The campaign combines more than 20,000 charities and compiles them so it’s easier for military members and their families to gain awareness of what charities are available and how to contribute. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)

CFC-O 2016 Campaign kicks off on Kadena

by: Senio Airman Omari Bernard, 18th Wing Public Affairs | .
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published: October 07, 2016

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- The Combined Federal Campaign – Overseas started Oct. 4 with the signing of a CFC pledge form by Brig. Gen. Barry Cornish, 18th Wing commander. The CFC–O is scheduled to run for two months and will end Dec. 2.

The campaign combines more than 20,000 charities and compiles them so it’s easier for military members and their families to gain awareness of what charities are available and how to contribute.

“Not only is it a convenient way for those who are willing to donate to charity, but the CFC has done a lot of hard work to ensure charitable donations are going where we want them to,” Cornish said. “I think it’s important for everyone to give, if it’s within their means.”

Service members, federal employees or their families can choose to make a one-time donation for the year, or choose to give a set amount from each paycheck to the charity of their choice.

“My personal goal for the 18th wing is to raise $250,000,” said Master Sgt. Michel Johnson, 909th Air Refueling Squadron first sergeant and CFC manager. “Anyone can donate, whether you are military or civilian, all you have to do is contact your unit representative.”

Johnson donates using the CFC every year because her family was helped by one of the charities the campaign supports.

“I donate because it’s something dear to me and it’s something personal,” she continued. “I was able to use the Fisher House, which is one of the charities under the CFC, and I was able to stay there for free.”

According to the CFC-O website the theme of the 2016 CFC-O is ‘Show Some Love’. The campaign allows contributors to show some love by supporting life-changing programs in military communities, at home and abroad.

Tech Sgt. Cassie Holley, 44th Fighter Squadron aviation recourse management and CFC publicity marketer said her goal for this year’s CFC-O is to ensure everyone knows what it is, who they can talk to, and ensure they know enough to make the personal decision to donate or not.

According to Holley, more information about the CFC-O campaign can be found online at cfcoverseas.org.

“It’s an awesome website and there’s a lot of information on it,” she said. “You can search for different charities and even type in your zip code and find a local charity near you. It’s very easy to navigate and you can donate electronically on that website.”

Charities depend upon the generosity of contributors to give help and hope to those in need, so it’s up to contributors to ‘Show Some Love’ during the 2016 CFC-O and give to their charity of choice.

For more information about the CFC-O or to donate visit cfcoverseas.org or contact your unit CFC representative.

*Editor’s note: The Combined Federal Campaign – Overseas officially began Oct. 3. However, due to Super Typhoon Chaba the campaign on Okinawa began Oct. 4.