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Combined Federal Campaign seeks increased donations and participation

Master Sgt. Rodney Huffman, 45th Space Communications Squadron, and Maj.
Shana Figueroa, 5th Space Launch Squadron Atlas V Flight Commander, kicked
off the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign during the Sports Week picnic and
closing ceremony Oct. 7. The campaign, in its 50th year, runs through Nov.
4, and has a local goal of raising $205,000 while making 100-percent
face-to-face contact with all members eligible to donate: military
personnel, federal civilian and postal employees, and contractors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens)

Master Sgt. Rodney Huffman, 45th Space Communications Squadron, and Maj. Shana Figueroa, 5th Space Launch Squadron Atlas V Flight Commander, kicked off the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign during the Sports Week picnic and closing ceremony Oct. 7. The campaign, in its 50th year, runs through Nov. 4, and has a local goal of raising $205,000 while making 100-percent face-to-face contact with all members eligible to donate: military personnel, federal civilian and postal employees, and contractors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Project officers and leadership kicked off the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign Oct. 7 with goals of increasing charitable contributions and employee participation.

"This year is the 50th anniversary of the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign," said Maj. Shana Figueroa, 45th Space Wing CFC Project Officer. "Our goal is to raise $205,000 with a 45-percent participation rate."

To help raise $5,000 more than the 2010 goal and increase donor participation by 5 percent, CFC unit representatives and organizers want to ensure 100-percent face-to-face contact with all members eligible: federal civilian and postal employees, military personnel, and contractors.

Contributions go to eligible non-profit charities that help people in need, including hungry, homeless, sick, children, families and many others in the community.

"The CFC belongs to you, the Federal employee, not the Federal government or the charitable organizations that benefit," Figueroa said. "You decide how to contribute - payroll deduction, cash or check (contractors must pay by check or cash) - and to whom you donate. You can direct your support to charities that work on the issues you care about most deeply." Contributors shouldn't feel obligated to donate a lot of money, she said.

"You don't have to donate a lot of money. Whatever you're comfortable with, even if it's $10, $20, or the change you have in your pocket," Figueroa said. "We understand economic times are hard, and people may be reluctant to commit. Even if it's a little, it shows you care."

The CFC runs through Nov. 4. For further information, contact your unit's CFC representative, Major Figueroa or Capt. Jennifer Spencer, 45th Medical Operations Squadron.