By Scott Prater
The 2009 Air Force Assistance Fund, a program managed by Airmen that benefits Airmen, completed its five-week fund raising campaign here May 1.
As part of the Air Force-wide program, members from each unit were asked to help raise funds for the effort through their respective units. The unit representatives then kept track of donations and filed their contribution forms with Master Sgt. Stephen Campbell, 50th Space Communications Squadron Plans and Resources Flight superintendent.
At the conclusion of the fund raising effort, Schriever units combined to accumulate $25,091.
The program supports four separate assistance organizations: The Air Force Enlisted Village Indigent Widows Fund, the Air Force Village Indigent Widows Fund, The Air Force Aid Society and the General and Mrs. Curtis E. Lemay Foundation.
“One feature of this program is that it allows contributing Airmen to designate the particular fund or funds their donations go to,” Sergeant Campbell said. “A majority of people generally choose to contribute to the Air Force Aid Society.”
The Air Force Aid Society is the official charity of the Air Force. Qualified members are given interest-free loans or grants during personal and family emergencies. Aid can be given for such purposes as food, rent, utilities, essential car repair and certain medical and dental care.
Emergency financial assistance is available through AFAS sections located in the Airman and Family Readiness Center here at Schriever. Call the AFRC at 567-3920 for more information.
The Air Force Village Indigent Widows Funds provides widows or widowers of retired Air Force officers and enlisted personnel with cost-effective living options. The villages are located near Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field near Fort Walton Beach, Fla.The General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation also provides support to widows of all retired Air Force personnel with financial assistance.
At Schriever, 19 separate units and 18 tenant units participated in the fund raising effort.
Schriever met 76 percent of its $32,972 goal, raising in excess of $25,000.
“That’s a great number considering the economic situation our country is facing,” Sergeant Campbell said.
Air Force wide, the campaign generated more than $7 million in contributions during the fund raising effort.
Staff Sgt. Justin Sims managed donations for the 50th Civil Engineer Squadron, which raised $410 for the AFAF.
“The AFAF helps our Airmen from the past, present and the future,” Sergeant Sims said. “Without contributions from everyone, there would not be any help for our servicemembers that have served and those that continue to serve. It’s crucial that we make a contribution, to this wonderful program because there may be a day that you find yourself in need of assistance and you might feel a little guilt if you never contributed. The 50th CES members have seen and know people that have used the assistance from one of the AFAF organizations. We like to keep close to each other and that is how the AFAF helps us achieve that great feeling.”
To read personal stories of families that have benefited from the Air Force Assistance Fund, visit http://www.afas.org/stories/body_stories.cfm.