By Staff Sgt. Patrice Clarke
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Team Schriever members kicked-off the Defense Department’s 2010 Combined Federal Campaign with a full day of events, including a charity open house Sept. 30.
More than 50 participants began the day with a 1.5-mile fun run before the open house began. Col. Michael Mason, 50th Space Wing vice commander, spoke about the importance of the campaign.
“The Combined Federal Campaign is a very important endeavor,” he stated to the Team Schriever members present. “Last year they (CFC) raised more than a quarter of a billion dollars for needy charities.”
Many Pikes Peak Regional Charities were present during the open house, with booths and informational material regarding their organizations as well as representatives to answer any questions Team Schriever members might have.
For many Schriever Airmen, this type of approach was very helpful to narrow down the contribution options.
“This event really helped put a face to an organization,” said Staff Sgt. Kimberly Swanagan, 50th Space Wing chaplain’s assistant. “Many times, you are given this thick book with lists and lists of charities. This way you can actually talk to the representative from that organization and really find out what they are about.”
For Master Sgt. Cassandra Bushyeager, one of the CFC Installation Program officers, that was the whole intent for this type of kick off.
“We try to bring out a broad scope of charities so everyone has a chance to talk to these organizations and see what their contributions will actually be used for,” she said. “CFC is an opportunity for military members and government employees to give back to their community. What better way to show that, than bring out the local organizations right here in the region?”
Schriever has been doing this type of face-to-face open house for the past three years. The base efforts have not gone unnoticed by CFC.
“What’s really cool about Schriever is they are the first to pilot every new program we have for CFC,” said Barbara Barfield, Regional CFC director. “When we decided to do the online assisted giving, Schriever was the first to pilot that program; when we said we wanted to condense the solicitation period because people thought that it ran too long, Schriever was the first to do that.”
Ms. Barfield also commented on key workers and volunteers at Schriever who make the campaigns a success.
“Schriever is the base that always sets an aggressive goal and they always come through,” she said. “It starts with the personnel here. You have a great team of leaders who have been working since May to make this year’s campaign a success. The campaign slogan this year is ‘I can change tomorrow, today.’ We are hoping that people take that adage to heart. Schriever is an awesome campaign and we can’t thank the Schriever personnel enough.”
For Team Schriever personnel who missed the event, no need to worry, as the campaign has just begun.
“Every unit has a unit project officer and several key workers,” said Sergeant Bushyeager. “The key workers’ goal is to make 100 percent contact with everybody on the base. There are pledge cards and books available listing the more than 4,000 different organizations personnel can donate too.”
Since 1971, CFC has been the sole authorized workplace charitable campaign for the federal service. CFC administrators and volunteers reach potential donors through more than 200 local organizations, and givers may contribute via cash, check or payroll deduction.
According to OPM figures, 2009 CFC pledges totaled nearly $282.6 million, a 2.7 percent increase over the previous year. The campaign has garnered more than $6 billion in charitable contributions since its inception in 1961.