By Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Team Schriever collected $52,000 for its 2012 Air Force Assistance Fund, exceeding its $33,889 goal.
The AFAF was established to annually raise funds for charitable affiliates that provide support to Air Force families in need.
“Schriever’s AFAF campaign was a huge success,” said Capt. Andrew Fox, 50th Network Operations Group Exercise and Readiness deputy chief. “Currently, we are more than 155 percent of our goal.”
During the campaign, the base reached 100 percent of its donation funds goal by the fourth week and reached 125 percent by the sixth week. Numerous fundraisers, such as chili cook offs and pizza parties, helped contribute to attaining the goal. Additionally, Team Schriever raised more than $1,000 when 20 Airmen played a 40-hour dodgeball marathon, breaking the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest dodgeball game.
“The Air Force Assistance Fund is such an important campaign because it goes directly to the people who deserve it most, the Airmen and their families,” Fox said. “We have devoted our lives to serving the American people, but we have a calling to brotherhood that means we look out for each other. AFAF is about Airmen helping Airmen; no one gets left behind.”
Organizations that benefit from the campaign are the Air Force Villages, Air Force Aid Society, General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation and Air Force Enlisted Village. These organizations help Air Force members with aid in emergency or educational needs or to have a secure retirement home for widows or widowers of Air Force members in need of financial assistance. Active duty, retirees, reservists, guard and their dependents, including surviving spouses, may ask for assistance from one of these organizations.
“Air Force Assistance Fund is important because it provides that sense of community among our Air Force members and their families,” said Airman 1st Class Richard Ellstrom, 50th Comptroller Squadron lead defense travel administrator and AFAF unit project officer.
Ellstrom said contributing to the AFAF is a great thing to do and every individual becomes the foundation for something bigger.
“We can easily lose sight of how fortunate we are to have financial security and the support of our friends and family,” he said. “The AFAF is there to provide support during financial hardship or when tragedy strikes.”
According to Fox, the success of the AFAF campaign relied heavily on volunteers.
“AFAF volunteers are selfless and compassionate,” Fox said. “Many have had tough times themselves, and they are simply giving back to the charity that helped them. All know that if they don’t use the charity, their wingman will.”