By Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
With the holiday season here, Team Schriever is focusing on the true meaning of the Combined Federal Campaign, the joy of giving.
Reflecting the theme, “It’s not about the goal, it’s about the need,” the campaign encourages Schriever Airmen and civilians to give what they can to charities through CFC.
“CFC is a way for us to support non-profit organizations who offer numerous benefits throughout the world, which helps improve the quality of life for all,” said Staff Sgt. Rafael Fermin, 11th Space Warning Squadron space system operator and Schriever mission partners group project officer. “As a service member, I believe it is our responsibility to take care of people in any way we can. This is a good way to make a difference.”
The campaign aims to make lives better, save the environment, provide furry companionship, find cures and overcome disasters. Schriever members may donate to nearly 4,500 charities through the campaign.
“CFC connects military members and other federal employees with many charities,” said Tech. Sgt. Jamie Walker, 4th Space Operations Squadron operations support NCO in charge and 50th Operations Group project officer. “And it makes it easy to contribute to the ones who mean the most to them.”
Individuals can donate to local, national or international animal, children’s medical, health and medical research, military support or wild animal. Disaster relief and humanitarian aid, and conservation, wildlife and environmental protection charities are also available. Though they all differ, all charities have one common goal.
“And that is to help,” Fermin said. “By donating to CFC, we are allowing these charities to operate, allowing them to help those in need. Thus, we are making a difference.”
The shift in focus this year, from a monetary goal oriented campaign to a more basic giving experience, was designed to inspire everyone to donate while being aware of the government workers’ fiscal hardship.
“This year, CFC wanted everyone to know that it is more than just the dollar,” Fermin said. “It’s not the cost but rather what we believe in.”
Walker echoed the sentiment and said the campaign hopes to encourage people to think of those who can benefit from their contributions and “give from the heart.”
“Each one of us knows someone who has been or can be affected by one of the charities directly or indirectly,” Walker said. “Everyone needs help at some point in their life. This is the perfect opportunity to help others while we have the means.”
He said whatever amount Schriever members donate is appreciated.
“It’s understandable how it would seem hard for some to give after the recent Colorado fires, floods and other disasters added to the upcoming holidays,” Walker said. “But a contribution of a mere $1 per pay period multiplied by the number of employees capable of donating can and will make a huge impact in many lives.”
Airmen and civilians who are interested on donating through CFC may do so through various ways — contribute online through https://www.cfcnexus.org/_peakcfc/ or contact their unit key workers for paper form payroll deduction.
“Our core values include service before self and CFC is a good way to practice this core value,” Fermin said.
For more information, contact the following group project officers:
50th Mission Support Group: Tech. Sgt. John Muehlhausen
50th Network Operations Group: Capt. Drew Reber
50th Operations Group: Tech. Sgt. Jamie Walker
Mission Partners: Master Sgt. Thomas Arns and Staff Sgt. Rafael Fermin