JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA –
Members of Joint Base Charleston kicked-off the Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF) campaign here March 6, 2017 with a pancake breakfast. The AFAF is a fundraising event held through April 14, 2017.
The AFAF consists of four charity organizations to help Airmen and their families in need: Air Force Enlisted Village, LeMay Foundation, Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation and the Air Force Aid Society.
The Air Force Enlisted Village assists with providing homes for surviving spouses. The LeMay Foundation help keep spouses in their homes by providing financial assistance. Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation provides a retirement community for widows of retired Air Force officers and the Air Force Aid Society provides financial assistance to Airmen, active duty and retired, officers and enlisted, as well as widows and widowers.
During the campaign, money will be raised through various fundraising events as well as the Payroll Deduction Program. This year's goal is to raise $50,950 and make 100 percent contact. The base's progress toward both goals is tracked on large thermometer signs located on the installation.
“Joint Base Charleston has not met their goal in the last four years,” said Master Sgt. Brian LeCaire, 437th Maintenance Group quality assurance lead inspector and AFAF coordinator. “We are working hard to make sure we make our goal this year.”
Events will be held over the next five weeks to raise awareness, solicit donations and give everybody the opportunity learn about the AFAF and the charities within it.
“We are excited to be a part of it,” said Master Sgt. Raymond Westcott, 437th Maintenance Squadron accessories assistant flight chief and AFAF coordinator. "The AFAF is a great program. It is four separate charities. They are highlighted individually because they are charities that give back to the Air Force directly.”
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