NEWS | March 30, 2018

JB Charleston kicks off AFAF campaign

By Staff Sgt. William A. O’Brien Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

The Joint Base Charleston Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign Kicked off March 27 and will run through May 4, 2018. The fund raising goal is $53,599 and 100 percent contact with all active duty Airmen.

The AFAF was established as an annual effort to raise funds for charitable affiliates providing support to Air Force service members, retirees, reservists, guard and their dependents, including surviving spouses.

“AFAF is an annual campaign run to raise money for four Air Force-specific charities, “said Master Sgt. Brittany Spoutz, AFAF installation project officer. “These charities run off the funds provided by Airmen. So contributing is an opportunity to help other Airmen and could also help you, if you ever needed it.”

The charities funded by the donations provide aid to Airmen and their families during difficult stages of their lives and careers. The charities are as follows:

•The Air Force Aid Society - provides emergency financial assistance through interest free loans for a variety of emergencies from an unexpected car repair to the need to fly home for an emergency, educational loans and scholarships, spouse tuition assistance and a variety of other base community enhancement programs.

•The Air Force Village Charitable Foundation – provides retiree’s widows and widowers with a home, whether they are able to afford it on their own or not. 

•The Air Force Enlisted Village - provides retiree’s widows and widowers with a home, whether they are able to afford it on their own or not.

•The LeMay Foundation – seeks out and provides assistance to widows and widowers of Air Force retirees through grants of financial assistance, ensuring they are able to continue living in their homes.

Donations can be made by cash, check, money order or direct deposit. Donors can choose how they would like their contribution to be distributed amongst the four charities.

“I used to work at the Airmen and Family Readiness Center as a special duty and during my time there, I saw them give back a lot and help numerous Airmen,” said Spoutz. “Seeing that directly, it’s amazing what these charities can do to help our Airmen in need. I like the idea of the Air Force taking care of their own and by giving to these charities, you’re giving back directly to the Air Force family.”

For more information about the AFAF campaign, contact your unit representative or visit http://afassistancefund.org/.