NEWS | Oct. 3, 2016

CFC returns to JBC

By Airman 1st Class Thomas T. Charlton Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

The 2016 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), kicks off for Team Charleston on Monday, Oct. 3 and continues through Nov. 18.

The annual campaign is designed to provide all military members and civilian employees an opportunity to donate to eligible non-profit organizations, providing health and human service benefits throughout the world.

“This is an amazing opportunity for everyone to give back in another way to the communities (where) they live and work,” said Jamie McKanna, Coastal Carolina CFC chapter director. “This is just another way to go above and beyond the service they are already committed to.”

With nearly 22,000 charities from which to choose, most contributors can find one organization with a cause of personal significance.

“Giving back is what we do as military members,” said Master Sgt. Amine El Iahiai, 628th Air Base Wing CFC coordinator. “We serve our nation day in and day out. This is another opportunity for us to contribute.”

The financial goal for the base this year is $140,000. Team Charleston surpassed the $120,000 goal each of the previous two years.

“To achieve this year’s goal, we are relying on 100 percent participation,” said 2nd Lt. Lainie Long, Joint Base Charleston CFC coordinator.

Joint Base Charleston’s individual unit CFC coordinators aim to reach their goal by making 100 percent contact with every eligible member of their units within the first week.

The CFC has donated over $7 billion worldwide since its inception in 1961. The Coastal Carolina chapter collected $1.13 million last year and has raised over $1 million per year for the past 19 years.

“The Combined Federal Campaign is our campaign,” said Col. Robert Lyman, Joint Base Charleston commander. “It’s no surprise that public servants – the men and women who keep this nation strong everyday through hard work, ingenuity, and service – are also among the most generous. The Coastal Carolina CFC is an extension of the work we do every day. By serving in or with the military, you contribute your talents to make the world a better place.”

For more information about the CFC or to donate, call 2nd Lt. Lainie Long at 843-963-3350.