CFC ‘tees off’ Sept. 20, promotes philanthropy among DoD
Story by: Julie Fiedler
1ST INF. DIV. POST
Fort Riley community members will have a chance to do some good and make a difference in the lives of others when the Combined Federal Campaign, or CFC, tees off Sept. 20.
The CFC is an annual fundraising program designed to support and promote philanthropy among active-duty Soldiers and civilian Department of Defense employees, as well as contractors and even Family members.
"Throughout somebody's life, you are affected somehow, some way (by adversity), like cancer or heart disease," said Dori Farrow, Administration and Operations chief, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. "This is a chance of paying back."
Farrow, who has been organizing Fort Riley's CFC effort for more than 10 years, recounted the story of a Soldier whose spouse had complications during childbirth and the couple had to stay at the Ronald McDonald House.
"He said that that was just the most friendly and Family-(oriented) place that put him real at ease. Because of that, every year he contributes to the Ronald McDonald House because he was affected by that," Farrow said.
Each directorate and unit will have a designated point person to coordinate the CFC. The point person will have a catalog of vetted local and national charities. Contributors can select an organization to donate to by filling out a pledge form and submitting it to the point person with either payroll deduction information or a one-time cash or check payment.
"The easiest way to do it is payroll deduction," Farrow said.
The goal of the campaign is to raise $300,000.
During a period of fiscal challenges, it's even more important to give, Farrow said, as charities helping people in need face budget cuts of their own. But Farrow said she is encouraged to see how much difference just $1 per week can make during the course of a year.
One dollar a week can:
• Purchase 24 trees.
• Provide five meals per week for the hungry.
• Provide a healthy breakfast for needy children.
• Provide aviation services for people in need of medical treatment.
"It's these, to me, what touches the heart – just $1 a week. If you give $5 a pay period, that's $10 a month, so you can see what $10 would be able to do to help an organization," Farrow said.
The campaign will start Sept. 20 with a special kickoff – a four-person scramble golf tournament.
Registration begins at 9 a.m., with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The fee is $55 per person, with an option to buy two mulligans for $10. The event is open to the public, and proceeds will benefit the CFC.
"We do it to have fun," Farrow said about the golf event.
For questions about the tournament, call 785-239-3506 or 785-228-5119. To find out more about the CFC, visit www.heartlandcfc.org. Closer to the CFC kickoff, more information will be available through trained points of contact in units and directorates.