Combined Federal Campaign Kick-off Welcomes Charities to D.C. Armory
By 1st. Lt. Miranda Summers Lowe
The District of Columbia National Guard started their participation in the
Combined Federal Campaign with a kick-off event in the D.C. Armory Tuesday.
Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, commanding general of the D.C. National Guard,
gave opening remarks before DC Guardsmen had a chance to visit with
representatives from over a dozen philanthropies participating in CFC in an
information fair held on the drill floor.
"All these services, along with the D.C. National Guard, we are all working
together-and giving together-- for a great cause." said Maj. Gen. Schwartz.
The D.C.N.G. has set a goal of $33,600 in promised charitable contributions
and 100% contact made by Nov. 18. Combined Federal Campaign officially ends
"In this economy, we are some of those who have good enough jobs this year
that we can give back." Said Air Force Maj. Todd Riner, CFC campaign manager
for the D.C.N.G. "We have been fortunate and have the capability to help
those who have been less fortunate."
There are over 4,100 organizations participating in National Capital Region
CFC to choose from. Service members can chose from payroll deduction,
one-time payments and online giving at www.cfcnca.org. There is also a way
for those who wish to remain anonymous to do so while still giving the
D.C.N.G. participation credit.
This year's CFC campaign volunteers include Air Force Maj. Todd Riner,
campaign manager, Air Force Capt. Chuck Hagen, alternate campaign manager,
Warrant Officer 1 Shannon Yancey, and Army 2nd Lt. Deodato Louissaint. Each
unit has a key worker to coordinate CFC contributions.
CFC was started in 1961 by President Kennedy to coordinate giving for federal
workers, encourage involvement in the community and reduce the frequency of
charitable drives interrupted workplace activities. It has become the
Nation's leading workplace giving program. Last year, national capital
region CFC gave over $67 million to those in need.