News: Fort Carson extends welcome to CFC
Story by Spc. Nathan Thome
FORT CARSON, Colo. – On long rows of tables at each end of the Special Events Center sat a dozen pots of homemade chili for people to sample as they checked out charities throughout the center, during the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff, Oct. 2.
This year’s event marks CFC’s 51 years of partnership with federal services.
According to their website, CFC promotes and supports philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for those in need.
To kick off the fundraiser, a ceremony was held to introduce two special guests J.R. Martinez, former Soldier and motivational speaker, and Jon Karrol, news anchor, KRDO Channel 13.
“It’s a great day to kick off our 51st annual CFC, this year all of us have yet another opportunity to make a difference for those who need it most,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson. “I encourage each of you to participate in this year’s campaign in order to continue Fort Carson’s great legacy of giving, caring and providing help to those in need.”
After Anderson’s speech, he invited Martinez to the podium to say a few words about his time in service and how he became involved with the CFC.
“It’s great to be here with every single one of you and to take part in this campaign and what’s happening here today, to be able to support these nonprofits,” said Martinez. “All of these amazing groups have their own initiative, their own passion and their own desire to be able to help their cause.
“There are a lot of great groups here, find something you’re passionate about, support it, speak up about it and continue to support it every single day,” said Martinez. “Know that what you are doing is not only allowing those individuals benefiting from the charities to adapt and overcome, but at the same time, you are continuing your (military) service.”
The CFC has been partnered with military forces for 51 years, since its creation in 1961.
“President John Kennedy started the campaign when federal employees got together and said they didn’t want to constantly be asked for donations by individual charities,” said Barbara Barfield, CFC director, Pikes Peak Region. “They decided to combine them into one campaign to ask for donations, one time a year.”
Since 1961, more than $7 billion dollars have passed through CFC to the charitable partners. The Pikes Peak region contains more than 3,000 non-profit charities in the CFC. Nationally, CFC exceeds 100,000 charities.
“A lot of the money donated comes back to Fort Carson, but all of the charities have to provide human health and welfare, so in large, it goes to helping the people who need it,” said Barfield.
During CFC last year, Fort Carson donated approximately $648,000 and CFC leaders have a goal to donate at least $750,000 this year.
Soldiers can donate to charities through payroll deduction, cash, checks, and for the first time, credit cards.
“I think Soldiers donate to charities in the CFC, because the CFC does many great things,” said Pfc. Jordan Brasher, military police, 110th Military Police Company, 759th Military Police Battalion.
Brasher said that there is a charity for almost everything, and he would donate to these charities because they stand for a greater cause.
To learn more about the CFC or to donate to a charity, call (719) 53-5501, your unit CFC representative, or visit: http://www.opm.gov/cfc/, www.peakcfc.com. If you have comments or questions, you can contact CFC Operations at firstname.lastname@example.org.