News: Combined Federal Campaign hopes for banner year ahead
Story by Lance Cpl. Justin Rodriguez
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The Combined Federal Campaign was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 and has raised more than eight billion dollars for thousands of non-profit organizations, and hopes to push forward for this year’s CFC.
The CFC kicked off Sept. 1 and Onslow County CFC looks forward to building relationships with service-members and donating to local organizations. The CFC raised just under one million dollars in 2012 and hopes to improve their results this year.
“It’s important that our Marines give back to the community,” said Sgt. Maj. Bryan Zickefoose, 2nd Marine Division sergeant major. “Families in the community are affected everyday by the organizations involved, so seeing our Marines utilize given resources to give back is great.”
“We are very fortunate to be a part of such a wonderfully giving community,” said Alicia Hill, Onslow County CFC executive director. “We’re truly serving our country and supporting our community.”
More than 2,700 approved campaigns, some of which impact everyone in the Onslow County area such as medical support, research, environmental, educational, animal and service support organizations all receive CFC donations.
“There is a charity that provides support in areas that affect each and every one of us,” said Hill. “Without our continued support they may not be able to continue their phenomenal work they do each and every day supporting our community.”
Members of the CFC hope to improve the local community with donations and group participation.
“We just want to help out the community in any way we can,” said Steve Blare, campaign coordinator. The CFC’s goals are to raise more money for the groups participating, he added.
Federal employees have participated in the campaign for over 50 years to support a better quality of life for all.
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