by Staff Sgt. Jessica Hines
31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
9/10/2014 - AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- The
Combined Federal Campaign Overseas makes it easy for military personnel
to give back to their community by providing a single,
globally-organized fundraising event from September to November.
At Aviano, the 31st Fighter Wing's very own CFC-O drive kicked off Sept.
4 with a burger-burn and information booth near the Exchange, inviting
guests to share a meal and browse through a catalogue of various
With more than 2,600 charitable organizations to choose from, service
members can put their money where their heart is and support a variety
of programs and organizations of their choosing.
"Everyone has a story, everyone has been in a position where they've
needed help, and the CFC is a great way to give back and help those
organizations that may have helped you or helped somebody you've known,"
said Senior Master Sgt. Bobby Hickman, 31st Operations Support Squadron
and CFC-O Project Officer.
"It also gives you an opportunity to support a specific organization that you're behind and that you believe in," he added.
According to Capt. Marcia Robinson, 31st Aerospace Medical Squadron and
CFC-O Project Officer, Aviano's total contribution goal is set at
$247,000, slightly higher than last year's grand total.
With the help of unit coordinators, the Aviano CFC team has three major
events planned, including a mid-term exercise-a-thon competition among
the squadrons, and a lawn movie night for the grand campaign finale.
"CFC unit coordinators can also create their own ways to raise awareness
and money," said Robinson. "We are also going to have an awareness
booth at the Exchange so people can receive more information about ways
to donate on Fridays throughout the campaign period."
To help navigate the donating process, service members can establish
monthly automatic payments from their payroll by filling out a form
provided by unit representatives. However, members can also give online
through the CFC-O website, or by one-time cash donations in-person at an
People can also get involved by volunteering in one the events organized by the CFC-O committee and unit coordinators.