JRM kicks off 2012 Combined Federal Campaign
Joint Region Marianas (JRM) kicked off the 2012 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) at the U.S. Naval Base Guam Chapel Oct. 1.
CFC gives service members and federal civilians the opportunity to donate to any of more than 4,000 pre-screened charities.
At the ceremony, Rear Adm. Tilghman D. Payne, Commander, Joint Region Marianas, said the region’s CFC goal this year is to give everyone a chance to make a difference.
“I’m not worried about what the final number is or what the bottom line is,” he said. “People will give what they can give based on what they have, but what I ask you to do, is get out and touch every one of your people from your command so they have an opportunity to give.”
Payne said CFC is important because the Department of the Defense (DOD) has an opportunity to give back and support organizations that have supported the military.
“It is important because we are in tough times right now and we here in the DoD, we are uniquely blessed with the work we do and the support systems we have and in the difference and contributions we can make to our nation and to the world.”
Lt. Cmdr. Roldan C. Mina, 2012 CFC agency project officer, said he was proud that all 28 team program officers and more than 150 campaign personnel were properly trained to reach out the commands.
“Our team is properly trained and ready to reach out to everybody,” Mina said. “Now the Sailors, Marines and federal employees can reach out to their unit project officers or key persons or who will be approaching them in the coming days.”
According to Mina, the 2012 CFC campaign will continue through Nov. 16. JRM’s goal is to have a CFC volunteer make contact with every Sailor and Navy civilian to offer them the opportunity to pledge a donation.
Since 1971, CFC has been the only authorized workplace charitable campaign for the federal
service. CFC-givers can contribute to their causes via cash, check or payroll deduction.
Charities that participate in CFC must complete an annual application process. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which oversees the program, maintains strict eligibility and public accountability criteria that all CFC charities must meet.
In 2011, nearly a million federal employees pledged more than $272 million according to OPM figures. $200,000 of those pledges came from the Sailors and federal employees on Guam.
Since its creation in 1961, CFC has raised more than $7 billion for local, national and international charities.