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Giving back: Organizers hopeful of meeting CFC goal

Published: October 16, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (October 16, 2014) -- People on Fort Rucker have given generously to the Heart of Alabama Combined Federal Campaign, but the work is far from over as the campaign pushes on.

The campaign started Sept. 15 and runs through Nov. 14, and so far the campaign has raised 27 percent of its goal – just over $271,000, according to Beverly Arnold, Heart of Alabama CFC River Region United Way director.

With only five weeks left in the campaign and a goal of $1,000,000, this year’s fundraiser is down about 10-20 percent compared to previous years, but campaign organizers are hopeful, said Arnold.

“Fort Rucker has proven through the years to be a very generous group of military members and federal employees,” said the CFC director. “(The installation) is an example of generosity and graciousness to those ‘outside the gates’ in our surrounding community.”

The CFC is the easiest and most efficient way for Fort Rucker’s military and federal civilians to give back to charitable organizations of their choice, said Arnold.

“Often donors choose to give to local charities that support and help those in need or during a time of crisis ... sometimes our own families, friends and co-workers,” she said. “The CFC allows military members and federal employees to make a difference in our communities and to choose where they want to make that difference.”

The campaign benefits up to 24,000 charities that range from the local food bank, Army Community Service Programs or any number of well-known national organizations or charities. All non-profit organizations that are approved to participate in the campaign must show that they provide actual health and human service benefits, said Arnold, services that can literally save lives.

“Last year one of the area postmasters shared that her daughter was being treated for cancer and how so many of the charitable organizations in our state had generously assisted their family in many different ways,” said the CFC director. “She has been a donor for years and never thought that she would one day have to use services from these non-profit organizations for her own family crisis.”

It’s for reasons like those that the CFC is necessary and why people should continue to donate, she added.

Throughout the remaining campaign period, each unit and organization is encouraged to plan and organize different “FUNdraisers” within their own office, such as 5k runs, car washes and similar things to continue the effort, said Arnold.

“The Heart of Alabama CFC will continue with face-to-face solicitation until Nov. 14. We have had a great number of pledges submitted this year via myPay,” she said. “Just over 58 percent of all pledges have been submitted using the myPay system. It is the easiest and most efficient way to give.”

This is the second year that myPay has been made available for donors to submit online and the system is a paper-free way to pledge through the Combined Federal Campaign, and Arnold said that all donors who have access to myPay should go online and pledge right away.

The CFC link for myPay is on the main menu under Pay Changes, after logging in.

Donors who do not use myPay can visit the website at www.heartofalabamacfc.org for other online giving options. If a donor prefers to give using the traditional paper pledge form, they should contact their unit or organization CFC project officer.

For more information on who to contact, call 323-2561 or 255-9261.

This article was originally published at http://www.army.mil/article/136320/

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