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JBSA-Randolph seeks more than $1 million in CFC

By Robert Goetz | Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Public Affairs | Sept. 5, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph is aiming for a goal of more than $1 million in this year's Combined Federal Campaign.

The campaign, which began Saturday, is an annual effort by federal civilian, postal and military donors to raise funds for eligible nonprofit organizations that provide health and human services throughout the world.

Master Sgt. Melissa O'Kane, Randolph installation project officer, said the CFC offers donors diversity and choice - more than 2,700 charities.

"The Combined Federal Campaign has charities that appeal to people of all ethnic groups, lifestyles, interests and hobbies," she said. "It's a way to give back to the communities that support us."

This year's San Antonio Area CFC theme is "iGive," which means "I'm Informed, I'm Involved, I'm Inspired and I'm Invested."

O'Kane said Randolph's goal is $1.1 million, which would exceed last year's final count of $1,075,903, but the installation's active-duty and civilian personnel, as well as contractors, retirees and dependents, often exceed the goal with their donations.

"Randolph is a very giving community," she said. "The contributions consistently go up each year."

Last year, nearly one million federal employees pledged more than $272 million during the campaign, John Berry, U.S. Office of Personnel Management director, said.

"This is just one more example of federal employees' commitment to improving the quality of life for all," he said.

O'Kane said she and 2nd Lt. Lauren Brendel, Randolph's other installation project officer, are coordinating the base's campaign and meeting regularly with project officers from JBSA-Fort Sam Houston and JBSA-Lackland to exchange ideas and stay apprised of efforts at all three installations.

She said mission partner project officers are overseeing their organizations' campaigns, while key workers throughout the base are making contact with military members and civilian employees to let them know the campaign has begun and how they can contribute. Information may also be disseminated at commander's calls and staff meetings.

Participants donate to the campaign through payroll deduction or cash contribution, filling out vouchers to designate one or more of the charities for their donations.

O'Kane said Randolph's active campaign will end Oct. 31, but funds will be collected through Dec. 15.

For more information, call O'Kane at 652-6781 or Brendel at 652-1845.