For nearly 60 years, federal employees have worked together to raise money for organizations across the world.
Community members celebrated the annual Combined Federal Campaign kickoff Tuesday at the Commons. This year’s goal is to raise $150,000.
Last year, more than $169,000 was raised locally, according to Judee Kelly, Financial Readiness Program manager. Kelly said she is confident the Fort Drum community will have no problems meeting this year’s goal.
Col. Gary A. Rosenberg, Fort Drum garrison commander, who was guest speaker at the event, said he is also confident the installation can meet this year’s goal.
“This has been an opportunity for us to give to any organization we choose,” he said.
While some organizations benefit Soldiers and Families, others help children, animals and those in need on the local, national and international level, Rosenberg added. Federal employees can provide contributions to more than 2,600 organizations via payroll deductions or one-time donations.
“CFC gives the opportunity for all of our employees – (Soldiers) and Civilians – to improve the quality of life for everybody else,” Rosenberg said. “The motto of the campaign is ‘I make a difference.’ I think all of us make a difference in people’s lives every day. This is just one more way for us to do that.”
Although people are not required to participate, Rosenberg encouraged all CFC representatives to ensure they offer everyone an opportunity to donate.
“Even though times are tough, people sometimes want to give more during hard times,” he said.
Also during the event, awards were presented to the two brigades that raised the most money during last year’s CFC event. First Brigade Combat Team received the platinum award for first place, and 3rd Brigade Combat Team received the gold award for second place.
“This is a representation of the brigade. As most of you know, 1st BCT had a third of its force deployed during this time period,” said Col. Christopher D. Latchford, 1st BCT Rear commander. “That’s very significant. I can’t thank our Soldiers enough for their giving and their caring about others.”
Bob Gorman, chief executive officer for the United Way of Northern New York, said CFC allows Soldiers and Civilians to support organizations around the country and in their local community. United Way supports local services that provide assistance to the community, to include veterans and low-income families.
For more information about donating, contact your unit or organization CFC representative. For details about the CFC, visit http://www.opm.gov/combined-federal-campaign