Beale makes giving a priority

Airmen speak to representatives of local charity organizations at the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff event Nov. 7, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Since the first campaign in 1964, Federal employees have donated more than $8 billion for the charities and causes that are near and dear to them. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze)

Airmen speak to representatives of local charity organizations at the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff event Nov. 7, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Since the first campaign in 1964, Federal employees have donated more than $8 billion for the charities and causes that are near and dear to them. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze)

Clarence Benjamin Jr., Northern California director of the Combined Federal Campaign, speaks at the CFC kickoff event Nov. 7, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Since the first campaign in 1964, Federal employees have donated more than $8 billion for the charities and causes that are near and dear to them. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze)

Clarence Benjamin Jr., Northern California director of the Combined Federal Campaign, speaks at the CFC kickoff event Nov. 7, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Since the first campaign in 1964, Federal employees have donated more than $8 billion for the charities and causes that are near and dear to them. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Combined Federal Campaign began Nov. 7, 2016 at Beale Air Force Base, California, with a kickoff event that brought together Airmen, civilian employees and local charitable organizations to facilitate giving during this year’s program.

The kickoff event featured guest speakers from regional charity organizations as well as an information fair to better inform Team Beale on potential giving opportunities. This year Beale’s CFC runs from Nov. 7 through Dec. 4, 2016.

“We want the spirit of giving to be contagious this year,” said Master Sgt. Edison, 9th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bio environmental engineering flight chief and CFC installation project lead. “Beale’s goal this year is to make contact with 100 percent of eligible personnel and to raise $110k, I believe we can do it.”

The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.

“If every federal employee in Northern California donated two dollars a month we would raise nine million dollars a year.” Said Clarence Benjamin Jr., Northern California director of the Combined Federal Campaign “What you contribute matters and is very important to these charitable organizations.”

The positives of using CFC to make charitable donations is that it offers a streamlined system as well as offering a large number of government vetted organizations to donate to.

Donations can be made in one of three ways; members may request an automatic deduction through MyPay, a traditional long-form or the CFC nexus website, with the latter two options requiring assistance from unit representatives to complete.

Since the first campaign in 1964, federal employees have donated more than $8 billion for the charities and causes that are near and dear to them.

For more information about the 2016 CFC, visit www.opm.gov/combined-federal-campaign/