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CFC kicks off at 120AW

120th Airlift Wing Combined Federal Campaign Officer Capt. Clint Bishop presents Staff Sgt. Nicholas Figarelle with a 2015 Combined Federal Campaign booklet. The local campaign to collect charitable contributions began Nov. 6 and will run through Dec. 6, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Eric Peterson)

120th Airlift Wing Combined Federal Campaign Officer Capt. Clint Bishop presents Staff Sgt. Nicholas Figarelle with a 2015 Combined Federal Campaign booklet. The local campaign to collect charitable contributions began Nov. 6 and will run through Dec. 6, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Eric Peterson)

120th Airlift Wing Combined Federal Campaign Officer Maj. Rick Anderson points out the benefits of participating in the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign. The local campaign to collect charitable contributions began Nov. 6 and will run through Dec. 6, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Eric Peterson)

120th Airlift Wing Combined Federal Campaign Officer Maj. Rick Anderson points out the benefits of participating in the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign. The local campaign to collect charitable contributions began Nov. 6 and will run through Dec. 6, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Eric Peterson)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- The 2015 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) opened its season of giving for members of the 120th Airlift Wing during the November unit training assembly.

The CFC is the only program authorized by the federal government to solicit charitable contributions from employees in the workplace.

The campaign lists over 10,000 approved local, national and international organizations in a booklet for donors to select from when filling out payroll deduction forms.

120th Airlift Wing Director of Equal Opportunity and CFC Officer Maj. Rick Anderson announced that the kickoff to the annual campaign will run through Dec. 6 this year.

"Unlike the past, this year we are going to have 100 percent contact," Anderson said. "The goal is to have everyone know what CFC is and have the option to give."

Anderson said a myriad of charities are available for Airmen to donate to including local, state and national organizations. CFC booklets and payroll deduction forms will be distributed to Airmen in November and will also be available from supervisors or key workers assigned to each group.

120th Airlift Wing Intelligence Officer Capt. Clint Bishop serves as the alternate CFC officer for the local campaign. He said all members of the wing can participate regardless of employment status.

"Everyone can participate," Bishop said. "Technicians can elect to have a certain amount pulled from their check electronically each month and guardsmen can do a one-time contribution with a check or cash."

Guard personnel will be able to track the progress of the local campaign by viewing a graph to be installed near the main gate of the base.

"It's a great way of giving back to the community," Bishop said. "We're fortunate to be a part of this organization and it's good to contribute back to the community to support those in need."
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