MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE --
Founded in 1961 through an executive order signed by President John F. Kennedy, the Combined Federal Campaign remains the largest and most successful charity organization in the United States.
Targeting federal employees, the CFC allows charities the ability to solicit donations from individuals, while in the workplace, who may otherwise not be sought out by charitable organizations.
With 2,683 eligible charities the CFC encourages people to spend a little extra money for their favorite charity.
The annual charity drive for the CFC lasts between Sept. 1 and Dec. 15, but donations can be made throughout the year.
In 2011, the CFC raised $929,515, a slight decrease from the roughly $960,000 raised in 2010.
Alicia Hill, the Combined Federal Campaign director, said the decrease in donations is due to the draw down in service members as well as the cut backs to the postal staff.
Although CFC-wide donations were down, the local division of the campaign recorded an increase in donations from postal workers, said Hill.
Onslow County’s division of the CFC is run by Marine Corps Installations East – Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune’s Manpower Department under supervision of John Armour.
With the added bonus of tax deductable donations, the CFC is striving for increased donations in order to give as much help as possible to charities.
To donate or for more information visit www.onslowcountycfc.org or visit the organizations national website at www.opm.gov/cfc.