• Combined Federal Campaign underway

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    The 2017 Heartland Combined Federal Campaign is underway and accepting donations through Jan 12.
    “The (CFC) is a 56-year federal workplace giving tradition that has raised more than $8 billion for charitable organizations. It is one of the largest workplace giving campaigns in the world,” according to the CFC official website. “The funds raised each fall through this campaign help neighbors in need around the corner, across the nation and throughout the world.”
    This year, Fort Leavenworth’s monetary goal is $100,000, said Zach Stephens, special events manager for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
    This year’s campaign has new changes that donators need to take note of, Stephens said.
    In the past, there were three different systems that donators had to use — MyPay, CFC Nexus and the Employee Express site — depending on the organization, or if donators were military or a civilian. However, this year, there is one website that all donators can use — cfcgiving.opm.gov.
    There is also a change in acceptable payment methods. Cash will not be accepted. However, donators can now make either a one-time or recurring credit card donation, write a personal check or choose to do a payroll deduction from each paycheck. There is also an option to volunteer at select charities.
    “Donating hours as a volunteer still helps the installation reach its goal because each hour donated has a monetary value assigned to it,” Stephens said.
    This year, there is also a requirement to choose a specific charity to donate to instead of donating to the general fund. To successfully donate, visit Heartlandcfc.org, click on “Campaign Workers,” click on “Campaign Materials,” and find “Charity List.” When choosing a charity, take note of the five-digit code on the “charity list” to enter when putting in the donation, or the donation will not be processed. Donors can choose multiple charities and opt to have it split evenly between them or specify how much they want each charity to receive.
    If donors do not want to process a payment online, they can visit Heartlandcfc.org, click on “Campaign Workers,” click on “Campaign Materials,” and find “Paper Pledge Center,” or pick up a form from Stephens in room 216 of the Resiliency Center, 600 Thomas Ave. All completed forms and pledge cards can be returned to Stephens.
    Donations can go to international charities or be kept local.
    The Special Needs Partnership Advocacy, 1713 Ridge Rd., Leavenworth, Kan., is a local charity that uses its CFC donations to help with programs for teens and adults.
    Page 2 of 2 - “The donations from CFC support our monthly activities for teen and adult individuals with developmental disabilities,” said SNAP President Sue Robertson. “We (want) to show individuals with disabilities that there are opportunities to continue and/or develop life-long friendships after they leave school.”
    SNAP activities have included dances and trips to local attractions, such as waterparks and zoos, Robertson said.
    People can also donate volunteer hours through CFC. To find a list of charities accepting volunteer hours, visit cfcgiving.opm.gov, click “Find a Charity,” put in the local ZIP code, mark the “Volunteer Opportunities Available” box and click “search for charities.”
    One such charity in the installation area is Birthright of Leavenworth Inc., 221-A Delaware, Leavenworth.
    “(We are) a total volunteer organization,” said Margaret McNamee, Birthright of Leavenworth director. “We presently have 24 dedicated volunteers. We visit with the women who come in either for a pregnancy test or just to talk about difficulties surrounding a pregnancy. We help them address their difficulties in a positive way so they can have their babies.”
    For information, call Stephens at 684-1674 or e-mail zachary.c.stephens2.naf@mail.mil.
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