The trail to CFC's success leads to you Published Oct. 16, 2009 By Capt. Bruce Hill, Jr. 433 AW Public Affairs LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- It is no wonder why the Combined Federal Campaign is so important. From epilepsy to very rare forms of terminal disorders, CFC has become a source of information and an organization upon which families can rely and find strength within its family support structure. The 2009 charitable contributions to the Combined Federal Campaign will, like every year, find its way to many fellow family members in great need of assistance. This year's CFC at the 433d Airlift Wing officially kicked off Sept. 2 and runs through Dec. 15. "The goal for the wing this year is to make 100 percent meaningful contact of all members to ensure that they receive the opportunity to donate to charities they wish to support through the CFC. Each unit has been assigned a donation target and the wing aggregate goal is to raise $44,623" said Major David C. Eastham, Wing Process Manager and Wing CFC Project Officer for the 2009 campaign. 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, said Eastham. As the world largest and most successful annual workplace-giving operation, CFC campaigns throughout the country, and internationally, raise millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season, September 1 through December 15, support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world. Fundraising for charitable organizations in the Federal workplace can be traced to the late 1940's. Grants from the CFC foundation help pay for anywhere from common medical procedures to experimental surgery and research. Monies donated to CFC are passed on to other medical organizations that help doctors discover medical problems that may not have otherwise been discovered and then perform those procedures. There are about 2,638 local, national and international agencies that people can contribute to through the CFC, which can literally change the life of anyone in need. The wing averages $23,144 annually with an average annual participation rate among wing members of 25 percent, according to Eastham. No matter the donation, be it big or small, your contribution can really make a difference. Inquiries and donations may be made to unit or group key workers, or can be made directly to Maj. Eastham at 925-5062. The alternate project officer is Lt. Col. Tracey Burke at 925-8329.