Fort Leonard Wood’s 2021 Combined Federal Campaign solicitation period will begin next Tuesday. The campaign celebrates its 60th anniversary this year as the official workplace giving campaign for federal employees and retirees, and, as in previous years, personnel may choose to donate to any of the more than 20,000 participating charities via a one-time gift or through regular payroll deductions. This year’s campaign slogan is, “You can be the face of change,” and, according to Brandy Keeth, one of Fort Leonard Wood’s 2021 CFC coordinators, monetary donations and volunteer hours from service members, civilians, retirees and their families here end up helping people in the local area and beyond. Keeth says the goal this year is to raise $100,000 at Fort Leonard Wood. Since the campaign first began in 1961, federal employees have donated more than $8.5 billion through the CFC – $83.6 million was donated last year alone.
In a memo released in July, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said people around the world have benefitted from individual members of the federal community pledging money and time to make positive impacts. For more information about CFC — including information on how to donate and a list of charities — visit www.gatewaycfc.org.