USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines on board USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) are showing their generosity in October 2010 by participating in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), which helps improve the quality of life for people across the country and around the world.
The CFC mission is to support and promote charity through a program that is employee-focused, cost-efficient and effective to the community.
Donations to CFC contribute to more than 3,000 local and national charities.
"CFC provides Truman's crew members an opportunity to contribute to several different charities," said Truman's CFC Coordinator Aviation Boatswain's Mate [Fuel] Chief (AW/SW) Waguens Camille. "The overall mission of CFC is to promote charity throughout the entire Navy. My goal as CFC coordinator is to have 100 percent contact with all Sailors and Marines on board, providing the avenues and opportunity for them to donate."
In October 2009, Truman raised more than $105,000 to support the campaign. Truman hopes to top that achievement in 2010 with a goal of $114,000.
Donating through the CFC campaign is yet another way Truman can give back to the community, said Lt. j.g. Brian Fields, one of Truman's command coordinators.
"I see Sailors giving their time and service every day. A lot of crew members donate to charities back home which are meaningful to them," said Fields. "CFC is the one program that allows a Sailor or Marine the flexibility as to how much money or to what organization they choose to donate. If every Sailor attached to the ship donated just $41, we would reach our command goal of $114,000. That just shows how a little goes so far."
The process is simple - after crew members decide on charities they would like to support and the amount they would like to donate, they complete a form saying how they would like for that money to be given. They can choose between a monthly allotment that is deducted directly from their pay, or a lump sum. If they choose to do an allotment, that amount is deducted during a 12-month period till the following October.
Habitat for Humanity International, Safe Kids Worldwide, Bread and Water for Africa and the Breast cancer Relief Foundation are just some of the many worthy charities to which crew members can choose to donate. If they choose to leave the charity designation box blank, their contributions will be distributed evenly to all organizations supported by the campaign.
Personnel Specialist Seaman Ryan Halpin is no stranger to donating to and visiting charities. Every time he visits his hometown on leave he stops at St. Jude Children's Hospital, one of his favorite charities. Halpin also donates to "Stocking Full of Love" through the CFC program every year.
"Growing up, my family was really poor. If it wasn't for Stocking Full of Love we would have had many empty Christmases," said Halpin. "It's my way of giving back. It's just a nice thing to be able to do while I'm serving in the military."
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