APG kicks off 2017 CFC campaign

The 2017 Combined Federal Campaign, or CFC, is underway at Aberdeen Proving Ground and organizers will be asking members of Team APG to “Show Some Love” with donations to the charity of their choice during the Nov. 9, 2017 kickoff event.

According to the Chesapeake Bay Area CFC website, CFC, “a federal workplace giving tradition, has raised more than $8 billion for charitable organizations. It is one of the largest workplace giving campaigns in the world. The funds raised each fall through this campaign help neighbors in need around the corner, across the nation and throughout the world. During the campaign, federal employees can choose from a list of thousands of vetted charities to support. The CFC makes it easy to “Show Some Love” to the causes you care about. Whether you are passionate about disaster relief, veteran services, animal rights or cancer research, the CFC has a charity for any cause you want to support.”

The 2017 theme, “Show Some Love,” highlights the CFC efforts to connect to potential donors, according to APG Installation CFC Representative Sgt. 1st Class Rosalba Rodriguez, an animal care specialist with the U.S. Army Public Health Center. Rodriguez, under the direction of CFC Chairperson Capt. Willis Akers of the HHC Garrison and CFC Regional Director Rachel Reichlyn, said she hopes to surpass the installation goal of $315,000.

“We surpassed last year’s goal,” Rodriguez said, “and with a slogan and a host of charities that people can identify with, I’m confident we can do the same this year.”

Rodriguez said all unit representatives have been assembled and briefed and that many large units have more than one representative to accommodate their civilian and military workforces.

“We appreciate the military/civilian mix of many organizations so representatives are there to support that,” she said, adding, “we appreciate the way everyone is getting on board and having the support of our commanders will lead to our success.”

She said Team APG will be apprised of the campaign’s progress through updates on APG social media sites and by the giant thermometers displaying current levels that will be strategically placed in prominent locations at APG North (Aberdeen) and South (Edgewood).

“This extra added visual effect is to remind people of our goals and to motivate others to give if they haven’t already,” Rodriguez said.

She added that the overall message of the campaign delivers a modern theme that “we all can identify with.”

“Show some love works because we all have different definitions of love,” she said. “APG has proven love works every year by meeting CFC goals and showing that we believe in looking out for each other and our communities. We know that showing love can affect so many people in so many different environments.

“It’s about hope and helping. I look forward to achieving this goal with Team APG.”

Check the APG News and social media sites for upcoming events promoting the APG 2017 Combined Federal Campaign.

By Yvonne Johnson, APG News