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Combined Federal Campaign kicks off

Effort allows military members to help support charitable nonprofits

  • U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division Command Sgt. Maj. Walter Tagalicud, second from left, joins Pvts. Demetrius Green, Michael Mink and Tyra Moore in cutting a cake with a sword Friday morning during the kickoff of the Combined Federal Campaign at Hunter Army Airfield. (Dash Coleman/Savannah Morning News)
  • Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Muller pets Bella Marie, a dog from the Humane Society for Greater Savannah, on Friday during Hunter Army Airfield's kickoff for the Combined Federal Campaign -- an effort that allows federal employees, such as U.S. Army soldiers, to donate to charitable nonprofits. (Dash Coleman/Savannah Morning News)

Local federal agencies have kicked off their Combined Federal Campaign for this year.

The campaign allows federal employees, such as members of the military, to contribute to a fund that will support charitable nonprofits of their choosing.

The CFC is the world’s largest workplace giving option for federal employees. There are about 20,000 charities available through CFC, including local, national and international charities. Over the past 50 years, the CFC has raised more than $7 billion to help those in need.

The campaign goal for the CFC of the Coastal Empire is $20,000.

Soldiers at Hunter Army Airfield learned about the effort Friday from Ernest Tafoya, the installation’s deputy garrison commander and chairman of the combined campaign here.

“Every one of you has been touched by a nonprofit,” Tafoya said at Hunter’s kickoff event.

Several nonprofits, such as the Humane Society for Greater Savannah, the American Red Cross and Senior Citizens Inc., showed up at the event to tell members of the military about their efforts.

Command Sgt. Maj. Walter Tagalicud, command sergeant major of the 3rd Infantry Division, mentioned how organizations like the Red Cross assist soldiers’ families and how the USO helps send off for deployments and welcome them home.

“When soldiers know their families are being taken care of, it improves our readiness,” he said.