FLW team receives recognition for 2018 efforts
Whether it is a pledge of dollars or the volunteering of time, the Combined Federal Campaign offers donors thousands of local, national and even international charities to choose from all with the comfort of knowing it is a federally regulated program.
During the 2018 campaign, Fort Leonard Wood surpassed its goal of $120,000 in donations.
“Through the generosity of the MSCoE/Fort Leonard Wood community, the installation raised approximately $163,390 and exceeded its pledge goal by more than 36 percent,” said Shirrell Johnston, Fort Leonard Wood CFC Campaign coordinator.
Gateway Region CFC Chair Kevin Pratt announced earlier this year that the region had an increase of 29 percent in donors — the largest increase in the nation. He said Fort Leonard Wood played a significant role in that increase.
He said he believes the CFC messages delivered to new Soldiers will resonate with them for a long time and encourage them to think about which “causes” they are passionate about.
Johnston said more than 1,000 individuals pledged their support in the paper form and by the CFC’s new online donation system.
“These contributions will go to support a multitude of charitable organizations throughout the nation and the world,” Johnston said.
This successful 2018 campaign led to three Fort Leonard Wood individuals receiving recognition at the state and national levels.
The Maneuver Support Center of Excellence/Fort Leonard Wood Campaign Coordinator team, consisting of Johnston and Michele Piccione-Leone, brought home the Team Campaign Coordinator/Keyworker award and were also selected by the Office of Personnel Management for a national CFC Hero award.
“My experience with CFC was truly humbling to see how selfless and passionate (our) service members are about giving back to their communities,” Piccione-Leone said.
3rd Chemical Brigade’s Campaign Coordinator/Key Worker Staff Sgt. Carlton Clay brought home the Individual CFC Coordinator/Keyworker award for his work in coordinating briefings with more than 25 training companies within the brigade and six companies within his battalion, all at various stages of training.
Johnston said Clay took the time to ensure Soldiers found the organizations they were most passionate about donating to.
“(I wanted to make sure) they were donating to the correct charity and that they felt like their donation made a difference,” Clay said. “Also, to show Soldiers that they should know which charities they are going to give to give their hard-earned money to.”
With the 2019 Combined Federal Campaign quickly approaching, units and command teams across the installation are being asked to start thinking about choosing their campaign coordinators/key workers.
Participants may choose to donate to one or more charities by way of payroll deduction, credit/debit card or ACH transfer from a bank account.
Since the campaign first began in 1961, federal employees have donated more than $8.3 billion through the CFC.
For more information about CFC, visit www.gatewaycfc.org.