FORT BELVOIR, VA–The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) marks its 50th anniversary this year, and U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) employees already are participating in the campaign’s golden anniversary, pledging donations to a cause of their choice from a list of nearly 4,000 charities.

“Over the last 50 years, the CFC has raised nearly $7 billion to help combat disease, protect our planet, feed the hungry, and lift up individuals and communities at home and around the world,” wrote President Barack Obama in a message sent on September 13.

Robert Coultas, USAASC’s CFC point of contact, said that each directorate at USAASC has a book listing the charities eligible for donations.

“If they want to donate, they have a book in their area.  If not, they can contact me and I will come and bring them a book and bring them a form to fill out.  Also, the book and the form are online at http://www.opm.gov/cfc/.  But you’ve got to remember that if you pledge online, when you print the copy, you’ve got to bring it to me so USAASC gets credit for it,” Coultas explained.

So far, USAASC employees have pledged $3,000 in donations in support of USAASC’s $25,000 goal.  Coultas will be visiting different areas of USAASC throughout the campaign to ensure everybody has all of the information they need.

“I’m going to be making periodic visits around the different offices to see how everybody’s doing, see if they have any questions, or if I left them a form earlier that I could pick it up,” he added. “These are hard times for everyone.  If you have a job, think about how you can help others.”

The CFC was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 and is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, according to the CFC’s website.  More than 200 CFC campaigns throughout the United States and internationally help raise millions of dollars each year, with $280 million raised in the last two years alone.  Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal, and military donors support eligible nonprofit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.

Coultas can be reached at (703) 805-1038 or robert.e.coultas.civ@mail.mil.  The campaign, which began September 1, is open until December 15.