It’s that time of year again when the White Sands Missile Range workforce comes together to support charitable causes both locally and nationally through the annual Desert Southwest Combined Federal Campaign. The campaign kicked-off Oct. 15 and will run through Dec. 15. The goal for this year’s campaign is $75,000.
The campaign provides a way for employees to choose to donate to one or several of over 2,400 charities through payroll deduction. The deductions will begin the first pay period in January, after the major holidays. Brenda Orner is this year’s campaign manager for the installation, this year’s theme is “I can make a difference.”
“I think we’re lucky to have a good job and work for the government and none of us ever know when we may need to rely on these charities. In essence, we may be helping our friends and family members or ourselves,” Orner said. “Every donation can make a difference.”
According to Orner, WSMR Commander Brig. Gen. Timothy Coffin and WSMR Garrison Commander Col. Brian Michelson will be encouraging employees to participate in the campaign through their upcoming quarterly meetings with the workforce.
“It’s something both commanders highly endorse,” Orner said.
Key workers are assigned to each organization within the installation to help facilitate the donation process. The key workers attend a training on the first day of the campaign where they are also provided with booklets that list the charities and campaign forms to distribute throughout the office. The key workers also have the responsibility of advising co-workers how and when donations will be accepted. The list of charitable causes range from international organizations, local organizations and national organizations. The charities range from child aid, and diabetes awareness, to animal charities.
“CFC serves as a conduit and is the only campaign authorized for the federal workplaces to participate in through payroll deduction,” said Cyndi Ankiewicz, Desert Southwest CFC executive director. “It offers employees the opportunity to give to their favorite charities.”
If you do not know who your key worker is and still wish to donate, there are several easy options for you to choose from. Aside from filling out a slip for payroll deduction, employees also have the option of visiting the Desert Southwest CFC website and donating online. Simply click on the “donor” section, then click on the “pledge online” subsection and click on the “pledge here” hyperlink under “my pay.” One time donations can only be made through application forms and not online. If you wish to participate in payroll deduction, you can choose the amount to be deducted and can do so either online or through the paper form.
According to Ankiewicz, over 8 billion dollars have been raised since the campaign’s inception in 1961. Regionally, over 2.2 million dollars have been collected. All donations are tax exempt. An award ceremony will take place at the end of the campaign to recognize employees who donated generous amounts to the charities of their choice.
For more information contact Brenda Orner at (575) 678-2768.
If you wish to make a donation online or view the list of charities visit: www.desertswcfc.org.