1st CFC fair in Europe hosted on Ramstein

Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas volunteers pose for a photo during the first CFC-O charity event in Europe on Ramstein Air Base, Nov. 15. The information booth they ran during the event showcased the vast number of charities offered within the CFC-O, including what percentage per dollar goes to the charitable cause.

Kaiserslautern Military Community members participated in the first Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas fair in Europe on Ramstein Air Base, Nov. 15.

Nine charities run by local contacts gathered in Hangar 3 to increase exposure of their causes.

The CFC promotes and supports philanthropy through a program that is employee-focused, cost-efficient and provides federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.

The CFC is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with almost 200 CFC campaigns throughout the United States and overseas raising millions of dollars each year.

Although many people are aware of the CFC and donate on an annual basis, the fair was the first time Kaiserslautern Military Community members could gather in one location to speak with multiple charity representatives directly.

Organizers of the event hope to continue hosting fairs in the future.

“The biggest things were reaching out to the charities, establishing those relations and helping to educate them on their function within the CFC and how they can register for charity events like this next year,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. James Earley, CFC-O fair organizer.

So far, service members who donated to this year’s CFC-O have pledged $608,000 and nearly 500 volunteer hours. Individuals who wish to donate to this year’s CFC-O have until Dec. 14 to donate in person or until Jan. 11 if they wish to donate online.