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Guardsmen donate $24K to Combined Federal Campaign

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OTIS ANG BASE, Mass. -- Members of the Massachusetts Air National Guard stationed on Cape Cod donated more than $24,000 to charitable organizations during the 2010 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

The money raised by the Guardsmen was part of the more than $1.1 million collected by the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts CFC team.

According to Maj. Nicole Ivers, campaign coordinator for Otis, the money raised locally this year exceeded last year's donations by approximately $5,000.

"I am always impressed by the generosity of our Airmen and this year's campaign was no exception," said Ivers. "Our goal was to raise $20,000 and I'm proud to say we beat our goal by almost 20 percent."

Started in the early 1960's, the mission of the CFC is to support and promote philanthropy through a voluntary program that is employee-focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.

Raising awareness of the Otis CFC campaign and collecting donations was a team effort.

"The success of our campaign is due in large part to the tireless efforts of unit CFC representatives who contacted 100 percent of our workforce to promote the campaign," said Ivers.

According to the official Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts CFC website (http://riandsemacfc.org/), "Federal employees in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts took to heart the 2010 Campaign Theme, 'iCan Help Because iCare,' by pledging more than ever before to local, national and international CFC-participating charities."

Pledges will continue to arrive at the CFC office until the end of January but the total pledged as of Jan. 9 was $1,141,000 - an almost $15,000 increase in giving from 2009.

The CFC is the only authorized solicitation of federal employees in their workplace on behalf of approved charitable organizations and has raised more than $6 billion since its inception.