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Misawa Air Base kicks off CFC Event 2021

Service members listening to closing remarks from commander in a ballroom.

U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, provides closing remarks to the 35th Fighter Wing key workers and senior leaders during the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) kick-off event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 18, 2021. The CFC is a 60-year federal giving tradition that has raised more than $8.5 billion in donations for charities and people in need. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Antwain Hanks)

Service members discussing how to efficiently provide members with the opportunity to donate during this year’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) kick-off event at a ball room table.

U.S. Air Force Col. Melissa J. Dooley, 35th Medical Group commander, discusses with fellow senior leaders and key workers how to efficiently provide members with the opportunity to donate during this year’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) kick-off event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 18, 2021. The CFC is the world's largest annual workplace charity campaign. Each year the CFC raises money in support of eligible non-profit organizations providing health and human services worldwide, better-improving the quality of life for those in need. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Antwain Hanks)

Service members how to efficiently provide members of Team Misawa with the opportunity to donate during the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) kick-off event in a ball room.

35th Fighter Wing unit coordinators, key workers and senior leaders discuss how to efficiently provide members of Team Misawa with the opportunity to donate during the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) kick-off event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 18, 2021. The CFC's mission is to promote and support philanthropy through an employee-focused program that is cost-efficient and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Antwain Hanks)

Service member providing closing remarks at a Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) kick-off event

Chief Master Sgt. Joey R. Meininger, 35th Fighter Wing command chief, provides closing remarks to key workers and senior leaders during the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) kick-off event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 18, 2021. Donations made by federal civilian and military donors during the campaign season will support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Antwain Hanks)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

Misawa held its annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) kickoff at Misawa Air Base, Japan, on Oct. 18, 2021. The CFC, a 60-year federal giving tradition, has raised more than $8.5 billion for charities and people in need.

As the world's largest annual workplace charity campaign, the CFC raises money each year to support eligible non-profit organizations providing health and human services worldwide, better-improving the quality of life for those in need.

The mission is to promote and support philanthropy through an employee-focused, cost-efficient and effective program that provides all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for various communities.

"The CFC kickoff event provides unit coordinators, key workers, senior enlisted leaders and commanders a chance to discuss how to efficiently provide members of Team Misawa with the opportunity to donate," said U.S. Air Force Capt. Rafael P. Dy, 35th Fighter Wing CFC community area project officer. "Our donations impact countless lives worldwide, changing the quality of life for various individuals."

This year's theme is, "You Can Be the Face of Change," encouraging individual responsibility and participation. The donations provide life-long benefits making a direct impact on the life of individuals in need of assistance.

“Through the CFC, you have an opportunity to influence causes that you are passionate about,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander. “With more than 200 charities that aim to improve the quality of life for all, you can choose to donate to a variety of charities. Whether you donate a little or a lot, one person cannot save the world alone, but everyone can make a difference.”

Team Misawa can make donations from now until Jan. 15, 2022.

Individuals interested in donating can reach out to their respective unit representatives and key workers who distribute campaign materials and collect pledges, ensuring the success of this year's campaign. For more information, visit https://cfcoverseas.givecfc.org/.