Fresno Air National Guard Base, Calif. --
144th Fighter Wing’s 2019 Combined Federal Campaign raised more than $14,000, and Airmen pledged more than 270 volunteer hours to charities throughout the nation, demonstrating commitment to community from the Airmen of the Wing.
The 144th FW campaign ran from Oct. 18, 2019 to Jan. 12, 2020, surpassing the goal of $10,000 with more than 10% of fulltime employees donating. This years’ campaign has had greater participation and has raised more than the last five years. Of all the Air National Guard units across the nation, the 144th FW, as an organization, was one the top 10 contributors to the CFC.
The CFC is a nation-wide annual federal fundraising campaign for federal employees to donate to charities throughout the country.
Midway through the Wing’s campaign, U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Austin, 144th Fighter Wing vice wing commander said, “Thank you for your contributions to CFC! Knowing the heart of service and contribution of the 144th, I believe, we as a wing can reach our contribution goals!”
For this year’s campaign, federal employees were able to make both monetary donations and to donate volunteer hours. This was the first year that employees had the option to pledge volunteer hours as part of the CFC. Federal employees were also able to choose to make one-time donations or regular payroll deductions.
Many Airmen donated to support local charities in Fresno and Madera counties and other charities that they believe in.
Maj. Jennifer Piggott, chief of public affairs said, “The CFC is an easy way to give back to our local charities and pay it forward. I’m glad I was able to contribute, and in turn, donate to Valley Children’s Hospital right here in the Central Valley!’
Master Sgt. Michael Willet, recruiting flight chief in the 144th FW Retention and Recruiting Office, said, “For me, it’s something that I’ve always done. It’s an easy opportunity for me to help out and to give back. I like that you have the ability to pick the organizations that you believe in.”