AFAF donations needed for Airmen to get through pandemic

The Air Force Aid Society is the official charity of the U.S. Air Force and has been meeting the unique needs of Airmen and their families since 1942. AFAS works to support and enhance the USAF mission by providing emergency financial assistance, educational support and community programs. (Air Force Assistance Fund graphic)

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The Air Force Aid Society is the official charity of the U.S. Air Force and has been meeting the unique needs of Airmen and their families since 1942. AFAS works to support and enhance the USAF mission by providing emergency financial assistance, educational support and community programs. (Air Force Assistance Fund graphic)

Less than one month remains to help support the Total Force through the Air Force Aid Society, part of the Air Force Assistance Fund that assists active-duty, Reserve, Guard and retired Air Force personnel and their families.

“The campaign is still ongoing until May 8, and we desperately need donations,” said Lt. Col. William Holl, AFAF installation project officer, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. “Now more than ever with this COVID-19 pandemic, Airmen and their families may need financial assistance to get through this economic crisis, especially if their civilian spouses are out of work and their family income is significantly impacted.”

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This year’s campaign goal is $107,346, which is only 11% of the base’s calculated potential. Wright-Patt has received $19,619 or 18.28% to goal currently.

Last year alone:

• 93% of AFAS emergency financial assistance was provided to the Total Force (active duty, guard and reserve Airmen), with the remaining funds helping Air Force retired and widowed.

• $14.4 million in total support was provided to Airmen and their families.

• More than 27,000 individual assists to Air Force families were facilitated

Although there is a large civilian population at Wright-Patterson AFB, civilians cannot be solicited for donations but are invited to contribute. Civilians who wish to contribute to AFAF should contact their unit project officer. All who wish to participate need to contact their UPO for a control number.

How to e-give

The AFAF campaign is offering e-giving this year via texting AFAF to 50155 or scanning a QR code from one of the many posters that are being posted on base. Members can opt for payroll deduction or a one-time gift online.

One note: e-giving payroll deduction starts immediately and may overlap the previous campaign, which ran from June 1, 2019, to May 1, 2020, resulting in two deductions per pay period until May 1 this year.

In lieu of e-giving, donations to the AFAF can be made via payroll deduction by completing a pdf form provided by unit project officers that is then printed in triplicate and turned into the unit project officer.

Contributions to the AFAF may be tax deductible.

For more information, first contact a unit project officer. The installation project officers are Lt. Col. William Holl, AFAF installation project officer, 937-257-3424, william.holl@us.af.mil; Senior Master Sgt. Michael Stegen, 937-528-2929, michael.stegen@us.af.mil; and Master Sgt. Ashely Fuquay, 937-255-3491, ashely.fuquay@us.af.mil.

Additional information on AFAF is available online at www.afassistancefund.org.

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