The visibility within the community is a key factor to their success, she added.
“It’s a win-win for our community,” Russell said. “The CFC has had a multi-million-dollar impact annually on the Dayton area with the campaign just at Wright-Patt.”
“Today is a way to get people excited about making a difference in ways that maybe throughout the year they don’t think about,” said CFC chair Joe Nalepka, director of Management Operations, 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory. “I’m really excited about the numbers of people here to see the 70-plus charities we have.
“‘Dayton Strong’ applies year-round,” he continued. “We had the Memorial Day tornadoes, then the unfortunate incident in the Oregon District. When you see the outpouring of response in the community, we have a very generous and giving community. But we want to remind everyone that people are in need year-round and raise awareness to put our minds and energies in places that really need it.”
“I want people to know how important the work is that the charities do for our community – whether it is local, national or international,” Himelhoch said. “In addition to the military, they are unspoken heroes.”
“What’s nice about our campaign is that if you have a cause that you feel passionately about and it’s not here in the Dayton area, you can donate to any CFC-approved charity across the United States,” Nalepka reminded. “I love giving my time and my energies to charities. I’m a different person today because of my work and volunteering. If you get involved, it’s a life-changing experience.”
Donations in any amount are greeted by the charities with gratitude, Himelhoch said, because the needs are so vast and recent disasters and other events mean the charitable organizations need to replenish their supplies.
Donors may give to any CFC-approved charity, no matter where it or the donor's duty assignment is located. The
website can accept pledges already and through Jan. 12, 2020. Payroll deductions will be made from February 2010 through early 2021.
E-pledges made at
and credit and debit pledges are being emphasized. Pledges may be fulfilled through payroll deduction, money orders and personal and bank checks. Paper pledge forms can be used and are available for download from the website.
For more information on the CFC campaign, call 937-257-0292.