SAN DIEGO - Sailors from USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) are participating in the annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) fund drive.
The drive is the only authorized solicitation of federal employees in the workplace and is held once a year, and although times are economically challenging, Bonhomme Richard Sailors still donate to various worthwhile causes.
"It is always good to give what you can even in these hard economical times," said Master-at-Arms 1st Class Michael Bryant, one of Bonhomme Richard's CFC representatives. "People don't have to give a whole lot to help make a difference in whatever causes they choose to support. We mainly want to give everyone the opportunity to donate. It is all about 100 percent contact, at the very least. That is very important especially when you are on a ship where there is so much work going on and people working on different evaluations and certifications. Sometimes things like CFC can fall through the cracks, so it is imperative that each and every crew member gets the chance to reach out and give a few dollars."
This year's goal for Bonhoome Richard is to raise $45,000 for the CFC drive. So far, the command is well over the halfway point of meeting its goal. One reason for the current success is that unlike years past, there are more options available for service members to donate.
"In addition to the traditional paper forms, you can now also go to the CFC website to make a donation," said Bryant. "Just log on, fill out the online form, and be totally finished with the process within a couple of minutes. It's a very simple process."
Although an international campaign, each regional drive includes local charities, giving Sailors stationed in that area a chance to support their local communities.
"To me this seemed as if I was giving a special gift for the holidays," said Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Laura Farrell, one of many Bonhomme Richard Sailors who contributed to this year's CFC campaign. "There are so many organizations to choose from that are supporting worthwhile issues. I feel like a few dollars from me, along with money other people donate, can help bring about successes for the charitable causes who are working towards making our communities a better place to live."