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Base raises $114,500 for 2010 CFC

By Marti Gatlin | | January 13, 2011

The Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany community raised $114,500 for the 2010 Combined Federal Campaign.

Themed “I Care. I Share. I Give,” the local campaign, which began Oct. 1 and ended Dec. 15, 2010, covered the Albany area and the regional campaign covered federal agencies and two military bases in 21 Southwest Georgia counties, according to Isha Odom, chairperson, Southwest Georgia CFC.

The CFC is a one-time solicitation for voluntary health, welfare and educational agencies.

“Our local goal for the base was $125,000,” Odom said. “We raised $114,500 at 92 percent of our goal. The goal for the regional campaign was $260,000 and we estimated we are at $239,000.”

She noted “the Base Comptroller and Logistics Command’s Manpower offices had 100 percent participation. Overall participation and contributions were down, due to the economy and budgetary constraints.”

The region is at their average for participation and contributions, Odom added. A financial analyst with the Office of the Comptroller, Odom began her CFC role in 2010 with the local federal coordinating committee for Southwest Georgia, which provides oversight for the local campaign to ensure conformance with CFC regulations and policies established by the Office of Personnel Management.

The chairperson handled the local and regional campaigns along with two committee members, Sendy Bryant, management and program assistant, Business Personnel Office, and Robert Peacock Jr., financial analyst, Office of the Comptroller, MCLB Albany, as well as many key workers.

“I thank my committee members as well as the community for all its hard work,” Odom said. “Working with CFC was an eye opener for me - all of the organizations and charities helping people here and abroad. A lot of people are doing things to make our world better.”

Bryant worked on the committee for the first time and said she was surprised at what every dollar raised would provide.

“For example, if someone puts in $5 per pay period for an entire year it would provide 220 meals for those who are hungry in a program that trains 100 unemployed men and women in food service annually,” she said. “It would provide 1,000 immunizations for children in developing countries and perform a complete platelet count of two children undergoing cancer treatment.”

Helping other people makes Bryant feel good, she pointed out.

“I would most definitely volunteer again. It’s important to reach out and help other people because you never know what they’re dealing with and when you may have to walk a mile in their shoes,” she said.

Peacock said, “he learned about the different organizations people donate to and saw how different folks donate money and how they enjoy giving money to the different organizations.”