Dayley’s Update …
Col. Brant V. Dayley,
Fort Bliss will begin its drive to support the Combined Federal Campaign this week.
Since its inception in 1961, Fort Bliss has contributed millions of dollars to help fund various charities both nationally and locally. Last year alone we raised more than $400,000 dollars with nearly $27,000 of that going to fund programs right here at our installation.
The CFC allows all federal employees to pool their money once a year, making the largest impact possible. Not only do organizations get one large lump sum but their overhead fundraising costs are drastically cut, allowing more of each dollar donated to reach its intended recipient.
Although the CFC is for all federal employees, I believe its mission and message speak directly to Soldiers, families and Department of Defense employees. Like me, you have dedicated your careers, and thus an extremely large portion of your lives, to the defense of our country and all the citizens in it.
While this means you tirelessly uphold the highest values and ideals of the United States Army, it also means as Soldiers you sometimes spend much of your time paying witness to the worst people can bring upon each other. A campaign like this one is a great reminder of all the wonderful things our country and the great citizens in it are doing. Donating even just a few dollars allows us to be a part of these compassionate and varied endeavors.
Take a quick look through the many charities that qualify for the campaign. From larger charities like the American Red Cross to Army-specific ones like Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers and even ones promoting your favorite childhood pastimes like the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation; you will find something for every interest and need.
It isn’t all about the money either. Let’s make this CFC season about more than just a number of dollars raised. Take this time to think about all the other things we can do to help. Most of us can find an hour or two a week to volunteer. It can be as simple as educating and reminding those around you about the campaign. How long does a simple post or tweet really take? How many leaders do we have on this installation? Can you find ways to support your young Soldiers in their desire to help out at a local charity?
It doesn’t have to be much, but let us all recognize some of the great things those around us are doing and see if we can find some simple way to pitch in.
Lastly, I want to take a quick moment to mention some frustrations I have seen mentioned on my Facebook page concerning outdated telephone numbers.
To better serve our customers, we are always updating where needed. Right now, that means some fairly significant restructuring of our various locations. This is causing many of the phone numbers listed in the post directory to be incorrect.
To solve this problem, I have installed a tab on my Facebook page listing the new numbers as they are assigned. If you notice a number that is no longer in service or reaches the wrong office, please let me know. One of the team will work to get you the correct number.
This is a growing pain but one that will make the installation an even better one than it already is and I thank all of you for your patience and understanding.
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