Joint Base Andrews


AFAF donations nearing goal

By Airman 1st Class Andrew Polvino | staff writer | April 23, 2007

ANDREWS AFB, Md. -- The Air Force Assistance Fund campaign is in its fourth week, with two weeks left to donate. 

The AFAF's "Commitment to Caring" campaign drive is scheduled to end April 13 here.
"The goal for Andrews is $69,440," said Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Groder, AFAF assistant project officer. "The amount currently collected is approximately $45,000, which is about 65 percent of our goal." 

Only Active Duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen will be contacted about the AFAF, but anyone may contribute to the AFAF campaign, he said. 

When using payroll deduction, the minimum contribution is $1 per month for three months, but there is no minimum when making a cash donation," said Sergeant Groder. 

During the drive, people may contribute by cash, check, money order or use a payroll deduction. 

"AFAF helps fund four outstanding charities, including the Air Force Aid Society, the official charity of the Air Force," he said. "If you've benefited or know someone who has, then you know just how important this charity is to our Air Force family." 

The three other organizations have also assisted servicemembers in 2006. 

In 2006 the AFAS used $19.6 million by assisting 35,000 Air Force servicemembers and their families. 

Assistance to Andrews servicemembers and their families was $171,000 -- more than twice what was collected in donations at Andrews, said Sergeant Groder. This includes 95 interest-free loans, 20 grants and 10 community enhancement programs. 

The Air Force Enlisted Village housed more than 1,600 widows of enlisted servicemembers in 2006. The Air Force Village Foundation spent $916,000 in 2006 on homes for widows of officers. 

The General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation gave financial aid for all widows whose military spouses didn't have a survivor's benefit plan. 

"We've noticed that most Airmen want to give, but either get too busy, lose their donation slip, or just simply just forget to turn it in," said Capt. Rob Schlesiger, AFAF installation project officer. "If you still would like to help, please see your unit project officer or key worker as soon as you can ... no gift is too small."