The Combined Federal Campaign allows federal employees to make payroll deductions to various charitable organizations.

Begun in the early 1960s, those employees, according to its website, continue to make the CFC the largest workplace philanthropic fundraiser in the world.

Fort Bragg serves as the homebase of the Southeastern region of the CFC. Besides Fort Bragg and Pope Field, other Southeastern North Carolina donors include Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, U.S. Postal Service workers and other federal employees. The U.S. Army Forces, the Army Reserve and the Army Special Operations commands also donate to the funds.

The CFC of Southeastern North Carolina kicked off its annual fundraiser Monday with the CG’s Golf Tournament at Ryder Golf Course, said Dan Russell, CFC of SNC director and an Army retiree.

Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general of Fort Bragg and the XVIII Airborne Corps, serves as this year’s campaign chairman.

In a letter posted on the CFC of SNC website, Anderson urges federal employees to contribute to this year’s campaign, which has set a goal of $2,250,000.

“Contributions received from our federal employees provide meals for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, educational scholarships, medical research, homes for unwanted or mistreated animals, support on environmental issues, along with thousands of other programs important to all of us,” Anderson writes. “I encourage every member of our federal community to support the CFC and give generously to a charity of your choice.”

The amount of this year’s goal has been scaled back from its usual $2.5 million because of the state of the economy and because of recent furloughs, explained Russell.

“Everybody should give back whatever they can,” said a Soldier who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan and taken note of the disparity in benefits between American Soldiers and those from other nations.

Every dollar makes a difference.

A $1-a-week contribution buys three, 30-minute appointments for health assessment and counseling for persons who face physical, developmental or mental health challenges; a $5-a-week contribution buys five wigs for children with cancer undergoing chemotherapy; and $10-a-week purchases a full year of scouting for two girls, according to the CFC of SNC website.

Any non-profit organization may apply to participate in the CFC of SNC, but all must meet criteria established by the Office of Personnel Management, including extensive review of financial and governance practices.

Among the thousands of charities from which to choose are the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Operation Smile, the American Red Cross, Fisher House and Shriners Hospitals for Children.

For more information on donating to the CFC of SNC, visit its website at www.senccfc.org.