Why I donate to CFC

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  • By Capt. Lakeenya Colvin
  • McChord Installation CFC POC

The military encompasses people of all backgrounds.  As such, each service member brings a unique history and perspective representing the comprehensiveness of our nation. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), not all experiences are created equal. Our diverse experiences provide the opportunities to foster environments of inclusivity, humility, gratitude, and empathy in the Air Force.

My sisters and I grew up in a household riddled with domestic violence. There were many instances where we fled and sought refuge. I remember being around seven or eight years of age, and we had to crawl through a bedroom window (in our pajamas) in the middle of the night. I did not comprehend what we were doing at the time. However, I soon realized that this would be one of the many attempts to free us from such a dysfunctional and toxic environment.

My childhood experiences are why I donate.

According to the CDC, more than 10 million adults experience domestic violence each year in the United States. Approximately 1 in 4 women (23.2%) and 1 in 7 men (13.9%) have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. I donate because I desire to commit to something bigger than myself. I am forever grateful and indebted to those who found it in their hearts to be the foundation for the resources that were beneficial to my family when we needed it the most. Now I choose to be that foundation for others.

(If you are interested in donating through CFC, here are the 3 ways to give: 1) Paper Pledge Forms (get with your Squadron POCs) 2) Online Portal: givecfc.org 3) Mobile CFC Giving App. For more information and CFC unit codes, please contact your squadron CFC POCs.)