2011 Air Force Assistance Fund starts March 7|
Posted 2/23/2011 Updated 2/25/2011
by Senior Airman Andrew Davis
375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
2/23/2011 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- The 2011 Air Force Assistance Fund will allow Team Scott Airmen to contribute to multiple charities that directly impact other Airmen.
The campaign, which begins March 7 and runs through April 15, allows Airmen to support the Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Village Foundation, the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation and the Air Force Enlisted Village.
"These organizations provide aid to Airmen in an emergency, with educational needs, or to help provide a secure retirement home or financial assistance for widows and widowers of Air Force members," said 1st Lt. Charles Linz, 375th Air Mobility Wing, AFAF Installation Project Officer.
The AFAS component of the AFAF is the only fund of the four that assists active-duty Airmen.
"At Scott last year, loans were given out for food, mortgage payments, emergency travel, vehicle repairs, and child care," said Lieutenant Linz. "All of these funds were given to Air Force members from Air Force members."
The charity goes beyond just helping Airmen with emergency financial assistance, providing more than $2 million last year to various community enhancements programs.
"Many Airmen may not know it, but the AFAS also provides funding for the Give Parents a Break program, Bundles for Babies, Phone Home as well as care for spouses of deployed Airmen. These are just a few of the programs that the AFAS helps to fund," said the lieutenant. "It's really about Airmen giving back to their Air Force community and helping each other out."
In addition to the AFAS, Airmen can donate to the Air Force Village and the Air Force Enlisted Village. Both retirement communities provide surviving military spouses a safe and affordable place to live.
The General and Mrs. Curtis LeMay Foundation provides grants to widows of Air Force retirees, both officer and enlisted, for as long as they need it.
The wing's goal is to raise $38,605 for AFAF with an installation goal of $119, 722. Donation opportunities will be available at the Base Exchange and Commissary and in individual units.
For more information or to become a unit project officer for AFAF, contact 1st Lt. Charles Linz at 256-6251 or 1st Lt. David Johnson at 256-7307.
Air Force Assistance Fund foundations
Air Force Village
Who they help: Retired and honorably separated military officers from all branches of military service, their spouses, widows, widowers and eligible dependents
How they help: Provides affordable retirement community in San Antonio, Texas with onsite healthcare and assisted living available.
Requesting assistance: www.airforcevillages.com/air-force-village-expansion-texas
More information: www.airforcevillages.com, 1-800- 724-5771
Air Force Enlisted Village
Who they help: Enlisted Airmen and their widows
How they help: Provides affordable retirement community in Shalimar, Fla.
Requesting Assistance: www.afenlistedwidows.org/admissions.php
More information: www.afenlistedwidows.org/index.php or 1-800-258-1413
The General and Mrs. Curtis LeMay Foundation
Who they help: Enlisted and officer widows of retired Airmen.
How they help: Assistance grants through single disbursement and long term grants for extended periods.
Requesting assistance: www.lemay-foundation.org/assistance.html
More information: www.lemay-foundation.org/index.html
The Air Force Aid Society
Who they help: Active duty Airmen and their family members, retired Airmen and eligible family members, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve on active duty orders and spouses and children of deceased Airmen who died on active duty.
How they help: Provide worldwide emergency assistance, sponsor education assistance programs and offer an array of base community enhancement programs that improve quality of life
Requesting Assistance: www.afas.org/Location/Location_index.cfm
More information: www.afas.org