CWF raises funds in support of recreational and welfare activities

By Bonnie Koenig DLA Aviation Public Affaris Office

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Defense Supply Center Richmond Virginia’s Civilian Welfare Fund’s mission is to financially support and manage recreational and welfare activities for all federal civilian employees located on or logistically supported by the installation.  

CWF is the counterpart to Morale, Welfare and Recreation and is a non-appropriated fund activity which is funded by income from fundraising activities and vending machines on center to finance or subsidize recreational and morale building activities. The CWF council is made up of 11 appointed members, an advisor and a legal representative. The not-for-profit fund has been in place for years, however the current council implemented to manage the fund was brought together at the end of 2015.   

The fund is mandated by Army Regulation 215-7: Civilian Nonappropriated Funds and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Activities (Jan. 26, 2001) which prescribes policies and procedures that govern establishing, operating, controlling and dissolving Department of Defense and Army Civilian Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities. [Note: All Defense Logistics Agency NAFIs fall under Army guidance.] 

The CWF council cannot solicit donations, isn’t registered as a non-profit and doesn’t generate a profit. All funds raised are deposited into a managed account, then returned to the workforce in the form of morale building activities.

 CWF council conducts fundraising events which typically include: pictures with Santa, count the candy kisses, and the recent dunk tank fundraiser at the Bellwood Bash event held May 18. They distributed morale supporting vouchers to supplement the Bellwood Bash meal costs and will host an ice cream social later this summer. 

CWF also receives funding from regular dividend distributions generated from the Post Restaurant Fund [vending machines] revenue sharing agreement with oversight from the Army Civilian Welfare Fund. The vending machines located around DSCR, excluding machines inside the Sundry and in the fitness center, generate money and the fund receives 20 to 50 percent of the machines’ net income before depreciation, each month.  Voluntary contributions and donations from non-DoD individuals/organizations are subject to AR 215-1: Military, Morale, Welfare, and Recreations Programs and Nonappropriated Fun Instrumentalities (Sept. 23, 2010).

While all council positions are currently full, anyone at DSCR can volunteer for the CWF Council by submitting a council application.They can also volunteer for specific events and fundraisers or they can become general members and help come up with fundraising ideas and events for the civilian workforce. There is an ongoing need on the last working day of the month for help taking the vending machine inventory.

DLA Aviation’s chief of staff and DLA Installation Support at Richmond site director select CWF appointees. Council members are made up of personnel from various DSCR organizations including: DLA Aviation, DLA Distribution at Richmond, DLA Office of Operations Research and Resource Analysis, and DLA Installation Support at Richmond.