The CFC-O pioneered several contests to increase community involvement in and awareness of the campaign. These contests generate excitement and bring fresh ideas. By running the contests in the spring, the CFC-O leverages the off-season and keeps the campaign top-of-mind in the overseas military community year-round.
DoDDS Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest
The CFC-O has partnered with DoDDS since 2008 to generate creative PSAs. Each year, high school and middle school audio-visual students create 30-second television spots encouraging participation in the campaign. We post the PSAs on our YouTube account and advertise them on our website, Facebook and Twitter. Viewers "like" their favorite videos. Winners are selected based upon several criteria including the number of "likes." The American Forces Network (AFN) televises these winning videos on their channels overseas.
DoDDS Art Contest
In 2011, the CFC-O expanded its partnership with DoDDS to include a contest for the elementary school children. Students in grades K-5 submit original artwork depicting the theme of the campaign. One winner is selected per grade level. The CFC-O used the winning designs in publicity materials and campaign representative training sessions. You can see all of the winners in the Photo Gallery.
Coin Design Contest
In 2012, the CFC-O announced its inaugural Coin Design Contest. This annual contest allows DoD employees and their family members to submit a design for the coin used as a contributor thank-you gift. The CFC-O looks forward to establishing a tradition of coins designed by the community that can be colleced from year to year. Re