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President Sullivan Declares Nov. 14 ‘CVC Day’ at U.Va.

In recognition of the important role the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign plays in the community and across the commonwealth, University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan has declared Nov. 14 “CVC Day at U.Va.”

The day will be marked with numerous efforts in various offices across Grounds. For information, visit virginia.edu/cvc.

Held each fall, the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign is the workplace-giving program that allows state employees to financially support the charities of their choice in areas such as health and human services, animal welfare and environmental causes.

Through the campaign, employees can set up payroll deductions or give with a check, credit card or cash, using pledge cards delivered in signature red envelopes. When employees designate their gift to a particular charity, 100 percent of their donation goes to that organization.

Last year, University employees contributed $982,000 in support of their favorite causes through the campaign. Since 1999, they have contributed more than $9 million.

Nine of the top 10 recipients of CVC funds serve the Charlottesville region, including the Charlottesville Free Clinic, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, the Charlottesville and Fluvanna SPCAs and the United Way Thomas Jefferson Area.

Campaign administrators are encouraging donors across Grounds to pledge online. Last year, Senior Campaign Team leaders Tim Eckert and Rochelle Upshur of the Office of Student Affairs launched a successful “paperless” CVC in their area. This year, the Office of the Vice President and Chief Information Officer has implemented an online-only CVC for its employees.

Employees from across the University can give securely here.

“The paperless approach to the CVC offers numerous advantages, including reduced printing costs and convenience for the donor,” Gigi Dodd, executive assistant to the vice president and chief information officer, said. “I’m convinced that, once employees try the online process, they’ll never go back to using a pledge card.”

In addition to the declaration, Sullivan is offering two University employees who participate in the campaign the opportunity to dine with her and her husband at Carr’s Hill. Billed as “Supper with Sullivan,” the dinner is scheduled for Feb. 24.

“When considering how the University gives back to and engages with the community, giving through the CVC is always at the top of my list,” said Jim Fitzgerald, associate director in the Community Relations Office and U.Va.’s campaign chair. “President Sullivan understands the value of the CVC in our community and we’re extremely grateful for her ongoing support.”

To be eligible for “Supper with Sullivan,” employees need only to participate in the CVC. Two names will be randomly drawn in early January. Winners will be notified shortly after the drawing, and each will be invited to have four guests join them.

The CVC at U.Va. runs through Dec. 14.

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