October 3, 2011 — Starting today, University of Virginia employees can again support their favorite causes through the 2011 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign.
Administered by U.Va.'s Community Relations Office, the CVC is a workplace-giving program that allows state employees to designate a financial gift to any of more than 1,300 participating charities. Types of charities include health and human services, animal welfare, environmental conservation and medical research.
"The past few years have been challenging, but U.Va. employees continue to rise to the occasion," said Jim Fitzgerald, associate director of community relations, who's chairing U.Va.'s portion of the campaign. "We recognize that the community needs our support now more than ever, and we know that each gift, regardless of its size, will help area charities and those they serve."
To donate online, University employees can log in here through NetBadge, where they can choose which charities to support and set up payroll deduction, one-time or from each paycheck. It's a fast, easy and secure way for University employees to support the causes that matter most to them, Fitzgerald said, adding that 100 percent of each gift goes directly to the charity selected by the employee, with no overhead or administrative costs.
In recent years, U.Va. employees have demonstrated strong support for area food banks. Michael McKee, with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, recognizes how important U.Va. employee donations are.
"Food donations have dropped dramatically, especially from food manufacturers that are becoming more efficient and producing less excess inventory," he said. "With the support of the CVC, we will be able to buy more food to bridge the gap and help ensure that area needs continue to be met."
U.Va. employees have a long tradition of leading the state in this workplace-giving program. Last year, 3,327 employees donated more than $910,000, the bulk of which supported charities in the Charlottesville area.
By pledging online or completing a paper pledge form, U.Va. employees can continue this tradition, and "Give Hope" to those who need it most, Fitzgerald said.
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