January 14, 2009 — University of Virginia employees have a long tradition of giving in the community. Despite the recent economic downturn, 2008 was no different.
To date, U.Va. employees have contributed more than $923,000 — a new record — to help others through the 2008 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. That amount easily surpassed the $675,000 goal set in August and the $888,000 raised in last year's CVC campaign.
More than 3,870 individual gifts were received at U.Va., up from last year's 3,807.
Held each fall, the CVC is a workplace-giving program that allows state employees to support the charities of their choice in areas such as health and human services, animal welfare and environmental causes. Employees can contribute through check, credit card or payroll deduction and can sign up online.
"This is truly unbelievable," said Jim Fitzgerald, associate director of U.Va.'s Community Relations Office and chairman of U.Va.'s 2008 campaign. "In a year that offered so many reasons not to give, University employees gave more than ever."
This year, employees were very aware of local needs. For example, the Blue Ridge Area and Jefferson Area food banks will receive more than double what they received through the 2007 CVC at U.Va. And, like last year, the Charlottesville Free Clinic was the No. 1 choice of U.Va. employees.
"In light of the current economic struggles of our state and our nation, we are so grateful for the generosity of U.Va. employees, who have played a significant role in helping to feed the hungry," said Martin L. White, CEO of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. "It's gratifying to know that there are so many who are concerned about the plight of our clients and are inspired to take action to serve people in need."
To date, state employees have contributed nearly $4 million through the statewide CVC. U.Va.'s contributions make up nearly a quarter of the total raised. Since 1999, U.Va. employees have contributed more than $6.5 million to charities through the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign.
The CVC at U.Va. is administered by the University's Community Relations Office. To learn more, visit www.virginia.edu/communityrelations.