December 3, 2010 — With just a few days left in the 2010 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign at the University of Virginia, the annual charity campaign has raised only about half of last year's total.
Administered by the Community Relations Office, the campaign is a workplace-giving program that provides University and state employees the opportunity to contribute to the charities of their choice.
U.Va. employees have a long tradition of leading all state agencies in the campaign program. Last year – even in the face of the "Great Recession" – employees donated a record $946,000 to area and national charities – accounting for nearly a quarter of the $3.8 million donated statewide.
"This year's CVC at U.Va. is significantly off the pace set during last year's record-breaking effort," said Jim Fitzgerald, associate director of the Office of Community Relations and campaign chair. To date, employees have donated approximately $452,000.
"We know that times are tight all around. But the message this year is the same as in the past – when we all give just a little, collectively, we significantly impact the lives of our neighbors in need," Fitzgerald said. "We remain optimistic that we'll reach our $725,000 goal. The charities are counting on it."
"Gifts through the CVC provide substantial support for our programs," said Kathryn Cross, development director of the Charlottesville Free Clinic, one of the approximately 1,400 participating charities that employees can designate as the recipients of their gifts. "The ongoing support of University employees helps us provide area residents in need with primary medical care, prescription medications and dental care."
Employees can pledge online or turn in red envelopes to their area's representative. The campaign runs through Dec. 10, with payroll deductions beginning on the first paycheck in January.
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