Campaign Asks Mason Community to ‘Lend a Helping Hand’

Posted: November 17, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Laura Jeffrey

Many Mason employees have already dug deep into their pockets to help victims of the tsunami, hurricanes and other natural disasters. Now, with the annual Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) under way, there’s hope that employees will be able to give a bit more. The theme of this year’s effort is “Let Us All Lend a Helping Hand.”

“Any contribution, large or small, is welcome and important to the future of many agencies that provide services throughout the area,” President Alan Merten wrote in an e-mail to all Mason employees.

CVC is the annual workplace giving campaign for state workers. Employees can support a wide range of community programs and nonprofit organizations through tax-deductible donations. Employees may designate their contribution to up to four of more than 1,300 organizations, including various local chapters of the YMCA, Meals on Wheels, Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals and Boys & Girls Club. Donations may be made through payroll deduction, cash, check or credit card.

Enrollment forms and a list of charitable organizations are en route to Mason employees via campus mail. Information also can be found online.

Amath Gomis, office manager and file room supervisor for Human Resources/Payroll, is Mason’s CVC liaison. Gomis says the university does not have a dollar goal but rather a participation goal of 100 people. That number would represent an approximately 30 percent increase in the number of Mason employees who participated in last year’s campaign. “Even if you can only give a dollar,” Gomis says, “that dollar will help.”

The CVC campaign ends Dec. 23. For more information, contact Gomis at

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