Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign Asks Mason Community to Care and Share

Posted: October 9, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

“Caring + Sharing=Hope” is the theme for the 2006 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC). The annual workplace giving campaign for state workers supports a wide range of community programs and nonprofit organizations through tax-deductible donations.

“I hope everyone here does what is right,” says Mason President Alan Merten, who was one of the first at Mason to turn in his pledge card. “It is important for each individual, and the university as a whole, to give back to the community. It’s not about how much you know but how much you show that you care. And one way to show you care is by supporting the CVC Campaign.”

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. Charities can be found at the CVC web site.

CVC coordinators with President Merten
Janet Ha, left, and Raquel Winston of Human Resources and Payroll are CVC coordinators for Mason who collected President Alan Merten’s pledge. Ha is holding the winning poster from the campaign’s statewide middle school competition. The poster, by Danyelle Phillips-Lovingston of Nelson Middle School, is titled “The Hope Fairy” to convey the CVC theme of “Caring + Sharing=Hope.”
Photo by Nicolas Tan

“Mason is a caring community, and one way to demonstrate our caring commitment is the CVC campaign,” says Linda Harber, associate vice president for Human Resources and Payroll. “Your donation can go directly to the charity you choose, and there are lots of great ones in the area to choose from.”

Through CVC, 100 percent of all donations to a specific charity go to that charity, and charities that receive at least $500 each year in specific designated pledges are eligible for a share of the regional funds as well as the undesignated funds – so your gift often multiplies when it goes through CVC. Last year CVC raised just under $4.5 million throughout the commonwealth.

Enrollment forms will soon be distributed. In the meantime, for more information, contact Janet Ha or Raquel Winston, CVC coordinators in Human Resources and Payroll.

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