Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign to Conclude Dec. 20

Posted: December 13, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dave Andrews

For those who are in the holiday spirit and looking for a way to make a difference, this are the final weeks of the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) – a means for state employees to make charitable donations.

This year’s CVC officially began on Oct. 1. The 2006 campaign was extended two weeks and will come to an end on Wednesday, Dec. 20.

“We’re really seeing an outpouring of people wanting to give in creative ways, especially around Christmas,” says Nicole Mason, assistant program manager of the CVC Campaign.

More than 23,000 state employees participate in the CVC. Awards are given to the agencies or schools with the most money raised, most participation, greatest improvements and most creative means of raising funds.

Each year, the campaign has seen a steady increase in participation and gift size. Last year, the campaign raised an all-time high of nearly $4,450,000 for local, state and national charities. Employees across the state have now donated more than $25 million since CVC began in 1997. But this year it is on pace to gather just slightly more than half of the 2005 donation total.

Nicole Mason says there are still many charities and causes that are often forgotten. After Hurricane Katrina, the CVC experienced an obvious spike in participation and donations. “There’s been a good push, but we have much more ground to cover,” she says.

Donors can select from more than 1,400 charities as their designated recipient. Some examples of approved charities in Northern Virginia include:

  • Liberty’s Promise, which supports young, needy immigrants by providing them with career opportunities and encouraging them to be active American citizens

  • Arc of Northern Virginia, which supports individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by providing assistance with daily living and future planning

  • Good Shepherd Housing Foundation, which provides affordable housing and supportive services to the homeless

  • Assistance League of Northern Virginia, which promotes the well-being, self-esteem and education of at-risk youth and adults

  • Seven Corners Children’s Center, which provides comprehensive health services, nutritious meals and parent education to low- and moderate-income working families

For a list of all approved charities, click here.

Contributions can be made in the form of cash, check, payroll deduction, stock or credit card gifts. One hundred percent of the tax-deductible donation goes directly to the designated charity.

Pledge forms have been distributed to Mason employees; If you need a pledge card or directory, contact Raquel Winston in Human Resources at hroffice@gmu.edu or by phone at 703-993-2624.

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