CVC fills real needs
By Karen Cronin
Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 13 - November 17, 1994
Agencies supported by Virginia Tech employees through the Combined Virginia Campaign (CVC) help to meet the very real day-to-day needs of many of our neighbors in the New River Valley.
More than 20 percent of New River Valley residents live in poverty. The Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program has provided temporary financial assistance to 7,063 people in Montgomery Country and Radford. One in 10 teenage girls in Montgomery County bears a child and 250 Montgomery County families are headed by a teenager. The Teen Parent Support Program provides counseling and assistance to 70 teenage mothers from Montgomery County and Radford.
The CVC and United Way agencies provide a system of health and human-service care agencies that work together to help those in need. For example, a woman whose spouse is abusing her and endangering her children can seek shelter at the Women's Resource Center. Until the mother can get the family re-situated, they can receive free medical care through the Free Clinic. The mother can then get her children involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters to help her expose them to other positive role models.
The CVC Steering Committee reminds Virginia Tech employees that the payroll-deduction plan makes donating to these worthy causes nearly painless. A deduction of one dollar per pay period will hardly be missed and provides $24 worth of assistance to a neighbor in need.
Through the fifth week, the CVC has received approximately $113,400 in contributions and pledges. The campaign ends December 1.