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Last Chance for CVC Donation

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 15 - December 12, 1996

This week is your final opportunity to participate in this year's Combined Virginia Campaign and "plant the seeds of hope" (this year's campaign theme.) As of last week, we had raised nearly $160,000, less than 76 percent of our goal. The $210,000 goal is the same as last year.

By way of contrast, the faculty and staff at Virginia Commonwealth University had raised more than $218,000 by November 7, according to an article in the Richmond Times Dispatch. According to that article, VCU has about 2,400 full-time employees-about half the number we have.

When asked to what she attributes the large difference between giving at VCU and Tech, Virginia Tech's Combined Virginia Campaign Coordinator Karen Cronin said, "I think the need is more visible to employees of VCU. They see it as they drive in to work. In the New River Valley, the need is not as visible, especially for employees who live in town. But the need is there, and reductions in state and federal services for the poor will cause the need to increase. Many people really need the help that the health-and-human-service agencies funded by the CVC provides."

The Combined Virginia Campaign is the only charitable fund-raising program for which payroll deduction is authorized. It is a voluntary, charitable-donation program for state employees. The Virginia Tech Campaign is a vital part of the local United Way campaign. Employees can designate their contributions to any number of local health-and-human-service agencies, as well as state, regional, national, and international groups.

The deadline for this year's campaign is December 19. If you need a pledge card, contact Gloria Smith at 1-7810.