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Employees use creative fundraising to support charities through the CVC

From: Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign

As we move into the final weeks of the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC), Virginia Tech employees are devising creative fundraising strategies to help the campaign meet its goal.

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine has planned numerous events, including weekly visits by the Space Rabbit Coffee mobile trailer (Wednesdays), with 5 percent of the proceeds going to an animal-focused CVC charity voted on by visitors to the trailer, and the Cabo Fish Taco food truck (Tuesdays for lunch, Wednesdays for dinner), with 10 percent of the proceeds go to an animal-focused CVC charity voted on by visitors.

Earlier this month the Floyd County Humane Society (CVC Code 200047) was at VMCVM selling handmade gift items, with proceeds credited to the VMCVM’s CVC donation.

“For me, the key to the CVC campaign is to hold events that help people connect with a local charity but also cultivate community,” said Peter Jobst, the steering team representative for VMCVM. “Events that get people from different departments together stimulate interaction. This helps us learn more about the people we work with every day.”

A chili cookoff is scheduled for Dec. 1, where VMCVM faculty, staff, and students will sample many chili recipes and vote for their favorite. The group with the most votes wins the prestigious “chili cookoff trophy” to be displayed in their department for an entire year.

The Pamplin College of Business hosted its second Dollar Donut Fundraiser in late October, a two-day event raising funds for the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley (CVC Code 200859).

“Our overall participation and funds raised exceeded our expectations and we are so thankful to be able to assist our selected charity,” said Miranda Brooks, a member of Pamplin’s Internal Events Committee.

The Procurement Department is holding a raffle for Thanksgiving/holiday-themed gift basket, valued at more than $250. The contents of the basket include grocery gift cards, restaurant gift cards, a Vintage Cellar gift set, decorative Thanksgiving table accessories, jellies and jams, appetizers, and items from Bath & Body Works.

Earlier this month Human Resources held a pumpkin-decorating contest, with tickets to vote costing $1 each. The money collected benefited the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke (CVC Code 201322). A lunch fundraiser, with soups, stews, chilis, and desserts provided by Human Resources employees, raised $360 for the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley (CVC Code 200859).

IT Procurement will be holding a Scarf and Hat Sale on Nov. 29 in support of the CVC and benefiting the Floyd County Humane Society (CVC Code 200047). The sale will take place on Torgersen Bridge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature locally handmade knitted scarves, hats, and tie-dyed shirts; homemade dog treats; and catnip bags.

Since 2010, Virginia Tech employees have donated more than $4 million to local charities in Blacksburg, the New River Valley, and across Virginia through the CVC.  This year’s goal is $400,000. The campaign runs until Dec. 9.

Donate now to the CVC through a payroll deduction or by cash, check, or online donation.

For questions or assistance, please contact your department representative or steering team member. More information can be found on the CVC website.

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