BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 27, 2012 – The following is an open letter to Virginia Tech employees from Alan Grant, honorary chair of the 2012 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign.
Please join me in supporting this year’s Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC). As a member of the Virginia Tech community, we can all ‘have a heart and do our part’ in helping raise the necessary resources that are so critical to the health and well-being of our fellow Virginians.
The CVC gives Virginia Tech employees the opportunity to support more than 1,300 participating charities. The list includes organizations such as the local chapter of the American Red Cross that provided assistance to some of the 450,000 Virginians left without power in the middle of a heat wave during the Derecho this past June.
The goal this year is $300,000 and if each of our 7,000 employees donated just $2 a paycheck, we would exceed our goal. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act that gave rise to the land-grant system that provided American’s with greater access to higher education, we find ourselves in the midst of an ongoing and deep economic downturn that has continued to affect the local community.
Currently 377,000 people in southwest Virginia need help putting food on the table. The CVC helps feed southwest Virginia’s hungry through a network of more than 400 food pantries. Last year more than 239,500 pounds of fresh produce was distributed. The need is great and ever growing. Detailed information about specific charities is available on the CVC homepage.
The online CVC Pledge System enables salaried employees to make fast, easy, and secure donations to the CVC via payroll deduction.
Please accept my sincere thanks for your support of the 2012 CVC.
Alan Grant, Honorary Chair
2012 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign
and Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences