January 23, 2022

And We’re Off…CVC 2014!

The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) is the tool that facilitates state employee workplace giving. It is a heartlogovoluntary employee charitable giving program, which raises funds for numerous nonprofit health and humanitarian organizations throughout the state of Virginia. Since 1997, employees have donated more than $31.8 million to participating non-profit organizations through CVC!

Visit www.cvc.virginia.gov to donate. Click on the GIVE NOW button for online giving. Pledge your CVC donation online between Oct. 1 to 15 and you will be automatically entered to win four one-day park hopper passes to Disney World! Passes give admission to all of these theme parks for one day: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Passes are valid until Aug. 1, 2016, and are valued at $496. A winner will be randomly selected via the online giving donors list after Oct. 15. CVC will notify the winner directly. For a directory of CVC charities to pledge your donation online, visit www.cvc.virginia.gov. For questions, email CVCStaff@dhrm.virginia.gov. The University of Mary Washington agency code is 215.

More than 1,000 charities participate in CVC’s annual campaign, which runs from Oct. 1 through December each year. Employees may designate their gift to a specific charity or multiple charities within the program by giving a one-time donation or through payroll deduction. You can also participate in CVC through direct giving. In fact, chances are you’ve already made a donation to a participating CVC charity. Simply look the charity up at www.cvc.virginia.gov; if you see your charity listed, just forward a copy of the receipt to Lori Izykowski at lizykows@umw.edu or by campus mail to the JAEC, and I’ll be sure your donation gets credited to the UMW giving total. It is important to note that each donation will also help the charity meet their minimum designation to be included in the CVC the next year. CVC also coordinates Special Funds Drives in times of emergencies, resulting in thousands of dollars in aid. CVC sends 100% of each designated gift to the organization selected by the employee. No overhead or operating fees are deducted by CVC.

Why Give to the CVC?

  1. All charities participating in the CVC have been pre-screened to ensure that they are fiscally sound and that they perform the services stated.
  2. Payroll deduction allows you to budget your contribution throughout the year through regular automated giving.
  3. 100% of your designated contribution goes to the charity or charities stated. No administrative fees are taken by the CVC on designated contributions through workplace giving.
  4. Giving through the CVC minimizes the intrusive personal solicitation that might occur if you participate in multiple direct fundraising drives. While we have no control over the solicitation calls at home from charities, state employees should not be solicited by non-profits at work sites.
  5. The CVC operates for and by state employees under the Executive Order of the Governor (#26-2010).
  6. There are many opportunities to give. The CVC accepts contributions from employees via cash, check, payroll deduction, stock or credit card gifts.

 

CVC 2014 Kicks Off Oct. 1

CVC 2014 Kicks Off Oct. 1

The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) is the tool that facilitates State Employee workplace giving. It is a voluntary employee charitable giving program, which raises funds for numerous nonprofit health and humanitarian organizations throughout the state of Virginia. Since 1997, employees have donated more than $31.8 million to participating non-profit organizations through CVC!

More than 1,000 charities participate in CVC’s annual campaign, which runs from October through December each year. Employees may designate their gift to a specific charity or multiple charities within the program by giving a one-time donation or through payroll deduction. You can also participate in CVC through direct giving. In fact, chances are you’ve already made a donation to a participating CVC charity. Simply look the charity up here; if you see your charity listed, just forward a copy of the receipt to Lori Izykowski at lizykows@umw.edu or by campus mail to the JAEC, and I’ll be sure your donation gets credited to the UMW giving total. It is important to note that each donation will also help the charity meet their minimum designation to be included in the CVC the next year. CVC also coordinates Special Funds Drives in times of emergencies, resulting in thousands of dollars in aid. CVC sends 100% of each designated gift to the organization selected by the employee. No overhead or operating fees are deducted by CVC.

Why Give to the CVC?

  1. All charities participating in the CVC have been pre-screened to ensure that they are fiscally sound and that they perform the services stated.
  2. Payroll deduction allows you to budget your contribution throughout the year through regular automated giving.
  3. 100% of your designated contribution goes to the charity or charities stated. No administrative fees are taken by the CVC on designated contributions through workplace giving.
  4. Giving through the CVC minimizes the intrusive personal solicitation that might occur if you participate in multiple direct fundraising drives. While we have no control over the solicitation calls at home from charities, state employees should not be solicited by non-profits at work sites.
  5. The CVC operates for and by state employees under the Executive Order of the Governor (#26-2010).
  6. There are many opportunities to give. The CVC accepts contributions from employees via cash, check, payroll deduction, stock or credit card gifts.

CVC Kick-Off — Disney World Giveaway!

heartlogoThe 2014 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign officially starts October 1, but you can begin pledging and submitting receipts for any qualified charitable donations right away.  And to kick things off, CVC is sponsoring the following drawing:

Pledge your CVC donation online between October 1 to 15 and you will be automatically entered to win 4 one-day park hopper passes to Disney World! Passes give admission to all of these theme parks for one day: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. Passes are valid until August 1, 2016, and are valued at $496.

A winner will be randomly selected via the online giving donors list after October 15. CVC will notify the winner directly. For a directory of CVC charities to pledge your donation online, visit www.cvc.virginia.gov. For questions, email CVCStaff@dhrm.virginia.gov. The University of Mary Washington agency code is 215.

Lori Izykowski, UMW CVC Coordinator, lizykows@umw.edu

Anna Billingsley to Participate in Senior Leadership Program

Anna B. Billingsley, Associate Vice President for University Relations, has been selected from a statewide pool of nominees to participate in the Virginia Network for Women in Higher Education 2014-2015 Senior Leadership Seminar.  Initiated in 1987, the Senior Leadership Seminar series provides a forum to bring together emerging women leaders with established leaders in higher education in the Commonwealth.  The Senior Leadership Seminar focuses on three core areas: personal development, professional development, and trends in higher education. During each meeting, speakers and guests join the group to discuss critical issues facing higher education from a variety of perspectives. The mission of the American Council on Education Women’s Network is to identify, develop, advance, and support women in higher education at the national, state, and local levels.  Participants include administrators from public and private sectors, two-year and four-year institutions, and a wide-variety of functional roles.

 

CVC and Relay for Life Team Up

Relay for Life and CVC Team Up!

As the Coordinator for the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign at UMW, I’m very excited to share that CVC is teaming up with Relay for Life this year. Relay for Life is a wonderful opportunity for UMW students, faculty and staff to come together (along with community members) for a cause that has certainly touched all of us in some way. The funds raised by the UMW Relay for Life count towards the ‘direct giving’ component of CVC and contribute to the overall total for the campaign.

An overnight fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life brings people together to work toward a world with more birthdays and no cancer. Participants walk around a track for 12 hours in a symbolic gesture representing the fact that cancer never sleeps (to learn more about the symbolism behind Relay for Life, click here.) It is called a ‘relay’ because the team can walk in shifts.

In 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt wanted to combine two things:  his love for marathons and his hate of cancer; so he walked for 24 hours around a track in Washington, ultimately raising $27,000 to help the ACS fight cancer. A year later, 340 supporters joined him for the overnight event and it’s been growing ever since.  Relay was brought to UMW in 2010 by Luke and Laura Ruth (both UMW Class of 2012.) Luke transferred from Virginia Tech, loved Relay there and wanted to bring the event to UMW. The first year they raised $32,000 and each year since the event has steadily grown.

Relay for Life at UMW is full of entertaining events:  every hour a different event is planned to keep participants entertained, including Mr. Relay, a pageant where male students will wear dresses; Relay Idol (which needs faculty/staff judges!); pancake eating contests; and a luminaria ceremony.  (General Facebook page for info:   https://www.facebook.com/rflumw​ )

GOALS:

Fundraising goal for this year:  $54,000 (currently at $17,000)

Participants:  600 (currently at 240)

Teams: 50 (currently at 40)

Survivors:  30 (currently at 14)

Faculty/Staff:  50 (currently none are signed up to participate)

How you can get involved:

  • Join or create a team:  Please feel free to join either the CVC team or create your own department or even a family team! There are no limitations for team numbers and anyone from the community (including family and friends) are invited to join Relay. Create a team here.
  • Donate to support fellow staff, faculty and/or students:  Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way, so even if you cannot come to the event, please help someone else reach their fundraising goal! You can find all of the teams listed here.
  • Purchase a luminaria:  A luminaria is a way to remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those battling the disease currently. These are bags that are illuminated with candles after dark at a special ceremony and each bag is personalized with a name, photo, message or even drawing in memory of the loved one. Classic white bags are $10 and gold bags sell for $25 each. The luminaria ceremony is during the event on April 5 and BellACapella will be singing to honor those affected. We invite faculty and staff to come and witness this beautiful candlelit ceremony. We even have a luminaria ceremony next week (see Relay Awareness Week schedule below.)
  • Relay also has a “Relay Awareness Week” and we would LOVE to have a lot of faculty/staff involvement!  Below is the schedule and accompanying Facebook event:
  • Monday, March 17:  Paint the Campus Purple Day!

Everyone is encouraged to wear as much purple clothing as possible to encourage awareness. Committee members will be tabling on Ball Circle to collect donations.  https://www.facebook.com/events/228544210681766/

  • Tuesday, March 18:  Mini-Luminaria Ceremony

At 7 p.m. on Lee Hall Terrace, come to celebrate, remember or honor someone who has been affected by cancer. This will be a candlelit ceremony with music from the group BellACapella and a poetry reading.  https://www.facebook.com/events/536239293160818/

  • Wednesday, March 19:  Jail and Bail! From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., come to Lee Hall terrace to see President Hurley, Provost Levin, Marty Morrison and Professor Mackintosh from the Psychology department JAILED for publicly fighting cancer! They each post their bail of $300 in order to escape, so stop by to donate to either help them get out, or keep them in jail! In addition to our jailbirds, Professors Asper and Rettinger have committed “Relay Misdemeanors,” punishable by a pie to the face. We are also looking for more faculty and staff to volunteer for pie-ing, so if anyone is interested, please email Katie Sue at kvanvalk@mail.umw.edu. Pie-ings happen for hour long stints, so we can be flexible to your schedule.

https://www.facebook.com/events/694625453894068/

  • Thursday, March 20:  Purple Out Concert. Student groups Goody and Save the Arcadian will be preforming on Ball Circle from 4 to 6 p.m.! This will also be a marketplace, so come by to check out the students’ tables; all purchases will benefit Relay. In addition, if you would like to have a table at the market, please contact:  kvanvalk@mail.umw.edu.   https://www.facebook.com/events/694110663979028/
  • Friday, March 21:  3v3vCancer Basketball Tournament

6 to 8 p.m.  We are in desperate need of team sign-ups for this event! The tournament will be held in the AuxGym of Goolrick and anyone can make a team; registration is $5 per person. In the past, Dr. Searcy and other faculty/staff members have been on teams and we would love to have more faculty/staff involvement! Anyone interested in sign-ups should send a message to:  umwrelayforlife@gmail.comhttps://www.facebook.com/events/640125792702641/

Lori Izykowski and Katie Sue Van Valkenburg

What $2 Can Do

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CVC 2013

CVC 2013 is quickly coming to a close.  With all that goes on at this time of year, it is very possible that you have planned to pledge and just not gotten around to it yet.  If you need any information with regard to pledging for this year’s campaign, contact your ambassador or me and we will get you the information you need.  Here is one more charity spotlight:

Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery, Inc.

Like the 1.7 million Americans who are affected by brain injury each year, this client sustained a brain injury that affects him physically and cognitively. “I had trouble speaking,” he says. “I had to talk completely slowly. I had to keep reminding myself how to talk slowly.”

This client currently lives with his mother, and it is his dream to live on his own. The client became aware of Crossroads only recently even though he sustained his brain injury as a small child. He had been struggling most of his life with the effects of his injury. Now, with the help of his case manager, he has been setting his own goals and moving toward the independence he desires. Together, the client and Crossroads have worked on life skills such as cooking, using assistive technology, managing money, housekeeping, and taking medications accurately.

The client is now enrolled in classes to obtain his GED. He enjoys frequent trips to the library to borrow books and use the computer. He likes being able to take care of himself, but he doesn’t know where he will be in five years. “Probably driving,” he says. “That’s one of my goals is to learn to drive, and probably living on my own.”

Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery will continue to partner, support and guide the client as he works at increasing his independence. “They are doing a great job!” he says.

CVC Code 5913

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Please remember these deadlines that are quickly approaching:

Dec. 18 – Last day to submit EDIRECT PAYROLL DEDUCTION ENTRIES.

Jan. 18 – Last day to submit EDIRECT CREDIT CARD ENTRIES

Dec. 31 (midnight) – Last day to submit EDIRECT Credit Card Gifts for credit to 2013 tax returns.

Thank you all for your support and participation in the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign.  Because of your donations, good things can continue to happen for those in need.

 

Disaster Relief for Phillipines

Want to Help?

Employees wishing to donate to help in disaster relief may give online at these sites to CVC member charities.

Doctors without Borders (medical relief)

https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/donate/ (CVC #0336)

CARE
http://care.org/emergencies/typhoon-haiyan (CVC #0308)

International Red Cross

Disaster Relief Supplies and Food

http://www.redcross.org/  (CVC #3403)

Employees are encouraged to give online and print their acknowledgement of the gift.  Give the printed copy to your CVC coordinator so your agency’s CVC campaign will be credited with this gift.

Anne Dinterman
Employee Programs
Dept. of Human Resource Management

CVC Spotlight: United Way

“Giving to the United Way is an excellent way to support organizations that rely on grants and donations and other fund raising efforts to exist.  The agencies recognized by United Way undergo a rigorous evaluation to ensure they are properly managing the funds they receive and are having an impact in their communities.  Many of these agencies are “safety-net” in nature meaning they are the last resort for assistance for some members of our communities.” –President Rick Hurley

Whether you give to the United Way or any of the other qualified organizations listed in the Directory of Charities, please consider supporting the CVC as it is for a very worthwhile cause.

 

CVC Charity Spotlight

Fredericksburg Area Food Bank

Programs

For Children

Our children must be well-fed and focused to succeed. We’re working with local schools and youth programs to help put an end to child hunger in our community. Learn more >>>

For Families

There are more than 30,000 people living in poverty within our community, thousands more are classified as working poor; living just above the poverty line. Through a network of Partner Agencies and Programs, we’re working to help.Learn more >>>

For Seniors

The low-income elderly and disabled often have special needs that make it difficult for them to budget enough funds for food. Often rent, mortgage, utility or medical bills take precedence in the monthly budget. Learn more >>

Healthy Eating

The Community Garden program provides a local supply of healthy vegetables throughout the growing season, increasing the nutrition of food provided to families in need. Learn more >>>