BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech employees raised $319,664 for the 2015Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC), with more than 1,575 employees contributing and helping to increase last year's total by nearly $2,000.

During the last six years, Virginia Tech employees have given more than $1.7 million to the CVC, a workplace-giving program that allows state employees to designate a financial gift to any of more than 1,000 participating charities. Types of charities include health and human services, animal welfare, environmental conservation, and medical research.

Contributions to this year's CVC’s general campaign totaled more than $33,000. The organization receiving the highest level of support from employees was the Free Clinic of the New River Valley with $19,170 in donations. The Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program received $18,988, the second highest level of donations, while employees gave $16,170 to the United Way of Montgomery, Radford, and Floyd. Employees also chose to donate to hundreds of other organizations as well.

Not only did employees make individual gifts, but departments and offices across the university hosted fundraisers and activities to contribute more than $8,330 for the campaign as well.