The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) is a charitable giving campaign for all state employees to raise and donate money toward charities in local communities and across the commonwealth.

CVC provides support to approximately 1,000 participating charities that range from health and human services to animal welfare, from environmental conservation to medical research, and everything in between.

Among the CVC charities, three Virginia Tech organizations are participating in this year’s campaign: the Virginia Tech Foundation, Virginia Tech Rescue Squad, and Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) at Virginia Tech. Here’s more on how each of these organizations serves the university and surrounding community:

Virginia Tech Foundation

The Virginia Tech Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides private financial support to enable the forward progress of Virginia Tech.

At the request of some faculty and staff, the Virginia Tech Foundation has been added to the list of charities for the CVC campaign.

Giving through the CVC means that your gift, which provides unrestricted support for Virginia Tech, can be directed to meet critical needs during this unprecedented time. Gifts to the university support institutional priorities, including life-saving research and student scholarships, two areas of key importance as we all live with COVID-19. Gifts to Virginia Tech help us to transform the future, by supporting students, faculty, and educational and research programs that make a difference.

Virginia Tech Rescue Squad

The student-run Virginia Tech Rescue Squad diligently serves the university community 365 days-a-year, providing emergency medical services and emergency response on the Blacksburg campus.

The oldest collegiate rescue squad in the commonwealth, Virginia Tech Rescue Squad members perform the same functions of a municipal rescue squad, responding to around 1,200 annual emergency calls. The squad and its approximately 40 members also provide emergency medical services at major university and athletic events.

Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) at Virginia Tech

Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) at Virginia Tech builds the community through learning, leadership, and service. Founded in 1873, the organization provides volunteer opportunities for students while working with the community on needs.

YMCA runs a Thrift Shop that serves as a great recycling model and produces approximately 10 percent of incoming goods to community groups for families in need. The organization partners with Feeding America Southwest Virginia and the USDA to operate anti-hunger initiatives that included summer pop-up food sites for two communities. This year, the organization expanded their feeding program and reached more children in the New River Valley. Since April, YMCA has distributed 25,000 meals to more than 5,000 children. Their feeding program currently runs twice a week.

These three Virginia Tech organizations are listed in the Commonwealth of Virginia charity list and employees can donate to them directly through the campaign.

To make a donation, there are many options for employees including payroll deduction through a one-time gift or monthly payments, cash or check, credit card payment through cvcgives.org (using the agency code 208 – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), or using a monetary direct give payment through the direct give form to receive credit for donating to a CVC-approved charity and Virginia Tech’s direct giving.

This year’s campaign runs from Oct. 1 to Dec. 11. Since 2010, Virginia Tech employees have donated more than $3.1 million to charities in Blacksburg, the New River Valley, and across Virginia.

The university’s annual campaign is administered by the Division of Human Resources and led by a steering team made up of university department representatives. Questions should be directed to department CVC representatives. For more information, visit the CVC website.