The following is an open letter to Virginia Tech employees from Kelly Oaks, assistant vice president for Equity and Accessibility. Oaks is the honorary chair of the 2017 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign.

Dear colleagues,

I want to provide you an update on how the Virginia Tech community has come together in the spirit of our motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) for this year’s Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign.

Together, we have raised more than $271,000 to serve others. That’s an amazing amount of support! Thank you to all those who have given, and a special congratulations to the following areas who have exceeded their fundraising goal: Pamplin College of Business, Athletics, Division of Human Resources, Office of Vice President for Finance and CFO, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, and University Libraries.

Closing in our their goals are the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Office of the President, Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs, and the Graduate School.

As a reminder, the 2017 campaign ends on Thursday, December 20 and our university-wide goal is $350,000.

With more than 1,000 charities to choose from, employees can easily find one that fits their own sense of service. Most importantly, during this season of giving, every gift makes an impact when there are so many in need.

To make your gift, visit the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign web page for more information, the list of approved charities, and to donate. Tax-deductible gifts can be made online through payroll deduction or paper pledge form.

Thank you again for fulfilling our motto and helping to change lives in our communities.

Kelly D. Oaks
Honorary Chair, 2017 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign
Assistant Vice President for Equity and Accessibility