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.

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

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 (CVC Code 200153) performs 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.

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 (CVC Code 201006) 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. Gifts to Virginia Tech help us to transform the future, by supporting students, faculty, and educational and research programs that make a difference.

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

The YMCA at Virginia Tech, an independent nonprofit, benefits from a long-standing relationship with Virginia Tech.

The YMCA at Virginia Tech (CVC Code 200087) was chartered in 1873 as a “Campus Y.” In its early years, the YMCA performed almost all nonacademic functions for the university while consistently working to improve and enrich the lives of Virginia Tech students.

During the 1970s several Y programs emerged, such as the International Programs (1970) and the Thrift Shop (1975). YMCA Student Programs were founded in 1989 to promote service learning and bridge the gap between campus and community.

The YMCA at Virginia Tech has a strong tradition of sustainability, initiating the first recycling on campus and continuing to provide single-stream, textiles, and electronics recycling to Montgomery County at the Y Thrift Shop.

The Y at Virginia Tech now provides leadership development opportunities to Virginia Tech students who identify a need in this community and develop programs to address the need. Through the YMCA, Virginia Tech students lead the way in providing access to food, feeding up to 300 children five days a week, year-round; providing mentorship and tutoring services in after-school programs; in addressing social isolation concerns in the elderly population with the Senior Connections program; and increasing sustainable efforts through the annual Y Toss program.

These three Virginia Tech organizations are listed in the Commonwealth of Virginia charity list. Employees can donate to them – and more than 900 charities throughout the state – directly through the campaign.

Donate now to the CVC through a payroll deduction or by cash, check, or online donation.

This year’s campaign has a goal of $390,000 and runs until Dec. 10. 

For questions or assistance, please contact your department representative or steering team member. More information can be found on the CVC website

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