Employees Give Generously To Help Community
January 29, 2004 --
of University of Virginia employees participated in two large-scale
volunteer efforts, ending in record-breaking results,
U.Va. officials announced today at a “Celebration of Community
Spirit” event in Newcomb Hall Ballroom.
event recognized many of the 670 employees who led volunteer
with the 2003 United Way Laurence E. Richardson
Day of Caring and the 2003 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign,
an annual workplace-giving program.
the efforts of these volunteers, approximately 3,200 U.Va. employees
total of $595,236 to the Commonwealth
Virginia Campaign (CVC). Their dollars were designated for
more than 400 charities locally as well as throughout the nation.
The total was significantly more than the $565,000 raised during
a quarter of all salaried employees contributed to the campaign,” said
Ida Lee Wootten, director of community relations and campaign
chair. She recognized the volunteers at the reception as a primary reason
for the notable participation rate.
is the 11th consecutive year U.Va. has led the state in giving
through the CVC, which
enables state employees
than 1,000 charities. Employees statewide gave more than
$3.2 million to charities through the 2003 campaign.
for the campaign at U.Va. is remarkable,” said Janet
Brooking, state campaign manager. “U.Va. is the
backbone of the campaign, with its employees providing
of all monies donated.”
a similarly successful note, during the September United Way
Laurence E. Richardson
Day of Caring, a community-service
started by the local nonprofit organization in 1992,
400 employees completed 47 volunteer projects ranging
from deck repair,
painting and landscaping to reading to children, organizing
parties for senior citizens and sprucing up schools.
number of participants in the community service day increased
by 33 percent over the 258 volunteers
efforts correspond to 1,705 volunteer labor hours valued at more
than $27,000, according
Community Relations Office who organizes the University’s
participation in both the volunteer day and the CVC.
is obvious from these numbers that many U.Va. employees care
deeply about the community and demonstrate that
concern by giving generously through both the Day of Caring and the CVC,” Rivera
said. “For the last three years employees
have given more than a half-million dollars through
the campaign, the majority
of funds designated for local nonprofit organizations.”
reception, organized by U.Va.’s Community
Relations Office, recognized several employees
and units that led volunteer efforts
in both the community-service day and the campaign. “Employees
representing nearly every area of the University
joined together in record numbers to help those
in need,” Rivera said.
Dana Rivera, (434) 924-1321