October 1, 2012
In the weeks ahead, we again have an opportunity to help those in need - locally, statewide, nationally and worldwide - through our participation in the annual Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC).
Last year, the Old Dominion University community raised more than $113,000. This was an outstanding show of support, which was appreciated and needed by the organizations and agencies that depend on these donations - as well as the thousands of people that they, in turn, help. We look forward to another successful campaign.
The theme for the 2012 campaign is "Virginia is for Givers." When we give from the heart to a worthwhile cause, we have given something of ourselves and shown that we truly care, which is a good feeling.
In the eloquent words of poet Maya Angelou, "When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed."
Let us all work together to share and share in the blessings this year.
Campaign volunteers continue to encourage first-timers to join ODU's many regular donors in supporting the CVC charities. Please visit the campaign website at http://cvc.vipnet.org/ for more information and http://cvc.vipnet.org/donors/directorylist.htm for the list of more than 1,300 local, state, national and international organizations that can benefit from your support.
A volunteer from your office or department will soon provide you with a CVC pledge card, and I would ask that you consider making a contribution this year, in whatever amount you can afford. You may designate your donation to a specific charity, or to multiple organizations and agencies.
When we give from the heart, we offer both help and hope to those in need. The ODU community has earned a reputation over the years for its generosity and caring, and I am sure that this proud tradition will continue through the 2012 campaign. I thank you in advance for your support of this important statewide effort.
John R. Broderick