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NEWS RELEASE
The Ohio Department of Transportation & The Office of Governor Bob Taft
December 7,  2004

 

TAFT COMMENDS EMPLOYEES FOR CHARITY
Contributions from state employees help provide valuable services to thousands

COLUMBUS (December 7, 2004) Governor Bob Taft today praised state employees for their generosity in giving to the Ohio Statewide Combined Charitable Campaign (CCC).

I commend the generosity of the many state employees that are helping those less fortunate, said Taft.  These donations make a great difference in the lives of thousands of people.

The governor and co-chairs ODOT Director Gordon Proctor and Hugh R. Williams, representing the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association revealed state employees had donated more than $4.8 million for the 2004 campaign.

The goal for this year was to raise $4.2 million, a 6 percent increase over last years goal of $4 million.  Approximately 21,000 employees participated, exceeding this years goal by nearly 15 percent.  Nearly 11,000 employees donated five dollars or more per pay period.

The governor also praised the Statewide Steering Committee that oversees the program for its efficient management of the campaign.  The administrative costs for the campaign are only 3.2 percent of total donations.

The CCC is state governments primary charitable fundraising drive.  Through it, state employees have the opportunity to give to more than 2,300 charitable organizations through one-time donations and payroll deductions.  The 2004 CCC ran from September 1 through October 15.

The announcement was made at Villa Milano Restaurant in Columbus, at a luncheon thanking the volunteers who helped coordinate the agency collection programs.