“I give because I can’t help it. It’s who I am.”

Carol Bishop is known by her friends and colleagues as someone who helps others, no matter the cost. Several years ago and much to her adult daughter’s dismay, Bishop saw someone lying in a ditch along a side street in Christiansburg, Va., one evening and stopped to help.

When Bishop learned that the physically disabled woman had been abandoned, she did something few others would have been willing to do: picked her up, loaded her into her vehicle, and drove her home.

“I knew she needed help and I couldn’t just leave her there,” said Bishop, who works as the business operations coordinator in the Department of Human Resources and the university’s Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) coordinator.

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Carol Bishop, business operations coordinator in the Department of Human Resources and the university’s Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) coordinator with her six-month-old Boxer, Zelda.

A Blacksburg native, Bishop is devoted to her community and her job. She has been a Virginia Tech employee for 26 years. In 2007, as the then-assistant director for operations services in the Department of University Unions and Student Activities, Bishop received the Governor's Award for outstanding customer service to the Virginia Tech community.

In her free time, Bishop walks dogs at The Humane Society of Montgomery County and volunteers at The Montgomery County Christmas Store. She also wraps presents at the mall each holiday season to raise money for the Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program.

“There are so many people in need in our community,” said Bishop. “And, it seems like there’s a new crisis or a tragedy every day that puts more people in need. We never know when that might be us.”

Bishop also spends time at the Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley office every month tutoring a 63-year-old Christiansburg woman who is learning to read. In 2011, she was recognized as the Literacy Volunteers Tutor of the year.

Soon after Sept. 11, 2001, as a way of commemorating the national tragedy, Bishop began donating blood on the 11th of every other month (the American Red Cross requires eight weeks between blood donations).

In addition to regularly donating supplies and household goods to the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley, Bishop also supports the center with a financial donation through the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign each year.

It’s important to give time, she says, but it’s equally important to help support the programs that help our neighbors in need with financial gifts. Giving to the CVC is an easy way that all Virginia Tech employees can make a difference in the lives of others.

“Everyone can give something,” said Bishop who feels blessed to have time and money to give. “I don’t do it because it’s the right thing to do, even though it is – I do it because I want to make a difference.”

“In just a few clicks of the mouse, you can select an organization and make your donation via payroll deduction,” said Bishop. “You’ll never really miss it, and yet it will make a huge difference in the lives of those who need it.”

“It’s important that everyone who is able to do anything to help does something” said Bishop. “It’s a very personal choice that we all have to make. It feels good to know you’ve made a difference - you’ve helped someone in their time of need.”

Please consider donating to any of the 1,300 charities participating in this year’s Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. The online CVC Pledge System enables salaried Virginia Tech employees to make fast, easy, and secure donations via payroll deduction. All donations are tax deductible, as allowed by law.

First published on: Dec 5, 2012

Written by Employee Communications Manager Laura Neff-Henderson.