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What's Happening?

Governor Launches 20th Year of Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign
The goal for 2017 CVC is $3.5 million in employee donations.  See photos of the October 4, 2017, kickoff ceremony and other employee happenings.

Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center Celebrates 10 Years
Congratulations to SBVCC employees on this special anniversary!  See a photo of employees who have been at the center since the first veteran was admitted. 

Capitol Square Healthcare Gives Free Flu Shots
The downtown Richmond health and wellness center is participating this year in the free flu shot program for state employees.  Find out more.

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria Disaster Relief
Here's how you can help those in storm-ravaged areas.  See more.

Discount for VMNH Dinosaur Exhibit
State employees can see the Virginia Museum of Natural History exhibit for free this year through December 29.  See more.

View 2018 Paydays and Holidays
The 2018 Pay and Holiday Calendar is available.

DOLI Registered Apprenticeships
Check out Registered Apprenticeships for Virginia Employers through the Department of Labor and Industry. View Governor McAuliffe's video for more information.

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Calendar of Events

October 19
- 10:00 a.m. - Why Life Insurance is Essential for Retirement Planning, Minnesota Life, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Bank of America Tower, 1111 E. Main Street, Richmond

October 19 - 12:00 p.m. -  Webinar - Troops to Trucks,  for all registered V3 companies

October 25 - 12:00 p.m. - Webinar - Organizational Veteran Hiring Plan, for all registered V3 companies

October 26 - 9:00 a.m. - Flu Shot Clinic, Conference Room B, James Monroe Building

November 1 - 12:00 p.m. - Webinar - V3 Core Curriculum, for all registered V3 companies

November 3  
- 12:00 p.m. - Webinar - OJT / Apprenticeship, for all registered V3 companies

November 7
- 12:00 p.m. - Webinar - USERRA,  for all registered V3 companies

November 9
- 12:00 p.m. - Webinar - Dispelling Myths About PTSD, for all registered V3 companies

November 14
- 12:00 p.m. - Webinar - Leverage your LVER, for all registered V3 companies

What Are People Doing?

Two DMV Employees Bond Over a Kidney Transplant

Two state employees have something in common beyond their work at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Freida Booth – Pitts, assistant manager of the North Henrico branch of DMV, was in desperate need of a kidney transplant.  Three years ago, she had been told that dialysis was imminent, and she began peritoneal dialysis in 2016.  Now the future had arrived, and it looked bleak unless she could find a kidney donor

Kidney Transplant Employees

Sandy Bloxom, a co-worker at the same facility, stepped up to the plate and donated a kidney for Freida that was a perfect match.  There was one hitch – Sandy was a smoker and the doctors had said her lungs were not strong enough for surgery. So she quit smoking, again.  Sandy underwent another test and was finally cleared for surgery. By this time she had moved to the West End DMV branch.

Freida is now recovering from her transplant in June 2017, which was a six-hour surgical procedure.  Both Freida and Sandy say that this experience has made them a part of each other, just like family.

There are several lessons from this story. 

First, get that annual routine wellness check-up! And be sure you have a primary care doctor. Your life could be at stake.

Second, stop smoking!  If you need help, it’s there from ActiveHealth’s healthy lifestyles program or from the CommonHealth wellness program.

Third, always value your co-workers – you never know when you may find a best friend. And maybe even someone who makes a sacrifice to save your life.

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