Karen Grunow - Team Player

Karen Grunow

Team Player |

Administrative Assistant to the Director of Institutional Effectiveness

If you work at TCC’s district offices, you know Karen Grunow. She’s the administrative assistant to the director of Institutional Effectiveness, the smiling face moving swiftly through the hallways in bright colors and tall heels, and one of the most enthusiastic and outgoing volunteers behind our Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC).


The CVC is an annual charity drive supported by all employees of the Commonwealth of Virginia – and at TCC in partnership with our Educational Foundation. Over a thousand charities are pre-screened before being added to a directory, which donors can search for worthwhile causes to support through a one-time gift or payroll deduction.


Karen works closely with other volunteers across the college to find ways to involve TCC employees in the CVC through activities like pancake breakfasts, bake sales, and raffles.


“I always bake something for the bake sale,” Karen laughed. “I like to cook – so the pancake breakfast and the bake sale are things I would probably be doing anyways at home!”


Karen is always recruiting volunteers for the CVC events, which are social as well as fundraising occasions, and she emphasizes that everyone can choose how much – or how little they’re willing to donate.


“Many people come to me and say, ‘This is all I can offer,’” she said. “And I tell them that’s a big help already. Fundraising – giving – is about what you can do. Giving does not have to be big. A little act of kindness in giving at the right moment can give someone a good day. If you think you can donate a little bit, why not do it?”


“There’s an immediate need for our help,” Karen said. “I don’t just give for myself. I want to show these charities, these people, that love still exists. We’re here to help.”


TCC’s participation in CVC raised thousands of dollars for good causes across the commonwealth last year alone. If you want to learn more about the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, including which charities are included on the directory, please visit or email