United Way of Southwest Colorados board of directors recently approved the fundraising goal for this fall and winter. United Way will attempt to raise $710,000 to support nonprofit programs that promote education, self-reliance and health.
Archuleta Countys goal is $85,000. Montezuma and Dolores counties will try to raise $110,000. La Plata and San Juan counties aim to generate $515,000.
The fundraising drive will start in earnest after Labor Day, but several events already have been held.
The Durango Wine Experience took place in May. Thanks to coordinator Leah Deane, Karen Barger of Seasons and Joe and Pam Leder of Durango Wine and Liquor, this event generated $8,000 for United Way. That is more than double what the event produced last year.
The 15th annual United Way and Durango High Noon Rotary golf tournament was held July 16 at Dalton Ranch. Thanks to generous sponsors such as Wells Fargo Bank and Chevron and nearly 70 golfers, United Way and High Noon Rotary will split more than $15,000.
Archuleta County is gearing up for its annual golf tournament. Boot Jack Ranch has committed to being the title sponsor again, and more than $10,000 in sponsorships have been secured. There is room for golfers at this fun outing, to be held Aug. 21 at Pagosa Springs Golf Club. Call Teddy at (970) 731-0484 to learn more about playing or sponsoring.
United Ways best fundraising event each year is the annual Four Corners Broadcasting Radiothon. This years radio auction will be broadcast Sept. 10. More than $40,000 in goods and services already have been donated. To learn how to get your business involved, call Krystyn at 247-9444.
The San Juan Brewfest, sponsored by Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, will be held the next day, Sept. 11, in downtown Durango. More than 30 breweries are expected to attend to showcase their finest brews. Visit CookMan Food.com/brewfest to learn more.
Fundraising events get the campaign going each year, but donations from individuals and employees through workplace giving are the bread and butter of the drive.
UPS is right in the middle of its workplace campaign. For the last several years, UPS manager Garth Hardy and his crew consistently have had one of the highest employee-participation rates when it comes to making donations to charities. In fact, last year, UPS was recognized by United Way Worldwide for its consistent, loyal support over the years. JC Penney, LPEA and Wells Fargo Bank all are gearing up for their workplace campaigns over the next few weeks.
Employees and board members of the agencies and programs that United Way raises funds for also are contributors. Last year, United Ways partners donated more than $45,000. All partners will conclude their drives by the end of September.
Where will all this money go? United Way has pre-qualified 77 programs across the region to receive the funds. Each program and the agency that operates it has proven to United Ways volunteer committees that its finances are in order, that its board and staff are ensuring the agency meets its goals and that the program can prove it is making a difference in the lives of local people in need or at risk.
All partner agency programs fall under the impact areas of education, self-reliance or health.
Call United Way at 247-9444 to learn how to support your community.
Tim Walsworth is President and CEO for United Way and a member of the Durango High Noon Rotary Club.