United Way of Southwest Colorado’s annual fundraising drive is in full swing.
To date, United Way has reached 28 percent of its goal. Donations are accepted at any time but need to be submitted by early 2011 to count toward this campaign’s total.
United Way has a new focus for donations. Gifts to United Way will be invested in programs that fall under education, self-reliance and health.
b Education programs aim to get kids ready to learn when they enter school, stay in school, make better grades, graduate from high school or obtain a GED and hopefully go on to a higher education institute.
b Self-reliance programs try to help local families and individuals live self-sufficiently, earn a livable wage and to save money for a rainy day.
b Health programs attempt to provide access to affordable, quality health care. Both mental health and physical health programs are supported. This area also works to help people make healthy choices.
United Way feels these three areas are building blocks for successful lives. We ask that the residents and workers in Southwest Colorado join together to help us reach our goal. Our strategy each year is to ask a lot of people to give a little bit.
We are proud to announce that the organizations that receive donations to United Way also are donors. To date, more than $44,000 has been pledged to our campaign goal by our nonprofit partners. Leading the way is Axis Health Systems with $14,000 pledged, Southern Ute Community Action Programs with nearly $7,000 pledged and Durango Adult Education Center and San Juan Basin Health Department both with more than $3,000 pledged.
In Cortez, Hospice of Montezuma and the Piñon Project both pledged more than $2,500. Seeds of Learning in Pagosa Springs pledged nearly $1,400.
Williams leads the way so far among for-profit companies, generating more than $22,000 for United Way so far. First National Bank of Durango has raised more than $10,000. Sanders Skin Care Center donated $1,000 to the campaign earlier this year. United Way thanks Dr. Susan Sanders for her continued support.
United Way’s special events have brought in nearly $90,000 so far. Three more events are coming up soon. The first is the annual Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory seconds sale on Nov. 20 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Taste of the Seasons will be held Dec. 2 in Dolores at the Four Seasons Greenhouse and Nursery. Wolf Creek Ski Day will be Jan. 19 at the Wolf Creek Ski Area.
As United Way makes it around to your workplace in the next two months, please consider making your payroll deduction donation again this year. If we do not come to your workplace, consider making a one-time gift or sign up for automatic bank withdrawal through our website, at united way-swco.org
You also can learn about all the local organizations that United Way has pre-qualified to be recipients of donations to the campaign at the website.
Join us in Living United and help us reach our campaign goal.
Tim Walsworth is president and CEO for United Way and a member of the Durango High Noon Rotary Club.