Working for United Way of Southwest Colorado for almost nine years has allowed me to have a unique view of our community.
I have the wonderful opportunity to interact with so many amazing people and businesses that make me so proud to call Southwest Colorado my home. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to thank some of these supporters.
Brian Sheffield is the HR director for the Southern Ute Indian Tribes Permanent Fund employees. The tribe has become United Ways top supporting business, donating more than $50,000 a year ago. Brian helps United Way gain approval for the campaign from Tribal Council and then helps ask employees of the Permanent Fund to consider donating. Cathy Otten at the Growth Fund helps ask Growth Fund employees to consider donating. Thanks to the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Brian and Cathy for your support.
Tiffany Valencia is a United Way board member and works for BP. Tiffany spearheads the United Way campaign at BP every year. This year, she helped generate more than $50,000 from BP employees and the company.
Williams also is very supportive of United Way. This year, the oil and gas company has donated more than $27,000. United Way appreciates the oil and gas community for all they do for local charities.
UPS is another supportive business. Our men and women in brown have pledged $12,500 to United Way this fall. United Way thanks Garth Hardy for his leadership.
Korn/Ferry, formerly Lore International, is filled with consultants and trainers who help businesses all over the world. They also help their local community by donating to United Way. This past summer, Korn/Ferry employees increased their donations by 103 perfect. Ellen Goldman was instrumental in this increase, and United Way thanks you for your help.
Axis Health Systems and Southern Ute Community Action Programs are United Way partner agencies, meaning both were qualified to receive funding from United Ways current fundraising campaign. They also are donors. Axis Health System employees pledged $13,500, and SUCAP employees pledged $9,400. All United Way partner agencies collectively have pledged more than $41,000 to United Way so far.
First National Bank of Durango dedicates an entire month to United Way. This year, the month of October produced more than $20,000 for United Way from employees, customers and the business itself.
XTO Energy employees contributed $2,500 and the business matched its employee donations dollar for dollar to double the amount to United Way. United Way appreciates Alice Dekay for helping us every fall.
United Way of Southwest Colorados five employees also are donors. I am proud to tell you that donations are up 29 percent from United Ways staff, totaling more than $2,500.
In total, the United Way drive has reached $346,000 of its $752,000 goal, or 46 percent. We need your help today to reach our goal for local nonprofit organizations that have proven they are making a difference in Education, Self-Reliance and Health.
Log on to our website at www.unitedway-swco.org and click on Give to make your gift today.
Tim Walsworth is president and CEO for United Way and a member of the Durango High Noon Rotary Club.