The annual United Way fundraising drive for local programs in education, self-reliance and health is in its final stages.
We are currently at 83 percent of our goal and believe we can get to 95 percent of our goal by the time we announce the final total to the community in March. Your help is needed to fully reach the goal.
If you have not made your donation to United Way, please know that your support is still needed. Donations to United Way will be invested in local programs within the county where the donation originated, meaning your gift is used where you live.
Donations support programs that have proved to United Way they are operating effectively and efficiently. United Way coordinates these programs toward community level goals in education, self-reliance and health. Visit our website at www.unitedway-swco.org and click on Partners to see a list of the local organizations and programs your donation supports.
You also can click on the Give button on our website to make your donation today.
United Way continues to work on other projects in addition to wrapping up the annual fundraising drive. The 2-1-1 program continues to make great strides in partnership with www.SWConnect.org and volunteers from the three Rotary Clubs in Durango. SWConnect has more than 600 profiles in its database, and the Rotary volunteers are actively working to flesh out each profile. Once completed, the profiles are shared with the 2-1-1 program.
This work will allow people in Southwest Colorado to find help when they need it through a rich, interactive website and through speaking with a trained professional after dialing 2-1-1. Centralized information and referral has long been a need for our communities, and we are closer than ever to making these programs fully available to the public. United Way thanks Terry Woodward, Jenny Bruell and Erica Keter at SWConnect, and Hank Hayes, Dave Smiley, Mike McGuire, Ken Beegles, Bruce Rodman, Jim McCarthy and Rick LeGrand and the rest of the wonderful Rotarians for their help in this effort.
United Way continues to monitor work at the Capitol as the legislative session begins. Through our membership in and board service for the Colorado Nonprofit Association, we are staying abreast of issues that will affect our communities and nonprofit organizations in Southwest Colorado. For example, the Colorado Nonprofit Association is working with the secretary of states office to introduce legislation to shore up the rules governing how nonprofit organizations report to the State. The proposed changes will create more transparency for nonprofits and will eliminate some timing difficulties for the state.
2012 Nonprofit Day at the Capitol is scheduled for Feb. 21. Local United Ways will be at the Capitol at the end of March. Both dates offer elected officials an opportunity to learn about the nonprofit industrys work around the state and in their home community.
As usual, we are busy at United Way and are working every day to keep Southwest Colorado a great place to live.
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Tim Walsworth is president and CEO for United Way and a member of the Durango High Noon Rotary Club.