United Way of Southwest Colorado is putting the finishing touches on our annual fundraising campaign. There is still
time to donate to help us address a myriad of needs in the communities of Southwest Colorado.
In mid-March, United Way will announce the result of our fundraising campaign. United Way will accept
donations to this campaign through the end of February. Your help is needed to help us reach our fundraising goal.
Here are a few things to consider as you are deciding if you can donate to United Way.
Any gift, no matter the amount, is welcome. The funds United Way raises stay here in Southwest Colorado, and 88 cents
of every dollar given helps people in need. If you can give $10 or $100 - or any amount - United Way urges you to
United Way's campaign goal was created last summer by teams of volunteers across the region. These volunteers looked at
local needs, accepted applications for funding from local nonprofit organizations addressing those needs, evaluated the
organizations requesting the funds and ultimately made a set of funding recommendations that formed the core of the
fundraising campaign goal.
The goal is not just a standard increase over last year's amount. Instead, it is a well thought out plan to help our
local nonprofit organizations assist our friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members who are in need.
Speaking of needs, they are up across the board. Here are some alarming statistics from our partner agencies:
b At Pagosa Outreach
Connection, a direct financial-assistance program to help families stay in their homes, the amount of financial
assistance provided doubled in 2009 compared with 2008.
Southwest Conservation Corps has experienced a 52 percent increase in the number of young adults seeking job
training and service opportunities in 2009 compared with 2008.
Colorado Housing Inc.reports it already has provided financial counseling for nearly the entire number of clients
they expected in all of 2009-2010 in the first quarter of their year.
Big Brothers Big Sisters has seen a 100 percent increase in the number of children and youths who need a mentor.
La Plata Family Centers Coalition reports a 76 percent increase in the number of families in need requesting their
Durango Adult Education Center has increased its enrollment by 45 percent, and many classes now have waiting lists.
Donating to United Way is one way you can help address those statistics. If you have not yet given and have the ability
to make a donation, please consider doing so today.
United Way accepts checks, all major credit cards, and can also facilitate a monthly automatic bank withdrawal that
allows you to pay a donation out over the course of the year instead of all at once. Visit our Web site at
co.org and click on Give to see all the options.
Please join myself, the United Way staff, the United Way board of directors and our partner agencies in Living United
by making your donation today.
Tim Walsworth is president
and CEO for United Way of Southwest Colorado.