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United Way Campaign reaches record high for fourth year in a row
2/29/2008 By: Times staff report
United Way of Southwest Colorado announced on Feb. 22 that its 2007 campaign generated a record high $750,000. This marks the fourth year in a row of record setting fundraising totals. The funds will be used to support 79 non-profit programs across Southwest Colorado, including programs for residents of Bayfield and Ignacio.
The announcement was made at United Way’s annual Campaign Celebration event. Held at the Doubletree Hotel, this year’s event was attended by nearly 200 local business leaders.
Thirty awards were presented to individuals and businesses before the 2007 campaign total was revealed. The event was sponsored by BP.
“We have dedicated our lives to serving our country and our community,” said Jim and Shari Dyer, United Way’s campaign chairs for La Plata and San Juan Counties.
“We are proud to have helped lead another successful fundraising drive for United Way, who will invest the funds in many exceptional, local programs.” The Dyers chaired the 2006 fundraising drive as well.
Sara Olsen, United Way’s outgoing board chair, said “Two thirds of the donations to United Way come from the workers of Southwest Colorado. When an employee contributes just a few dollars per paycheck, and many others do the same, it goes a long way toward solving the problems that are impacting our community.”
United Way’s record fundraising total comes from several sources. United Way holds fundraising events around the region and also conducts a direct mail appeal.
The largest part of the organization’s annual support comes from workplace campaigns. Local employees are asked to donate a few dollars per paycheck to United Way and in some cases the employer matches donations with a corporate donation.
“United Way has generated over $2.5 million for people in need in Southwest Colorado since 2004,” said Tim Walsworth, president and CEO. “No matter how much we raise, what is really important is how those funds are invested to solve local problems. United Way is proud to use the 2007 campaign donations to support the efforts of 79 programs for people in need in every corner of Southwest Colorado.”
Awards were presented to supporters in La Plata and San Juan Counties. Separate campaign celebration events are being held in Pagosa Springs for supporters in Archuleta County and in Cortez for supporters in Montezuma and Dolores Counties.
The 2007 total represents a 12.8 percent increase over last year’s record amount of $665,000. The total is the regional total for all five counties of Southwest Colorado. Donations are kept within the county they are made from so that donors are affecting issues in their local community.
United Way community partner agencies in the Pine River Valley include:
Pine River Valley Community Learning Center, La Plata Family Centers Coalition, Skills for Living and Learning, and Southern Ute Community Action Programs.
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