United Way off to strong start

Generous community support cited as reason for campaign success

The Moffat County United Way campaign is under way and people aren't disappointing United Way officials with their generosity.

The United Way sets up a representative with companies in the comunity and asks them to inform workers of how donations will be spent and how programs throughout the community are funded by contributions. United Way presenters have begun approaching many of the companies, and so far the information the United way representatives are getting back from the businesses is positive, according to Corrie Scott, United Way executive director. Scott believes Moffat County will help the United Way make a good run at the goal of $250,000 this year.

"With as generous as our community is, we feel that it is an obtainable goal," said Scott.

Moffat County residents and businesses have a history of donating large amounts of money to the United Way. The money has become important for many of the health and human services agencies that do work in the area. Organizations such as youth athletic programs and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) rely on the money that has been donated in the past. United Way funds 10 of the programs the VNA provides to Moffat County.

"We have been very fortunate through the 80s and 90s because we have great support from our key providers in the county," said Scott. "That lends to our success."

Of the money collected in Moffat County, 99 percent of it goes to Moffat County programs. That will be one of the facts about United Way that Tri-State Generation and Transmission representative Debbie Hays will focus on during her campaign to get employees to donate. Hays is a mechanic and welder for Tri-State and she is also on the board of directors for the United Way. She will be asking other Tri-State employes for their support for the United Way by showing them a video that demonstrates the benefits of many of the United Way programs in the county. As an extra incentive, Tri-State will match every dollar donated by its employees. Hays explains that it is the programs that drew her to be involved with the United Way.

"They are good programs," said Hays. "People usually don't mind giving money once they see what the programs do for the community."

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