United Way begins annual fundraiser

Service agency sets goal at $275,000 for donation drive as demand grows

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By RYAN SHERIDAN

Daily Press writer

The Moffat County United Way kicked off its annual donation drive this month with the goal of raising $275,000.

In 2000, Moffat County United Way helped fund 24 agencies and provided six venture grants to local groups.

This year's goal of $275,000 is a 4 percent jump from last year's goal of $265,000. Moffat County communities have grown in size, and the demand for services from the various agencies has increased, according to Corrie Scott, executive director of Moffat County United Way.

"The requests for funding have been so high," she said. "We have seen more and more need for services as our communities grow. That's just the reality of f growth more people are asking the agencies for services."

United Way officials will do a series of presentations to employers, using the Donor Driven Concept, in which the business or group approached helps design how the United Way will approach its employees with its fund-raising campaign.

"We work through the human resource departments and organize a team of three to 10 people, depending on the size of the company, and we'll organize how the drive will be handled," Scott said. "We can do barbecues, presentations during safety meetings, or incentive programs where after a donation, the person's name is entered into a raffle. Things like that. The companies set the start and finish date and organize a schedule that's best for that particular company and its employees. The Donor Driven concept has been very, very successful. The companies like it, and we've been successful in our fundraising. And, the different programs add fun, too."

This year's donation drive pace setters are the Moffat County School District and Colorado Northwestern Community College, both of which have raised 10 percent more than last year to date.

"We really thank them for being our trendsetters and for getting the campaign off to a good start," Scott said.

Over the last several years, the Moffat County United Way has raised between $265,000 and $280,000, so Scott sees this year's goal as achievable.

"This is a great community, it's very giving. Our county ranks in the top 10 percent nationally for donations per capita," she said. "Ninety-nine percent of all dollars contributed go to providing services for residents, as one percent goes to the national office."

Donations can be made either to the United Way general fund or be designated to one the agencies it funds.

For more information about the United Way, contact Corrie Scott at 824-6222.

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