Buoyed last year by waves of giving in the weeks after Sept. 11, officials with United Way Moffat County say early signs look promising for the 25th annual fund-raising drive this year.
"Based on the enthusiasm I've seen so far, hopefully we're on track, or better than last year," said Corrie Scott, Moffat County United Way executive director.
The local chapter's largest contributor Colowyo Coal Company has already stepped up to the tune of at least $60,000, while Moffat County has already exceeded its $10,000 donation goal, Scott said.
United Way continues to approach various other industries, entities and businesses in Moffat County.
Moffat County schools are also due to chip in, as is Xcel Energy and Tri-State Generation and Transmission, Scott said. The city of Craig's push is scheduled for Oct. 8.
"October is typically the real busy month for us," Scott said. "By mid- to late-October, we should have a better idea of where we're at. We'll be doing our mass mailing soon to businesses and people who have contributed in the past."
For the most part, the group's donations are payroll-driven, but individual giving is also welcomed. Moreover, donors can specify which particular group receives their contributions.
Internal Revenue Service regulations don't allow contributions to organizations of a political, fraternal or religious nature, Scott said.
Last year, the group took in about $320,000, said John Ponikvar, president of the local United Way board.
The contribution deadline is Nov. 22.
For more information or a pledge card, contact Scott at 824-6222, or stop by United Way's Administration Office at 651 Yampa Avenue in downtown Craig.