Local United Way allocates funds

Checks went out to area agencies Friday in a funding cycle that saw more requests than available total dollars for Moffat County United Way.

And as funding is distributed, officials with the non-profit group begin meeting today to plan this year's fund-raising drive on the heels of 2002's record-setting campaign.

Corrie Scott, Moffat County United Way's executive director, said 18 of 26 area agencies receiving dollars this year were fully funded per individual requests.

Some $237,484 was split between agencies -- nearly $46,000 more than last year. This, as requests topped $258,000 for the 26 agencies, many of which applied for United Way dollars before learning of state or federal budget cuts effective in the next fiscal year, which starts in July.

Agencies are denied full funding for a variety of reasons, Scott said, adding that United Way money is distributed quarterly, with installments to follow in July, October and January.

"In part, we might have felt accountability wasn't there for a need," she said. "That doesn't mean doors are closed for them requesting future dollars. That's just part of our job."

Member agencies receiving United Way funds include: Advocates-Crisis Support

Services, Western Colorado Council for Boy Scouts, Craig Youth Baseball, hockey and soccer, Girl Scouts Chipeta Council,

Grand Futures, Horizons, Human Service volunteers, Independent Life Center, Interagency Food Bank, Moffat County Cancer Society, Moffat County Crisis Intervention and Community Evaluation Team, Moffat County Partners, Needy Assistance, Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition, Northwest Colorado Legal Services, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Northwest Colorado Compassionate Friends and Christmas for Kids.

Five non-member agencies also were funded, while Scott declined to specify amounts allocated to any of the agencies.

Meanwhile, planning for this fall's fund-raising campaign starts this week.

A record $325,000 was raised in 2002, but whether goals this year will meet or exceed that amount is still unknown, officials said.

"We need to look at how many other requests we weren't able to fill," said Rena Olsen, a member of United Way's fund-raising committee.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com

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