Our View: United Way depends on you

It's no wonder that the people who live in Moffat County live here because of the true sense of community that makes our small town special. Neighbors helping neighbors is nothing out of the ordinary, and accomplishing minor miracles isn't extraordinary -- not here.

Last year, Moffat County residents contributed nearly $360,000 to the annual Moffat County United Way capital campaign -- one of the highest per capita donation levels in the state. Twenty-three member agencies, eight funded agencies and 18 donor designation agencies were funded last year alone -- more than 50 organizations benefited from the local dollars raised.

It truly takes a community effort to provide the health and human services that significantly affect the lives of so many residents. From the Moffat County Cancer Society and Advocates -- Crisis Support Services to the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition and the Interfaith Food Bank, local dollars improve the quality of life for community members who are in need of help. Some individuals need help providing Christmas for their children; others are senior citizens who desperately need medication or warm winter clothing. Whatever the need, Moffat County has stepped up to the plate time after time.

This year, the United Way is on track to meet a record-setting goal of $375,000. Each year, despite the generous donations from the community, there are still services that don't receive funding because there are not enough dollars to meet the large community needs.

As the 2006 campaign Pace Setter, the Craig Daily Press is proud of the investment that we have made in the United Way. With 11 employees, Craig Daily Press and its employees donated more than $13,300 to the annual campaign. Imagine what other small businesses in Moffat County can accomplish. We challenge the Moffat County School District, the city of Craig and Moffat County employees to rise to the occasion and find a way to contribute as much as possible this year.

We know that people here have sent thousands of dollars to victims of Hurricane Katrina and to other national and world causes this year, but that doesn't mean that the need lessens at home.

In fact, as the state, county and city budgets tighten, agencies previously funded using those dollars are struggling to provide services. None have been exempt from budget cuts.

The only way Moffat County agencies can continue the level of services that residents expect is through the United Way. And, the United Way depends on you.

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