Craig resident Mark Griffin benefited first-hand from contributions made to the United Way.
As a couch hopper and recently laid off from his job, Griffin's 2006 Christmas was looking bleak.
But, going through business that the Moffat County United Way allocates money, Beckey Grabowski of the School to Work Alliance Program, was able to gather up gift boxes of warm clothes and gift cards and give them to youths like Griffin.
"I was ecstatic about it," Griffin said during the Moffat County United Way Awards and Celebration Luncheon on Tuesday at the Holiday Inn. "They're helping everyone a little at a time."
It is just one example.
In 2006, the organization had a landmark year, raising more than $450,000, putting the county in the top 10 percent per capita in giving nation-wide.
These contributions reach one in five people in Craig, said Corrie Scott, Moffat County United Way executive director.
"I hope you do better in the future," Griffin said as he told his story to contributors during the luncheon, "because I want you to do what you did for me to tons more in the future."
The majority of money raised during the 2006 fundraiser was gathered from individual payroll deductions. The money is often matched by the employer and turned over to the United Way.
The United Way is a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work as a community-based fundraiser to address significant local issues and pulls together financial and human resources to address them, according to the organization's Web site.
The local United Way named Advocates-Crisis Support Services the 2007 Agency of the Year, which is first time this award had been given.
Scott said the United Way board selected Advocates for two main reasons. First, Advocates obtained a shelter, which is something it has worked on since the organization's start in 1980. Second, Advocates was awarded a grant to research implementing a supervised visitation and safe exchange program, which, Scott said, gives it a foot-forward to the next step of getting a grant to actually implement the system. Advocates executive director Pat Tessmer wrote the grant and submitted it to the federal government through the city of Craig.
"They do fabulous work over there, and we're happy to have them as the first recipient of Agency of the Year," Scott said.
Twenty Mile Coal Company and employees -- $108,750 ($77,500 - Moffat County)
Tri-State G&T and employees -- $82,772
Colowyo Coal Company and employees -- $74,485
Trapper Mining and employees -- $70,288
Xcel Energy and employees - $29,649
Craig Daily Press and employees -- $13,780
Moffat County and employees -- $13,165
City of Craig employees -- $11,269
The Industrial Company and employees -- $9,704
Moffat County School District employees -- $7,220
Cook Chevrolet and employees -- $6,660
Qwest -- $5,000
The Memorial Hospital and employees -- $4,045
Yampa Valley Electric and employees -- $3,097
Bank of the West and employees -- $3,068
NW Colorado Visiting Nurses Association employees -- $2,810
First National Bank of the Rockies and employees -- $2,592
Atmos Energy and employees -- $2,230
Moffat County National Bank and employees -- $1,512
Bank of Colorado and employees -- $1,488
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