United Way begins donation campaign

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Moffat County United Way is set to begin its annual donation drive during the next couple of months. Call the group's executive director, Corrie Ponikvar, at 824-6222 for more information.

Donations can be mailed to:

Moffat County United Way

P.O. Box 995 Craig, CO 81625

• Donations can be earmarked for specific groups or nonprofits by including a note indicating which group should receive the funds with each donation.

• All checks should be made out to Moffat County United Way.

• Pledge cards also are available by contacting Ponikvar.

• All donations to United Way are tax deductible.

Moffat County United Way begins its 2009 donation drive with the highest donation goal in the organization's history: $480,000.

Corrie Ponikvar, Moffat County United Way director, said she does not expect the country's economic troubles to affect local residents' giving nature.

"What I've found over the years - this is my 13th campaign - fears about the economy, and some of that can be fear-driven by the media, when the economy does take a dip, our residents tend to be more generous," she said. "When we have needs in our community, our residents come forward."

Northwest Colorado's economy still is fairly strong, Ponikvar added. But then again, after two days of falling stock markets around the globe and more U.S. financial institutions edging closer to bankruptcy filings, she said she is a little more nervous now than before.

This fall's donation drive will last through Nov. 21, Ponikvar said. Xcel Energy assumes the role as this year's pacesetter, the group that begins its donation drive early to set a benchmark of sorts for others.

She added Xcel should have a final tally number this week or next. However, an Xcel official told her they had already passed the company's internal donations goal of $23,000, Ponikvar said.

Other businesses and organizations should be getting ready for United Way officials and volunteers to deliver presentations on the group's goals during the next month and a half.

Ponikvar said she expects her first presentation to be to the city of Craig on Sept. 25.

Lila Herod, United Way board member and Moffat County chief deputy clerk and recorder, plans to start her campaign for Moffat County employees Sept. 29.

The Moffat County Commission passed a resolution to grant county workers between one and three additional paid vacation days depending on the size of their personal donations. The Commission also will consider matching employee donations after it looks at the county's budget a little closer.

After that, it is up to business owners and group leaders to schedule a time if they choose.

Those looking for more information on Moffat County United Way and its various programs can call Ponikvar at 824-6222.

Donations can be mailed to:

Moffat County United Way

P.O. Box 995

Craig, CO 81625

Anyone giving money may designate a local group or nonprofit they wish their United Way contributions to go toward by adding a note to their donation. All checks should be made out to Moffat County United Way.

Pledge cards also are available by contacting Ponikvar.

All donations to United Way are tax deductible.

Collin Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or cesmith@craigdailypress.com

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