Coal mine makes record donation

Brandon Johnson

The Moffat County United Way’s goal of $375,000 looked as if it might be tough to reach a few days ago.

Donations from some local groups were way down from previous years, United Way Director Corrie Scott said.

But Thursday night, thanks to a record contribution from a local mine, the nonprofit’s chances of hitting the goal started looking a lot better.

Scott got word Thursday that Twentymile Coal Company had raised $100,000.

“I’ve never had a company raise a hundred thousand,” Scott said. “It’s one more indication of how generous our community is.”

The Routt County coal mine raised $30,232 for the Routt County United Way and $69,836 for Moffat County.

With donations from The Memorial Hospital and Moffat County employees down from previous years, the campaign needed a boost like it got from Twentymile, Scott said.

“It’s a great year for this to happen,” she said.

The donations from the area’s energy companies and their employees always play a major role in the campaign, Scott said.

“We just couldn’t be in existence without them,” she said.

The donation from Twent-y-mile didn’t put the campaign at its goal, but it made it close, Scott said.

The United Way also recently received donations from five Xcel Energy employees of more than $1,000 each, Scott said.

With a few contributions left to tally, the campaign is still about $20,000 short, she said.

Money that people usually donate to the United Way could be going to other fundraisers this year, Scott said.

The campaign has never fallen short of a goal.

“It will be darn close,” Scott said.

The final tally for the campaign should be complete by the middle of January, Scott said.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or

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