Moffat County United Way exceeds expectations for $10K Day with $14K in donations
CRAIG — Midday temperatures dropped in Craig compared to earlier in the week, but a different kind of thermometer was already on the rise Friday.
Rough weather couldn’t defeat the giving spirit of Craig during $10K Day for Moffat County United Way, as the nonprofit organization staked out in front of Yampa Valley Bank.
The kickoff to United Way’s 2018 campaign, which runs through November, brought in $14,215 as a benchmark for the coming months, well exceeding the approximate $10,000 collected to start the effort the year before.
Amanda Arnold, United Way executive director, said the turnout was encouraging, given the gray skies and precipitation, which were countered by the warmth of soup and baked goods from KS Kreations.
Those who brought their checkbooks provided contributions both large and small to support United Way’s efforts to aid groups across the community.
“We’ll be doing a mass mailing and presentations in workplaces in the next few weeks to let people know what we’re all about,” she said. “(We) really want to thank everybody who came out and contributed, and (we) really want to thank the bank for letting us set up here.”
Among the big contributors was Yampa Valley Bank, which offered to match the first $5,000 of the day, which was reached in no time.
Ashley Boulware, an account representative for the bank, said she got involved to support United Way’s mission.
“One hundred percent of the proceeds stay here in Moffat County, goes out to those who need it most and keeps our community going,” she said.
United Way looks to exceed last year’s donation total by $10,000, setting a goal of $460,000, as indicated by the familiar sidewalk thermometer sign that will show the progress of raising funds.
For more information about Moffat County United Way’s services and how to donate, visit unitedwaymoffat.org or call 970-824-6222.