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On the way

United Way campaign moving toward $475,000 goal

Joshua Roberts

— With about 25 percent of pledges returned, and results out from several large donors, it’s still too early to tell whether the Moffat County United Way campaign will reach its $475,000 fundraising goal.

Still, United Way Director Corrie Ponikvar has reason to hope.

“I don’t want to be overly optimistic,” Ponikvar said Thursday, about two weeks out from the Nov. 16 fundraising campaign cut-off date, “but if we stay on track from where we are, we should have no problem making our goal.”

The fundraising campaign, Moffat County United Way’s 30th, began in mid-September with its loftiest targeted dollar amount to date. The campaign entails lobbying local residents and businesses to donate to one of 50 local nonprofit groups.

Agencies receiving money represent a wide variety of interests. Included among the groups are Advocates Crisis-Support Services, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Craig youth baseball, hockey and soccer groups, and the Moffat County Humane Society.

United Way contends that about one in three area residents benefit in some fashion from its fundraising efforts.

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Ponikvar said about a quarter of the total number of pledges have been submitted thus far, representing about $115,000 in donations. That doesn’t include pledges from several big companies – mainly those in the energy-industry – which are still collecting donations and usually account for big dollars.

“I haven’t gotten anything back from our large workforce campaigns,” the United Way director said. “Right now, we’re at a standstill waiting for everything to be turned in, and then we’ll see where we are.”

A final tally won’t be available until mid-December.

However, Ponikvar said she is encouraged that some campaigns – the city of Craig, Moffat County School District and The Memorial Hospital – have turned in pledges surpassing donation totals from last year.

If those agencies are any indication, reaching this year’s goal shouldn’t be a problem, she said.

“I think we’ll be in or around that,” Ponikvar said, “but it can be a little hard to predict.”

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.