United Way on track to meet goal | CraigDailyPress.com

United Way on track to meet goal

In light of the early results of Moffat County United Way’s 2004 campaign, county residents can be thankful for their neighbors’ generosity this Thanksgiving.

As of Wednesday morning, Moffat County United Way had raised 82 percent of its goal for this year’s campaign, and the county’s biggest contributors had not yet turned in their funds, Executive Director Corrie Scott said.

United Way hopes to raise $320,000 by the end of the year. So far, the nonprofit organization has raised $262,211.

“Our community is very generous and we’re on track to reach our goal,” Scott said.

United Way dollars are circulated through 27 of Moffat County’s nonprofit organizations.

The campaign’s theme is “Hand in hand, we can.”

Twentymile Coal Company has led the fund-raising, with that company’s employees donating $91,000, about $30,000 more than last year. About $61,000 of that sum will go to Moffat County United Way, and Routt County United Way will receive the remainder.

The energy company, similar to all other local energy companies and some businesses, offers a 100 percent match to employee contributions. Still, it’s the employees who help United Way give back to the community, Scott said.

Tri-State Generation and Transmission has raised $71,000. Colowyo Coal Company raised $60,894, and Trapper Mine raised $46,436, almost $2,000 more than last year.

Trapper Mine and Twentymile had numerous employees who previously had not participated in the campaign donate this year, Scott said.

Scott refers to Moffat County, the Moffat County School District, The Memorial Hospital, Xcel Energy, and Seneca Coal Company as “biggies,” and none of those companies have turned in their donations yet.

Although the formal campaigns will close at the end of December, people are welcome to donate to United Way any time of year.

The majority of an organization’s contribution, or 46 percent, is distributed to health and human service groups. Youth groups receive 23 percent, and about 5 percent of contributions each are shared among senior citizen groups, the Meeker Human Resource Council and area United Way groups.

Twenty percent of donations go toward administrative and campaign costs.

A Jan. 15 deadline is required to return funding application requests, which are available now.

For more information about donating to United Way or qualifying a group to receive funds, call Corrie Scott at 824-6222.

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or rgebhart@craigdailypress.com.

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