Mesa County United Way campaign tops $900,000

Businesses and organizations were recognized for their roles in a campaign that raised more than $900,000 for United Way of Mesa County.

As of Feb. 15, the latest campaign had raised $913,646. That’s more than 91 percent of the $1 million goal announced at the beginning of the effort and 5 percent more than what was collected last year.

Most of the money comes from employee workplace contributions and individual donations. Proceeds from the Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley benefit event also add to the total. Contributions in turn are allocated to nonprofit health and human service programs in Mesa County.

“It feels great to see the hard work of so many come to fruition and have growth over last year,” said Matthew Breman, president of the United Way of Mesa County board. “We’re grateful we can invest more funds toward United Way’s impact areas and really move the needle on important issues facing our community.”

The campaign remains open to collect additional contributions. For more information, call 243-5364 or visit the website at Volunteers soon will begin reviewing funding requests from 48 applicants.

United Way of Mesa County presented seven awards at a campaign celebration:

Alpine Bank won the Spirit of Giving Award presented to a company that best exemplifies the spirit of United Way for its corporate philanthropy throughout the year.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mesa County won the Mary J. Nelson Inspirational Award presented to a United Way funded agency that demonstrates community leadership and a high standard of service to clients.

Kelly Flenniken, area manager of community and local government affairs for Xcel Energy, won the Raul Ramos Memorial Award for her leadership in a workplace campaign that resulted in increased contributions.

Grand Junction Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram won the Positive Change Award recognizing the largest increase in participation and contributions in a workplace campaign.

Hilltop Community Resources won the Edison Award for the most innovative campaign techniques.

Networks Unlimited won the Rookie Award recognizing a new workplace campaign with 100 percent employee participation.

Xcel Energy won the Spotlight Award for a company that sets an example of philanthropy for an entire industry.