United Way campaign kicks off with workplace contributions

Cathy Story
Cathy Story

United Way of Mesa County is more than a third of the way to it’s latest fund-raising goal thanks to workplace contributions.

Employees at 24 so-called Pacesetter businesses and organizations pledged a total of $362,713, officials announced during a kickoff event.

Those donations constitute more than 36 percent of the $1 million goal for the  2015-2016 campaign.

“The employees at these companies are incredibly generous. They believe in United Way’s work and challenge themselves to donate what they can. In turn, they are challenging others in this community to do the same,” said Cathy Story, president of the United Way of Mesa County board of directors. “We have an ambitious goal of $1 million this year, and it’s achievable with the outstanding support and partnership of these companies.”

On average, donations from Pacesetters account for about a third of all funds raised in annual United Way of Mesa County campaigns.

The 24 Pacesetter businesses and organizations for the latest campaign are: Alpine Bank;  ANB Bank; Bank of Colorado; City of Grand Junction; Coloramo Federal Credit Union; Counseling & Education Center; Cranium 360; Daily Sentinel; Dalby, Wendland & Co.; Girl Scouts of Colorado-Mesa County; Grand Valley Catholic Outreach; Hilltop Community Resources; Homeward Bound of the Grand Valley; HopeWest; Hoskin, Farina & Kampf; Jim Fuoco Motor Co.; Mesa County Partners; Mesa County RSVP, St. Mary’s Hospital; Strive; U.S. Bank; Western Rockies Federal Credit Union; Western Slope Auto and Western Slope Center for Children.

A total of more than 100 businesses and organizations conduct workplace campaigns for United Way of Mesa County each year. The campaigns make it possible for employees to donate any amount of money they’d like directly through their paychecks.

Since 1959, United Way of Mesa County has raised millions of dollars for health and human services programs that build strong families, promote health and increase self-reliance. Contributions stay in Mesa County and are allocated each year by local panels that evaluate grant applications.

For more information about workplace campaigns or individual donations to United Way of Mesa County, call 243-5364 or visit www.unitedwaymesacounty.org.