United Way campaign off to fast start with workplace contributions

United Way of Mesa County is more than 40 percent of the way to its latest fund-raising goal thanks to workplace contributions.

Employees at 31 businesses and organizations dubbed Pacesetters raised a total of $405,834, officials announced during a kickoff event for the 2018-2019 campaign and efforts to raise $1 million.

“We are very optimistic about this year’s campaign. I’m not surprised, but very encouraged, at how our community seems to always rise to the occasion when it is needed the most,” said Greg Coren, president of the United Way of Mesa County board.

A total of about 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.

United Way of Mesa County raises and allocates funding to organizations and programs that promote health, education and self-reliance.

The 31 Pacesetter businesses and organizations participating in the latest campaign are: Alpine Bank;  ANB Bank; Bank of Colorado; the Center, City of Grand Junction; Coloramo Federal Credit Union; Counseling & Education Center; Cranium 360; Daily Sentinel; Dalby, Wendland & Co.; Federal Express; Fuoco Motor Co;. Girl Scouts of Colorado-Mesa County; Grand Junction Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram; Grand Valley Catholic Outreach; Hilltop Community Resources; Homeward Bound of the Grand Valley; HopeWest; La Quinta; Mesa County; Mesa County Partners; Mesa County RSVP, Navarro; PolyOne; St. Mary’s Medical Center; Strive; Target, United Parcel Service; U.S. Bank; United Way of Mesa County; and Western Slope Auto.

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