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 raised a total of $418,326, officials announced during kickoff event for the 2016-2017 campaign. That’s $55,000 more than what was raised by Pacesetter participants last year.

“We are off to an amazing start,” said Matthew Breman, president of the United Way of Mesa County board. “Seeing this tremendous generosity pour in from people around the Grand Valley, it’s both humbling and gives us a positive outlook for making our $1 million goal this year.”

The 31 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 Junction Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram; Grand Valley Catholic Outreach; Guild Mortgage; Hilltop Community Resources; Homeward Bound of the Grand Valley; HopeWest; Hoskin, Farina & Kampf; Jim Fuoco Motor Co.; Mesa County; Mesa County Partners; Mesa County RSVP, Navarro; Olsson Associates; Rocky Mountain Health Plans; St. Mary’s Hospital; Strive; U.S. Bank; United Way of Mesa County; Wells Fargo & Wells Fargo Advisors; Western Slope Auto and Western Slope Center for Children.

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 meet needs in the community while also fostering cooperation among businesses, community agencies and government agencies to encourage a balanced network of services. United Way monitors funded programs throughout the year to make sure outcomes are achieved.

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