United Way campaign tops $1 million

While United Way of Mesa County fell short of its latest campaign goal, more than $1 million still was raised to help fund health and human service programs.

As of Feb. 28, the 2012 and 2013 United Way campaign total stood at $1,002,102. That’s about 7 percent less than what was raised by this time last year and 20 percent less than the goal of $1.25 million.

About 80 percent to 85 percent of contributions were raised through workplace campaigns.

“Despite some setbacks, it is a huge success to see that we still raised over a million dollars. This shows that our community wants to give and help those in need locally, and they gave whatever they could,” said Karen Troester, co-chairman along with Jerome Gonzales of the campaign.

The campaign will remain open through March 15 Businesses or individuals still can pledge support by calling 243-5364 or logging on to www.unitedwaymesacounty.org.

Nearly 70 community volunteers have started reviewing funding applications from 51 nonprofit programs. The United Way of Mesa County Board of Directors will announce funding allocations in May.

In addition to announcing the campaign results, United Way of Mesa County presented awards to organizations and businesses involved in the campaign:

Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado received the Ingenuity Award for creative use of the campaign theme of Reality TV.

Mesa County School District 51 won the Raul Ramos Memorial Award presented to an employee campaign team demonstrating exemplary leadership in the workplace.

The Hoskin, Farina & Kampf law firm in Grand Junction received the Trail Blazer Award for setting an example in its industry through its involvement in the campaign.

CenturyLink won the Spirit of Giving Award presented to a company that exemplifies the spirit of United Way in its corporate philanthropy and community support.

Grand Valley Catholic Outreach won the Mary J. Nelson Inspirational Award presented to a United Way funded agency that displays community leadership and a high standard of service to clients.