United Way fund-raising campaign off to fast start

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 $440,595, officials announced during kickoff event for the 2017-2018 campaign and efforts to raise $1 million Contributions are about $22,000 ahead of this time last year.

“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.

The 31 Pacesetter businesses and organizations for 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.; Girl Scouts of Colorado-Mesa County; Grand Junction Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram; Grand Valley Catholic Outreach; Guild Mortgage; Herberger’s; 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; Rocky Mountain Health Plans; St. Mary’s Hospital; Strive; Target, U.S. Bank; United Way of Mesa County; and Western Slope Auto.

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.