United Way of Mesa County has launched its latest campaign with more than $450,000 already raised in workplace contributions.
“Workplace campaigns are the heart of the United Way’s annual fall campaign. This response is evidence of the everyday employee understanding of the great need in our community and willingness to share,” said Jerome Gonzales, president and chief executive officer of JG Management Systems and co-chairman of the campaign.
United Way announced during a kickoff event for its latest drive that employees from so-called Pacesetter companies and organizations pledged a total of $450,133. That’s 41 percent of the $1.1 million goal.
A total of 34 companies, nonprofit organizations and government entities participated in the Pacesetter campaign. The campaigns usually generate 40 percent to 45 percent of funds collected during the overall drive.
“With this start, the rest of the community should be energized and challenged to help us continue the momentum towards our $1.1 million goal,” said John Marshall, vice president for student services at Colorado Mesa University and the other co-chairman of the campaign.
“We especially invite other businesses that have not conducted United Way campaigns to call the United Way office and find out how easy it can be to get on board,” Marshall added.
Over the past 50 years, United Way of Mesa County has raised more than than $26 million for health and human services programs.
For more information about workplace campaigns or individual donations to United Way of Mesa County, call 243-5364 or visit www.unitedwaymesacounty.org.