Workplace pledges jump start United Way campaign

United Way of Mesa County is well on its way toward its latest fund-raising goal with more than $490,000 already pledged through workplace campaigns.

Mike Stahl

“Workplace campaigns are the heart of the United Way’s annual fall campaign,” said Mike Stahl, chief executive officer of Hilltop Community Resources in Grand Junction and co-chairman of the upcoming campaign. “This response is evidence of the everyday employee understanding of the great need in our community and a willingness to share.”

As part of the kickoff event for its drive, United Way announced that employees from so-called Pacesetter companies and organizations pledged a total of $491,136. Pacesetter pledges are up 5 percent from this time last year and constitute 41 percent of the fund-raising goal of $1.2 million.

“We are so grateful to the Pacesetter companies and agencies that worked so hard to carry the message of the importance of United Way to their employees,” Stahl said.

Karen Troester, a vice president at U.S. Bank in Grand Junction and the other co-chairman of the campaign, agreed. “With this excellent start, the rest of the community should be energized and challenged to help us continue the momentum towards our $1.2 million goal. We especially invite other businesses that have not conducted employee United Way campaigns to call the United Way office and find out how easy it can be to get on board.”

A total of 38 companies, nonprofit organizations and local government entities participated in Pacesetter campaigns conducted in August and September. The campaigns usually generate 40 percent to 45 percent of funds collected during the overall drive.

Over the past 50 years, United Way of Mesa County has raised more than $23 million for health and human services programs in the county. Contributions stay in the county are allocated by local panels that review grant applications.