United Way spreads giving glow

PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON—Mike Stahl and Karen Troester, co-chairs for the 2011-12 United Way campaign sneak a peek of the local non-profit programs that will receive funding.

Even with support from United Way of Mesa County, the head of Hilltop Community Resources said a gloomy economy has meant tough choices at Hilltop.

Without that support, Hilltop CEO Mike Stahl said the agency would face up to a 20 percent reduction in some key programs.

Stahl, also co-chairman for this year’s United Way fundraising effort, had a five-figure reason to smile on Tuesday night as funding decisions were made public.

Among the 54 local nonprofit programs that will receive dollars from the 2010–11 campaign in July, Hilltop is slated to receive $58,910, which will be split among five programs: B4 Babies, prenatal care for low-income women; Family First, early childhood and parenting education; Kiddin’ Around Learning Center; Latimer House; and Senior Daybreak.

The largest allocation was to Grand Valley Catholic Outreach, which is to receive $78,345 supporting the group’s housing-assistance program, day center and soup kitchen.

Kathy O’Shea, vice president of development with Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, learned Tuesday the agency will receive $61,551, funding three key programs. Since 1994, Hospice has received approximately $500,000 through United Way’s annual campaign and a grant program.

“We’re able to leverage those dollars to get other funding throughout the state,” O’Shea said.

Among other agencies awarded United Way dollars, Marillac Clinic will receive $56,972, and Mesa County Partners was allocated $50,122.

The fundraising campaign, which started in August 2010 and wrapped up in February, raised $1,090,100.

A complete listing of the nonprofit programs to receive funding this year will be published in Sunday’s Daily Sentinel.


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