United Way seeking to broaden base of support

The United Way of Mesa County, in the middle of its annual donations drive, is asking for more people in the community to participate.

Current donations to the local United Way are on the same pace as last year, but the nonprofit needs to see more people donating if it is to reach its stated goal of $1.4 million by February.

“We are not looking to increase anyone’s pledges,” said Susan Alvillar, spokeswoman for United Way.

“We are just looking to find new people to participate.”

With donations from the community, the United Way funds numerous agencies in Mesa County, many of which are predicted to see an uptick of people in need during these uncertain economic times.

Among the agencies United Way staff said may feel the crunch of slimmer donations are the Community Food Bank, Catholic Outreach and the Grand Junction Housing Authority, said Amanda Crysler, development director for the United Way.

“There is going to be an increased need from these agencies that United Way funds,” Crysler said.

The United Way of Mesa County has collected $501,000 so far this year. Its Pacesetter Campaign, in which 22 companies and community organizations encourage their employes to donate, concluded in September. The United Way is now in its second phase of fundraising, which is to seek greater community support from individuals and employers.

“The first stage of our campaign went really, really well,” Crysler said. “We are right where we were at last year as far as our numbers are concerned.”

Last year the agency fell $30,000 short of its $1.3 million goal.

To donate directly to the United Way, mail donations to: P.O. Box 153, Grand Junction, CO, 81502.

Companies interested in employee workplace campaigns can call Crysler at 243-5364. Those looking to donate may also visit the United Way of Mesa County’s Web site: http://www.unitedwayofmesacounty.org.


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