United Way of Mesa County surpasses $913,000!
Mesa County, Colo. — United Way of Mesa County hosted its annual Campaign Celebration on Feb. 15th, 2017 at the Mesa County Workforce Center. Approximately 75 people came to celebrate campaign results and see the presentation of the LIVE UNITED awards. As of Feb. 15th, the 2016-17 community fundraising drive raised $913,646. That is 91% of the $1 million goal set at the beginning of the year and a $44,000 increase over last year. The money comes primarily from employee workplace donations, individual donations, and revenue from Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley.
“It feels great to see the hard work of so many come to fruition and have growth over last year,” United Way Board President Matthew Breman said. “We’re grateful we can invest more funds towards United Way’s impact areas and really move the needle on important issues facing our community.”
The 2016-17 LIVE UNITED awards were also presented to:
Rookie Award: Networks Unlimited
Recognizing a new workplace campaign that had 100% employee participation.
Positive Change Award: Grand Junction Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Recognizing largest increase in overall individual workplace campaign, both in participation and contribution.
Spotlight Award: Xcel Energy
A company that is setting the example for philanthropy for its entire industry
Mary J. Nelson Inspirational Award: CASA of Mesa County
For exemplary community leadership and a high standard of service to clients.
Edison Award: Hilltop Community Resources
Recognizing innovative campaign techniques.
Spirit of Giving Award: Alpine Bank
Recognizing the company that exemplifies the spirit of United Way in its corporate philanthropy throughout the year.
Raul Ramos Memorial Award: Kelly Flenniken of Xcel Energy
Recognizing the workplace coordinator that provided exemplary leadership within their company’s employee campaign that produced a significant increase.
United Way of Mesa County will keep the 2016-17 campaign open for pledges in order to maximize the funds available for allocations. This year, 48 nonprofit programs across Mesa County have applied for United Way funding. Individuals or businesses that have not yet contributed to this year’s campaign may still pledge online or call 243-5364.
About 60 community allocation volunteers are training and will soon begin to review the funding applications. These allocation panels will make site visits to all programs and then recommend funding amounts to United Way’s Board of Directors. United Way will make the final announcement about total campaign revenues and allocation funding in late spring.