Courtesy United Way of Weld County
GREELEY — United Way of Weld County’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community — improving lives through focusing funding and programming on community needs assessments to advance the education, financial stability and health of everyone in Weld County. The second half of that mission statement is reliant upon individuals and companies in our community.
Unfortunately, there is more need than there are resources. In Weld County, as with many other regions, 25 percent of the population utilizes services while just over 2 percent contributes.
“Imagine the lives that would change if 4 percent gave … it would be phenomenal!” said Gary Burton, chairman of the 2013-14 United Way of Weld County Community Giving Campaign.
The goal for this campaign is to actively connect with the community and receive donations from 9,282 donors. According to Upstate Colorado, there are 137,394 employed individuals out of the nearly 252,000 residents in Weld County.
“We have to face the fact that we are woefully short on educating the total community and reaching the residents in our community who chose for one reason or another not to support United Way,” Burton added.
Giving doesn’t have to hurt the pocket book to make an impact. Payroll deduction is a great way to split your contribution up throughout the year. It also helps in that the donation is made before pay is received, which ensures the allocation is made.
Ask your employer about payroll deduction or a United Way of Weld County workplace campaign to get started. Some companies have already started.
Weld County businesses and organizations who have agreed to participate early are recognized at Pacesetters for United Way of Weld County. They serve as an example to other businesses and organizations of what is possible when citizens are invested in their community.
“The Pacesetter campaign is a preliminary fundraiser to help get a feel for the economy and set the pace for the upcoming campaign,” said Burton. “When the community sees these companies support our efforts, it encourages them to also participate.”
For the 2013/2014 fiscal year, companies that have committed to holding an early campaign are:
Advantage Bank; Alphagraphics/Safe Site; Ameriprise Financial; Anderson & Whitney, P.C.; Cache Bank & Trust; City of Greeley; Connecting Point; Ehrlich Family Dealerships; Envision; FMS Bank; Ghent Chevrolet Cadillac; Hensel Phelps Construction; JBS USA - Beef Plant; JBS USA - Corporate; John Elway Dealership; National Board of Chiropractic Examiners; Phelps –Tointon; Professional Finance Company; Sears Real Estate; Silveredge; Spradley Barr Ford & Lincoln of Greeley; The Tribune; Weld County Garage; Windsor State Bank.
These organizations and companies help United Way of Weld County advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for everyone in Weld County. Our focus is education, income and health -- the building blocks for a good quality of life.
Workplace campaigns don’t have to be with large companies. A company of any size can be a Pacesetter. Companies and individuals that are interested in donating or holding a Workplace Campaign can contact Eva Keaton, Resource Development Director at 970-353-4300 ext. 2562.
For more information, visit UnitedWay-Weld.org/give.