Routt County United Way works toward fundraising goal with $20K day

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— During Routt County United Way’s $10K day in September, it raised more than $22,000 for local nonprofits and health and human needs.

Now, the organization is trying to once again exceed expectations with its second $20K day.

United Way’s first $20K day last year was a success, and new Executive Director Kate Nowak continued the event Thursday at City Market.

And this year, United Way was able to meet its goal by bringing in $33,477.91 in donations that will go toward supporting the health and human service agencies and United Way programs in the Routt community, Nowak said.

United Way’s goal for this giving cycle is $515,000, she added.

“We’re at about 20 percent of goal right now,” she said before the fundraising event.

The big difference from giving during previous years, Nowak said, is the loss of TIC.

The large contracting firm, which is finishing up a move to the Front Range, was very involved in workplace giving.

“Losing them we have a big hole,” Nowak said.

But United Way has made it as easy as possible to give to the organization that supports 37 other community agencies, according to Nowak.

Those interested can donate online, by calling 970-879-5605 or by dropping off a check at the United Way office.

Recurring donations can be made through a bank account or credit card and can be scheduled for one-time, monthly or quarterly.

The 20 members of the board of directors also will be stressing workplace giving, Nowak said, through visits to Routt County businesses.

Small, regular donations through the workplace giving program really add up at the end of the year, she said.

Past supporters of United Way will be receiving a letter reminding them of what the organization does and how to support it in the future.

“We are focusing in on community impact funding areas,” Nowak said, which include economic self-sufficiency, at-risk youths, and affordable, high-quality early childhood education and child care.

A donation to United Way, she said, is making an investment in the community.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz

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