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United Way hopes to net 10K on Tuesday

Event proceeds will go toward organization's $525,000 goal

Jack Weinstein

— In an effort to reach a $525,000 fundraising goal, Routt County’s first 10K for United Way is scheduled for Tuesday at the Space Station convenience store.

The event, an attempt to raise $10,000, is an opportunity for Routt County United Way to reach out to the community in addition to its annual fundraising campaign, said Lynaia South Orr, chairwoman of the organization’s campaign committee.

Members of the local United Way and Steamboat Springs Rotary Club will be at Space Station from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, collecting donations. Brian Harvey, of KBCR radio, will broadcast live to let people know about the fundraising effort and prizes donated by area businesses. Donations also will be collected at United Way’s downtown business partners, which will have signs on their windows.

The Rotary Club will match donations up to $5,000.

South Orr said United Way’s annual eight-week fundraising campaign, to raise $525,000 this year, runs through Nov. 15. She said the campaign is especially important during the economic recession because the demand for services – from more than 40 health and human service agencies the United Way assists – is greater.

“Our focus this year is to make sure people know it’s not just a United Way goal (to raise $525,000), but a community goal,” she said. “If we don’t meet this goal, it’s our community that suffers.”

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South Orr said that last year United Way received $150,000 more in requests than it had funds to grant. And this year, she said, its agencies – such as Advocates Building Peaceful Communities, Northwest Colorado Legal Services and LIFT-UP of Routt County – have even greater needs and less public funding.

That’s why United Way is trying to reach more people than traditional fundraising efforts, South Orr said.

“It doesn’t take a lot to help,” she said. “We don’t expect everybody to give $1,000. For the cost of a lift ticket, six kids could get immunized through the (Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association) or six seniors could be fed through Meals on Wheels.”

South Orr said 10K for United Way is one of several new fundraising efforts, including a poker night, full moon dinner party, Nintendo Wii sports tournament and bunco night to reach new donors. She said United Way has raised more than 5 percent of its goal, having raised about $28,000, which is ahead of where it was at this time last year.

To donate, go to http://www.unitedwayroutt.org and choose the “Click here” link next to “Give now!” toward the bottom of the page. Donations also can be mailed to Routt County United Way at P.O. Box 774005, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, or dropped by its office at 1125 Lincoln Ave., suites 2F and 2G. For more information, call United Way at 879-5605.

If you go

What: Routt County United Way’s 10K for United Way

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, but donations will be collected all day

Where: Space Station convenience store

Call: 879-5605 for more info

How to help

To donate, go to UnitedWayRoutt.org and choose the “click here” link next to “give now!” toward the bottom of the page. Donations also can be mailed to Routt County United Way at P.O. Box 774005, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, or dropped by its office at 1125 Lincoln Ave., suites 2F and 2G. For more information, call the United Way at 879-5605.