United Way of Weld County community campaign needs your help in 75th anniversary year of assisting local residents

United Way of Weld County celebrates its 75th year of making a significant impact in Weld County this year. The Community Campaign has officially begun and your support of United Way is needed now more than ever. The 2015-2016 campaign goal is $3.2 million to make community wide advancements in Education, Income (Financial Stability) and Health.

A recent assessment by our Community Investment volunteers indicated that the gap between what we were able to fund in the current fiscal year and what is needed by UWWC-funded and provided programs is in excess of $733,000. As a leader in uniting nonprofit agencies and programs, United Way is a trusted source for ensuring funds are efficiently and effectively utilized. The programs United Way funds must meet the United Way of Weld County and Better Business Bureau standards of excellent nonprofit management, transparency and collaboration. These programs must also demonstrate and report concrete outcomes of positive change in the areas of Education, Income and Health on the Weld Thriving Community Dashboard.

Many people in this community were greatly impacted by the 2013 floods. Individuals and area agencies are still feeling the pains of the floods and will for years to come. United Way of Weld County was one of the agencies at the center of providing aid during that trying time. The staff time and funds processed caused great burden on United Way of Weld County. Our board was committed to providing aid during the flood, but was also committed to maintaining our financial commitment to area agencies. This has resulted in a great financial need to further our impact in this community.

We know that it takes more than one agency or program strategy to ensure all children are ready for school, that youth graduate and are prepared for adulthood, that families move from crisis to self-sufficiency and that our community is healthy and thriving. In order to optimize this impact, we need the entire community to assist in problem solving. Personally, I cannot imagine what this community would be like if United Way of Weld County hadn’t been around for the last 75 years.

So what can you do to help? Get involved! Volunteer, donate, advocate! Help us celebrate our 75th birthday by giving $75, $750, $7,500! Already a donor? Your past generosity is greatly appreciated. We ask you to consider making a contribution with a minimum increase of 10 percent for 2015-16. Please visit our website www.unitedway-weld.org for donor tax incentives, to donate online or to learn more about the agencies and programs we support. You may also call (970) 353-4300 to donate or learn more about volunteering. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, too! We sincerely look forward to positively impacting Weld County for 75-plus more years to come and thank you for your support in improving lives in Weld County.