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The 2007 Garfield County United Way campaign will be divided into two phases. The first phase goes through the first week of December. The second phase will begin in January 2007. The campaign was divided into two phases in order not to compete against other local agencies that typically do their main fundraising in December. Funds are raised through payroll deductions and donations from individuals and businesses. Donors can specify which agency they would like their donation to go to (must be a registered nonprofit agency). With those donations many local citizens receive assistance, and when their problems are resolved, it helps all of us retain a healthy and prosperous valley. Donations stay in the local community unless donor requests their donation be sent elsewhere.United Way of Garfield County will conduct presentations throughout the month of December. Any business can request a presentation; we can also put together informational packets for anyone who requests one.United Way dollars are hard at work in the community. Year after year, United Way of Garfield County has been there to help those in need. The 2006 campaign enabled United Way to support more than 20 different local nonprofit health and human service agencies. Through special designated donations, six other agencies also received contributions. Agencies receiving help in 2006 were: Advocate Safehouse; Alpine Legal Services; Boy Scouts; Western Colorado Council; Catholic Charities; Center for Independence; CMC Literacy Outreach; CMC Senior Program; Colorado West Counseling & Colorado West Recovery Center; Family Visitor Programs; Girl Scouts/Chipeta Council; Habitat for Humanity; LIFT-UP; Mountain Regional Housing Corp.; Mountain Valley Development; Glenwood Springs Planned Parenthood; Roaring Fork Family Centers; Salvation Army; Senior RSVP; Sopris Therapy; Valley View Hospital Sexual Assault Nurse Exam Program; and YouthZone.The six special donor-designated non-United Way agencies include: Meeker Food Bank; town of Rangely “WARM” program; Red Cross of Denver; Roaring Fork Sports Foundation; and “Cost of Freedom” Eagle Organization.

LIFT-UP has changed its holiday registration program. Registration began Oct. 23 and ends today. It will not continue after Thanksgiving as in the past. Local LIFT-UP offices are able to assist with food for Thanksgiving and Christmas; call for information on locations and times. Each family must register for their family alone. Parachute (285-7903); Rifle and Silt (625-4888); New Castle (984-2155); Glenwood Springs (945-2005); and Carbondale (963-1778).Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight,” appears every other Wednesday. Kay is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission. To contact her, call 384-9118 or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO


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