Midday temperatures dropped in Craig compared to earlier in the week, but a different kind of thermometer was already on the rise Friday.
Some rough weather couldn’t defeat the giving spirit of Craig during $10K Day for Moffat County United Way as the nonprofit organization staked out in front of Yampa Valley Bank.
The kickoff to United Way’s 2018 campaign, which runs through November, brought in $14,215 as a benchmark for the coming months, well exceeding the roughly $10,000 brought in last year to start the effort.
Amanda Arnold, executive director, said the turnout was encouraging, given some gray skies and precipitation, countered by the warmth of soup and baked goods from KS Kreations.
Those who brought their checkbooks provided big and small contributions alike to support United Way’s efforts with groups across the community.
“We’ll be doing a mass mailing and presentations in workplaces in the next few weeks to let people know what we’re all about,” she said. “Really want to thank everybody who came out and contributed and really want to thank the bank for letting us set up here.”
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Among the big contributors was Yampa Valley Bank, which offered to match the first $5,000 of the day, which was reached in no time.
Ashley Boulware, an account representative for the bank, said she got involved to support United Way’s mission.
“100 percent of the proceeds stay here in Moffat County, goes out to those who need it most and keeps our community going,” she said.
United Way looks to exceed last year’s total amount of donations by 10 grand, setting a goal of $460,000, as indicated by the familiar sidewalk thermometer sign that…
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