Routt County United Way’s $20k Day Friday |

Routt County United Way’s $20k Day Friday

Routt County United Way kicks off a 60-day fundraising season with its annual $20k day this Friday.

— Routt County United Way is hopeful to once again raise $20,000 or more for the organization’s programs during a one-day fundraiser Friday.

The annual $20K Day is a chance for local residents to support United Way while seeing their giving multiply, as partnering sponsor Yampa Valley Bank has pledged to match the first $10,000 given on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” Routt County United Way Executive Director Kate Nowak said.

During last year’s event, which kicks off a 60-day fundraising push for the organization, United Way collected more than $53,000 in donations.

Interested donors can send money online, can make a donation over the phone by calling 970-879-5605 or can take part in a fun event at Yampa Valley Bank Friday.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the bank, attendees can pick up free lunch from Moe’s Original Bar B Que and dessert from Ciao Gelato. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue will be performing free car seat checks, and radio personality Brian Harvey will broadcast live from the event.

Nowak said the money raised on $20K Day helps jumpstart the organization’s goal of raising $525,000 over the next two months to support United Way’s efforts for the year.

Part of that money will go toward new initiatives for the organization, including a newly launched volunteer platform that allows residents to see a listing of all current volunteer opportunities for local nonprofits.

“Any nonprofit can put up their volunteer needs, and you can go to one place and find out all the volunteer opportunities in the county,” Nowak said.

United Way will also host a new monthly event where residents can schedule a free meeting with a local financial professional to ask questions and seek advice about credit, personal finance and banking.

The events will be held on the first Wednesday of each month at the United Way office on Oak Street beginning in October.

United Way is also conducting a preschool survey in Routt County to help identify the barriers of getting children into preschool.

Nowak said people should support United Way because the organization strives to make an impact on all parts of the county, particularly in areas of critical need, such as getting children ready for kindergarten and promoting youth success, self-sufficiency and healthy lives.

“United Way supports from very young children all the way up to seniors. We really cover the cycle of life,” she said. “We really focus on impact areas to make a difference in our society.”

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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