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United Way of Weld County re-elects chairman Dan Dennie, Director of Medical Imaging for Banner Health/North Colorado Medical Center has been re-elected as Board Chair of United Way of Weld County for a second year. "It's an honor to work with the United Way staff and volunteers to achieve the goals of making Weld County residents self-sufficient, making sure that our very young children are ready to learn when they start school, seeing its youth grow into successful adults, and give a hand up to our most vulnerable population when they need the basics," Dennie stated. 2010-2011 United Way of Weld County Board of Directors: Chair: Dan Dennie, Banner Health/North Colorado Medical Center Chair Elect: Rick Jenkins, Flood & Peterson Insurance, Inc. Vice Chair: Stow Witwer, Witwer, Oldenburg, Barry & Johnson LLP Vice Chair: Jay Hinrichs, University of Northern Colorado Vice Chair: Shelley Costigan, Sears Real Estate Treasurer: Fred Bauer, Farmers Bank-Ault Gary Boehler, Carestream Health, Inc Bruce Broderius, Greeley-Evans School Dist 6 Board of Directors Jim Brock, Rickards, Long & Rulon LLP Perry Buck, Northern Colorado Event Planning, LLC Mike Geile, Aims Community College Board of Trustees Randy Geist, JBS USA Dave Long, Weld County Commissioner Rich Lopez, Greeley Printers J. Robert Lowenbach, Office of the State Court Administrator Margie Martinez Perusek, Weld County Sherriff's Office Bill May, Rancher Roy Otto, City of Greeley Doug Round, D&F Specialists Cathy Schulte, Upstate Economic Development Corporation Manny Sisneros, Alamo Liquors Sandy Tomasovich, State Farm Insurance Companies Mike Trotter, Front Range Roofing Ted Warner, Connecting Point

Executive Director, Jeannine Truswell said Dennie is the right person for the unprecedented second year position as Chairman of United Way's Board of Directors. "Dan Dennie has been an exemplary leader for our organization for the past several years. During his 12 year history with United Way he is known to challenge the norm, embrace changes to improve our organization's efficiencies and leads through an inclusive approach. I look forward to achieving more excellent results under his leadership," Truswell said.

The big yellow truck completes its mission supplies are delivered The collected and purchased notebooks, crayons, pencils and glue sticks have been sorted and distributed throughout Weld County. And it's all thanks to you! The response to the need of the county's students was nothing less than impressive. But, your help is still needed. Even with your generous support during United Way of Weld County's school supply drive, not every student will be reached. So, you know that favorite school of yours? We ask that while in the store the next time you please keep it and its students in mind. Please, reach out to the school that most touches your heart and see how you can aid their school supply needs.

Your dollars at work

No gift is too large or too small

Recently, a young woman came into the United Way office looking for child care help. Despite having a provider during the week, she needed someone who could watch her children in the evenings or weekends. As an employee at a restaurant, the woman was concerned that she would lose her job if asked to work an evening or weekend shift and didn't have child care.

United Way of Weld County Resource Development Director, Christi Smith, has announced the 2010 United Way Campaign Cabinet membership. This year's chairman is Bill May, a Briggsdale rancher, retired faculty from GreeleyEvans District Six and long standing member of United Way's Board of Directors.

Information on how to find a quality child care provider, along with a list of providers who may work evenings and weekends, was provided to the woman. Additionally, after the woman explained that she did not have much clothing for either herself or children, she received a referral form for Leanna's Closet and further planned to contact 2-1-1. The woman was also given information about Friends of Man and that she could fill out an application for new clothes and as school approached, possibly for school supplies. Thanks to YOU, this is just one example of how United Way of Weld County is able to leverage resources and achieve results.

25% HELPED ONLY 2% GIVE The opportunities to improve people’s lives can expand with your contribution this year. Please consider a 10% increase in your gift. It can help a little one be ready to learn when they start school. It can help a troubled teen graduate. It can help a family stay warm this winter. It can help someone’s grandparent stay independent. United Way impacts 1 in 4 people in Weld County, yet only 2% of our county’s residents give to your United Way. Please help us to help our fellow residents.

“Our very lives depend on the ethics of strangers.” - Bill Moyers

"Bill May is a long-time community advocate and he recognizes that our community is in the midst of increased needs and decreased funding. We appreciate his volunteer effort on our behalf," Smith said. May has been actively associated with United Way for over six years in a variety of capacities. "Over the years I have observed the generosity of United Way. I want to make sure people in need are given the opportunity to succeed. I see that as part of the mission of United Way. I hope, in my own little way, I can help United Way succeed as they seek to provide others with opportunities of self sufficiency and give all of our children a chance to reach their highest potential," said May. United Way is also pleased to announce the rest of the Campaign Cabinet, which includes the following community leaders: Jana Gettman, Community Volunteer, Scott Young Wells Fargo, Michelle Baab Community Volunteer, Gary Burton PBI, Inc., Dee Welp Advantage Bank, Carolyn Gattis UBS Financial Services, Bill Edwards Community Volunteer, Dave Hergenreder Atmos Energy, Goldie Augustmoon Northern Colorado Paper, Mark Cook Spradley Barr Ford, Robin Henson Community Volunteer, Perry Bell Charis Counseling & Counsulting and Marinda Simpson State Farm Insurance Companies. These individuals represent just a small group in our community out of the thousands of generous and caring individuals who are partnering with United Way to improve lives and build community. YOU can have the greatest impact on Weld County's children, youth and families by also working with United Way of Weld County as your charitable advisor. As a United Way giver, you can combine public purpose with private and corporate giving at several levels to make strategic investments in the whole range of health and human service issues in our community. United Way will combine your gift with others to deliver long term solutions to folks in need. No gift is too large or too small… they are all just right. Thank YOU for your investment in the people who live and work in Weld County.

Difficult decisions…positive results You've heard the saying "View the world as a glass half full or view the world as a glass half empty." Neither is right or wrong, rather two ways of looking at things. The United Way of Weld County resource investment process (distributing contributions to community services that help people) can be looked at from either of these points of view. Well managed non-profit program services have documented the need for funding to United Way. Agencies receiving grants demonstrate achievement of specific results in improving the lives of children, youth, adults and fam-

ilies living in Weld County. In the most recent United Way funding cycle requests from non-profits totaled $1.1 million more than funds available to distribute. This gap documents the need for increased contributions, but the realities of this decision making was difficult for volunteers and staff. The realitiy is the gap represents the needs of children, youth and families right here in our own community. At this time rather than focus on the gap I would like to share how proud we are of our volunteers for dedicating hours of their time and leadership in making these deci-

Happy, sad, angry and scared ...a child’s emotions With drawings representing the emotions of happy, sad, angry and scared, 17 three-year-old children were given the activity to choose one feeling and then describe a time they had experienced it. For the teacher at the west Greeley child care center, it was a success and an eye opener as “I’m angry because my daddy left me” was just one of the statements she heard. But, not one expression of happiness was spoken. As part of United Way of Weld County’s Promises for Children’s School Readiness Project through the Colorado Systems Building Grant, the center and teacher were participating in a Social and Emotional Development training. Through the assignment of creating a set of activities to be conducted over a week’s time, the teacher learned the value of helping children find appropriate ways to express their feelings. In addition, after marveling at how many stresses children had to deal with at such a young age, the teacher began to understand why there are numerous behavioral issues resulting from children not knowing how to appropriately express difficult emotions. From infancy on, the provision of constructive methods to deal with difficult emotions in a safe environment results in fewer disruptions in the classroom. Through United Way’s School Readiness Project, child care providers learn and refine such practices that lay an early foundation for a lifetime of learning. Thanks to YOUR investment, United Way can make all the difference in a child’s life.

sions. And I am proud to share with the United Way donors the results of their generosity. Enclosed in this newsletter please find a list of the United Way funded agencies and programs for the 2010-11 fiscal year. Thousands of people right here in our own community will be helped thanks to these excellent agencies and programs…and thanks to YOU!

Jeannine Truswell Executive Director

YOUR United Way investment helps grieving grandmother A client called 2-1-1 after remembering that we were the place to turn to for help. The client identified herself as a grandmother in need. Her panicked out-of-state daughter had called to inform the client that her sixteen year old grandson had been found after having drowned in a lake. The grandmother was on supplemental income and had no money to travel by bus to be with her daughter at this critical time. A United Way 2-1-1 Call Specialist set in motion a chain of events, leveraging community collaborations with area agencies and churches. The result was resources being donated to provide a one-way ticket and money for food while traveling on the bus. In addition, after the client forgot to take her bus ticket to the station in Fort Collins, a local church picked her up in Fort Collins and brought her back to Greeley to depart. Thanks to YOU, this is only one example of how 2-1-1 and our many community relationships help improve lives and strengthen families. United Way of Weld County's 2-1-1 Information and Referral program serves the residents of Weld County. Trained specialists answer questions and connect callers with all available services, no matter what kind of help is needed. All calls are free and confidential.

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Together, we achieve more Ariel was supposed to have begun high school but she never enrolled, instead dropping out after eighth grade. In 2009, she gave birth to a son. Since the birth of her baby, Ariel has sought ways to be successful and complete school to better provide for her now one-year-old child. Through your investment in United Way, youth like Ariel are able to connect with Youth and Family Connections to receive assistance in moving toward a life of success and the ability to provide for their children. After receiving Youth and Family Connections services, connecting with Weld County Department of Public Health & Environment’s pregnancy prevention, c.a.r.e. parenting classes and North Range Behavioral Health's anger management classes, Ariel enrolled in an alternative school where she is now in 10th grade and no longer receiving F's. Ariel's mother has reported that she is more responsible, becoming a good student and continues to excel in school. Ariel’s story is an example of why United Way works. It typically takes more than one agency to help someone succeed. Thanks to YOU, United Way is able to unite multiple organizations and programs to help. Because together, we can achieve more than anyone can do alone.

Cornerstone Partners These generous foundations and companies through their commitment to United Way, pay for all administrative and fundraising costs. Because of this 100% OF YOUR DONATION to the Community Care Fund goes directly to helping people right here in Weld County. Monfort Family Foundation NCMC/Banner Health - NCMC Inc. State Farm Insurance Companies The Greeley Tribune Xcel Energy

Flood & Peterson Insurance, Inc. Phelps-Tointon, Inc. Roche Constructors, Inc. Quad/Graphics 104.7 FM Pirate Radio

Atmos Energy Big R Bridge Colorado Premium Foods Farmers Bank – Ault Professional Finance Company, Inc. RR Donnelley Norwest, Inc.

2010-2011 United Way of Weld County Funded Agencies, Programs, Services and Collaborations READY TO LEARN – Promises for Children


Helping children get a good start and assuring they are ready for school

Helping youth keep on a positive track and supporting increased graduation rates and life success

Bright Beginnings - Home Visitation Programs Child Care Services Child Care Quality Improvement Grants Child Care Referral Services Educational Child Care/School Readiness Family Business Solutions Financial Assistance Program Mentoring and Training Children’s Festival Community Awareness & Education Community Baby Showers Community Family Support Grants Envision Early Childhood Intervention Family Literacy Carnivals Highland Early Childhood Center School Readiness, After School Program Home Visitation Collaborative & Programs Low Cost Health Insurance Assistance (CHP+) PASO Program Raise a Reader Training and Education for Parents & Providers Weld County Dept of Public Health & Environment Prenatal Outreach Coordinator Weld Early Childhood Intervention Partnership Multi Agency Collaboration First Steps Family CONNECTS c.a.r.e. (Child Advocacy Resource & Education) North Range Behavioral Health Weld/Larimer “Best Start for Babies” Project

Boy Scouts, Longs Peak Council Scoutreach, Youth Development Program Soccer Program Boys and Girls Club of Weld County Homework Help, Youth Development, VISTA Project Child Advocacy Resource and Education Safe Touch Frontier Academy Positive School Climate Program Girls Scouts VISTA Project Greeley-Evans Weld County School District 6 VISTA Project Highland Recreation Association Scholarships High Plains Library District VISTA Project North Range Behavioral Health At-Risk Youth School Program Northern Colorado Youth for Christ VISTA Project Retired Senior Volunteer Program America Reads Tutoring Program School Supply Drive Recreation Scholarships at Carbon Valley, Eaton, Evans, Ft Lupton, Greeley, Kersey, LaSalle, Mead, Platteville, Thompson Rivers and Windsor Recreation Departments Turning Point Day Resource Program Weld County School District RE-9 VISTA Project Youth & Family Connections Truancy Intervention Program, VISTA Project YMCA South Weld County After School Program



Helping people with basic needs and assisting them through crisis

Helping people achieve self sufficiency and financial stability

A Kid’s Place Child Advocacy Center Court Appointed Special Advocates VISTA Project A Woman’s Place Shelter & Self Sufficiency American Red Cross, Centennial Chapter Disaster Assistance & Response Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance Program Guadalupe Shelter Senior Services Child Advocacy Resource and Education Supervised Visitation Program Parenting Class Programs Anger Management Programs Connections for Independent Living Multiple Sclerosis Services Housing Program VISTA Project Consumer Credit Counseling Financial Counseling Eldergarden Adult Day Program Emergency Food and Shelter Program Envision Children & Family Services Respite Care Greeley Transitional House Shelter to Homeless Families Family Follow-Up Program VISTA Project Meals on Wheels Home Delivered Meals Med-Aid Prescription Assistance Program Prescription Assistance for Indigent Monfort Family Clinic VISTA Project North Range Behavioral Health Acute Treatment Unit VISTA Project Retired Senior Volunteer Program Grocery Assistance Program RVNA Home Health Care Services Weld Food Bank Emergency Food Boxes, Kid’s Café

Building Healthy Marriages Catholic Charities Champions Program Connections for Independent Living Champions Program, VISTA Project Consumer Credit Counseling Financial Counseling Familywize Prescription Drug Discount Program Greeley Area Habitat for Humanity VISTA Project Greeley Transitional House Champions Program VISTA Project READY TO CONNECT Connecting people to help and connecting those who want to help

United Way 2-1-1 Information and Referral Program Volunteer Center READY TO COLLABORATE Working to solve problems by providing leadership, support resources, participation and in kind services. United Way staff and volunteers either lead or actively participate in the following:

2-1-1 Colorado Collaborative City of Greeley Bus Token Program COVOAD (Colorado Volunteering Organizations Active in Disasters) DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies) El Pomar Northern Colorado Empty Stocking Fund Partnership Faith Community Service Fund / Bridges of Hope Housing and Emergency Service Network JVA Training Partnership North Colorado Health Alliance Piton Foundation Earned Income Tax Credit Partnership Weld Child Abuse Protocol Project Weld Foreclosure Coalition Weld Immunization Coalition


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