On Thanksgiving, United Way thankful

At this time of year, we take a day to spend with family and friends and recognize what we have to be thankful for in our lives. I am so thankful for my family. Maria, Vivien and Harrison have all added so much joy to my life.

United Way of Southwest Colorado is thankful to the staff, board of directors, partner agencies and donors for the loyal support we receive each and every year, including:

We are thankful for Bruce Johnson. Bruce runs our operations from a home office for Montezuma and Dolores counties. He has been on our team since 2006 and is a true gem for his community and United Way. Thank you, Bruce.

United Way is thankful for Lisa Jensen. Lisa covers Archuleta County for United Way and works as a part-time employee to raise more than $80,000 for her community. Working in concert with our volunteer Advisory Council, Lisa has been a great addition to our team. Thank you, Lisa.

United Way is thankful for Christine Imming. Christine is our finance director, and she makes sure any donation you make is recorded properly, that donors are thanked, that we send out charitable donation receipts and that payments against pledges are applied correctly. Christine is a great mother to three boys and has a great husband who is also very involved in our community. Thank you, Christine.

United Way is thankful for Annie Satariano. Annie has been at United Way since 2008 and has worn many different hats for us. From special projects coordinator, to fundraiser, to grant-maker, to serving on the USA Pro Cycling Challenge event committee, Annie does it all with style and grace. She is also a loving mother and gives back to her community in many ways outside of her work at United Way. Thank you, Annie.

United Way is thankful for our board members who serve this organization and our community. Our current board members are Joe Kusar, Tiffany Valencia, Randy Hagen, Heath Corley, Tom Crabb, Mark Donahue, Ward Holmes, Sue Kaiser, Sarada Leavenworth, Jennifer Lopez and Jay Wood. I also want to thank recently retired board member Livia Lynch for her service.

United Way is thankful for our partner agencies that are helping us achieve our goals in education, self-reliance and health. Organizations such as Seeds of Learning, Pinon Project, Dove’s Nest, La Plata Youth Services, Tri County Head Start, American Red Cross, Volunteers of America, Women’s Resource Center, Axis Health Systems and San Juan Basin Health Department are making a huge difference in our communities each day, every day of the year. Thank you for your service.

United Way also thanks the local businesses that are so generous to many great causes in our area. There are too many to list here, but I especially want to note the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, BP, Williams, Century Link, UPS, First National Bank of Durango, Bank of Colorado, Southwest Memorial Hospital, Empire Electric, Pagosa Mountain Hospital and the Wells Group for their loyal support.

We live in a wonderful part of the world, and I feel lucky to be here and to be able to serve our community through United Way. Thank you, Southwest Colorado, and I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!

Tim Walsworth is president and CEO for United Way and a member of the Durango High Noon Rotary Club

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