Safford employees show support for local organization United Way

Safford Assistant City Manager Matt Hoshal (center right) presents United Way of Graham and Greenlee County Executive Denise Benton (center left) with an $8,910 check collected by city employees. Also pictured are United Way board members and Safford Mayor Jason Couts. – Provided photo

SAFFORD — During a City Council meeting on Monday, Safford City employees awarded the United Way of Graham and Greenlee Counties $8,910.08.

“These funds were raised through employee payroll, a spring golf tournament and an Oktoberfest event,” said Matthew Hoshal, assistant city manager and member of the City of Safford’s United Way committee.

Debra Gibbs, President of the United Way Local Board, thanked the staff for their continued support.

“They kindly allow us to provide funds to our community,” Gibbs said. “We (provided) over $2 million last year.”

The money, Gibbs said, supported education in Graham and Greenlee counties, supported economic development efforts, and aided in health care and nutrition, among other projects.

“We can’t do this without donations from people in our communities,” Gibbs said.

The United Way of Graham and Greenlee Counties is currently accepting grant applications from nonprofits, schools, government agencies, and other tax-exempt groups for the first quarter. Projects in United Way’s three main areas of economic stability, education, and healthcare are eligible to apply.

Applicants must provide a 31 percent match—in cash or in kind—of the total project budget, excluding infrastructure grants, which require a 50 percent match. The deadline for applications for the first round of 2023 grants is February 1. The second cycle of grants opens on 1 March.

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