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Pocatello city employees donate almost $22K to United Way of Southeastern Idaho


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POCATELLO — Through one-time donations and payroll deductions, the employees of the city of Pocatello donated $21,926.50 in 2020.

The nearly $22,000 this year brings the city’s five-year total of donations to the United Way of Southeastern Idaho (UWSEI) to more than $112,000.

“The City of Pocatello employees stepped up at a time when our community needed it most,” UWSEI CEO Kevin Bailey said in a news release. “These employee contributions will be invested in local programs and initiatives that improve housing stability, improve access to mental and primary healthcare, improve access to food, and improve opportunities for Kindergarten readiness and postsecondary readiness. Without workplace campaigns like the city of Pocatello stepping up and increasing their campaign amount, we would not be able to meet the growing demand for services in our region.”

Through the annual campaign, Pocatello city employees were able to target their donations in particular areas of focus. Those areas included things like “education,” “income,” “health” and “basic needs.”

Employees that donated more than $150 had the option to direct their donation to specific 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.

“I am once again humbled by and proud of the generosity of my fellow city of Pocatello employees,” Pocatello Regional Airport Management Assistant Kristy Heinz said in the release. “We are pleased to be able to support the United Way in helping our community, and we are so excited to be donating even more than we did last year.”