Natrona County non-profits grateful for CARES funds

Published: Feb. 22, 2021 at 7:25 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A handful of 501c3 organizations got approved to receive CARES funding. The Natrona County attorney said a couple of qualifications needed are loss of revenue and expenses caused by the pandemic.

The Wyoming Rescue Mission will get over $500,000. Brad Hopkins, the executive director, said they will use it to pay off a loan they took out to open the North Park Street location.

“We saw a steep drop off in giving to pay down the debt,” Hopkins said. They had an outdoor fundraiser back in the summer, funds from that are used for daily operations.

“The most critical need is serving homeless folks without a place to go,” Hopkins said.

The Brain Injury Alliance of Wyoming is getting around $11,000 which will be used for certification. “We have to have it so the funds kind of saved us,” said Dawn Lacko, the executive director.

The Brain Injury Alliance provides after-surgery equipment and support groups for people with Brain Injuries. Both of those resources are mission-based and don’t have a funding source.

“If you need [equipment] for a couple of weeks or a month your insurance isn’t going to spend a bunch of money on it,” Lacko said. She added they had their annual fundraiser and feels lucky to break even.

The Iris Clubhouse plans to use their $67,000 for day-to-day funds. This non-profit helps adults with disabilities connect with people and get work experience.

Dan Odell, the executive director, said people they serve learn how to cook and gain office skills. “The clubhouse is a place where folks come to rebuild their lives,” Odell said.

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