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United Way of Laramie County kicks off their campaign Thursday

Published: Aug. 11, 2021 at 10:22 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Surviving a pandemic has meant many community members were stretched beyond their capacity. Thankfully there’s an organization whose mission is to help.

The United Way of Laramie County is an organization that strives to assist people with education, resources, and financial stability.

They join organizations, and people’s needs, to help our community thrive.

Established in 1948, the United Way of Laramie county has been a community staple, building sanctuary and a way to give back.

Moving through Covid-19 this last year, the United Way helped the community gain quick access to needed resources.

The umbrella organization pinpoints needs and collaborates with people and organizations to bring them together.

This year’s United Way campaign kicks off Thursday at the botanical gardens from 9 in the morning until 11, with over 26 local non-profits.

“Instead of each of us getting siloed in particular efforts that we have, and it can also pull people in and exposed to non-profits that they might not be exposed to otherwise.”

The campaign will gather key people from non-profits, volunteers, and donors. Getting them in front of more people to help share their message.

Last year United Way created a homeless coalition, working with the COMEA shelter and Family Promise.

“I’m thinking about organizations that you don’t know about until you really need them, and if you’re somebody that doesn’t know about these organizations, doesn’t know about the impact United Way has on them, it’s a blessing to you. But it kind of hits home to me, that it’s also a good idea to give while you can, in case those services or providers are ever needed.”

United Way of Laramie County has helped 3857 families and individuals get access to emergency shelter services.

They worked with community schools to get resources to 809 students, helping with youth development programs and students catch up academically who’ve fallen behind during the lockdown.

THey’ve also worked with CASA, advocating for foster care kids. 1073 victims of domestic violence also received access to basic safety needs and helped towards creating self-sufficiency.

This year the greatest need has been hunger, and the United Way, along with the Needs Inc, Food Bank, and Meals on Wheels, has fed over 14,000 people last year.

The United Way has impacted 3267 low-income, uninsured families and individuals to access preventative health care.

“If you think about how Cheyenne is a relatively small city, these individuals matter. And we have to get resources to these folks as soon as possible and that’s what United Way is able to do.”

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