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Our Mission:  No One In Need   
Our Vision:    A Better Laramie County 

4th Quarter 2013

doubleDouble Your Donation Matching Funds Challenge Announced

Local individuals and companies have stepped forward to challenge the Laramie County community to donate during the giving season. Cheyenne Regional Medical Center,

A. G. Andrikopoulos Resources, Inc.; Cameco Resources; Cheyenne Frontier Days; Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power; Drs. Robert Prentice and Sandra Surbrugg; First Cheyenne Federal Credit Union; Granite Peak Development LLC; Halladay Motors/Joannides Family Foundation; High West Energy; HollyFrontier; Keith Bailey; McGee, Hearne & Paiz LLC; Spradley Barr Motors; Town and Country Supermarket Liquors; US Bank; Western Vista Credit Union; WINHealth Partners; WYHY Federal Credit Union; Wyoming Bank & Trust/#1 Properties; and Wyoming State Bank donated to the  $121,000 matching funds challenge. The largest community challenge to date.

Donations made to United Way of Laramie County between now and December 31, 2013 will be matched dollar for dollar!


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Or for more information call 307-638-8904, email liveunited@unitedwayoflaramiecounty.org or visit us at UnitedWayofLaramieCounty.org.

programpartnersMeet Our Program Partners

Now available in PDF format! Your Community provides you with information on United Way of Laramie County and the Programs that are working to build a better Laramie County. 

This is one more opportunity for you to explore your investment in the community!

givetimeGiving Through Volunteering 

volunteers There are many ways to open your heart to your community. One way is to lend your muscle! 


Wyoming Free Tax Service


Wyoming Free Tax Service is a group of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) IRS certified volunteers who provide free income tax preparation to low/moderate-income Wyoming residents. The program is designed to help working families prepare their income tax forms for free, raising awareness about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), child care and other available tax credits. United Way of Laramie County is pleased to partner with the IRS and Laramie County Community College in providing the Laramie County tax preparation site.


Volunteers are needed for the 2014 tax season. All volunteers will receive training and will become certified by the IRS. The tax site will offer evening and Saturday morning hours from the end of January - April 15.


Community Investment Teams


United Way of Laramie County uses volunteer Community Investment Teams (CIT) to review funding applicants in the areas of program quality, governance, finance and administration. The three teams also make sure the programs meet goals in the areas of helping youth reach their full potential, strengthening families and helping neighbors in crisis, and improving community health. We are currently looking to fill open positions on the three teams.


For information on either of these volunteer opportunities, contact Rod Hottle at 638-8904 ext. 15 or community@unitedwayoflaramiecounty.org.


The following article is from our health team chair, Carissa White. We wanted to give you a sense of what it means to serve as a CIT volunteer:

citServing on a Community Investment Team

by Carissa White 

What it means to me: Having been on a Community Investment Team (CIT) now for a few years has provided me with the opportunity to learn first hand about the struggles and triumphs our community has each and every day. CIT members have the chance to go into these entities and see first hand how they improve the lives of others and provide a stepping stone for individuals and/or families who need help in a tragic situation or due to life's circumstances. We are local residents who want to learn more about the issues and greatest needs currently facing our community and find ways to create positive change. We are able to ask questions and see how programs are affecting the individuals and families that need them, ensuring that the programs are fiscally responsible and creating the positive changes in our community that they said they would.


Being on a CIT provides you the opportunity to not only change one individual at a time but improve on systems that inevitably help all of us. It takes everyone in our community, working together in order to create and sustain a brighter future for all of us. Each person on the investment teams comes to the table with their own passions and experiences, giving all of us a great opportunity to learn and make the county we live in a better place for each generation.

newstaffNew Staff Introduction

by James Fuller

My name is James Fuller and I am your new Major Gifts Officer here at United Way of Laramie County. I recently retired from the United States Air Force with nearly 24 years of service. I am married to my wife of 20 years, Marilyn, who is from St. Louis, MO and is employed here in town as a paralegal with Buchhammer and Kehl. We have two wonderful children, Zackary (18) and Alyssa (17) who attend Central High School. We have lived in Cheyenne for the last three years and fell in love with the town and its residents, making it an easy decision to call Cheyenne home.

I have been in this position just over a month now, and have met many great people in Cheyenne and Laramie County. The main purpose of my position is to build relationships with corporate business, as well as leaders within the community who have the means to give substantial donations to address the needs of our community. By building these relationships United Way can continue to guarantee our program partners' needs are met on an annual basis.


I believe Winston Churchill said it best, "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give". Here in Cheyenne and the surrounding community we have a very unique situation. Full story


The purpose of GoalConnect is to foster collaboration across a full range of health and human service providers to reduce duplication of services and enhance coordination while streamlining patient/client intake. Taking the lead in this initiative is one more example of how United Way of Laramie County works towards a better Laramie County! This system went live in Laramie County in December 2012 using a software program called CareScope. Quarterly we will give you information on how agencies in the GoalConnect network are benefitting from this new system.




1. What is Adelante and what do your program(s) do for our community?

Adelante is a training program for people with dependent children who earn 185% below federal poverty guidelines and who are interest in training and earning nationally recognized certificates in interesting and exciting career fields. Participants not only work towards earning certification, but also receive training in interviewing, job searching, work related soft skills, and basic computer literacy.

2. How is GoalConnect improving what you do and helping your clients?

We are able to use GoalConnect to make referrals and check our client's eligibility for programs with our partner organizations. If a participant voices a need, our staff is able to use GoalConnect to find out if there is an organization that can help. GoalConnect also allows our partner agencies to share information with each other.

3. What connections/collaborations in our community make your program(s) successful?

Adelante is funded in partnership with Wyoming Department of Workforce Services and Laramie County Community College. Job Assist, Circles Wyoming, WY Department of Workforce Services, Wyoming 2-1-1, Kinship Care, Interfaith Family Support Services, Bethel Outreach Ministries, Laramie County Head Start Program, Family Literacy Program, Safehouse and CLIMB Wyoming are just a few of the agencies that refer clients to us. Read Complete Answers


topIn this issue:

2013 Community Matching Challenge


Featured Program Partners:

  • WY Free Tax Service
  • Community Investment Teams


2012 Report to Community


Community Calendar


Volunteer Opportunities




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