1st Quarter 2015

UOC2014 Uniting Our Community Award

Every year United Way of Laramie Count presents the "Uniting Our Community Award" to an organization that exemplifies the United Way spirit in Laramie County. These companies show us how to LIVE UNITED. The 2014 award recipient is Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power.


Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power contributions include:

  • Annual pacesetter campaign (providing a corporate gift as well as employee participation). 
  • Annual corporate sponsor (Silver level in 2014).
  • Partner for the last two years in the annual community matching challenge.
  • Strong commitment to volunteerism and other activities that bring awareness to United Way and the topics that are important to our community.


Shirley Welte, Dir. of Operations accepted the award on behalf of CLFP and their employees (photo credit Idler Photography)
ECC2014 Outstanding Campaign Coordinators

Campaign Coordinator of the Year was awarded to Colleen Guest and Betsey Miller, employees of Security First Bank. Employee campaign coordinators are the volunteers that assist United Way of Laramie County annually with workplace campaigns. The coordinator of the year is chosen for their efforts in bringing workplace awareness of United Way's work and for running a successful campaign.


Colleen and Betsey provided the time, energy and ideas for Security First to have a more than 21% employee giving increase. Their efforts included inviting the United Way Speaker's Bureau to staff meetings, fundraising activities that included the public, and a FUNdraising collaboration with bank management that resulted in some crazy colored hair!


Also recognized for their volunteerism as campaign coordinators were Deb Hale from Peak Wellness Center, Karen Marshall from Sierra Trading Post, Christina Russell from Wyoming State Dept. of Corrections, and Jeanne Sullivant Wyoming State Game & Fish Dept.


Colleen & Betsey accept their awards
car2014 Car Voucher Winner
Brian & Kim with their new car

Through the generosity of three local car dealers, United Way of Laramie County was able to offer a $15,000 car voucher incentive to 2014 donors of certain levels. This year's finalists were hosted at a Cheyenne Regional Airport hangar and by CBS News Channel 5 for the live drawing on January 28. The lucky winner was Brian Lovett, Wyo Department of Environmental Quality!



THANK YOU to the 2014 car voucher sponsors:


cochairMeet our 2015 Campaign Co-Chairs

United Way of Laramie County is fortunate to have the Brittany and Matt Ashby continuing in their second year as campaign co-chairs. This year their daughters Alana (9) and Aubrey (7) will be joining them on the campaign team.


Brittany and Matt have been a part of the United Way family since shortly after joining our community in 2002.


Brittany is a Principal Consultant for Align. She has a passion for helping organizations be more successful whether through planning or more efficient and effective operations. Matt serves as the Planning Services Director for the City of Cheyenne. He has worked in all aspects of planning for the city and enjoys the challenges our growing community provides on a daily basis. Alana and Aubrey attend Anderson elementary. Full Story


We are very pleased to announce that the Bolkovatz family have agreed to serve as campaign co-chairs for the 2015/2016 campaigns.


Rich, Michele and their 18 year-old identical twins, Mariah and Mikala, value family and the quality of life and community spirit Cheyenne is known for.


Michele is the Community Relations Manager at Warren Federal Credit Union, Wyoming's largest credit union. Rich is the Vice President and Chief Operation Officer at Reiman Corp. he oversees the commercial building division and serves as project manager on several buildings, civil and bridge projects. Mariah and Mikala are seniors at Cheyenne Central High school and plan to attend Laramie County Community College in the fall of 2015. Full Story



pharmacyThe HealthWorks Pharmacy: Lowering the High Cost of Medications for Those Who Need it Most by Karim Simisky, HealthWorks

Maintaining good health should not be a luxury for only those who can afford it. Filling a prescription should not depend on monthly household bills. Yet many residents of Laramie County face tough choices when they need medication to treat a sudden illness or manage a chronic condition. Consider the small business owner who suffers a catastrophic health event that devastates his finances and his ability to work. Or the woman who requires several costly medications to control her diabetes and asthma.


In 2010 HealthWorks took on the Laramie County Centralized Pharmacy to provide low-cost or no-cost medications to residents who otherwise can't afford them. Now known as the HealthWorks Pharmacy, the program partners with Wyoming's Medication Donation Program to receive and dispense medications that would otherwise go to waste. The pharmacy also includes the Prescription Assistance Program (PAP), which coordinates the application process for patients to receive free medications from pharmaceutical companies. This integrated program of HealthWorks is generously supported by United Way of Laramie County, the Wyoming Department of Health, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, and client/community donations. Full Story



preventProgram Partners Collaborate to Prevent Child Abuse

by Carol Tullio, CASA of Laramie County

Alli Anderson, Prevent Child Abuse Wyoming

Lynn Huylar, Safe Harbor a children's justice center


Children are one of our society's most vulnerable groups. According to the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) study, adverse childhood experiences including verbal, physical, or sexual abuse, as well as family dysfunction (e.g. an incarcerated, mentally ill, or substance-abusing family member; domestic violence; or absence of a parent because of divorce or separation), have been linked to a range of adverse heath outcomes in adulthood, including substance abuse, depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and premature mortality.


United Way of Laramie County recognizes that adverse childhood experiences lead to lifelong consequences. United Way of Laramie County supports three distinct, yet like, organizations whose missions are to support children and families who are at risk of adverse childhood experiences. These programs include: Safe Harbor, a children's justice center and it's supervised visitation and safe exchange program; CASA of Laramie County, who work directly with children who have experienced some type of trauma and who have been removed from their home; and Prevent Child Abuse Wyoming, who's focus is to coordinate prevention efforts to build strong families and communities through education and awareness before adverse experiences even occur. Full Story 

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