|Double Your 2015 Donation|
United Way of Laramie County recently announced their annual matching funds challenge. In its sixth year, local companies have stepped forward to encourage the community to make a donation and have that donation doubled through a corporate donation. These organizations believe that as a united community we can make long-term changes that produce healthy, educated and financially stable individuals and families in Laramie County.
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center led the way by committing to the challenge early in the campaign. The other business leaders in this year's community challenge are A. G. Andrikopoulos Resources, Inc.; Cheyenne Frontier Days; Drs. Robert Prentice and Sandra Surbrugg; Granite Peak Development LLC; Halladay Motors; HollyFrontier; Spradley Barr Motors; Suncor Energy; US Bank; WYHY Federal Credit Union; and Wyoming Bank & Trust.
|Together As A Community|
by Brittany & Matt Ashby
|As the holidays draw closer it is a good time for us to reflect on the blessings that we have been given and worked for in our lives, while looking for ways we can help provide opportunities for others to share in those blessings. The recent events in Paris have brought about renewed discussion on how we can help, what will actually help, and who should lead the way? These hard questions can lead many people to hunker down and believe that there are no answers - so the best option is to just not do anything.
It can be very tempting to step back and say, 'it's not my job' or 'I don't have the ability to deal with it', but ultimately you do have the light that we need to overcome our community's obstacles and bring true joy to Laramie County and the Holiday Season. No, you can't do it alone but together we can make a real difference. Full Story
|Wyoming Free Tax Service|
The goal of Wyoming Free Tax Service is to meet tax preparation needs for low to moderate income taxpayers. The organization is made up of volunteers who are certified by the IRS each year on the current tax law.
We are actively recruiting volunteers to assist with this effort. If you would like to learn more about becoming an IRS certified volunteer, join us at noon on December 9 (lunch provided).
2016 Wyoming Free Tax Flyer
|Unaccompanied Student Initiative|
by Jaime Davis, Emerging Leadership Team Member
Thanksgiving... a time of gratitude, where many of us count our blessings and express thankfulness for homes, family, food, health, and opportunity. For the unaccompanied youth in Laramie County, Thanksgiving is a reminder that they do not have a home, may not have safe or supportive families, and are struggling to find opportunity. Unaccompanied youth are homeless.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness states that "homeless youth face unique developmental challenges and vulnerability"; this is evidenced in the youth you struggle with school attendance and performance, access to college and career readiness support, and the number of youth who are attempting to work full-time jobs. Full Story
Note: Jaime recently attended the informational dinner about the Unaccompanied Student Initiative. This is her account of what she learned at that event.