United Way of Natrona County (UWNC) is proud to announce the 2020 funding allocations. This year, UWNC will support 31 partner agencies throughout Natrona County! While 25 of the partner agencies are returning from last year, three agencies are brand new and three are returning after a brief hiatus.
UWNC is able to support partner agencies throughout the county thanks to funding received through workplace giving campaigns. The funds raised go directly to support partner agencies and programs focusing on our three target areas: Basic Needs, Health & Wellness and Youth Development.
All partner agencies that receive funding support are locally-based, 501c(3) nonprofit organizations, providing local services right here in Natrona County. To be eligible for UWNC funding support, nonprofit partners must meet a strict set of criteria annually. The grant process begins in the fall prior to the next funding cycle.
Keep reading to learn about the six new organizations we’re excited to support in 2020!
NEW Partner Agencies:
Heart to Hands
Heart to Hands is a program by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, whose mission is to “Change the World, one diaper…one set of Clean Clothes…one individual at a time.” Heart to Hands accomplishes this mission through the Once-a-Month Diaper handout, the weekly St. Mark’s Bus Ministry and the Laundry Ministry. Across all three programs, Heart to Hands provides diapers, wipes, toiletry/personal care items, laundry vouchers, coats and warm clothing, blankets and other basic needs items to those in need.
Hope House is a resident-centered, alcohol- and drug-free community for previously incarcerated men. The purpose of Hope House is to provide a safe and healthy living environment to initiate and sustain recovery and improvement in one’s physical, mental, spiritual, and social wellbeing. Individuals build resources while living in a recovery residence that will continue to support their recovery as they transition to living independently and productively in the community.
Mimi’s House assists and inspires homeless youth with the hope that they will build self-sufficient lives by providing a warm, family style environment for Casper youth ages sixteen to nineteen. This program will assist youth in obtaining a high school diploma as well as provide transitory life skills for smooth entry into college and/or the workforce. In addition to teaching basic life skills, this program will strive to maintain an environment that can be likened to one that an average teenager enjoys.
Returning Partner Agencies:
Interfaith of Natrona County
Interfaith of Natrona County provides emergency assistance to persons and families living at or below the poverty level. Assistance includes shelter, food, clothing, transportation, dental, prescriptions and medical needs. Support is provided through rent and utilities assistance, personal care items, gas to work, birth certificates and ID for housing, employment or school, boots for work, clothing vouchers, food bags, diapers, blankets, prescription assistance and minor medical/dental procedures.
National Alliance on Mental Health
NAMI Casper is a local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI Casper is a non-profit organization that provides support, education and advocacy throughout the Natrona County area on behalf of individuals and families affected by mental illness.
Wyoming 2-1-1 is a comprehensive, statewide provider of information and referral for Wyomingites. 2-1-1 is an easy to remember, free helpline and one-stop source of information for people looking for community services and resources, especially for those who need essential services, such as food, shelter, counseling, employment assistance, and more. The phones are staffed by trained Information and Referral Specialists who quickly assess the caller’s needs and provide the appropriate referral. Wyoming 2-1-1 also assists in identifying resource gaps in communities and in the recovery process in the event of a disaster in the State of Wyoming.