UWNC Releases the First $50K of COVID-19 Community Relief Fund for Rent & Utility Support

On March 24th with $10,000 worth of support from Jonah Bank, United Way of Natrona County (UWNC) launched the Natrona County COVID-19 Community Relief Fund to alleviate some of the financial burden for Natrona County residents who are experiencing loss of employment or income resources directly related to COVID-19 or government mandated closures as a result of COVID-19.

One week later and with matching funds from community partners such as Wyoming Machinery Company, Hilltop Bank, McMurry Companies and McMurry Foundation, as well as a number of generous individuals and businesses the fund reached $100,000, half of which will make it into the hands of families and individuals this week.

Phase One of the Relief fund distributions will focus $50,000 on Rent, Mortgage and Utility assistance. With the help of trusted and experienced community partners, qualified families and individuals could see up to $450 toward March and April living expenses. “Even with Expanded Unemployment Benefits and an Economic Stimulus check on the way many families are unsure of how to pay their rent right now,” said Anna Wilcox, UWNC Executive Director. “29% of Natrona County households live above the Federal Poverty Level but below ALICE threshold placing them one life event away from homelessness and poverty. If you are unfamiliar, ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. Right now, for so many, “Employed” is no longer the case leaving a large percentage of our community even more vulnerable to extreme hardship.”

To apply for assistance:

Visit our offices at 350 Big Horn Road Tuesday, April 14 through Thursday, April 16, Noon to 5 pm.

Plan to present the following documents via “no contact, drive-up, drop-off”:

  1. Documentation of lost job or lay off due to COVID-19 or closure due to local or state mandate/order as a result of COVID-19 safety measures
  2. Documentation for payment requested; Lease for rent, Invoice or Bill for utilities
  3. Personal Identification matching the name on above documents; Government issued Photo ID, Social Security Card
  4. Name, Employer, Social Security Card for all household members over the age of 18

United Way staff will assist with the completion of an application and authorization form as well as make copies of any documents as needed. Individuals will be served on a first come first serve basis. Those without proper documentation and information will not be processed until all documentation and information is presented. Completed applications will be passed along to community partners who will reach out directly to individuals via phone to review. All approved payments will be made out to and mailed directly to vendors with confirmation that the payment will keep the individuals in good standing.

Questions can be directed to office@unitedwaync.com or 307.237.9367.

United Way of Natrona County staff and the fund’s Advisory Board will continue to assess community need in the upcoming weeks to determine next phases of distribution. The Natrona County COVID-19 Community Relief Fund is still accepting donations with 100% of all funds benefiting families and individuals.

To contribute to the Natrona County COVID-19 Community Relief Fund:

  • Donate online here.
  • Find us on Facebook and click “Donate” on related posts
  • Drop off donations through the Jonah Bank drive-through window (777 W. 1st St. or 3730 E. 2nd St. in Casper)
  • Mail in checks (less encouraged due to social distancing, but still an option. P.O. Box 2046, Casper, WY 82601).

With the community’s added contribution to the Natrona County COVID-19 Community Relief Fund, we can help ensure that those most vulnerable during this challenging time receive the assistance they need. To learn more and to DONATE to the Natrona County COVID-19 Community Relief Fund, visit unitedwaync.com and/or follow us on Facebook. You can also reach out to office@unitedwaync.com or call (307) 237-9367 for more information. For interviews, please reach out to Anna Wilcox directly at (319) 551-9338.

The United Way of Natrona County works to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community, giving everyone an opportunity to participate in the outcome. The organization secures and provides financial resources to 31 partner agencies, supports advocates, and coordinates volunteers.

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