United Way’s new campaign and the Law Enforcement’s Torch Run show a community who cares.

Published: Sep. 1, 2022 at 10:49 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Nothing feels as special or helps uplift our spirits than when we can help make things better for someone else.

From the “Flame of Hope” to helping hands, a couple of local non-profits were highlighted in the community on Friday.

The United Way and local law enforcement worked together to help make the world better, one person at a time.

The Cheyenne Police Department focused on the community Friday morning with their annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to help support the Wyoming Special Olympic athletes this year.

”There a lot of people that need assistance out there, regardless of their abilities and the Special Olympics is just another non-profit that law enforcement is willing to support,” said Mike Fernandez, Detective for the CPD.

Local law enforcement and a few Air Force cadets helped carry the “Flame of Hope” torch for the Special Olympics.

The Wyoming Law Enforcement’s Torch Run helps raise awareness and funds for these athletes, as runners gather at Lions Park and supporters encourage them.

”It shows the community that we can do just about anything that any other people can do,” said Joni Anthony, Former Special Olympics Athlete and Volunteer.

On that same note, another non-profit is helping to make the community better and more successful.

The United Way is kicking off its 2022 campaign, helping people in the community move from crisis and poverty to stability and success.

”We did 1,200 free tax returns for people who don’t have access. We were able to put $1.6 million back into the community from those tax returns alone,” Bryan Pedersen, Campaign Co-Chair -United Way.

United Way officials say their job is to help raise funds for about 20 other non-profits so that those organizations can focus on what they do best, helping the community.

United Way assists in health, education, and economic success, and this year’s “employee” campaign will help local businesses raise funds for communities.

“We don’t just want to help them get out of homelessness...We want to make sure they are moving through that continuum and getting to that point to where they can have stable housing and be successful in all their endeavors . United Way helps fund all of the organizations that help make that a possibility,” said Vernon Dobelmann, Executive Director for United Way

2023 also marks the United Way’s 75th anniversary, so expect to see a gala for this event.