Relief plan expands to help people returning to work.

CASPER, Wyo. (Release) - The Natrona County COVID-19 Community Relief Fund created in March to meet the needs of residents experiencing loss of employment or income resources directly related to COVID-19 grew to over $125,000 and has so far provided rental, mortgage and utility assistance to those in need.

This week the board of advisors for the relief fund have moved to expand support from this fund to include Childcare and Transportation Assistance.

“As our community begins to open up and residents return to work we expect to see folks working out how to pay for things like daycare or gas in order to answer that call to return”, said United Way Executive Director Anna Wilcox.

Residents seeking assistance will be able to apply for up to $350 per family beginning Thursday, May 21st. Interested parties can call 307.237.9367 to set up an appointment to “drive through” the United Way’s 350 Big Horn Road location and complete an intake form and provide an invoice from their licensed day care provider. Payments will be processed and made directly to those providers on residents’ behalf. Individuals will be served on a first come first serve basis.

Transportation support will be given both via gas cards and CATC tokens. Details and logistics are still be worked out, once available, information will be shared via our Facebook page as well as our COVID-19 resource page www.unitedwaync.com/relief-assistance.

Questions can be directed to office@unitedwaync.om 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.