United Way begins new fund to help families in need amid pandemic

CASPER, Wyo. (Release) - To lessen the financial burden many individuals and families in our community are faced with due to COVID-19, the United Way of Natrona County (UWNC) has initiated the Natrona County COVID-19 Community Relief Fund. With initial financial backing from Jonah Bank, UWNC calls for additional financial donations to support those most vulnerable in Natrona County during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Natrona County COVID-19 Community Relief Fund, managed by UWNC, is specifically intended to provide emergency assistance to individuals and families in need as a direct result of COVID-19 or loss of resources as a result of COVID-19 related closures.

Support will include the most immediate needs, such as: food and food supplies, personal products (diapers, hand soap, toilet paper, etc.), prescription and medical supplies, as well as mortgage, rent and utility payments. As the first funding partner to commit to this effort, Jonah Bank has pledged $10,000 to the Natrona County COVID-19 Community Relief Fund and is encouraging other community leaders to follow suit.

“Jonah Bank is honored to partner with UWNC in this effort. We are sure this community will jump in with us to help those affected the most by this pandemic. Let’s show the world what Natrona County can do when we come together,” said Kim DeVore, President of Jonah Bank.

UWNC has matched Jonah Bank’s $10,000 and will absorb all administrative costs for the handling and processing of donations.

“For 65 years United Way has brought together individuals and groups to support the ongoing needs of Natrona County. Though we find ourselves amidst a number of great uncertainties, one thing we are certain of is that together, UNITED, we will get through this. We’re grateful to have the relationships and infrastructure in place as well as the trust of our generous community to manage and distribute their donations to those individuals and families that need it most,” said UWNC Executive Director, Anna Wilcox

UWNC and Natrona County COVID-19 Community Relief Fund partners are calling for additional contributions from individuals and corporate donors to help ensure the most vulnerable in our community receive the resources they need to weather the uncertainly of COVID-19. 100% of funds raised will go directly to the families and individuals in need.

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

• Donate online at unitedwaync.com (see “Natrona County COVID-19 Community Relief Fund” directly on the homepage).

• Find us on Facebook (United Way of Natrona County) 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 help of an Advisory Committee made up of community leaders and UWNC staff and board representatives, UWNC hopes to begin distribution of funds approximately 14 days following initiation.

To ensure that dollars are distributed in the most timely and efficient manner, UWNC will work with and through nonprofit and community partners making use of their knowledge and proven methods of distribution. 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.