A shopper walks by the frozen island at the Alberson’s on Wednesday, March 18 in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
CASPER, Wyo. – The United Way of Natrona County said Thursday, March 26, that they have set up a “COVID-19 Community Relief Fund.”
The fund’s intention is to support “the 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 relief 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,” Says UWNC. “Support will include the most immediate needs, such as: food and food supplies, personal products (diapers, hand soaps, toilet paper, etc.), prescription and medical supplies, as well as mortgage loans, rent and utility payments.”
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Jonah Bank donated $ 10,000 to support the effort, the first donation received by UWNC. UWNC matched that donation with another $ 10,000 to the fund.
“Jonah Bank is honored to partner with UWNC in this effort,” Jonah Bank President Kim DeVore said in Thursday’s announcement. “We are confident that this community will jump in with us to help those most affected by this pandemic. Let’s show the world what Natrona County can do when we meet. “
Others in the community are asked to consider contributing to the fund. The UWNC says all funds will go directly to families and people in need.
There are several ways people can contribute, according to UWNC:
– Donate online at unitedwaync.com (see “Natrona County COVID-19 Community Relief Fund” directly on the website).
-Find us on Facebook (United Way of Natrona County) and click “Donate” on related posts.
-Drop of donations through the Jonah Bank through-window (777 W. 1st St. or 3730 E. 2nd St. in Casper).
-Post for control (less encouraged because of social distance, but still an option. P.O. Box 2046, Casper, WY 82601).
The UWNC and an advisory committee for community leaders will determine how the funds are distributed, which will begin in about two weeks.
“To ensure that dollars are distributed in the most timely and effective manner, UWNC will work with and through nonprofit and community partners using their knowledge and proven distribution methods,” the release adds.
Those interested in contributing can also schedule meetings with the UWNC to discuss how they can help and what their assistance will provide.
“For 65 years, United Way has brought together individuals and groups to support ongoing needs in Natrona County,” said UWNC CEO Anna Wilcox. “Even though we are in the midst of a number of major uncertainties, one thing we are sure is that together, the UN, we will get through this.”
“We are grateful to have the conditions and infrastructure in place as well as the trust of our generous community to manage and distribute their donations to the individuals and families who need it most.”