About United Way of Laramie County

United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. No matter the obstacles; no matter the odds. We surround a community’s most critical problems, and we fight—for those who need a voice, and those whose names we do not know.

We strive to be a symbol of hope, an agent for change, a leader, a convener, a hand-raiser, a game-changer, and an organization working to improve the quality of life for everyone in our community.

We envision a community where all individuals and families have the opportunity to achieve their full potential, and that fosters hope and opportunity for everyone;


where all youth live in a safe environment and prepare to succeed in school and life;

where our neighbors in crisis receive resources and tools to begin productive livelihoods and become stronger families;

where everyone receives effective health care that improves the quality of life;

and where our community sets significant and measurable goals to advance and achieve these fundamental building blocks of human development.

Because change doesn’t happen alone.
Hope isn’t a one-man band.
And there’s no such thing as self taught or self made.

We have one life.
To live better, we must LIVE UNITED.

Donate today

Your donation has the power to impact your friends; your neighbors; your child’s classmates; maybe even your own family. Every donation we receive goes directly toward fostering hope and opportunity in Laramie County.


The mission of United Way of Laramie County is to responsibly mobilize and leverage community resources to create long-term changes that produce healthy, educated and financially stable individuals and families in Laramie County.

To make a difference, we will:

  • Ignite our community, and thereby mobilize people who live and work in Laramie County to action by giving, advocating, and volunteering
  • Connect all sectors of society (individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and governments) to create long-term change
  • Raise, invest and leverage the funds to create and support innovative programs and approaches to generate sustained impact in Laramie County
  • Continually measure improvement in Laramie County in the areas of education, financial stability, and health
  • Hold ourselves accountable to our community

To read our 2017 Report to the Community, highlighting our achievements and financials for that fiscal year, click here.


What does United Way of Laramie County do?

About United Way of Laramie County

Our team

Our board represents a dedicated group of Laramie County business and community leaders, all of whom volunteer their time, energy and expertise toward our mission of uniting people, ideas and resources to advance the common good.

2021 Board of Directors
President: Joe Horam
Vice President: Aaron Courtney
Secretary: Dustin Woodhouse
Treasurer: Lyndsay Orr

Board of Directors and Co-Chairs
2021 Campaign Co-Chairs:
Jess Ryan & Dr. Danielle Jensen-Ryan

Board Members
Brittany Ashby – The Align Team
Aaron Courtney – Jonah Bank of Wyoming
Shelly Courtney – LCSD #1 – Pioneer Park Elementary                          Katie Emmons – Warehouse 21                                                            Joe Horam – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming                            Lindi Kirkbride – Harding Kirkbride Livestock                              Robert Koehler – Community Member                                                  Erin McKinney – CMRC-Cheyenne Regional Medical Center              Dorothy Moen – WyHi Federal Credit Union                                            Lyndsay Orr – Wyoming Business Council                                              Abbey Palma – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming                       Sam Runyan – Charles Schwab & Company Inc.                                     Dr. Danielle Jensen-Ryan – LCCC, Pathways Coordinator                    Jess Ryan – Compass Wealth Group, Raymond James                        Misha Westby – Attorney General’s Office                                          Dustin Woodhouse – Wyoming Machinery                                        Gay Woodhouse – Woodhouse, Roden, Nethercott, LLC                  Mark Young – State of Wyoming-Fire Protection & Electrical Safety



Donate today

Your donation has the power to impact your friends; your neighbors; your child’s classmates; maybe even your own family. Every donation we receive goes directly toward fostering hope and opportunity in Laramie County.


Our leadership team reflects the broader spirit of United Way. Only by bringing together people from all sectors of society can we create innovative solutions that address the most complex challenges of our time.

Rod Hottle

Community Impact Coordinator for United Way of Laramie County

As such, he is responsible for assisting the Executive Director with the staff support of United Way of Laramie County’s community impact operations to include grants, Outcome Measurement, community initiatives, partnerships and ongoing community associations. Rod retired from the United States Air Force after a 26-year career in 2003. He graduated from Virginia Military Institute in May 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a commission in the United States Air Force. Rod also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

The strength of our community depends on helping improve the lives of our most vulnerable families; that why I support and donate to United Way of Laramie County.

Rod Hottle

Community Impact Coordinator, United Way of Laramie County

Shelly Bybee

Community Schools Resource Coordinator for the United Way of Laramie County

She is managing the Community Schools strategy, an initiative that organizes community resources around student success, at Cole Elementary and Hebard Elementary Schools. She has worked with youth and schools in many capacities including Juvenile Probation and Diversion with the State of Wyoming, in conjunction with the District Attorney’s Office. She has a BS in Child Psychology from the University of Montana, with an emphasis in Human and Family Relations. She has also worked directly with special education students in Jr. and Sr. High. She has two children with her husband who is an active duty military member at Warren AFB. Together they enjoy fishing and hiking.

One of the greatest joys I have seen in my work is connecting those who are struggling to the tools they didn’t know existed. I love to help others identify the need and advocate to create change. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of asking ‘what would it take to make that happen?’ and going for the solution. United Way is a catalyst for improvement in our own community, and that is something to be proud of.

Shelly Bybee

Community Schools Resource Coordinator, United Way of Laramie County

Donate today

Your donation has the power to impact your friends; your neighbors; your child’s classmates; maybe even your own family. Every donation we receive goes directly toward fostering hope and opportunity in Laramie County.


In 1887, a Denver woman, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi got together.

Though it sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, what happened next wasn’t that the group walked into a bar; what they did do was recognize the need to work together in new ways to make Denver a better place.

Together, that group—Frances Wisebart Jacobs, the Rev. Myron W. Reed, Msgr. William J. O’Ryan, Dean H. Martyn Hart and Rabbi William S. Friedman—came up with an idea that became the nation’s first united campaign that benefitted 10 area health and welfare agencies. They created an organization to collect the funds for local charities, to coordinate relief services, to counsel and refer clients to cooperating agencies, and to make emergency assistance grants for cases that could not be referred. That year, Denver raised $21,700 for the greater good, and created a movement that would become United Way.

Locally, United Way has invested in making Laramie County a better place for families and individuals to call home since 1948.

United Way still provides solutions to our community’s toughest problems—but we’re not your grandfather’s United Way.

Today’s United Way is bringing people, organizations, and communities together around a common cause, a common vision, and a common path forward. In many communities, we’re the only nonprofit building up the cornerstones of education, financial stability, and health—and the only nonprofit bringing people together from all walks of life to be a part of local solutions.

We’re engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories, where people are powering big ideas and big action by donating, volunteering, and speaking out through United Way.

As we’ve grown up, we’ve become more than a fundraising organization. Rather than measuring our success in dollars raised, we measure our success in actual lives changed.

United Way impacts 61 million lives every year. We can do this because we have spent more than a century developing deep roots and trust in the communities we serve. That strong foundation provides us with the resources, reputation, and relationships needed to bring people and organizations together around innovative solutions.

Over the years, we’ve changed to address the challenges of a changing world, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is our focus on improving lives and strengthening communities.


As part of establishing and maintaining a transparent, trustworthy relationship with our donors, we freely share not only our IRS form 990 (as required by law) but also our independently audited financial statements. It’s your right as a donor to see these statements at any time, and our hope is by sharing them openly with you, you’ll see our commitment to being responsible financial stewards of the assets entrusted to us.

Consolidated Revenue

Net Campaign is derived from the total Annual Campaign, subtracting uncollectible pledges and donations directed to a specific nonprofit as chosen by the donor.

Consolidated Expenses

Programs are the reason we exist. These funded Program Partners are chosen by the Community Investment Teams to advance our work in the community.

Donor Designations

Donor Designations are directed to specific nonprofit organizations as chosen by the donor. Support Services include our general operating expenses as well as the funds needed to maintain an Annual Campaign to raise the funds needed to do our work.

Corporate Sponsors

Corporate Sponsors are very important in covering the costs of our support services. Thanks to these business partners, our already low administrative and fundraising costs are partially covered, allowing more of the campaign funds to go directly to fund programs.


United Way of Laramie County is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal opportunity for all applicants, employees and volunteers regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, or status as a veteran. Decisions are based on merit, qualifications, abilities and business needs.

We know the work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is unique to every United Way community around the world. Below is United Way Worldwide’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement of Principle which outlines our commitment to building sustainable, inclusive, and resilient organizations and communities.


We take the broadest possible view of diversity. 

We value the visible and invisible qualities that make you who you are.

We welcome that every person brings a unique perspective and experience to advance our mission and progress our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.

We believe that each United Way community member, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee must have equal access to solving community problems.

We strive to include diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at the center of our daily work.

We commit to using these practices for our business and our communities.

Join us in embracing diversity, equity and inclusion for every person in every community.


Donate today

Your donation has the power to impact your friends; your neighbors; your child’s classmates; maybe even your own family. Every donation we receive goes directly toward fostering hope and opportunity in Laramie County.