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;

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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.

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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.

MISSION STATEMENT

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.

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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.

2019 Board of Directors
President: Brittany Ashby
Past President: Michele Bolkovatz
Secretary: Joseph Horam 
Treasurer: Steve Carver

Board of Directors and Co-Chairs
2019 Campaign Co-Chairs:
Aaron and Shelly Courtney
Lindi and Alan Kirkbride

Ex Officio Emerging Leader Co-Chairs
Derrek Jerred Cheyenne LEADS
Niki Harrison West Edge Collective

Board Members
Brittany Ashby – The Align Team
Pat Ashworth – Express Employment Professionals
Renee Ashworth – Express Employment Professionals
Michele Bolkovatz – Blue Federal Credit Union
Steve Carver – Wallick and Volk
Aaron Courtney – Jonah Bank of Wyoming
Shelly Courtney – Laramie County School District #1
Joe Horam – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming
Sam Runyan – DA Davidson Companies
Casey Turcato – Simon Contractors
Gay Woodhouse – Woodhouse Roden Nethercott, LLC
Mark Young – State of Wyoming – Fire Protection
Rachelle Zimmerman – Cheyenne LEADS
Lyndsay Orr – Wyoming Business Council
Lindi Kirkbride – Harding Kirkbride Livestock
Alan Kirkbride – Harding Kirkbride Livestock

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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.

Leadership

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.

Connie Sloan-Cathcart

Connie Sloan-Cathcart

Executive Director of United Way of Laramie County

She represents the organization to the community, supports the Board of Directors and ensures our goals are met. She graduated from Slippery Rock State College in Pennsylvania. Connie has served on the Board of Cheyenne LEADS and both the Cheyenne Kiwanis Board and Foundation Board. She served on the Cheyenne Transit Public Transit Advisory Board and she reviews grants for the Division of Victim’s Services. Connie served on the Board of the Wyoming Nonprofit Network and is their past president. She is the Past President of the Zonta Club of Cheyenne.

Our United Way is such a joyful place to be; we are connecting folks to the ways they want to give back to make a difference right here. When I was a kid, my mom ‘ran ambulance’. Our small-town area had all volunteer ambulance and fire departments. She was on the team that presented to United Way for their funding, back in the 70’s. She taught CPR for the American Red Cross. I washed dishes for our local Meals On Wheels in the summer when I was in Junior High. It was also all volunteer and run out of the firehouse. I’ve always gravitated to ways I can feel I’m part of something bigger than myself. 2018 will be my 20th year with United Way. I can’t imagine anyplace more rewarding.

Connie Sloan-Cathcart

Executive Director, United Way of Laramie County

Rod Hottle

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

Crystal Shearer

Crystal Shearer

Controller for the United Way of Laramie County

She is responsible for directing financial activities and coordinating with the Executive Director and Treasurer on all financial matters. She has a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance through University of North Carolina-Wilmington and pursuing her MBA in Strategic Leadership. She also serves in the Air Force Reserves at Scott AFB, IL and moved to Cheyenne 4 years ago with her husband who is stationed at FE Warren AFB.

I developed a passion for non-profit work years ago when I helped at my first Habitat for Humanity build site. I enjoy helping people and ensuring they have the skills and resources needed for success!

Crystal Shearer

Controller, United Way of Laramie County

Caroline Gerber

Caroline Gerber

Director of Resource Development for United Way of Laramie County

She develops and executes strategies that maintain and expand the base of charitable giving and implements the Major and Leadership Giving Programs for United Way of Laramie County. Caroline received her BA in Psychology from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She returned to Cheyenne after graduating and was employed by the Department of Family Services where she worked to establish safety and permanency for families involved in abuse and neglect cases. In 2015, Caroline was crowned Miss Wyoming USA, she competed at the nationally televised Miss USA, and had opportunities to speak about foster care and the needs of families in her community.

I worked with the Department of Family Services prior to joining our team. I am proud to work for and donate to United Way of Laramie County because I have seen firsthand the impact our program partners make in the community and in children and families’ lives.

Caroline Gerber

Director of Resource Development, United Way of Laramie County

Shelly Bybee

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

Richelle Ravenkamp

Richelle Ravenkamp

Administrative Support Specialist

Her responsibilities include maintaining the donor management database, compiling reports, and providing information from the data collected. During the campaign, she helps with employer relationships and employee engagement. She also provides informational, clerical and technical support to the staff. Working in the non profit sector for the last 25 years has given Richelle a lot of experience in assisting people and helping to meet their needs. She has a BA in Social Science from Regis University in Denver Colorado. Richelle and her husband moved to Cheyenne from Eastern Colorado in March of 2018. She likes spending time with her family and enjoying the great outdoors.

I think it is important to do what we can to make our community a place where people have the support and resources they need to achieve their full potential. I am excited to be part of an organization that does this as well as United Way. 

Richelle Ravenkamp

Administrative Support Specialist , 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.

History

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.

Financials

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.

Careers

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.

Operations Manager

We are looking for an experienced Operations Manager to oversee our organization’s ongoing operations and procedures. You will be the company’s second-in-command and responsible for the efficiency of business.

As Operations Manager, you will bring operational, managerial and administrative procedures, reporting structures and operation controls to the company including supervision of programming and administrative staff.

Financial duties include directing the financial activities and bookkeeping necessary to maintain the fiscal health of UWLC. The OM is responsible for conducting important phases of UWLC’s accounting work by applying accounting principles and procedures in analyzing financial information, preparing accurate and timely financial reports and statements, benefit administration and record keeping of employee data, and maintaining appropriate accounting control procedures.

The OM exercises discretion and independent judgment in managing UWLC’s business and fiscal financial matters. Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, or equivalent based on other degrees in related fields. Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Practices and Principles including Accrual and Fund Accounting, Accounts Payable and Receivable, and Payroll.

EOE Salary range $50,000-$60,000.

If you believe in our mission, please send resume and cover letter to:

Connie Sloan Cathcart, Executive Director
United Way of Laramie County
1007 E Lincolnway
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Or by email to director@unitedwayoflaramiecounty.org

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.