Our Impact

Together with our community, we take action that makes a meaningful difference in the lives of those with the greatest need. Our agenda is the community’s agenda, and thanks to generous donations and sponsorships from our community, we’re able to impact thousands of people around Laramie County.

In 2017, here’s just part of what your donations helped make possible:

low-income and underinsured families and individuals were able to access timely, regular, preventive health care

families and individuals in need were able to access basic needs, emergency services, and shelter services

children participated in Youth Development programs designed to build academic performance, character and leadership success

victims of domestic violence were able to access basic safety needs and get help toward self-sufficiency

families received resources to identify and secure quality child care for their infants

How We Help

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United Way and local expert volunteers identify and prioritize our community’s most pressing needs

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Your pledge is combined with others, including corporate and grant support

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Pledges are strategically invested in programs and partnerships in the areas of Education, Financial Stability and Health

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With United Way support, funded programs often secure additional funding

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United Way monitors programs to ensure they’re getting results

As a result, lives improve and our community grows stronger

Each year, United Way of Laramie County awards Community Impact Grants to Laramie County nonprofits whose goals and funding requests align with our focus areas of health, education, or financial stability.

The amount of donations United Way of Laramie County receives directly impacts the amount of funds we have available to create a positive impact each year.

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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.

Here’s how your donations support health, education, and financial stability across Laramie County!

Health

Good health is fundamental to the ability to enjoy life, provide for yourself and your family, realize your dreams, and contribute to society.

We work to ensure Laramie County residents can receive timely and regular preventive care, acute care, and chronic disease services, as well as have access to wellness programs that improve health behaviors.

By 2025, we hope to achieve the following goals:

  • 95% of Laramie County adults under age 65 have health insurance
  • 90% of Laramie County children/adults have access to healthcare services  
  • 80% of Laramie County adults have visited a dentist or dental clinic for any reason in the past year  
  • 80% of Laramie County women ages 50-74 have had a mammogram in the past 2 years
  • Laramie County deaths due to alcohol-impaired driving are reduced to 10% or less  
  • Laramie County deaths due to drug poisoning are reduced to 8% or less  
  • Rate of Laramie County adults who state their mental health (including stress, depression and problems with emotions) was “not good” for 14 or more of the past 30 days is reduced to 5% or less  

Local program partners who benefit from your donation:

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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.

Education

We believe every child in our community deserves the opportunity to achieve their full potential, which is why we work to educate Laramie County families, parents, caretakers, businesses and providers on the importance of investing in high-quality learning environments for our children; on the benefits that accredited, licensed or legally exempt child care can offer to children, families, and community; and to provide awareness of, and access to, education programs that focus on parenting skills and support networks.

For Laramie County’s children and youth, we work to ensure they have a positive and involved family and community structure; access to a variety of activities that provide quality education, a positive learning environment, and assistance in developing life skills; and that they are productive, engaged, and avoidant of risky behaviors.

By 2025, we hope to achieve the following goals:

  • 93% of Laramie County students graduate high school on time
  • 80% of Laramie County students enter kindergarten ready to Learn
  • 70% of all Laramie County 4th grade students on free and reduced lunch are scoring proficient or advanced on the reading assessment
  • 60% of all Laramie County 4th grade students on free and reduced lunch are scoring proficient or advanced on the math assessment
  • 60% of all Laramie County 8th grade students on free and reduced lunch are scoring proficient or advanced on the math assessment

Local program partners who benefit from your donation:

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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.

Financial Stability

We empower people to become financially stable through services that advance skills, improve personal financial management, and provide a safety net support system during times of crisis. The result is a thriving community where everyone can succeed.

Our goals are to ensure that Laramie County residents living in poverty have adequate education, skills, and safety net services necessary to obtain a livable wage and manage daily activities in a livable environment; have a single access point to help navigate their way toward resources to meet their basic life, safety and economic needs; have a sustainable network of efficient safety net organizations, offering a variety of services, referrals, and case management resources; and that Laramie County seniors have opportunities/services to acquire or maintain a level of independent living they choose or desire.

By 2025, we hope to achieve the following goals:

  • 99% of homeless individuals and families have access to emergency shelters and services
  • 85% of people living in Laramie County are 200% above poverty level
  • 70% of individuals and families living in Laramie County spend less than 30% of household income on housing expenses
  • Laramie County children under the age of 18 living in poverty is reduced to 10% or less
  • Laramie County population seeking work is reduced to 3% or less

Local program partners who benefit from your donation:

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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.

Initiatives We Support

In addition to the programs listed above, United Way of Laramie County also supports the following initiatives in our community.

Goal Connect

A community collaborative designed to improve service delivery, GoalConnect uses a software system to foster collaboration across a full range of human services and health care providers in Laramie County. As the system license holder, we work with health care and human service providers to share a collaborative intake and case management platform, which generates a single, coordinated client/patient plan and provides a safe, privacy-protected environment to increase service effectiveness.

Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC)

Made up of United Way of Laramie County, the City of Cheyenne, and Laramie County, HSAC works to invest the 5th penny sales tax human services commitments in a way that best fulfills the needs of Laramie County.

Currently, United Way of Laramie County is under contract with the City of Cheyenne and Laramie County government to oversee the HSAC and manage the human services portion of the 5th penny sales tax. In this capacity, United Way of Laramie County works with the City of Cheyenne and Laramie County to:

  • Initiate a common grant application process
  • Conduct joint hearings on funding requests
  • Establish policy recommendations concerning future funding and delivery of human services proposals to the appropriate governing bodies

Community Schools 

Organizing community resources around student success.

With a vision that all students come to school ready to learn, Community Schools is a strategy for organizing community resources around student success. Started in 2017 at Cole and Hebard Elementary School, this United Way of Laramie County Inititiative thus far has collaborated with over 35 different organizations to provide services to the families and students of both schools.

Wyoming Free Tax Service

This program provides free tax preparation services to families who earn $66,000 or less a year, persons with disabilities, and limited-English-speaking taxpayers. Through the program, IRS-certified volunteers work with participants to ensure proper tax credits are utilized during the filing process, then file and direct-deposit participants’ refunds for free. Two filing options are available: In-person at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites, or online.

To learn more about this year’s program, where to find it, and the documents you need to bring, click here.

To file online (if your income is $60,000 or less), visit MyFreeTaxes.com

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.