For Immediate Release
Wyoming Community Foundation, Micah Richardson, Director of Communications and Programs, 307-721-8300
Climb Wyoming, Katie Hogarty, Director of External Relations, 307-314-4708
(Cheyenne, WY) Climb Wyoming is grateful for the support received from Wyoming Community Foundation (WYCF) over the past year. Sharing a goal of helping low-income single mothers discover a brighter future, the partnership is critical for families during these challenging times.
The social and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been especially hard on women. Since single mothers are often the sole childcare provider and income earner, the challenges for them can be daunting and lead to unemployment, food insecurity, and depression.
With WYCF support, Climb has been adaptive and innovative in serving as a critical resource hub for over 1,000 candidates, participants, and graduates statewide. To keep families stable and moving toward work readiness, Climb has worked one-on-one with single mothers to connect them to food and housing resources, financial assistance, and mental health services. Climb staff have also adapted job trainings to continue in safe and responsible ways, all while maintaining important aspects of the Climb’s therapeutic model and life skills, work readiness, and parenting classes.
WYCF oversaw the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund in order to help nonprofit organizations across the state granting over $500,000 in generous support. They also house the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance, Wyoming Women’s Foundation, and are the state KIDS Count partner. Together, these organizations are helping women and children stay stable and resilient so they can continue on the path to self-sufficiency.
“Climb’s partnership with the Wyoming Community Foundation is critical to our ability to continue serving the most vulnerable populations in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Katie Hogarty, Climb’s Director of External Relations, “We truly appreciate their leadership.”
About Wyoming Community Foundation
For over 30 years the Wyoming Community Foundation (WYCF) has connected people who care with causes that matter to build a better Wyoming. WYCF has granted over $70 million to charitable causes, while also providing a variety of supports to nonprofit agency fund holders. WYCF serves donors and communities by connecting them to causes they care most about. WYCF makes giving easy by accepting a wide range of gifts, including estates and gifts of stock among others.
About Climb Wyoming
Celebrating nearly 35 years, Climb Wyoming is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is for low-income single mothers to discover self-sufficiency through career training and placement. Climb graduates consistently double their monthly income and decrease their reliance on public assistance programs, thanks to a comprehensive program approach that includes job skills training, life skills, and mental health services. At Climb, success isn’t just about getting a job—it’s about financial independence for struggling mothers and changing the generational cycle of poverty one family at a time. For more information visit www.climbwyoming.org.