'COVID-19 Community Relief Fund' to help vulnerable in Natrona County with food, rent and more - Casper, WY Oil City News
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‘COVID-19 Community Relief Fund’ to help vulnerable in Natrona County with food, rent and more

A shopper walks by the frozen isle at Albersons on Wednesday, March 18, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The United Way of Natrona County said on Thursday, March 26 that they have set up a “COVID-19 Community Relief Fund.”

The intention of the fund is to support “those 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 emergency assistance 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,” UWNC says. “Support will include the most immediate needs, such as: food and food supplies, personal products (diapers, hand soap, toilet paper, etc.), prescription and medical supplies, as well as mortgage, rent and utility payments.”

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Jonah Bank donated $10,000 to support the effort, the first donation received by the UWNC. The UWNC matched that donation with an additional $10,000 toward 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 sure this community will jump in with us to help those affected the most by this pandemic.  Let’s show the world what Natrona County can do when we come together.”

Others in the community are asked to consider contributing to the fund. The UWNC says all funds will do directly to families and individuals in need.

There are multiple ways people can contribute, according to the UWNC:

-Donate online at unitedwaync.com (see “Natrona County COVID-19 Community Relief Fund” directly on the homepage).

-Find us on Facebook (United Way of Natrona County) and click “Donate” on related posts.

-Drop off donations through the Jonah Bank drive-through window (777 W. 1st St. or 3730 E. 2nd St. in Casper).

-Mail in checks (less encouraged due to social distancing, but still an option. P.O. Box 2046, Casper, WY 82601).

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The UWNC and an advisory committee of 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 efficient manner, UWNC will work with and through nonprofit and community partners making use of their knowledge and proven methods of distribution,” the release adds.

Those interested in contributing can also schedule meetings with the UWNC to discuss how they can help and what their assistance would provide.

“For 65 years United Way has brought together individuals and groups to support the ongoing needs of Natrona County,” UWNC Executive Director Anna Wilcox said. “Though we find ourselves amidst a number of great uncertainties, one thing we are certain of is that together, UNITED, we will get through this.” 

“We’re grateful to have the relationships and infrastructure in place as well as the trust of our generous community to manage and distribute their donations to those individuals and families that need it most.”


The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:


What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: covid@cnchd.org


  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.