GILLETTE, Wyo. — A recent joint $10,000 donation will aid low-income single mothers in northeastern Wyoming by enabling them to discover self-sufficiency through career training and placement, according to Climb Wyoming.
The donation is a combined effort from the Powder River Energy Foundation and Basin Electric, which recently joined forces to help Climb Wyoming — a statewide nonprofit — in its mission to aid struggling single mothers in jumpstarting their careers.
“Single mothers and their children experience the highest rates of poverty among families in Wyoming,” Dane Joslyn, Climb Wyoming’s Gillette program director, said in a Sept. 14 statement, adding that the investment will ensure low-income single mothers receive the support they need to attain financial independence and self-sufficiency.
This year, the award was doubled to $10,000 when the foundation applied for and received approval for a matching grant from Basin Electric dedicated to helping rural non profit organizations, per the release.
Foundation Board President John Flocchini said the organization he represents and matching partners — like Basin Electric — strive to support groups like Climb Wyoming.
“Climb’s successful programs continue to implement one of the Foundation’s general tenets, which is to give a hand up to those in need in rural northeast Wyoming,” Flocchini said in a statement. “We appreciate Climb’s ability to create these sustainable solutions for single mothers.”
Funded by a variety of sources, the foundation is a self-sustaining giving organization that addresses the basic needs of communities — like feeding the hungry, supporting veterans and lending a helping hand to needy families — by giving to charitable organizations in Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan and Weston counties, per the release.
“The Foundation’s goal is simple: to provide financial and philanthropic support to organizations and causes that have a direct impact in our local communities,” PRECorp Foundation Executive Director Jeff Bumgarner said in a statement. “The impact of these donations will be felt by the hard-working consumer-members of PRECorp throughout northeast Wyoming.”