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PRECorp, Basin Electric donate $10K to Climb Wyoming

Present for the award of a $10,000 donation to Climb Wyoming were (from left) PRECorp Director Clay Branscom, PRECorp Foundation staff and directors Linda Tokarczyk, Michelle Edwards, Susan Berry, and Zeta Anderson, Climb staff Andreah Kramer and Dane Joslyn, Foundation directors Laci Schiffer, John Flochini, Joanie Kiser, Executive Director Joe Roth, Directors Mary Yemington and John Reisland. (PRECorp Foundation)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Climb Wyoming has received a $10,000 donation intended to foster workforce development so low-income single mothers can discover self-sufficiency through career training and placement, the organization announced this week. 

The funding comes through the Powder River Energy Foundation and a grant match from the Basin Electric Power Cooperative, doubling the usual award to Climb Wyoming to $10,000. 

“The PRECorp Foundation, and matching partners like Basin Electric, strive to support groups like Climb Wyoming,” Foundation Board President John Flocchini said in a statement. “Climb’s successful programs continue to implement one of the Foundation’s general tenants which is to give a hand up to those in need in rural northeast Wyoming. We appreciate Climb’s ability to create these sustainable solutions for single mothers.”

Dane Joslyn, Climb’s Gillette program director, said single mothers and their children experience the highest rates of poverty among families. 

“The investment from the PRECorp Foundation and Basin Electric will ensure that low-income single mothers receive the support, skill-building and training necessary to achieve financial independence and make meaningful contributions to the local economy and community by filling critical positions in the workforce,” Joslyn said. 

PRECorp Foundation Executive Director Joe Roth says the foundation aims to improve communities’ lives by supporting organizations that deliver long-term services that can end the cycle of poverty. 

“The impact of these donations will be felt by the hard-working consumer-members of PRECorp throughout northeast Wyoming,” Roth said in a statement. 

Climb Wyoming is a statewide nonprofit creating brighter futures for struggling single mothers and their families, per a June 25 release. The program includes job training and placement in high-demand careers, such as truck driving and healthcare, as well as individual and group mental health counseling and life skills classes in financial management, parenting and more.