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Spring break food drive Saturday

Spring Break is coming soon and Wyoming Food for Thought Project is working to make sure no kid goes hungry while they are out for the nine-day break. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, donation sites will be open and accepting donations of food for local kids. Donation sites are Ridleys East, Good Food Hub, Natural Grocers, First Interstate Bank and PMCH.

Soup, canned meals, canned veggies, canned fruit, cracker packs, tuna, peanut butter, boxed cereal, granola bars, instant oatmeal and mac ‘n cheese are all at the top of the list of wanted items.

Beginning at 4 p.m. a celebration and after-party will be hosted at the Good Food Hub, after the Winter Maker’s Market, located at 420 West First Street in downtown Casper. There will be an award for most items collected and most funds collected, too.

Wyoming Food for Thought Project’s work encompasses a vast network of interconnected programs, all working toward a local solution to hunger. The weekend food bag program is the core of Food for Thought’s existence.

If you have a group who would like to volunteer, or to become a host site, contact Food for Thought at 337-1703 or info@wyfftp.org.

Mission refuge from cold

Wyoming Rescue Mission is available for those who need a place to get out of the cold. The mission serves hot meals and provides safe shelter for those in need. More than 80 guests have stayed at the new Park Street Center, 230 N. Park St., in recent nights and there is plenty of room for additional guests.

Gifts of food and new/gently used coats, hats and gloves can be delivered to the Park Street Center. Monetary donations may be made online at wyomission.org or mailed to P.O. Box 2030, Casper, 82602.

February food report

It was a cold February and there were a lot of hungry people out there, not to mention dogs and cats.

The Poverty Resistance Food Pantry, is now serving a hot soup lunch along with distributing food to low income families. Lunch starts at 11 a.m. and is available until the soup is gone. Mary Ann cooks on Monday and Saturday. Yummy soup recipes, some clipped from Sally Ann’s column.

During the month of February, the food pantry distributed food to 2,459 households. That includes 2,077 children, 4,121 adults (802 being seniors).

The pantry distributed food to 471 cats and 1,179 dogs. This is more pet food than in the past. Feel free to post pictures of your pets to the Poverty Resistance Food Pantry page.

In total, 47,332 pounds of food was distributed.

The organization is volunteer run and volunteers logged in 496 hours during the month.

The food pantry is located at 450 S. Wolcott. The pantry is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The food pantry is supported by private donations and small fundraisers.

When you see Mary Ann out and about face painting little kids and begging for money, please buy one of her painted Casper Rocks or a cold bottle of water or just drop some spare change into her jar.

For more information about Poverty Resistance, email Mary Ann Budenske at mbudenske@aol.com, friend her on Facebook or phone her at 215-4732.

Troopers seek Hall of Fame nominees

The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps Hall of Fame is seeking nominees.

Anybody may nominate an individual or a family for consideration.

The Troopers will induct the new 2019 Troop Hall of Fame member(s) at a special ceremony on July 11, 2019.

Here is a brief overview of the nomination process:

Write a letter that includes your name, nominee’s name, nominee category (marching member, administrator/staff, volunteer or special achievement), nominee’s years of involvement, reason for nomination and description in detail of the nominee’s career with the Troopers.

It is required to have at least two letters of support for each individual or family nominated.

The deadline to submit nominations is March 30, 2019.

Send all nomination materials to: alumni@troopersdrumcorps.org

To see past inductees, please visit: https://www.troopersdrumcorps.org/hall-of-fame.

For more information or for questions, call Tony Monterastelli at 773-852-2234.

Rescue mission gets $1.4 million from Jonah partner

The Wyoming Rescue Mission in Casper is the recipient of more than $1 million from Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLB Des Moines) competitive affordable housing program, sponsored by Jonah Bank of Wyoming.

The mission will receive two grants totaling $1,448,750 to help with the construction of a New Life Center and Transformation Center, the next phase of the mission’s building project. The facilities will enable the mission to meet the needs of today’s homeless by providing shelter, safety and the basic steps necessary to help individuals move from homelessness to transformation.

The Competitive Affordable Housing Program is one of the nation’s largest sources of grants for affordable housing projects. The grants are made possible by a collaborative effort between community housing providers, financial institutions and FHLB Des Moines.

Jonah Bank and FHLB Des Moines believe in helping and giving back to the communities they serve.

Ski history project gets grant

The Casper Mountain Ski History Project, a subcommittee of the Casper Mountain National Ski Patrol, has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Rock Mountain Power Foundation. The grant will help fund a DVD documentary to accompany a book being produced from over 25 videoed interviews of Casper’s ski pioneers. The project will preserve the rich history of Casper Mountain’s ski history for future generations and will document the stories of friendship, camaraderie and volunteerism that made this mountain a local and regional winter recreation destination. Anyone interested in contributing photos or other information may contact Sean Ellis at seanbarbseano@juno.com.

Update on special scarves

Thank you, Wyoming knitters and crocheters! The request for 250 scarves to be donated for Special Olympics Wyoming Winter Games went out and you certainly answered as over 500 have been received. This means every athlete, coach, official, volunteer and family member will receive a handmade scarf at the 2019 Winter Games in Jackson. What a great show of unity it will be.

If you’re currently making scarves to donate, they’ll still be accepted. Scarves should be sent to: Special Olympics Wyoming, Attn: Scarf Project, P.O. Box 624, Jackson, Wyoming 83001. However, please do not start any new ones for this year. New colors for the 2020 Winter Games will be announced soon.

WMC seeks volunteers

Wyoming Medical Center is looking for volunteers to join its team.

Junior Volunteer Program is for ages 16 to 21. Volunteer in a variety of settings, including the Emergency Department and Neurological Department. Hours are flexible and based around school schedules and extracurricular activities.

Evening/Weekend Information Desk Volunteer: Volunteers needed for evening and weekend shifts. Shifts range from two to four hours. Provide information and directions, answer phone calls and provide general assistance.

Other volunteer opportunities are available. Please contact Lisa Johnson, WMC Volunteer Coordinator, at 577-2794 for additional information.

Thanks from Joshua’s

Joshua’s Storehouse gives a huge thank you to the Wyoming Community Foundation for the generous grant that allows the support of the food pantry and programs like paper products for seniors, Milk for Minors and “Pampers and Grampers” (baby diapers and incontinence supplies for seniors). Thank you for your generosity and for your continued support.

Be a Big, make a difference

Greater Wyoming Big Brothers Big Sisters welcomes you to apply to become a Big. Becoming a Big is life changing for both the child and you — the volunteer.

Get out there and have fun, hike, ski, fish, walk the dog, play music, create art or enjoy crafts. An adult spending time with a child has a huge and positive impact.

Join the fun. It is easy to apply to begin helping a child reach their full potential.

Simply call 265-2227 or go to www.wyobbbs.org.

Theater thanks Pacific Power

Casper Theater Company would like to make special recognition to the Pacific Power Foundation for their generous grant to supply the stage lighting needs. This is the second grant Casper theater Company has received from the Pacific Power Foundation, and thanks to them for enhancing the productions with state of the art equipment to provide audiences with the best possible experience.

The PacifiCorp Foundation is one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created in 1988 by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 1.8 million customers in six Western states as Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho) and Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California).

Joshua’s needs volunteer drivers

Joshua’s Storehouse needs volunteer drivers to pick up donations and to help with the food rescue program. If you have some time or some community service hours and would like to help Joshua’s feed families in Natrona County, please give Kim Perez a call at 265-0242 or text her at 215-6683.

Local world peace group begins

A new, local group of people interested in world peace is starting. For more information please call Rick at 248-330-8570.

Seeking children’s books

Helping a child enjoy reading is very important to many families who visit the Holy Cross Center in search of nutritious food to supplement their diets. The center seeks children’s books to make available to families. If you have good children’s books, please drop them at Dave’s Darts at 601 E. 2nd Street. Please do not donate adult books. Your gifts will be greatly appreciated. For more information contact Joe at 577-1041.

Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers

Meals On Wheels needs meal delivery volunteers. Volunteers must have a valid drivers licenses and proof of automobile insurance. After training, each volunteer delivers a meal route, once weekly Monday through Friday. Routes go out anytime between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon. Each route takes about an hour. A volunteer can easily deliver during a lunch hour. Meal deliveries are made to senior and home bound citizens who are unable to prepare meals or to grocery shop for themselves. If you are unable to commit to an assigned day each week, substitute volunteer drivers are needed. As a substitute driver, you fill in whenever you are available. If interested call 265-8659 to make arrangements for training.

Make-A-Wish Wyoming welcomes volunteers

Make-A-Wish Wyoming is looking for volunteers to support its mission of granting a wish to every Wyoming child with a life-threatening medical condition.

Volunteer wish granters are specially trained to work directly with children and their families to determine the child’s true wish and then help plan, create and fulfill that wish. The opportunity is flexible and allows volunteers to give time based on their own schedules. Help provide hope, strength and joy to children and families in your community when it’s needed most.

The organization is also looking for people who are interested in helping with community events designed to raise funds and awareness.

To learn more about these volunteer opportunities and others, or to refer a child to the program call 234-9474, email mburton@wyoming.wish.org or visit wyoming.wish.org.

Disabled vets need volunteer drivers

The Disabled American Veterans need volunteer drivers to take veterans to their medical appointment at the VA hospital in Cheyenne. The volunteer driver will transport them in a VA vehicle. If you are interested please call the DAV transportation office in Cheyenne at 307-778-7577 for further information.

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