Who organizes the Cheyenne Day of Giving each year?
The Day of Giving Board is made up of representatives from the Cheyenne community. We share the responsibilities of recruiting supporting congregations and businesses, publicizing the event itself as well as the huge need for donations, organizing volunteers for the Day of Giving, and encouraging other ways to give throughout the year.
We also have major assistance in all these responsibilities from the Committee of the Whole, representatives from as many different congregations as want to participate. We hope many of the Committee of the Whole members will eventually want to become board members and we encourage every single congregation in town to join us!
Here is a list of current board members:
Kristal Wood – President
Jessica Uresk – Vice-President
Patrick Flanary – Secretary
Amy Mitchum – Treasurer
Liz Hernandez – At Large
Alice Hild Farris – At Large
Brady Koerwitz – At Large
Greta Morrow – At Large
Pattei Schutte – At Large
Jeanne Bellamy – At Large
How did the Cheyenne Day of Giving get started?
All of us know, either firsthand or through what we have heard of others, that the world is filled with people who are very sick and need things like blood transfusions, expensive medicines, and bone marrow transplants. We also know about the huge number of people struggling to make ends meet and having difficulty feeding and caring for their families.
Another thing we all know is that if the opportunity is available, those who are able will come together to help those who are truly in need or are ill. That is the seed of the idea which began the Cheyenne Day of Giving.
Back in 2006, several volunteers met to come up with an event which could bring together the community, help others, and, for at least one day, bring down the barriers between congregations as well as between congregations, government entities, and businesses. We wanted everyone to come together to help others!
How much has the Cheyenne Day of Giving been able to help others?
This annual event has been very exciting. As you can see from the data below, Cheyenne people have been very generous!
|Businesses and Community groups helping||59|
|Non-perishable food and personal care items||23,038 pounds|
|Portion from the Youth Event||8,750 pounds|
|Craft items||130 boxes|
|Portion from the Youth Event||7 boxes|
|Leftover prescription medications||245 pounds|
|Medical supplies||2,789 pounds|
|Blood product donated at Day of Giving||14|
|Blood product donated at Vitalant site||7|
|Durable medical equipment||191 pieces|
|Used eyeglasses||895 pairs|
|Used hearing aids||84|
|Used cell phones||99|
|Hearing aid batteries||48 dozen|
|Cash donations received at event||$15,632|
|Volunteers/hours served to run event||74/374|
|Businesses and Community groups helping||53|
|Non-perishable food and personal care items||26,030 pounds|
|Portion from Youth Event||8,050 pounds|
|Craft Items||82 boxes|
|Portion from Youth Event||9 boxes|
|Leftover prescription medication||322 pounds|
|Medical Supplies||782 pounds|
|Blood product donated at Day of Giving/Vitalant Site||20/39|
|Durable medical equipment||239 pieces|
|Used eyeglasses||995 pairs|
|Used hearing aids||99|
|Used cell phones||162|
|Hearing aid batteries||54 dozen|
|Volunteers/hours served to run event||65/348|
|Cash donations received at event||$6,940|
* Community sponsors for the first year included the City of Cheyenne and F.E. Warren Air Force Base. In 2007, the school district and the hospital joined the effort. In 2008, we also had the help of St. Mary’s School and the Harriet Skoglund Memorial.
* Funds noted above are designated for helping the local charities we support (Boys & Girls Club, Comea House, Home Away From Home, Family Promise Cheyenne, Magic City Enterprises, Needs, St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, Salvation Army, Safehouse Services, and Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless.)
We do not donate money to them; rather, we ask for their wish lists and buy the things they need to help their clients in the Cheyenne area. In other words, the money goes directly to help people in need.
WE WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR HELP!
Here are some ideas:
- Encourage donations by displaying a bin at your store or office and encouraging employees and those in neighboring businesses to donate.
- Display a Day of Giving poster and the half-page handouts to help us acquaint area residents with the ways they can help others and with how Day of Giving works to help Cheyenne.
- Give employees who want to come out to the event an extended lunch period, or vary lunch periods if several want to go. They can drive by and drop off donations, or they may want to come inside to give blood or register as bone marrow or organ/tissue donors.
- Consider a cash donation to the Day of Giving. Because of generous in-kind donations, event expenses are about $1,800; the rest of the money we receive is available to buy those things needed by clients of local agencies but not donated by the public. We are a 501 (c) (3), all- volunteer organization, so we have no other overhead. That means your donation will have a big effect on our community!
- Put the word out to your email or Facebook network! We need a network of people to encourage others to participate.
- If you belong to a congregation in town, make sure it is on the list of supporting congregations. This is a big effort to include every part of the community and focus on helping others!
- Decide where your talents would help Day of Giving. Call Greta at 635-3943 or 421-3436 with other ideas. She will be delighted to hear from you!
Does the Cheyenne Day of Giving have a statement of philosophy which serves as a guide in decision making?
Yes! The board has always felt the pull of working together to help those who are struggling, but after the 2nd Annual Cheyenne Day of Giving, we were advised to become a non-profit. In order to do that, we needed to come up with bylaws and a vision, mission, and values statement. We have this statement available at every meeting, and we make our decisions based on it.