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!
|Patrick Flanary||At Large|
|Jeremiah Griffin||At Large|
|Alice Hild Farris||At Large|
|Brady Koerwitz||At Large|
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!
This annual event has been very exciting. As you can see from the data below, Cheyenne people have been very generous!
|Community groups supporting||13|
|Non-perishable food and personal care items||24,955 pounds|
|Portion from the Youth Event||8,470 pounds|
|Leftover prescription medications||316 pounds|
|Medical supplies||397 pounds|
|Bone marrow donors registered||7|
|Organ/tissue donor table visits||4|
|Blood donors/blood product donated at Day of Giving||21/24|
|Blood donors/blood product donated at Day of Giving drives||305/338|
|Durable medical equipment||291 pieces|
|Used Eyeglasses||625 pairs|
|Used hearing aids||44|
|Used cell phones||112|
|Business and community group donations||$41,791|
|Community groups supporting||11|
|Non-perishable food and personal care items||18,025 pounds|
|Portion from the Youth Event||3,500 pounds|
|Craft items||3,535 pounds|
|Leftover prescription medications||342 pounds|
|Medical supplies||1,600 pounds|
|Bone marrow donors registered||12|
|Bone marrow donors registered at other drives||90|
|Organ/tissue donors registered||3|
|Blood donors/blood product donated at Day of Giving||32/39|
|Blood donors/blood product donated at Day of Giving drives||219/310|
|Durable medical equipment||185 pieces|
|Used Eyeglasses||853 pairs|
|Used hearing aids||68|
|Used cell phones||177|
|Business and community group donations||$40,188.32|
* 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.
Here are some ideas:
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.