UU Casper Annual Yard Sale

Beginning in 2016, UU Casper holds a yard sale each summer to raise money for worthy causes, like the UU Casper Religious Exploration Program, beautification of the sanctuary, and local charities. Save your treasures for next year’s yard sale!

Care N’ Share Program benefits Iris Clubhouse

UU Casper Care N’ Share Program’s current beneficiary is the Iris Clubhouse, the mission of which is to “…save lives, remove barriers, and building success stories for people with mental illness.” Iris Clubhouse has outgrown its current facility and is raising funds to acquire a new facility. Find out more at irisclubhouse.org. A “Share the Plate” collection is held at the UU Casper service on the first Sunday of each month, with undesignated cash being donated to Iris Clubhouse.

During the fall of 2018, through Share the Plate collections $544 was contributed to UU Casper’s Minister’s Discretionary Fund, which provides funds for lodging, groceries, and other emergency needs for Casper community members.

During the 2017-2018 year, UU Casper’s Care N Share Program celebrated and supported three different organizations:

Spring, 2018: The Casper Humane Society. CHS finds forever homes for homeless animals, encourages neutering of pets, prevents and alleviates cruelty to animals, and provides humane education to the community. Find out more at casperhumanesociety.org/. UU Casper collected donations of dog and cat food, cleaning and pet supplies, and raised monetary donations through a Share the Plate collection. On May 6th, UU Casper hosted CHS’s Trish and her furry friend for an RE lesson, and a Care N Share Potluck held after the service.

If you have questions, ideas or would like to get involved, please contact Laura Gossman, Membership Committee chairperson (307-259-4469) or email info@uucasper.org.

Winter, 2018: Seton House was our quarterly Care N Share non-profit for January through March 2018. Seton House supports single-parent families in their journey to independence. It’s all about empowerment! “The move a family makes into their new apartment is the first step on the journey to a new life. While the apartment provides stability and foundation, one-on-one case management allows these families to then develop a clear and distinct path towards self-sufficiency.” Find out more at setonhousecasper.org. We collected donations of household items to donate to Seton House. conducted a Care N Share Service with Seton House Deanna Frey on February 11th, hosted a Care N’ Share Potluck on February 23rd, and donated over $300 through our “Share the Plate” collections.

Fall, 2017: Wyoming Food For Thought Project was chosen as our first quarterly Care N’ Share non-profit for October through December. During the quarter, we learned about, supported, and celebrated this worthy program that is spearheading a grass-roots, local solution to the problem of hunger in our community. We contributed countless cans of soup throughout the quarter, many hours of vounteer service, and $323 through our “Share the Plate” collections.

Food for Thought does so much, including providing 670 weekend food bags to school children every week, sponsoring a weekly farmer’s market, growing community gardens, holding workshops on food prep and gardening, managing a seed library, and so much more. You can check out all their projects on their website, wyomingfoodforthoughtproject.org. With so much going on, they have a virtually limitless number of opportunities for volunteers to help out. How does volunteering work? According to director Jamie Purcell, you let them know when you have time, and they find you something to do! 

Over the last couple years UU Casper also has assisted many local non-profits, like:

  • Child Development Center of Natrona County – March and April 2017 donations of craft and learning supplies
  • Joshua’s Storehouse – January 2017 donations of soup
  • Holy Cross Food Bank – December 2016 donations of holiday foods
  • Casper College Goodstein Library and Food for Thought – November 2016 over 125 books donated to children’s book drive
  • Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota – October 2017 donations of band-aids, lip balm, and children’s clothing
  • Central Wyoming Rescue Mission – September 2016 donations to buy bus tokens for residents
  • Casper Humane Society – April 2016 donations of dog and cat food, treats and toys
  • Wyoming Food for Thought – March 2016 donations of food for local program to provide weekend meals for children
  • Central Wyoming Rescue Mission – February 2016 donations for personal care bags