Wyoming Employee Community Outreach
The Wyoming Employees Community Outreach (WECO) is a non-profit organization focused on providing temporary assistance to children who live in Wyoming. Our goal is to help 10 or more children a month at a cost of approximately $75 per child. Major funding for the outreach is raised through voluntary donations primarily from City of Wyoming employees.
The idea for this outreach program started shortly after the tragedy on September 11, 2001. Those events touched the heart of Paul Turner, an employee who became determined to do something locally to help children in our community. With the help of like-minded co-workers, the program started taking shape. After additional employees joined the cause, a board of current, retired, and former City employees was established and the non-profit status was achieved. In September of 2003, City employees started donating a portion of their paychecks to WECO and the outreach was officially in motion.
Since October of 2003, over 780 families have been assisted with WECO pledges totaling more than $155,000.00 benefiting over 2100 children living in Wyoming. Paul's dream has become a reality!
To receive assistance, an application must be submitted by a referral person or organization on behalf of a Wyoming family. The WECO Board approves applications after the verification of the information submitted. Once approved, a purchase order is issued to the Wyoming Target Store to assist families in making purchases of clothing items, footwear, outerwear, and school necessities.
WECO is a great example of City employees, along with other contributors, working together to help needy families that live in our community.
If someone you know would benefit from this outreach, you can download the WECO Information Sheet, e-mail WECO@wyomingmi.gov, or you can contact Traci Shaffer at 261-3582 or Karen Horning at 261-3553.
The City of Wyoming is proud to know that City Employees have been "Making a Difference in a Child’s Life!" since 2003.
If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the WECO program, please download the Donation Form, print and complete it. Mail the completed form, along with your donation to the address listed on the form.
WECO is now able to accept a portion of your purchases on Amazon as a donation through Amazon Smile. If you shop on Amazon, use the following link to choose WECO as your organization of choice. There is no additional cost to you and a percentage of your purchases will be donated to WECO from Amazon.
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The WECO board members:
Lon Hughes, Chairman
Paul Turner, Vice-chairman
Denny Pitchellis, Board Member
Traci Shaffer, Secretary
Karen Horning, Co-Secretary
Keni Jo Hudenko, Treasurer
Wanda Pittman , Board Member