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Help Wyoming 2-1-1 Make History


Have you dreamed of making history? Of course, we all have. And now we have a chance to be a part of WyoGives day of giving - an opportunity to support the good work being done in our communities and the efforts being made to help connect individuals and families to the resources they need.


We need your help! Please join our campaign and help us reach our goal of increasing donors and raising dollars! We need you to tell your friends and family members about the important work being done by Wyoming 2-1-1 and ask them to join us in helping to make a difference - the kind of difference that truly impacts people's lives. The kind of difference that gave hope to one caller who was told that he and his family would need to vacate their home.


The caller was losing his family's current residence and was feeling distraught. He was taking care of two autistic children and the stress of moving was quickly becoming more than he could bear. He called Wyoming 2-1-1 out of desperation and was given referrals to resources that would help his circumstance. In the course of the call, our Community Resource Specialist realized that the caller needed more than resources. He needed encouragement. He needed to believe that he could do what was needed in order to improve the quality of his family's lives. Our representative took the time to carefully walk the caller through the process of what was needed, offering step-by-step instructions and answering questions along the way. Additionally, our representative offered compassion and understanding, and words of encouragement. The caller received more than referrals that day - the caller received hope. And that hope translated into a new home for the caller and his family, as well as additional resources that would allow them to secure health and happiness.


That is the kind of difference that Wyoming 2-1-1 is making every day in the lives of individuals and families across The Cowboy State.


You can help us continue to make a difference.


On July 13, visit www.wyogives.org/organizations/wyoming-2-1-1 and make a donation to Wyoming 2-1-1 through WyoGives. All giving will take place starting at midnight and will end at 11:59PM on July 13, so make sure to get your gift in on time! In fact, don't wait until the last minute because the opportunity to have your donation doubled or tripled by matching funds depends upon donating early on WyoGives Day and might only apply to the first hundred or so donors.


Here is what the Wyoming 2-1-1 team said about donations on WyoGives Day:


"Every single dollar invested in Wyoming 2-1-1 is just that: An investment. It is an investment in our organization, in our team, in the callers they support every day. It is an investment in the hope and resilience of Wyomingites who are just looking for the information they need to keep the firm ground beneath their feet. We are stronger together." - Sabrina Lane


"Donating to Wyoming 2-1-1 is not a business transaction, it is a connection with the people in your community. We all know that people are concerned about people in poverty but sometimes we feel that we cannot do anything about it. There are options - know that even a single dollar can make a huge difference. Donating can help in every way to make things possible for so many." - Marie Snyder


"We are able to do a lot from our donations, we may not be very big but we are mighty and donations help our community to root for us. Donations are an important puzzle piece that allows us to do more with opportunities." - Nichole Coyne


Questions? If you have any questions or would like more information, let us know. Thank you in advance for your generosity to our organization!






The Wyoming Department of Education, Special Education Programs Division invites you to join us for the return of the annual in-person Week of Academic Vision for Excellence (WAVE) Conference to be held at the Central Wyoming College in Riverton.

State and national presenters will present on topics such as social/emotional, behavior/discipline, and Special Education law.

Watch for more details coming soon.




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Scam Alert! From AARP FraudWatch Network:


War in Ukraine Spawns Charity Scams

Scammers follow the headlines and take advantage of them when they can. Public desire to support Ukraine in this critical time of need is no exception.

How It Works

· You receive a communication – by phone, email, text, on social media – even in person, soliciting donations for the people of Ukraine.

· The name of the charity sounds familiar.

· You may feel pressured to act quickly, and they may direct you to donate through a payment app, by text, or by purchasing gift cards and sharing the numbers off the back.

What You Should Know

  • Bogus charities may use names similar to existing charities to legitimize themselves.

  • The pressure to act quickly is a red flag; a real charity will take your donation when you are ready to provide it.

  • Less common forms of payment are also a red flag, though criminals may seek checks, cash or credit card payments, as well. (Always opt for a credit card, which carries greater consumer protections than other payment forms.)

What You Should Do

· Legitimate charities – those whose fundraisers pass through most of the donations to the actual cause – need support. They, just like you, lose out when a criminal intervenes.

· Research charities before you donate. It's easy to do at sites like Give.org or Charity Watch. In addition, Charity Navigator has a page specifically dedicated to high-performing charities engaged in relief efforts in Ukraine.

Celebrity Impostor Scams

These days, celebrities share career news, personal views, even travel videos on social media and interact with fans in comment threads. But if you get a direct message out of the blue from a favorite musician, actor or athlete, don’t get starry-eyed, get skeptical — it’s almost certainly a scam. It’s also always a scam when they ask for money for charity or say that you’ve won a large cash prize but need to pay an entry or processing fee.

Sadly, the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline hears about these scams all the time. Stars like Bruce Springsteen, Trace Adkins and Oprah Winfrey are among thousands of celebrities whose personas have been used by scammers online to solicit money from fans.

Remember, never share your personal information with or send money to someone you don’t know and have only communicated with online, no matter how supposedly famous they are. Check that the social media account of your favorite celebrity is verified (look for the checkmark in a blue circle next to their name on Facebook and Twitter).

Visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork or call the AARP Fraud Watch Helpline at 1-877-908-3360.

Social Media Scams

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has declared social media a “Gold Mine” for scammers after consumers reported losing $770 million in social media scams in 2021. That was double the amount of reported losses from 2020 – and we know fraud is severely under-reported, so the real losses are likely much higher.

The top three social media scams in 2021 were investment scams (many related to cryptocurrency), romance scams and shopping scams peddling counterfeit goods or not shipping anything at all.

According to the FTC, criminals are able to use the information we provide about ourselves on social media sites to target us with ads for fake products. The relatively low cost to advertise on these sites also makes it easier for crooks to cast a wider net.

To stay safe on social, make sure your privacy settings restrict who can see your personal information. Be wary of anyone you meet online who asks you to make an investment or help them out financially. Also, carefully research the company and product you might be interested in buying to make sure they are reputable.

Visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork or call the AARP Fraud Watch Helpline at 1-877-908-3360.

AARP ReST: Emotional Support for Fraud Victims

For many fraud victims, the financial toll is only part of the story; nearly two in three victims suffer a significant health or emotional impact, according to research by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

To address this reality, the AARP Fraud Watch Network and Volunteers of America (VOA) developed a free program to provide emotional support for people affected by fraud. AARP VOA ReST, which stands for Resilience, Strength and Time, features small groups whose participants are led in discussion by one or more trained peer facilitators. These online, hour-long sessions help to re-establish trust, integrate your experience and build back your resilience despite a difficult and painful occurrence. Discussions are confidential and you are welcome to attend one session or several – it’s your choice.

Experiencing a scam can be devastating, but it doesn’t have to define you. Visit www.aarp.org/fraudsupport to learn more about the free program and register today. Remember, you are not alone.

Report scams to local law enforcement. For help from AARP, call 1-877-908-3360 or visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork.

Disaster Repair Scams

Extreme weather season seems to be a misnomer, with catastrophic weather events happening throughout the year these days. Whenever weather events occur, shady contractors and outright impostors flock to neighborhoods in search of “work” that they may or may not even attempt to do. Many will specifically target older homeowners who they perceive as more trusting, more likely to have savings, and – they think – may be experiencing cognitive decline.

It’s safest to trust contractors that you proactively reach out to. Also, regardless of who you are talking to, get written estimates and compare bids from multiple contractors before starting any work. Finally, pay no more than a third of the total cost prior to the work beginning – and then only when materials arrive.

Report scams to local law enforcement. For help from AARP, call 1-877-908-3360 or visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork.



WIND Direct Support Professional Workforce Crisis Page - http://www.uwyo.edu/wind/dsp-forum.html


This page provides updates, information, and resources on the DSP shortage and efforts to address that shortages





WIND Family Forum Link - The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities conducted Family Forum on potential impacts on budget reductions on Medicaid Developmental Disabilities Waiver Services. Click the link below to view information and recording sessions as well as provide input from the Family Forum that was conducted at the end of January.

WIND Family Forum Page Link








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