#Activate10: Lander Connected: local groups collaborate, mobilize to help those in need

Our community is large and wildly diverse, which is at the same time our strength and our weakness. #Activate10 is a movement seeking to increase communication between individuals and organizations across Fremont County and to promote positive action in our communities.

The Lander Community Foundation, NOLS, and the LOR Foundation have announced a joint partnership in forming a way to connect Lander residents in need with the many who want to help.

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“The Lander Community Foundation and NOLS, with the financial support and technical expertise of the LOR Foundation, will create and manage a volunteer network — a community hub — to match available services and resources with people that have been impacted by COVID-19,” the three organizations shared in an announcement with County 10. “Today, that might be shopping assistance for a senior or walking a dog for a shut-in or providing food for our healthcare workers. Tomorrow’s needs will be different. The hub will identify evolving needs and connect people with community resources.”

Development of the community hub is still in the early stages, but you can connect with point person Clair Smith, a former NOLS special project coordinator, if you are in a position to offer support and resources, or if you are in need of assistance, reach out to her at [email protected].

As the project evolves, updates and additional information will be shared through the Lander Community Foundation Facebook and Instagram. They also welcome any thoughts and ideas from the community.

We will end where we began. Lander is a special place. Our connected community cares deeply about each other. Now is no different. We hope that this volunteer network becomes a pillar of our community enabling us to act quickly and care for our own. We are Lander Connected.

-Mary Joyner Greene (Lander Community Foundation), Terri Watson (NOLS), Michelle Escudero (LOR Foundation), and Clair Smith (Community Support Coordinator)

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