Yellowstone Country Assistance NETWORK

We have limed COVID-19 assistance for minor medical and utility help in Park, Big Horn, Hot Springs, and Washakie County.  Use the link below to apply.

Notice of Office Closure August 24-28th, 2020

Our offices will be closed for staff to attend the 2020 Community Action Annual Convention.

Click the link below you will be directed to rent assistance programs or call Wyoming 2-1-1 for rent assistance resources. We are out of rent help.

Yellowstone Country Assistance Network or (YCAN) is a grassroots nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by the Park County Tripartite Board. We work to support local organizations working with low-income families. Our goal is to increase their capacity. Yellowstone Country Assistance Network drives change with proven solutions to remove obstacles, and advance those living in poverty into economic independence—because progress for the community is progress for everyone.

Our Funding Sources

Wyoming Community Foundation Grant Award

Yellowstone Country Assistance Network was also awarded a generous grant of $5,000.00 from the Wyoming Community Foundation- COVID- 19 Response and Recovery Fund – WYCF.  This grant will help with essential services related to response and recovery related to COVID-19 in Park, Big Horn, Hot Springs, and Washakie County.  

Community Services Block Grants 

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides funds to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities. Yellowstone Country Assistance Network contracts with the Wyoming Department of Health Community Services Program to provide these services. Our current grants-in-aids funds for our 2020 program have been exhausted.

Yellowstone Country Assistance Network has applied for CARES Act Supplemental CSBG funds the start date is TBD.

Donations

While our grants provide a tremendous amount of support to the Big Horn Basin we still have areas of unmet needs, or areas that are not allowable under our grant contracts, that is where donations come in. Our grants have very specific income requirements and sometimes families in need are over that threshold but still have an immediate need.

Our Mission

In partnership with local service providers, empower people living in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming to enhance health, housing, and employment status, overcome obstacles, and end economic hardship.

Our Vision

We envision communities in the Big Horn Basin which the most vulnerable people will have the power to lift themselves out of poverty and create vital, healthy lives for their families and communities now and in the future.

Our Values

Connect, Engage, Inspire, Impact

Our Services

Financial Help

This program is meant to assist with a one time need. Services available through this program may vary due to the funding sources we have at the time. Assistance may be provided by one of our partner agencies at Energy Share, or Volunteers of America, etc. The use of this program is limited to once per calendar year and twice within 5 years.

Clearinghouse of Resources

Our clearinghouse of available resources is available under the community resource tab for those who wish to find their own resources. This community service is free and available year-round to the public.

Linkages and Referrals

We offer our clients linkages and referrals to other community programs such as child support, Wyoming Workforce Services, and Wyoming Rapid Response fund.

Partnerships

We partner with community organizations that provide intensive case management to low-income residents in the Big Horn Basin. Case managers can refer their clients to YCAN for essential services such as housing, health, education supports, employment supports, and other domains. Together we work to transition families out of poverty and attain self-sufficiency.

Our Community Partner List:

Community Input and Assessments

As a requirement of Community Services Block Grant funding the Board of Directors is required to disseminate a triennial community needs assessment on poverty covering the CSBG area served.

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