Cameco Resources and its employees are committed to being active and supportive members of the states and communities in which we live and work.
We are proud to support organizations and programs that protect our natural resources, educate our children in math and science, and make our communities safe and wonderful places to raise families.
Cameco Resources is proud to sponsor scholarships in math and science to graduating seniors at Glenrock and Douglas high schools.
A community-service program directed by the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and funded by Cameco Resources is making a difference around Wyoming. Through the "Cameco Cowboy State Challenge," projects are proposed by local chapters. One of the first selected was from the University of Wyoming collegiate FFA. The students upgraded a playground at the Albany County Fairgrounds near Laramie, providing a safe place for kids to play. It was dedicated in August to the memory of Rowdy Smallwood, a 10-year-old boy who lost his life in a ranching accident. His parents were among those attending the touching dedication ceremony in August.
Disadvantaged students of all grades in Glenrock, Wyoming, received backpacks full of school supplies with a donation from Cameco Resources and assistance from volunteers at our nearby Smith Ranch-Highland mine. Employees helped purchase and organize all the materials - from pencils to calculators. "It was wonderful to watch these kids walk into their rooms during the open house with their heads held high knowing they had the same things their peers had," said a school counselor. She said she wishes Cameco employees could have seen the smiles on the children's faces.
March 30, 2011
Source: Wyoming FFA Foundation
For Additional Information Contact:
Wyoming FFA Foundation Executive Director
307-351-0730 or Womack@wyoming.com
Cameco, FFA Challenge FFA Members to Serve Their Communities
Cheyenne – Wyoming FFA's 2,053 members from 51 chapters within the state are being called upon to carry out good deeds in their communities. Through the Cameco Cowboy State Challenge, FFA members were asked to look around their communities, identify needs and step forward to help meet those needs.
"Earlier this year, with a gift from Cameco Resources," explains Wyoming FFA Foundation President Court Schilt, "we challenged the state's FFA chapters to identify areas of need in their communities and partner with the FFA Foundation and Cameco to carry out projects to meet those needs. The project is called the Cameco Cowboy State Challenge."
"The FFA is an outstanding organization, and it will be especially exciting to see local members develop their own projects," said Paul Goranson, president of Cameco Resources of Cheyenne, the nation's largest uranium producer.
At the University of Wyoming the Collegiate FFA Chapter is improving the playground facilities at the Albany County Fairgrounds. The project is made possible with funds provided by Cameco and the playground will be dedicated in memory of nine-year-old Rowdy Smallwood. "Collegiate FFA members will plan, budget for, install and maintain the park," says Collegiate FFA Advisor Kris Brewer. "This park will stand as a testament to the care that agriculturalists provide their communities and that FFA is locally grounded." The playground project will be complete in time for the 2011 Albany County Fair.
In southwest Wyoming's Bridger Valley members of the Jim Bridger FFA Chapter are encouraging their community members to make the switch from plastic to reusable cloth bags. "Our goal is to get 80 percent of our community in the habit of shopping with recyclable cloth bags," say members of the Jim Bridger FFA Chapter in their funding application. "We will give them a bag and ask for a commitment to use the bags."
Buffalo FFA members, with support from Cameco Resources and the FFA Foundation, are establishing a garden near their school. Garden produce will be used in the school lunch program, sold at an area farmer's market and donated to a local food pantry. Pumpkins grown in the patch will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club. Buffalo FFA Advisor Jake Evans says a survey conducted by the students revealed that only ten percent of the student body is familiar with gardening. While growing the produce Evans and the Buffalo FFA Chapter members hope to see students become more aware of gardening opportunities.
"This is just a sampling of the good deeds FFA members are carrying out with support from Cameco," says Schilt. "While helping their communities the students are learning the good feelings associated with volunteerism and that they truly can make a positive difference in others' lives."
A second installment of the Cameco Cowboy State Challenge will be issued to Wyoming FFA members Fall 2011. "We're excited to see what FFA members can accomplish with a little financial support and encouragement," says Schilt.
The Wyoming FFA Foundation supports the activities of the Wyoming FFA program. If you'd like to receive additional information on the Wyoming FFA Foundation contact their Executive Director, Jennifer Womack, at 307-351-0730 or via Womack@wyoming.com.
Cameco Resources is a major sponsor of the US Capitol Christmas Tree, which under the leadership of US Sen. John Barrasso for the first time was provided by Wyoming. The Architect of the US Capitol selected a 67-foot Engelmann spruce from the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The tree was carried on a tour of the state before heading to Washington. Employees from Cameco Resources headquarters in Cheyenne joined the mayor and others in a celebration at the historic train depot downtown.
Smith Ranch-Highland employees volunteered their time for two important programs in the fall of 2010 to improve the quality of life in our communities.
They assisted Memorial Hospital of Converse County and local law enforcement in conducting "Safe Kids" days in Douglas and Glenrock. Families attended to have car seats properly installed and bicycle helmets fitted. Families who otherwise could not afford car seats or helmets were provided them through a donation from Cameco Resources. "Safe Kids" days are sponsored every fall and spring in Douglas and Glenrock.
Employees also helped construct new facilities for the Laramie Peak Humane Society in Douglas, improving the organization's ability to manage and adopt-out dogs, cats and other animals.
Cameco Resources and its employees in Casper and Smith Ranch-Highland support the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, helping thousands of families meet their basic food needs. The food bank is an affiliate of Feeding America, which has been distributing food and products to agencies serving Wyoming's needy children, seniors and families for 20 years.
Cameco Resources and its employees in Cheyenne support the United Way of Laramie County. The United Way provides funds to the American Red Cross, the Boys and Girls Clubs, Meals on Wheels and a variety of other agencies that serve families throughout the area.