Wyoming Employee Community Outreach - WECO

Wyoming Employees 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 $100 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 was determined to do something locally to help children in our community. With the help of like-minded coworkers, the program started to take shape. After additional employees joined the cause, a board of current and former City employees was established and non-profit status was achieved. In September 2003, City employees began donating a portion of their paychecks to WECO; the outreach was officially in motion.

Since October 2003, over 1,000 families have been assisted with WECO pledges totaling more than $210,000 - benefiting over 2,900 children living in Wyoming. Paul's dream became a reality!

To receive assistance, an application must be submitted and signed by a referral person or organization on behalf of a Wyoming family. The WECO Board approves applications after verification of the information submitted. Once approved, a purchase order is issued to the Wyoming Target store to assist families making purchases of clothing items, footwear, outerwear, personal care items and school necessities.

WECO is a great example of City employees and other contributors working together to help families in need that live in our community. The City of Wyoming is proud to know that City employees have been "Making a Difference in a Child’s Life!" since 2003.

If someone you know would benefit from this outreach, download the WECO Application, e-mail WECO@wyomingmi.gov, or contact Traci Shaffer at 616-261-3582.

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the WECO program, please download and complete the Donation Form. Mail the completed form with your donation to the address listed on the form.

Please visit us and like us on our FACEBOOK page!

The WECO board members:

  • Kim Oostindie
  • Nicole Crandell
  • Jaime Fleming
  • Michele Tabor
  • Traci Shaffer
  • Jennifer Eby

Amazon Smiles will donate a portion of your purchase to WECO! 

Did you know you can designate a portion of your purchases on Amazon to go directly to WECO?  Simply follow this link to log in. 


You will use your existing account and nothing changes other than a portion of the sales  will be donated to WECO.  Thank you for your support.