Align works with a wide variety of businesses and organizations, serving each in a different way. Here is a small sampling of our clients and what we do to help them be stronger and more efficient.
Laramie County Library
Align has a long history of working with the Laramie County Library. The library prides itself on planning for the future, a philosophy which helps it maintain its status as one of the best libraries in the country. Align helped lead the library through a multi-stage planning session that included all levels of stakeholders. The planning process included community feedback, leadership analysis of the current environment, input from the entire staff, and development of key strategies and goals by the planning committee. The library utilizes their plan on a daily basis to make decisions and create action plans for continuous improvement.
Strong Families, Strong Wyoming
Strong Families, Strong Wyoming manages a federal grant that works with high school age students from across Wyoming to help build better relationships and better lives. The program provides education on relationships, parenting for young parents, communications and life sequencing. Align has worked closely with Strong Families, Strong Wyoming over the past year to provide ongoing Continuous Quality Improvement support. Align created a CQI plan for the program and works on a regular basis with staff to ask appropriate questions, review the data and create plans for improvement.
Wyoming Community College Commission
Align administers and services several programs for the commission, including the Wyoming Investment in Nursing (WyIN) Tuition Program, the Teacher Shortage Loan Repayment Program (TSLRP) and the Wyoming Adjunct Professor Loan Repayment Program (WAPLR). We work closely with universities and community colleges and the WCCC to ensure participants comply with program rules and requirements, maintain records, and monitor and track student progress.
Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
LIEAP is a federally-funded program that helps low and fixed income families and individuals pay home heating bills November through May (electric/natural gas) or October through May (propane/ wood). LIEAP has been administered by Align since 2012 through a contract with the Wyoming Department of Family Services. We provide complete program management services, including application processing, federal performance measures, fuel supplier payments and record keeping.
Laramie County contracted with Align as a neutral, third-party facilitator for meetings of the Sixth Penny Steering Committee for the purpose of determining how initiatives would appear on the ballot in 2017. As the impartial facilitator, Align’s role was to ensure a collaborative environment in which all Committee members participated in the discussion and decision making process. In addition, Align managed the timeline for the process so that the ballot was ready for the citizens of Laramie County for a special election which took place in May of 2017.
Department of Workforce Services / WY Quality Counts
Align works with the early childcare community across the State of Wyoming through a contract with the Department of Workforce Services for the WY Quality Counts Program. Through this contract Align develops and delivers curriculum to childcare providers on early literacy, math, science and social emotional development, as well as business-related topics such as leadership, advocacy, communication and human resources. Classes are offered to participants through face-to-face venues in every corner of the state and through a webinar format.
Wyoming Nonprofit Network
The Wyoming Nonprofit Network represents the collective voice of the Wyoming nonprofit sector and brings best practices, resources and support to the nonprofit community so that each nonprofit can fulfill its mission more effectively. The Network advocates for, and builds recognition of the nonprofit sector, facilitates professional development opportunities, and serves as a referral and informational resource. As part of Align’s commitment to our communities and the nonprofits that serve them, we provided pro bono services to reorganize and reinvigorate a statewide association for nonprofits in 2011 and 2012. Today, Align provides management services for the Wyoming Nonprofit Network and its board. A portion of these services are provided on a pro-bono and in-kind basis.
High West Energy
A member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative, High West Energy provides energy services for parts of southeast Wyoming, Nebraska and Northern Colorado. Over the past several years, Align has provided leadership development and teambuilding services as well as workplace training for all staff members. This has included facilitating sessions specific to navigating generational and personality differences in the workplace. Align also conducted a process mapping project associated with the creation of two new services.
United Way of Laramie County
United Way of Laramie County envisions a community where all individuals and families have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Align is fortunate to have partnered with United Way since our inception, offering a range of services that have included facilitating board retreats and strategic planning sessions as well as the process for changing their funding model. We partner with them in providing capacity building services for area nonprofits. Most recently Align gathered input from a variety of stakeholders as part of a needs assessment for the United Way Community Schools initiative.
Wyoming Retirement System
Wyoming Retirement has been providing expert administration and responsible investment of Wyoming’s public retirement and supplemental savings programs since 1953. Today, they partner with 700 public employers throughout the state. Align has partnered with Wyoming Retirement System on their succession planning and leadership development efforts and have facilitated teambuilding and communication sessions for all employees.
Carpet One Floor & Home
As a small business in Wyoming, it can sometimes be difficult to manage your employees and have the human resources support that you need. Align works with Carpet One to provide HR support and advising. Align touches base with Carpet One on a regular basis to talk through HR issues, provide supervisor and other employee training and to help make development plans for their employees. We provide a sounding board and help direct the organization to legal or other help if the situation warrants it.
The state of Wyoming works to provide high quality training and education for the people that care for and educate our youngest children. As part of that work, childcare providers around the state are required to receive ongoing education in order to maintain their license, and many providers work beyond those requirements to build their career and provide an even higher level of education and support to our children. Align works with the Department of Family Services to provide the STARS registry system. This system helps childcare providers find training options and approves high quality training for credit. It then tracks the training that childcare providers receive in order to help them maintain their license and improve their careers.
Wyoming Economic Development Association (WEDA)
The Wyoming Economic Development Association (WEDA) serves as the state-wide association for the local economic and community development entities across the State of Wyoming. Align contracts with WEDA to provide program management services for the association. This includes working closely with their board of directors to provide board management, membership management, conference facilitation, educational opportunities and leadership to the association. Align works to provide high quality services to the members which will help build capacity and leadership across the state.