Community Investment Fund: 2016-17 Funded Partners

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Community Investment/Impact Fund

GGUW is the community leader in collective impact-driven work.  We believe that real long-term change is best generated by working collectively through a common agenda.  As a centralized philanthropic organization, focusing on human services in Gallatin, Madison, Meagher and Park Counties, we convene individuals and organizations to deliver effective and efficient solutions to address local community issues around Health, Education and Income. 

Grant Award Criteria & Timeline - click here.

Summary of impact - click here.

2016-17 Funded Partner Organizations/Programs Click for PDF Document 

GGUW’s Community Investment Fund supports programs that help address the quality of life for the whole community, from babies to seniors.

ASPEN/Tri-County NetworkDirect Services/Crisis Intervention, which includes 24-hour crisis hotline; emergency shelter; crisis counseling; support groups; legal advocacy; information and referrals; safety planning; emergency 911 phones; assistance with Orders of Protection and/or law enforcement reporting; and forensic medical exam support.  SAVE (Starting Against Violence Early) Program helps to prevent dating violence and bullying through the education of youth and promotion of healthy relationships to end the cycle of violence in our community.

Befrienders:  Match community volunteers to older adults for companionship, support and advocacy. The relationships benefit volunteers and seniors by helping bridge the intergenerational gap and break down the stereotypes of aging.

Belgrade Senior Center / Friendship Center of Belgrade:  Provide local leadership to help end senior hunger.  Provide nutritious meals which allows older individuals to remain in their homes with the ability and resources to age comfortably in place.  Health / Fitness / Wellness, Social / Recreational / Volunteer and Educational / Information / Assistance program mission is to promote friendship and provide social, recreational, educational, health and fitness, and information services for individuals aged 50 and over in Belgrade/Gallatin County areas.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Park Co. Community Program provides adult mentors.  Class Act Program provides high school mentors who earn credits while mentoring a younger student.  Lunch Buddies Program provides high school mentors that meet their buddy during the lunch hour.  Both programs encourage high school students to mentor a younger student and learn about how to be a good role model and community member.  Summer Buddies Program matches Bigs with Littles in a supervised setting during a portion of the summer to hopefully make a permanent match.  In addition, program offers activities for existing matches that they may not be able to afford such activities on their own.  The afterschool program partners with Links to provide students enrolled in Links with a teen or adult mentor.  These matches spend one day per week providing homework help, as well as playing games, doing crafts, and just having fun together.

Bozeman Senior Center - Senior Nutrition Program:  Provide Walk-In-Meals, Meals-On-Wheels, Sunday Dinners, Pancake Suppers, and other supplemental food programs. In addition the Bozeman Center administers funds and commodities for senior meal programs in Manhattan, Three Forks, and West Yellowstone.

CASA / Guardian Ad Litem of Gallatin County:  Recruit, train, manage and administer volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children who have been removed from their home by the Eighteenth Judicial District Court.  The primary focus of program is to give the District Court judges thorough, unbiased information about the child’s history and current circumstances. Advocates also explore the child’s placement options and report on what is in the best interests of the child.

Child Care Connections Family Services provides families with information and services that enable them to make informed choices about all aspects of care for their children. Also provide scholarships for assistance with child care costs and emergency child care scholarships for local families experiencing a crisis or emergency need.  Provider Services offers professional development, training and support for child care providers.  In addition, CCC helps administer Child Nutrition Program (CACFP) and Special Needs Subsidy program.

Children's Museum of Bozeman - STEAMlab Project:  STEAMlab Accessibility and Engagement Project broadens community access to quality hands-on tech education and improves student attitudes toward Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math by offering mentor-led learning activities in coding, electronics and engineering for children in grades K-12; engages children and their families in collaborative STEM learning opportunities; and removes or reduces financial barriers to  participation in high-tech learning activities.

Community Health Partners - Dental Program:  Provide access to high-quality preventive and emergency oral health care to all individuals and families in Gallatin and Park Counties, regardless of ability to pay. CHP's dental clinics offer preventative and restorative care as well as daily walk-in access to individuals with dental emergencies. CHP dental providers coordinate with the medical sites and providers to reduce emergency room use for dental needs.

Community Mediation Center:  Peer Mediation Program trains student volunteers to recognize, prevent and resolve conflicts at school before they escalate to violence. The mission is to give students the tools to find peaceful solutions to conflict, ensuring a safe environment, one which is conducive to learning in our schools.  Low Income Family Mediation offers families going through dissolution the opportunity to work together in a supportive setting and, where children are involved, come up with a parenting plan that is guided strictly by what is in the child/children's best interest.  Graduation Resource Council works with the Gallatin County Graduation Matters program to help students at risk of dropping out stay in school. Trained volunteers meet with students and help them understand the value of finishing high school, acquire skills for personal goal setting, and identify obstacles to his/her success.

Family Promise of Gallatin Valley:  A nonprofit network of interfaith organizations working together to end homelessness in the Gallatin Valley, one family at a time. Program provides shelter assistance and full-time case management to families experiencing homelessness, and connects families to services they need to achieve stability and independence.

Gallatin Valley YMCA - Y Achievers  Program:  A summer learning program that helps students in grades 1st, 2nd & 3rd gain academic literacy needed for success. Program focuses on phonics, writing and reading to boost literacy skills, with enriching activities that support physical and social emotional growth. In partnership with both Bozeman and Belgrade Schools, this program has proven to be successful for the past two years in helping children of all socio-economic levels gain significant literacy skills during the summer.

Gallatin Early Childhood Community Council: The team serves to bring community leaders together to dialogue, plan, strategize and collaborate to create an agenda that supports healthy early childhood growth and development.  Provide leadership to develop a community-wide action plan to improve conditions for young children and families in the Greater Gallatin area.

Greater Gallatin United Way kidsLINK Afterschool kidsLINK Afterschool has over 4,000 children enrolled, operates in 29 school-based/linked locations across 4 counties, and serves over 1,611 children every day.  kidsLINK Afterschool is more than a safe place for kids while their parents finish their work days; it provides rich opportunities for learning, personal growth, and building relationships.  Parents, children, schools and businesses depend on kidsLINK Afterschool.

Haven:  Intervention Services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking include shelter, legal Services, counseling services, and advocacy.  Community Education and Outreach Program is designed to reduce the incidence of domestic abuse.  Survivor Mentorship Program helps decrease stigma and isolation by pairing trained survivors who are several years out of their abusive relationships with survivors who are either currently in an abusive relationship or have recently left the relationship. Helps to decrease the sense of isolation and stigma.

Help Center / 2-1-1:  Comprised of 3 social service programs, Help Center 211, The Sexual Assault Counseling Center and Hearts and Homes (including the Child Advocacy Center).  Provide collaborative emergency response coordination that reduces costs for the community and promotes well-being for its citizens. Effective and compassionate outreach responses better serve the individual clients but free up other emergency systems to perform their important duties.

HRDC/Community Café Workforce Development Program Connects individuals suffering from chronic un/under employment to sustainable employment opportunities.  Provide clients with competencies and practical know-how for career success through a comprehensive approach to employment skills training, life skills education and case management.

HRDC/Food and Nutrition Program:  Combat hunger and countering the effects of food insecurity through 3 area food banks.  Gallatin Valley Food Bank serves Bozeman, Belgrade and the surrounding area; Headwaters Area Food Bank serves Three Forks and the surrounding area; and, Big Sky Community Food Bank serves Big Sky and the surrounding areas.

HRDC/Galavan:  Provide affordable transportation to support individual independence (seniors aged 60 and older, individuals with disabilities as determined by a physician, therapist, or counselor, and income disadvantaged individuals and families that are referred by social service agencies).

HRDC/Homemaker Program:  Provide in-home skilled nursing care, homemaking services and one-on-one support to low income, at-risk seniors (60 and older) allowing them to live safely and independently in their own homes.

HRDC/Housing First Program:  Goal is to improve the housing security of families and individuals who are experiencing or on the verge of homelessness. The Warming Center is a low barrier temporary, seasonal shelter.  Amos House is interim housing in a safe, sober environment, paired with intensive case management,  Carriage House provides transitional housing paired with intensive case management.  Transition in Place Program provides rapid re-housing assistance paired with intensive case management.  Emergency Rental Assistance Program believes that everyone deserves a warm, safe place to sleep at night. By providing emergency funds to support rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention activities, local families are able to secure and maintain safe permanent housing in our community.

HRDC/Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP) Provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for individuals 55 and older to meet local community needs in Gallatin and Park Counties. Volunteer opportunities help the health and well-being of the seniors but also address and meet the needs of local organizations.

HRDC/Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program:  IRS-certified volunteers provide free tax help to people who make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their tax returns.

HRDC/Youth Transitional Housing ProgramProvide shelter for homeless youth, 16-24 years of age, and help build skills to transition to independent living.

Livingston Food Pantry/Shields Valley Schools Breakfast in the Classroom Program:  A new program providing Shields Valley School students with nutritious breakfasts.

Thrive:  Supports parents engagement in their children's education and success through a variety of programs including The Partnership Project, a full-spectrum, home-visiting program for young at-risk families; The Parent Place, a family resource center; Girls for a Change, a girls empowerment program; CAP, a school-based mentoring program; and, Parent Liaison.

Women In Action Big Sky WIA aims to fill the gaps in crucial services in the Big Sky community.  Current focus is on mental health service, drug and alcohol counseling, scholarships for youth programs, support for the school and families at Ophir School and Lone Peak High, and art enrichment for Ophir students.

Donations made to GGUW Community Investment/Impact Initiative resulted in the following:

  • 3,775 seniors received nutritious congregate or delivered meals in Belgrade, Manhattan, Bozeman, Three Forks and West Yellowstone.
  • 3,976 children and adults received essential dental care, an essential component of comprehensive health care (early childhood tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease.)
  • 1,611 children participated every day in GGUW kidsLINK Afterschool Program across 29 locations.
  • 13,083 crisis response calls relating to suicidal intent, sexual assault, mental illness and other needs were answered by Help Center/2-1-1.
  • 1,603 victims/survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault received emergency shelter, legal advocacy, counseling and other services in Gallatin and Park Counties.
  • 23,752 persons received emergency food boxes, breakfast or lunch, weekend snack packs or other food security services in Gallatin, Madison, Park and Sweet Grass Counties.
  • 70 children in Bozeman and Belgrade gained academic literacy through a summer reading program.
  • 70 children in Gallatin County removed from their homes because of neglect and/or abuse were given a Court Appointed Special Advocate in the Eighteenth Judicial Court System.
  • 750 individuals received temporary housing, case management services and/or short-term financial assistance to keep them in their homes.
  • 9,352 individuals accessed family support education, services and/or programs to help ensure children’s success at home, school and in life.  
  • 154 seniors received light in-home assistance or were matched with a friend reduce isolation and foster well-being and independence.
  • 13,083 crisis line calls were answered and persons received collaborative emergency/crisis response services.

In addition to funding, GGUW Funded Partners also enjoy the benefits of:

  • Promotion of your organization’s work/programs/results in print media, online and at 80+ workplace presentations
  • Consulting support, including board governance
  • Grant writing support
  • Training/professional development support
  • A community resource focusing on human services
  • Participation in GGUW’s community coalitions - - real long-term change is best generated by a united effort, working collectively through a common agenda. When nonprofits are equipped to effectively collaborate, duplication is reduced and each partner’s contribution multiplies to deliver greater results for people and the community
  • Access to generous donors and an efficient method to annually apply for needed funds
  • Participation in Federal and State of Montana Employee Campaign - - GGUW acts as your local federation