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Community Investment Fund - Supporting local programs and building partnerships to help improve the quality of life for everyone. 

We’re proud to fund organizations and programs and services that fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Gallatin, Madison, Meagher and Park Counties. These organizations and programs are central to Greater Gallatin United Way working for community change.  We support nonprofits’ work with resources including advocacy, volunteers, and—where strategies align—funding.  Greater Gallatin United Way has invested over $20 Million into this region of Montana over the past 40 years.    

PDF of GGUW Strategic Plan Summary for Community Impact - 2018-2023

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.  GGUW funds help to expand the program due to growing demand. 

Belgrade Senior Center:  Provide services that foster independence for individuals aged 50+. Nutrition Program provides congregate meals and Meals-On-Wheels, outreach support and resources that improve or maintain nutritional status and health. Physical fitness and wellness programs aim to increase knowledge, resources, access and opportunities to be healthy and make healthy choices through social and recreational activities and health and wellness services and education.  GGUW funds are used in all areas, as well as for general operating expenses.   

Big Brothers Big Sisters Park and Sweet Grass Counties Match children with trained mentors in, and outside of, school. These "guided friendships" between a child and a positive older role-model are a proven prevention strategy that helps kids succeed in school; have more self-confidence; avoid violence, alcohol and drugs; make better decisions; and have a brighter future.  GGUW will be used for staff salaries related to providing BIG/LITTLE matches.  

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.  GGUW funds are for training expenses for new volunteer advocates, thus expanding the program.  

Child Care Connections  Child care resource and referral agency in this region.  CCC strives to improve access and the quality of child care across difficult to serve populations such as infants, children with special needs, low-income families, minority children and families who need part-time care. CCC is the area resource for employer supported child care. CCC is involved in community education and advocacy regarding the early childhood profession.  GGUW funds launched a CCC/GGUW pilot project,  The Early Care Provider Support Fund, which has already established 42 new child care slots for infants/children, 0-5 years of age.

Community Health Partners:  Provide access to high-quality preventive and emergency health care to all individuals and families in Gallatin and Park Counties, regardless of ability to pay.  GGUW funds help CHP expand their services for vulnerable and underserved families.  

Community Mediation Center:  Provide services that foster healthy conflict resolution and a heightened sense of community.  Low Income Family Mediation program offers families going through divorce the opportunity to work together in a supportive, neutral environment and, when children are involved, develop parenting schedules created not by the courts, but by their parents. GGUW funds are used for general operating expenses, which includes a part-time program manager to run the family mediation program.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library:  A book gifting program that mails a book each month to a child's home, in their name, from birth to age five.  The goal is to expand the program to other communities over the next 5-years.  Greater Gallatin United Way and Bozeman Noon Rotary partnered to launch the program in Bozeman October 2018 with the goal of expanding to neighboring communities. The program promotes early literacy to help improve kindergarten readiness and grade-level-reading.  Nearly 40% of children entering kindergarten into Bozeman schools are not ready to learn and nearly 40% are not reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.  After 3rd grade learning shifts from "learning to read to reading to learn".  Reading at grade level by 4th grade is the primary predictor for high school graduation.

Elevating Behavioral Health Community Workgroups:  Five active work groups are addressing behavioral health & mental well-being supports and services in Gallatin County.  These include:  Accessibility, Provider Support, Service(s) Coordination, Community Education and Awareness, and Effective Crisis Intervention. These groups are finding solutions and work towards specific goals for challenges and problems in our local mental healthcare system.  

Gallatin Valley YMCA - Y Achievers  Program:  A 6-week summer prevention program that targets 1st to 3rd grade students reading below grade level. The program focuses on phonics, writing, and reading to boost literacy skills, adding enrichment activities to support physical and social-emotional growth.  GGUW funds support the 6th year of this summer learning loss prevention program.

Gallatin Early Childhood Community Council: A community-wide collaborative effort providing leadership to community partners.  The goal is to create efficient, effective and comprehensive system of early childhood services in the Greater Gallatin area to ensure that every child has a healthy and enriched beginning.  GGUW funds help to support and sustain the work of ECCC.

Greater Gallatin United Way kidsLINK Afterschool kidsLINK Afterschool has over 3,600 children enrolled, operates in 31 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.  GGUW funds provide scholarships for 12 programs operating in Belgrade and Bozeman and help fund 19 rural programs.

Haven:  Provide intervention services for survivors and victims of domestic violence. Services include a shelter, 24-hour support line, legal advocacy, individual counseling and support groups. Also provide community outreach survivor-driven programs and prevention programs that teach youth about how to have healthy relationships.   GGUW funds help support programs with the highest need, including counseling, teen dating violence prevention and staff salaries.

HEART Initiative:  (Humble Efforts Actualizing Real Transformation) is a human trafficking awareness and prevention student organization based at MSU.   GGUW funds help support community outreach and education.

Help Center / 2-1-1:  Community crisis intervention program which provides the suicide crisis lines for 13 area counties.  Program offers walk-in counseling, suicide outreach services, and coordination of services for those in suicidal crisis as well as follow up services.  Also provide Suicide Prevention Trainings.  Internship Program provides short and long term counseling services, as well as services to the homeless and soon to be homeless population.  Telecare Program provides daily phone visits/safety checks/medication reminders to home bound or vulnerable clients.  211 is a call center for 13 area counties, providing information on health and human services through the database system.   The Sexual Assault Counseling Center provides crisis intervention, medical, personal and legal advocacy, outreach and long and short term Trauma Recovery Counseling services, individual and group, to victims of sexual assault/abuse and their concerned others.   Hearts and Homes provides supervised visitation services for parents and children.  The Child Advocacy Center provides a positive, child focused intervention for child victims of sexual abuse.  GGUW funds support operations and staffing of existing programs.

HRDC/Food and Nutrition Program:  Combat hunger and counter 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.  GGUW funds are the financial backbone for 2 rural food banks.  These funds allow food bank programs to collect food through the Food Rescue and Recovery Program. GGUW funds are also applied to staff that provide client assistance and help with accessing community resources.  In addition, funds are used for operations, volunteer management, donor development, outreach, food drives and special events.  The kidsPack Program uses funds for purchasing kid-friendly food items, outreach and travel expenses.

HRDC/Galavan: Provide door-to-door transportation services for seniors and persons with disabilities in Bozeman and between Bozeman, Belgrade, Manhattan and Three Forks.  GGUW funds are be used for general operation and capital needs.

HRDC/Homemaker Program:  Provide in-home skilled nursing care, homemaking services and one-on-one support to low income, at risk seniors (60+) allowing them to live safely and independently in their own homes.  GGUW funds are used for direct services, salaries and operating expenses for the program.  These funds also help to meet the local match fund requirements for Area IV Agency (AOA) Title III Under the Older American's Act Funding.  

HRDC/Housing First Program: Program to improve the housing security of families and individuals who are experiencing or on the verge of homelessness through The Warming Center, Carriage House, Transition in Place Rapid Rehousing Program, and Emergency Rental Assistance.  GGUW funds supplement the cost of Diversion Services and case management to aide in making homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring in our community.  Funds also support The Warming Center, the only 24-hour winter shelter in SW Montana. 

HRDC/Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program:  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. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation.  GGUW funds help expand programming and increase the number of clients served in financial literacy and VITA programs. 

HRDC/Youth Transitional Housing ProgramProvide shelter to homeless youth and help them transition to independent living. (Currently, there are 109 homeless youth in Belgrade and Bozeman.)  The program also helps youth, that could otherwise not reconcile with their families or return home, build skills to transition to independent living.  GGUW funds are used for a resident manager who lives in the youth home.  In addition, it will support a case manager for each youth. 

Little Rangers Learning Center:  Provide early childcare and education for the town of West Yellowstone.  It is better described as a learning center that culminates in a Pre-Kindergarten program.  It is field-testing a STEM curriculum for Pre-K (one of two sites in the country).  The center has two impacts on the community: one educational, the other economic. The educational impact is unique (as described above).  The economic impact is vital to the economy of the town as young parents are the present and future of almost all the town businesses.  To ensure all children have access, the center offers a low tuition rate of $4.25/hr. and are working to expand a scholarship program for families who need help.  GGUW funds are used for scholarships and general operating expenses.

Livingston Food Resource Center/Pantry Supper Club:  A meal program that delivers frozen dinner meals, ready to heat and eat, to low income seniors who for any reason are dealing with food insufficiency.  GGUW funds are restricted to support this program.

The Resilience Project of Greater Gallatin United Way:  Provide community education, outreach and awareness through professional development workshops and trainings, annual conference, workplace presentations, and a variety of community events  around Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma Informed Care, stress reduction and resilience to promote and improve behavioral health and mental well-being in our communities.

The Salvation Army/Summer Day Camp:  Provide affordable, quality full-time 5-week summer program for low-income families and at-risk youth allowing parents to complete their work day and keeping children safe and engaged.  GGUW funds cover the costs for 25 children to attend the program.

Thrive/Partnership Project:  A home visiting program that provides a support network to young families in Gallatin Valley with children 0-5 years of age.  GGUW funds are used to cover operating costs, including staff salaries, mileage, educational materials for parents and babies, professional development of staff, clinical supervision fees and emergency fees.  A free central online volunteer resource for all 501c3 organizations and community members. Provides a central resource for non-profit organizations and volunteers.  Connects people to quality opportunities to serve.  Builds capacity for local volunteering. Raises awareness of the value volunteers bring to our communities. Mobilizes volunteers to effectively and efficiently meet local needs.

Women In Action Big Sky Provide mental health services in Big Sky with a focus on drug and alcohol counseling.  GGUW funds are for operations, development and partnership building.

Other Community Investments include: 


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

  • 350 domestic and sexual abuse crisis calls were answered on 24/7 crisis line and 966 nights of emergency shelter were provided in Park County.
  • 2,000 youth in 14 schools in Park and Sweet Grass Counties received domestic and sexual violence education and prevention presentations and activities.
  • 83 kids were matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister in Park and Sweet Grass Counties.
  • Over 40,000 nutritious congregate or delivered meals were provided to seniors in Belgrade, Manhattan, Bozeman, Three Forks and West Yellowstone.
  • 52 children removed from their homes by the 18th Judicial Court due to neglect or abuse received an adult advocate to represent their best interests.  Advocates primary role is to ensure that the child assigned to them have their emotional and physical needs met and work to ensure they have the best chance possible of having a permanent, safe, loving home. 
  • Decrease domestic and sexual violence through eChild Care Providers attended 899 hours of classroom training through 189 approved training events. Provider Services staff also provided 1,110 hours of on-site coaching to child care providers. In addition, CCC provided 240 hours of specialized coaching for providers working with children with special needs.
  •  Child Care Providers attended 899 hours of classroom training through 189 approved training events.  In addition, Child Care Providers received over 1,110 hours of on-site coaching and 240 hours of specialized coaching was provided to those working with children with special needs.
  • 3,921 children and adults received preventative and emergcy dental care, an essential component of comprehensive health care (early childhood tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease.)
  • Over 4,000 children enrolled in GGUW kidsLINK Afterschool Program across 29 locations.
  • 138 community members entering divorce received family mediation services with the goal of  executing a mutually-signed parenting agreement and avoid court.   
  • Homeless families consisting of 464 individuals took part in 90-day program offering shelter, meals, transportation, and basic needs such as securing necessary identification and prescriptions, budgeting and parenting classes, as well as intensive case management.
  • Over 170, 1st-3rd graders in Bozeman and Belgrade took part in summer learning loss prevention program and started thee new school year on par or ahead of their peers in reading and literacy, eliminating their achievement gap.
  • 14,876 crisis response calls relating to suicidal intent, sexual assault, mental illness and other needs were answered by Help Center/2-1-1.
  • 953 victims/survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault received emergency shelter, legal advocacy, counseling and other services in Gallatin and Park Counties.
  • 10,630 persons received emergency food boxes, breakfast or lunch, weekend snack packs or other food security services in Gallatin, Madison, Park and Sweet Grass Counties.
  • 700 individuals received temporary housing, case management services and/or short-term financial assistance to keep them in their homes.
  • 700 persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers making $54,000 or less received free tax preparation from IRS-certified volunteers.
  • 8 homeless youth in Bozeman received shelter and support to help them transition to independent living.
  • 7,071 individuals accessed family support education, services and/or programs to help ensure children’s success at home, school and in life. 
  • 276 seniors received light in-home assistance or were matched with a friend reduce isolation and foster well-being and independence.

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