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Community Impact Fund

One strategy we employ to help improve lives in our communities.

We empower donors, volunteers, businesses, governments, nonprofits, and community groups to invest in neighbors to improve quality of life for everyone here.  Working together, we identify the community’s most critical needs and implement collaborative, innovative solutions to improve lives in Gallatin, Madison, Meagher and Park Counties.

2019-20 Community Impact Award Recipients - YOUR DOLLARS AT WORK

Greater Gallatin United Way funds and supports direct service agencies as one strategy to deliver positive impact in basic needs, behavioral health & mental well-being, child & youth success and senior stability for Gallatin, Madison, Meagher and Park Counties.  We advance agency work by providing a variety of resources that include funding, advocacy, volunteers, coalition building, leading/convening, tools and information for best practices, and professional development and education.

  • ASPEN (Abuse Support & Prevention Education Network) - Serving Meagher, Park & Sweet Grass Counties - Focusing on Behavioral Health & Mental Well-Being - Services for persons experiencing domestic or sexual violence.  Services include emergency shelter, 24-hour support line, 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.  Also provide prevention and awareness programs.  TREE (Tolerance Respect Empowerment & Empathy) is a new education and violence prevention program for school-aged children, delivered in the classroom.  The program addresses bullying, unhealthy relationships, conflict in society, domestic abuse and sexual violence.  An Education & Outreach Coordinator will work with school administration and educators to deliver TREE lessons to students.  
  • Befrienders - Serving Gallatin County - Focusing on Senior Stability - Program matches community volunteers to older adults for companionship, support and advocacy. The relationships benefit volunteers and improves senior stability by helping bridge the intergenerational gap and break down the stereotypes of aging. 
  • Belgrade Senior Center - Serving the Gallatin Valley - Focusing on Senior Stability - Services that foster senior stability and independence for individuals aged 50+.  The nutrition program provides congregate meals, Meals-On-Wheels, outreach support, and resources.  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, health and wellness services, and education.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Park and Sweet Grass Counties - Serving Park & Sweet Grass Counties – Focusing on Behavioral Health & Mental Well-Being - Provide four mentoring programs that include Lunch Buddies Program, After School Program, Class Act Program, and Community Mentor Program.  Lunch Buddies matches high school Bigs with Elementary School Littles twice a week for one hour.  The After School Program matches High School Bigs with Elementary School Littles twice a week where they engage in after school activities together that build strong relationships.  Class Act is a 4-day class for High School students that covers child development, mentoring skills, leadership skills, communication and building positive relationships. The Community Based Program matches caring adults with Littles in the community.  
  • Bridgercare – Serving Gallatin, Madison, Meagher & Park Counties – Focusing on  Behavioral Health & Mental Well-Being - A new program to help increase care and options for young individuals facing anxiety and depression. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker will offer 4-10 counseling sessions for patients diagnosed with anxiety or depression.  The LCSW will assist patients in finding appropriate continued care and treatment options elsewhere if needed. 
  • CASA/Guardian Ad Litem of Gallatin County – Serving Gallatin County – Focusing on Child & Youth Success  - Program recruits, trains, manages and administers volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children who have been removed from their home by the 18th Judicial District Court.  The primary focus is to give District Court judges unbiased information about the child’s history and current circumstances.  Advocates also explore child placement options and report on what is in the best interests of the child.  
  • Child Care Connections - Serving Gallatin, Park, Meagher, Lewis & Clark, Broadwater & Jefferson Counties – Focusing on Basic Needs and Child & Youth Success -  CCC is the child care resource and referral agency for this region of MT.  Offer multiple programs that include Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship Program, Special Needs Program, Child Safety Program, Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), STARS to Quality Program, and New Provider Support Program.  Organization 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.  Involved in community education and advocacy for the early childhood profession.  
  • Community Mediation Center – Servicing Gallatin, Madison, Meagher & Park Counties – Focusing on Behavioral Health & Mental Well-Being - Deliver programs that foster healthy conflict resolution and a heightened sense of community.  The Limited Income Family Mediation offers families going through divorce the opportunity to work together to resolve their disputes in a supportive, neutral setting with a third-party CMC mediator, as well as create parenting plans, helping parents lay the foundation for a healthy co-parenting relationship for their children. General Mediation Program helps individuals address all types of conflict. The Community Education Program addresses issues before they become a major conflict. Four themes that can lead to conflict include: parenting, finances, health care expenses and landlord-tenant agreements.  CMC partners with organizations to develop and deliver targeted education programs.  
  • Gallatin Valley YMCA Y-Achievers Program – Serving  Belgrade & Bozeman – Focusing on Child & Youth Success - A six-week summer learning loss prevention program targets 1st-3rd grade students in Bozeman and Belgrade who are reading below grade level.  Program provides traditional learning in the morning, and experiential learning in the afternoon giving children the chance to learn, grow and thrive. 
  • Greater Gallatin United Way kidsLINK Afterschool Program – Serving Gallatin, Meagher, Park & Sweet Grass Counties – Focusing on Child & Youth Success - kidsLINK operates at 32 school-based/linked locations across 4 counties and serve over 1,600 children every day, with over 2,700 enrolled.  kidsLINK provides an affordable quality environment with rich opportunities for learning, personal growth, and building relationships.  The program supports academic success through tutoring, homework and reading support; strengthens well-being with daily physical activities; expands interests and sparks passion for learning through a variety of enrichment activities; fosters mental and emotional well-being through skilled and well-trained staff; enhances health with daily snacks and nutrition education; and supports working families by ensuring no child has to be home alone after school.  No child/family is turned away for financial reasons.
  • Greater Gallatin United Way – Serving Gallatin, Meagher, Park & Sweet Grass Counties – Focusing on all Impact Areas -  A free central online volunteer resource for all 501c3 organizations and community members.  Website and Greater Gallatin United Way Community Engagement Specialist help connect people to quality service opportunities.  Builds awareness and raises capacity for volunteerism.
  • HAVEN - Serving Gallatin County – Focusing on Behavioral Health & Mental Well-Being -  Programs 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, as well as prevention programs that teach youth about healthy relationships.   
  • Help Center 2-1-1 – Serving Gallatin, Madison, Meagher & Park Counties – Focusing on Basic Needs and Behavioral Health & Mental Well-Being – Deliver multiple community programs.  The community crisis intervention program provides the suicide crisis lines for 13 area counties.  This program offers walk-in counseling, suicide outreach services, and coordination of services for those in suicidal crisis as well as follow-up services.  The program also provides Suicide Prevention Trainings.  The Internship Program provides short and long term counseling services, as well as services to the homeless and soon to be homeless population.  The 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.  
  • HRDC/Blueprint Program – Serving Bozeman – Focusing on Basic Needs – Program provides a shelter for homeless youth and services to help clients transition to independent living.  A resident manager lives on-site and youth meet weekly with a case manager that provides trauma-informed services and goal setting around education and employment. The case manager also offers awareness of and access to community resources (food banks, SNAP, Medicaid, scholarships, transportation, rental assistance, etc.), employment application support, employment retention and hygiene education.  Additionally, the program provides access to mental health services and medication management. 
  • HRDC/Food & Nutrition  - Serving Gallatin & Madison Counties – Focusing on Basic Needs – Multiple programs that combat hunger and counter the effects of food insecurity through Gallatin Valley Food Bank, Headwaters Area Food Bank, and Big Sky Community Food Bank.  The KidsPack Program is a weekend supplemental food resource that provides reliable, healthy food access to elementary children to ensure that all children have access to food over the weekend and arrive at school fed and ready to learn each week.
  • HRDC/Galavan Transportation – Serving Gallatin County – Focusing on Basic Needs – Provide door-to-door transportation services for seniors and persons with disabilities.  
  • HRDC/Head Start – Serving Bozeman – Focusing on Child & Youth Success - An early childhood education program that provides preschool services to children 3-5 years of age.
  • HRDC/Homemaker Program – Serving Gallatin & Park Counties – Focusing on Senior Stability – Program povides 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. 
  • HRDC/Housing First Program – Serving Gallatin, Meagher & Park Counties – Focusing on Basic Needs – Program offers permanent, affordable housing as quickly as possible for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and then provides the supportive services and connections to the community-based supports people need to keep their housing and avoid returning to homelessness.
  • HRDC/Senior Reach Program – Serving Gallatin & Park Counties – Focusing on Behavioral Health & Mental Well-Being - A new program serving at risk and/or low income older adults who need assistance with navigating transportation, in-home healthcare, nutrition, food security, affordable housing, energy assistance, financial counseling, companionship and/or volunteer opportunities.  
  • HRDC/Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) - Serving Gallatin, Meagher & Park Counties – Focusing on Basic Needs – Program provides fee tax preparation to people who earn $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and elderly, taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.  IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
  • HRDC/Warming Center of Park County – Serving Park County – Focusing on Basic Needs - A new low-barrier, emergency, pilot shelter providing a warm and safe place to sleep at night in Park County. 
  • Little Rangers Learning Center – Serving W. Yellowstone - Focusing on Child & Youth Success - A learning center that culminates in a Pre-Kindergarten program.  The program is unique as they are one of two STEM pilot programs for Pre-K in the country.  The program impacts W Yellowstone's economy because young parents are the present and the future of almost all the town businesses.  
  • The Resilience Project of Greater Gallatin United Way – Serving  Gallatin, Madison, Meagher & Park Counties – Focusing on Behavioral Health & Mental Well-Being - An initiative which strives for a healthier and more resilient community due to a shift to a new collective mindset and understanding of behavioral health / mental well-being and how to improve whole-person health.  The project provides 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.
  • Women In Action Big Sky – Serving Gallatin & Madison Counties – Focusing on Behavioral Health & Mental Well-Being – Provide services that enhance and enrich the lives of children and families through a broad range of social programs that include counseling services, education programs and scholarship opportunities for summer and winter camp. 
Through community investments and collaborative programs, we can improve lives for everyone.