2019 Funded Partners, Initiatives & Coalitions

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

   

Greater Gallatin United Way leads, convenes, participates and invests funds into initiatives, pilot projects, and coalitions that focus on our four community impact areas.  These funds are derived from sources that include federal and state grants, private foundations, program fees and more.  We are continually sourcing and applying for grants throughout the year.  When awarded, GGUW often acts as the fiscal agent and lead convener for the collaborative/collective impact work.  Be sure to check out our partners that are funded by our Community Impact Fund.

  • Child Care Connections - Serving Gallatin, Park, Meagher, Lewis & Clark, Broadwater & Jefferson Counties – 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 Health Partners/West Yellowstone Home Visiting Program – Serving W. Yellowstone –The program provides at-risk and underserved families with skills and information as well as connecting them to community resources to empower individuals and families to become self-reliant, life-long learners.  Parents as Teachers home visiting services goal is to provide parents with child development knowledge and parenting support, provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, prevent child abuse and neglect, and increase children's school readiness.
  • Community Organizations Assisting in Disaster (COAD) – Serving SW MT - A group of community organizations and nonprofits working together to plan community response and recovery efforts in the event of a variety of emergency and disaster situations. GGUW is part of the planning committee and role should a disaster occur is financial, managing incoming donations, disbursement of funds, and processing spontaneous volunteers.
  • Elevating Behavioral Health (EBH) – The coalition serves as an arena for shared assessment, planning, and coordination of mental health and substance use work in order to build awareness, share knowledge and resources, and coordinate efforts to maximize impact.  EBH steering committee identified three main goal areas around which it will focus its work over the next several months. Areas are:
    • Create and disseminate a community-wide education and awareness campaign, with messaging related to suicide prevention, stigma reduction, and awareness of behavioral health resources and challenges;
    • Support and improve the community-wide system for serving people in mental health crisis or at risk of moving into crisis;
    • Increase access to behavioral health services by integrating behavioral health services into non-traditional settings.
  • Greater Gallatin United Way & Child Care Connections - New Early Care Provider Fund - Serving Gallatin County -  The pilot program launched in 2018 focuses on expanding early child care and education slots through new provider startup funds, "how to toolkits", best practices/certifications/trainings/support, and advocacy.
  • Greater Gallatin United Way Early Childhood Community Council – Serving Gallatin County – A community coalition led by Greater Gallatin United Way.  Over 90 individuals and 30 community organizations work to develop actions and strategies designed to improve the lives of young children and families in Gallatin County.  ECCC works to ensure every child is well, healthy, and ready for success in school and life.  ECCC coordinates training for professionals working with children and families, hosts community events that supports and educates family's about the importance of healthy development during the first five years of a child's life, and expand access to quality affordable early child care and education learning centers.
  • Greater Gallatin United Way Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Program – Serving Gallatin County – A book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school.  This is one strategy Greater Gallatin United Way utilizes to ensure ALL of our children enter kindergarten ready to learn and ALL of our children are reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade.
  • Greater Gallatin United Way kidsLINK Afterschool Program – Serving Gallatin, Meagher, Park & Sweet Grass Counties - 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.
  • Gallatin County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force & HEART (Humble Efforts Actualizing Real Transformation) - Serving Montana – A human trafficking awareness and prevention initiative launched by students and based at MSU.  GGUW participates in the coalition and helps to fund the initiative.
  • LiveWell49 - Serving Park County -  The coalition's mission is to enhance and improve the culture of health and wellness in Park County through creative community solutions and effective outreach. GGUW partners with the coalition and helps provide funding.
  • Livable Communities with AARP – In partnership with AARP, GGUW helps to initiate and support community efforts to provide safe, walkable streets; age-friendly housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents of all ages to participate in community life.
  • Project Community Connect – Serving Bozeman - An annual community event that gives at-risk individuals and people experiencing homelessness the opportunity to access an array of services in one location and provide information on how to access community resources outside of the one-day event.  GGUW participates and helps to fund the event.
  • The Resilience Project of Greater Gallatin United Way – Serving Gallatin, Madison, Meagher & Park Counties – The initiative 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.
  • Thrive - Serving Gallatin County - Provide mentoring, education and support for children and families, so that everyone in our community has the tools they need to be successful. Programs developed on evidence-based practices, adapted to meet local community needs, and rigorously evaluated to ensure program efficacy.
 
To learn more, please contact us at 406.597.2194 or email info@greatergallatinunitedway.org
 
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