Basic Needs, Child & Youth Success,
Behavioral Health & Mental Wellbeing and Senior Stability.
Every year Greater Gallatin United Way funds and supports direct service agencies as one strategy to positively impact residents of Gallatin, Madison, Meagher, and Park Counties. We are excited about the changes we have made to our process for the coming year.
We will be announcing awardees for 2021 in September 2021.
We are very proud to announce our 2020 Community Impact Fund recipients and partners!
To learn more about each awardee organization or project, click the plus sign next to their name.
Help Center, Inc. provides support and guidance to the Help Center, Sexual Assault Counseling Center (SACC), Child Advocacy Center, Hearts & Homes and Sacks Thrift Store so that these programs can continue to serve the community. The Help Center, in Bozeman, MT, is a 24-hour Crisis Hotline and Referral Service, nationally accredited by Contact USA and the Alliance for Information and Referral Systems. As a member of the American Association of Suicidology, we are part of the National Suicide Lifeline network (1-800-273-TALK). We are also a member of the Montana 211 coalition which provides referral for human services throughout the state. We accept calls from a variety of clientele with issues ranging from suicidality, depression/anxiety to relationship/family problems. Our extensive database of resource information allows us to give appropriate referrals to inquire on the hotline. The Help Center started as a 24 hour Crisis Hotline in 1971. To this day, we are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year to assist individuals and families in sorting out problems, dealing with feelings and making decisions.
In November 2015, HRDC opened Blueprint: a transitional housing program dedicated to serving youth experiencing homelessness in our community. Blueprint offers a stable, safe, and inclusive environment for our community’s emerging adults, aged 16-24. Blueprint is a strength-based and youth-centered program supporting youth in the following areas: educational attainment, employment, development of positive self-image, increase in their social competencies, development of healthy boundaries, providing choice, and integrating conflict resolution skills. 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.
HRDC’s housing initiative works across all levels of housing security, from homelessness to homeownership. Our housing programs work to ensure that every member of our community can afford to have and preserve a place to call home, whether it is in the form of emergency shelter, transitional housing, affordable rentals, rental subsidies, down payment assistance, home buyer education and counseling, or foreclosure prevention.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free income tax return preparation and electronic filing for individuals and families who make less than $56,000. Both state and federal tax returns are prepared by IRS trained and certified community volunteers.
The Warming Center offers seasonal shelter to anyone in need. Families with children, single adults, and couples are all welcome. Separate sleeping areas are provided. Trained staff and volunteers are on-site at all times during operating hours. If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness as of Sunday, November 1, 2020, please contact our Warming Center team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 406-585-4893.
Child and Youth Success
Description: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Big Sky Country creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. With programs in Big Sky, Ennis, Livingston/Paradise Valley, and the Bozeman area, we serve youth and communities across 16,000 square miles and five counties in Southwestern Montana.
CASA / GAL of Gallatin County, formerly known as Gallatin County CASA / GAL, is a nonprofit organization of community volunteers who serve as advocates for children who are alleged victims of abuse and neglect. Trained volunteers serve as the eyes and ears for the Judge. They provide an objective perspective on each case and advocate for the children’s needs while they are involved in the court system.
Community Impact funds support CHP’s early childhood work and programming in West Yellowstone. This work includes parent education, home visits, collaborating and facilitating West Yellowstone’s Early Childhood Coalition, maintaining the Toy Lending Library and the Diaper Depot.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (DPIL) is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to 5 years. DPIL is one strategy we utilize to ensure children enter kindergarten ready to learn and are reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade. Reading to toddlers sets the foundation for later independent reading. Reading problems can be challenging to fix when discovered in elementary school. But many reading problems can be prevented if reading starts in the toddler and preschool years.
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.
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.
Behavioral Health and Mental Wellbeing
ASPEN serves the residents of Park, Sweet Grass, and Meagher Counties of Montana, but also extends our services to anyone in a situation of domestic or sexual violence who are fleeing an abusive situation and need assistance. These services include an emergency shelter, a 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, forensic medical exam support, and community outreach and educational programs.
Bridgercare serves Gallatin, Madison, Meagher and Park Counties. CI Funds support HavenCare, a partnership between Bridgercare and Haven, the local domestic violence survivor advocacy agency. Haven refers participants to Bridgercare, where referrals receive reproductive and sexual healthcare services free of charge. This program helps to ensure that throughout the pandemic, survivors have access to compassionate, nonjudgmental healthcare without barriers in cost and privacy.
HAVEN is the only nonprofit serving survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and stalking in Gallatin County. Our approach makes us unique – everything we do is deeply and genuinely rooted in empowerment. We connect survivors to all the resources and help they need, while trusting they should be the one to decide what’s best for their own journey. Over the last four decades, Haven has worked to provide safe intervention for survivors of domestic violence, as well as to prevent future violence from occurring. We believe increased awareness through community education can make us all allies in ending domestic violence.
Greater Gallatin United Way launched The Resilience Project as one strategy to build healthier and more resilient communities. We aim to inspire curiosity about mental well-being and increase acceptance of the fact that mental health is as important as physical health. We believe that everyone can benefit from improved mental health (and that no one is immune to challenges related to mental illness). When we shift the current cultural mindset in the direction of increased understanding and acceptance, increased willingness to discuss our own mental health challenges, and further decrease the stigma that surrounds mental illness, we create a way for people to feel better and be their best.
Through collective efforts we are raising awareness about behavioral health and mental wellbeing through public service campaigns; encouraging people to learn more about the signs and symptoms of mental health and illness through workshops; sharing resources that support recovery and mental wellbeing across various platforms; and, providing tools and strategies for building resilience in workplaces and across the community. We believe these efforts will result in healthier and more resilient communities.
Learn more about the campaign by watching this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxOAS339aLE&feature=emb_logo
Working aged men (25-54 years old) account for the largest number of suicide deaths in the U.S. These men are also the least likely to receive any kind of support, often because they don't talk about it with their friends, their family or even their doctors. And they are less even likely to seek professional treatment from a therapist or other mental health expert. They are the victims of problematic thinking that says mental illness is an unmanly sign of weakness. Because Montana's men are not immune to these same social pressures and continue to die by suicide at alarming rates, The Resilience is working alongside other community partners from Elevating Behavioral Health to raise awareness of men's mental health through the use of this compelling campaign directed at working men and the people who care about them.
Befrienders is a non-profit 501c3 organization that provides companionship, support, and friendship for the senior population throughout Gallatin Valley. Due to life transitions, physical limitations, or other circumstances, seniors may have limited social interactions, or they may simply be in want or need of extra company. Befrienders matches a senior with a volunteer “Befriender” for a minimum of one hour per week, and we ask that our volunteers ordinarily commit to one year of participation in the program.
The Belgrade Senior Center is a community that is committed to fostering an active environment for seniors. In this community, seniors can fulfill many of their needs from nutritional to exercise to friendship!
The Homemaker program serves low income seniors (60+) in maintaining their dignity and independence. Services include monthly skilled nursing care (Gallatin County only) and weekly homemaker visits. Skilled Nursing Care is care given by a Registered Nurse. The nurse provides direct care; manages, observes, and evaluates a patient’s care; examples include: managing medication; changing dressings; and teaching about diabetes care. Homemakers provide weekly assistance with basic household assistance and activities of daily living such as personal hygiene, essential shopping, laundry, light meal preparation and light housekeeping. There is no cost to the qualifying senior for our homemaker services.
Our Senior Service Navigators serve 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. Whether navigating HRDC resources or community resources our staff wants to help connect seniors with the services that best fit their needs.