Member Groups 25 Word Description & Statements


Montana Shares Member Groups’ 2017/2018
25 Word Description

 

Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO)
Empowers individuals & communities to live their values by nurturing and promoting renewable energy, conservation, energy efficiency, sustainable agriculture, and resilient communities across Montana.

AniMeals
Saves the hungry, the helpless, the lost, and the little ones just struggling to survive; housing and feeding as many animals as possible.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Montana
Provides children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Bike Walk Montana, Inc.
Makes Montana a safer state for walking and bicycling through education, encouragement, improved policies and laws, and safer, more accessible places to walk and bicycle.

Bridgercare
A non-profit, family planning clinic that provides reproductive healthcare and education to men and women regardless of ability to pay.

Camp Mak-A-Dream
Provides medically-supervised, cost free Montana experiences, in an intimate community setting for children, teens, young adults, women and families affected by cancer.

Cancer Support Community Montana
Ensures that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community– free of charge. Taking on Cancer together!

 Disability Rights Montana
Disability Rights Montana provides information, education, advocacy, and legal representation to Montanans with disabilities to protect and expand their human, legal, and civil rights.

Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument
Works to protect and preserve the Missouri River Breaks landscape through education, on the ground projects and advocacy.

Great Falls Community Food Bank, Inc.
Gathers quality “rescued,” donated and purchased food that is then distributed to the hungry through 63 direct providers in and around Cascade County.

Heart of the Valley, Inc.
Southwestern Montana’s open-admission shelter, caring for the lost and surrendered companion animals and offering adoption, spay/neuter, humane education, outreach, and training programs.

Holter Museum of Art, Inc.
Inspires, connects and heals our community through the power of art.  Thought-provoking exhibitions and new innovative social impact programming shape this community-focused, art-based education center.

Jeannette Rankin Peace Resource Center
Provides resources to educate and empower people to work for non-violence, social justice, and environmental sustainability.

K9 Care Montana
Provides the highest quality service dogs at no cost to our nation’s wounded warriors and children facing autism.

Last Chance Community Pow Wow
Ever-present in the community, we share our Native American culture, drumming and dancing through an annual pow wow that celebrates tolerance of cultural differences.

 Lewis & Clark Humane Society
Provides shelter and advocacy for animals by educating the community regarding animal welfare and ending pet overpopulation.

Mai Wah Society, Inc.
Preserves Montana’s Chinese heritage through rehabilitating buildings in Butte’s historic Chinese district, exhibiting artifacts, conducting educational exhibits, and sponsoring archival projects and cultural exchanges.

 Montana 4-H Foundation, Inc.
Provides educational opportunities for more than 20,000 youth ages 6-19 years and 4,000 adult volunteers throughout the state to learn leadership, citizenship, and life skills.

Montana Association for the Blind, Inc.
Promotes social and economic self-sufficiency for blind & low vision Montanans through education, training and employment services, and fosters a positive understanding of blindness.

 Montana Audubon
Promotes appreciation, knowledge and conservation of Montana’s native birds, other wildlife, and natural ecosystems to safeguard biological diversity for current and future generations.

 Montana Child Care Resource & Referral Network, Inc.
Provides statewide leadership shaping collaborations and strengthening child care resource and referral agencies; building diverse, professional, quality early childhood systems accessible to all Montana families.

Montana Discovery Foundation
Brings the student to the mountain and the mountain to the student through conservation education and interpretive services for all ages.

 Montana Food Bank Network, Inc.
Works as the only statewide food bank  striving to end hunger among Montana’s most vulnerable populations through food acquisition and distribution, education and advocacy.

Montana Generational Justice
Protects Montanans with dementia and low income seniors by preparing estate planning documents to prevent exploitation and fraud, creating peace of mind for generations.

 Montana History Foundation
Preserves Montana history by making grants to mount exhibits, restore buildings, collect oral history and save historic cemeteries across the state.

 Montana Legal Services Association
A private, non-profit law firm that provides free legal aid to low-income Montanans in all 56 Montana counties, and on all Montana tribal reservations.

Montana Meth Project
Reduce first-time Methamphetamine use among Montana’s youth through a campaign of public service messaging, public policy, and community action.

 Montana Natural History Center
Promotes and cultivates the appreciation, understanding and stewardship of nature through education for people of all ages.

Montana Restoration Foundation (Formerly Original Governor’s Mansion Restoration Society)
Keeps Montana history alive through the restoration of it’s beautiful buildings and the distribution of education materials to Montana schools.

 Montana Spay/Neuter Task Force
Helps volunteers create pet care events with free demonstration spay/neuter clinics.  The community discovers how to solve and owns the solution to pet overpopulation.

 Montana Supporting Soldiers
Supports and boosts the morale of deployed troops, wounded warriors, and veterans through care packages, clothing, food, and other needs.  Their families are also supported.

Montana Trout Unlimited
Founded in 1964, Montana Trout Unlimited is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring Montana’s cold water fisheries and their watersheds.

Montana Watershed Coordination Council
Uniting and supporting Montana’s watershed communities to promote healthy and productive landscapes to benefit all Montanans, everyone downstream, now and for future generations.

Montana Wilderness Association, Inc.
Works with communities statewide to protect Montana’s wilderness heritage, quiet beauty and outdoor traditions, now and for future generations.

Montana Wildlife Federation
Protects Montana’s fish and wildlife, our wild lands and waters, and fights for public access for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation.

NAMI Montana
Educates, advocates and supports people with mental illness and their families through grassroots work.

NeighborWorks Montana (MT Homeownership Network, Inc.)
Helps low and moderate income families buy or rent an affordable home and keep their home by providing education and financial assistance throughout Montana.

Pride Foundation
Dedicates resources to expanding opportunities and advancing full equality for LGBTQ youth, adults, and families across the Northwest through investments in organizations and student leaders.

Queen City Ballet Company
Contributes to a vibrant culture by providing Helena with professional quality dance productions, trains dance students, and provides scholarships to talented students from low-income families.

Rural Employment Opportunities, Inc.
Helps limited-income Montanans access education, employment and job-training leading to year-round employment, improved family income and economic security.

Susan G Komen Idaho Montana
Provides grants to community partners to ensure all women in Idaho and Montana have access to the breast health services they need.

 

Montana Shares Member Statements

Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO)
If every Montana household spent $10 per week on locally grown food, $186 million would be contributed back into Montana communities. AERO promotes sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and conservation, environmental quality, and community self-reliance.

 

AniMeals
In the United States an estimated ten million animals are abandoned to shelters every year. Many of the shelters & rescue groups who house & feed these animals are struggling daily. The purpose of AniMeals work is to supplement the food needs of organizations so they can focus their money on medical needs & operational costs. In addition, their food delivery service helps to keep companion animals in their homes when their caregivers can’t afford to feed them. So instead of giving them up to already over-populated shelters, they can keep them home where they belong.  In many instances AniMeals is the difference between keeping a four-legged family member home and the heartbreak of surrendering them to an unknown future.  AniMeals works to ensure there are no more hungry animals in Montana.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Montana
We believe that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters live in single-parent and low-income families, or households where a parent is incarcerated. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers “Bigs” and children “Littles”.

Big Brothers Big Sisters found that adults who were matched for at least one year as children report that having a Big Brother or Big Sister played an integral role in who they are today by positively influencing their self-confidence, providing stability, changing their perspective on life and pushing them to set higher goals.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a best practice prevention program in Montana proven to impact a broad spectrum of risk factors (i.e. delinquency; alcohol, tobacco and drug use; teen pregnancy, and school dropout) while simultaneously helping children reach their highest potential.  The return on investment is higher across the board than dollars invested in single issue prevention programs.

 

Bike Walk Montana, Inc.
Two-thirds of Montanans are overweight or obese, resulting in escalating health-care costs. By providing opportunities and safe places for more people to walk and bicycle on a daily basis, we can improve the health, economy and environment of Montana.

 

Bridgercare
In the U.S., a poor woman is FOUR TIMES as likely to experience an unplanned pregnancy as a higher-income woman, an estimated 44% of pregnancies in Montana are unintended, and 1 in 4 teen girls will get pregnant at least once by age 20.

Investment in family planning services is highly cost-effective. Nationally, for every $1 invested in helping women avoid pregnancies they did not want to have saved $5.68 in public expenditures that otherwise would have been needed.

Annually, Montana family planning clinics helped women avoid approximately 5,300 unintended pregnancies, which would have resulted in 2,400 births, 2,300 abortions, and 600 miscarriages.

Family Planning healthcare and education has the goal of giving couples the best chance to plan for and space children according to parents’ desires and resources.  Benefits include better maternal health outcomes, improved infant and child survival and health, and greater economic security for families and resulting academic achievement for children.

 

Camp Mak-A-Dream
What started out as one camp in 1995 for 46 campers has turned into 11 different camps and retreats in 2015.  Over the years, as specific needs were identified, we created programming to meet those unique needs, such as our sessions for brain tumor survivors, sessions for siblings(children and teens who aren’t sick themselves but someone in their family is or has passed away from cancer), and long weekend retreats for women with cancer.  We partner with medical professionals across the country to help identify gaps in services and how Camp Mak-A-Dream might be able to help fill those gaps.

 

Cancer Support Community Montana
The daily demands of living with a life-threatening disease are a constant struggle. Cancer Support Community Montana’s free programs and services help individuals & families rediscover a healthy balance and celebrate hope. Cancer Support Community Montana helps families live well with, through, and beyond cancer.

 

Disability Rights Montana
Montanans living with disabilities want to be included in everyday living and need access to appropriate support and services. DRM actively works to make local communities more physically accessible. DRM also advocates to bring support and services to your community and to protect your right to live, receive an education, work, and recreate in your local community.

 

Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument
The Missouri Breaks Monument contains one of the few remaining fully functioning cottonwood gallery forest ecosystems on the Northern Great Plains.  Flood control, cattle grazing along the banks, and now climate change are taking a toll on what many call the historic tree of the American prairie. In 2010, more than half of the trees along the river were more than 50 years old. We’re leading a public-private partnership (with BLM and landowners along the river) with the long-term goal of shifting this demography so that more than half of the trees are younger than 50 years old.

 

Great Falls Community Food Bank, Inc.
More than 300,000 Montanans are considered at risk of food insecurity.  The Great Falls Community Food Bank is one of only three true food bank warehouse/distribution facilities in Montana.  Serving four counties and 63 emergency food sites, the Food Bank distributed over 475 tons of food which provided over 755,250 meals for children, seniors, and adults.

 

Heart of the Valley, Inc.
In 2016, Heart of the Valley Animal (HOV) cared for more than 2,800 cats and dogs, helping reunite lost pets with their grateful owners and finding new homes for homeless animals.  In addition, HOV offers a host of programs and services to the community to help connect people and pets.  Special adoption programs include fee waived adoptions for military veterans and seniors through the Pets for Vets and Companion Cats for Senior People programs.  The Warriors with Heart program matches disabled veterans with shelter dogs who will be trained as service animals.

HOV offers training courses for puppies and adult dogs, as well as one-on-one consultations on behavioral issues.  In an effort to help control the feral cat population, HOV’s Spay and Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) offers free and reduced fee surgeries for feral and semi-feral cats.  HOV’s Humane Education Program provides no cost presentations to the community, focusing on the humane treatment of and positive interaction with animals.  The Pet Pals Summer Camp offers children the opportunity to learn about and experience the special bond between humans and animals.

 

Holter Museum of Art, Inc.
The Holter Museum, the center for art-based, community-focused education in Helena and surrounding areas has been bringing world class exhibitions & teaching artists-in-residence here for 30 years. Recognizing that community needs have evolved; the museum is now extending its reach into the community with a more relevant approach and a deeper and wider impact by offering unique and valuable resources. The museum has shifted focus and is committed to projects like OHA (Operation Healing Arts) and its expansion into the community through new partnerships and a fresh perspective on the value of art and creative thinking in everyday life, ensuring that the Holter is pertinent to a wider and larger audience.

 

Jeannette Rankin Peace Resource Center
Our world is complex, and we face serious long-term challenges to the building of a just, non-violent, and sustainable global culture. But each challenge is also an opportunity for each of us personally and all of us collectively.  The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center offers us the tools of education, reflection, dialogue, relationship and action to meet that challenge both in times of crisis and in the ongoing work of peacemaking.

 

K9 Care Montana
At K9 Care Montana, we are devoted to providing the highest quality service dogs at no cost to our nations wounded warriors and children facing autism.  We also provide customized outdoor activities for wounded warriors as well as special needs children and their families in a relaxing therapeutic setting.  Since 2009 we have accepted 37 families into our programs.

 

Last Chance Community Pow Wow
Last Chance Community Pow Wow hosts an annual celebration to empower and honor our youth by preserving our distinct Native American cultural and spiritual traditions. The pow wow and other cultural activities that take place throughout the year instill pride among our local Native population, especially our youth, helping them choose healthy lifestyles.

 

Lewis & Clark Humane Society
The Lewis & Clark Hum ane Society is the tri-county area’s only animal shelter.  We provide care for the homeless, abandoned and surrendered animals who need a temporary place, caring people, food, water and medical care on their pathway to a new home.   In 2016, shelter staff and volunteers provided care to over 1,400 animals.  The Spay Montana program continues to travel throughout Montana, offering low or no cost spay/neuter services to reduce overpopulation.  Spay Montana spayed/neutered 3,190 dogs and cats statewide preventing 22,330 births.  Outreach education pr9ograms in schools and to the general public help educate our community about animal welfare issues.  Additionally, we continue to assist other rescue organizations in Montana, specifically the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Fort Belknap.  This past year we were able to assist an Arizona shelter in desperate need of relocation of dogs and to participate in assisting Humane International in taking in some dog meat trade Jindo’s from Korea.

 

Mai Wah Society, Inc.
Butte’s Chinese population and its impressive Chinatown have been a hidden gem in this historic community.   The Mai Wah Museum is preserving the heart of Chinatown by restoring the Wah Chong Tai and Mai Wah Noodle Parlor buildings, exhibiting artifiacts, retelling stories and presenting educational and cultural events.

 

Montana 4-H Foundation, Inc.
With over 4,000 adult volunteers working with over 23,000 4-H youth in Montana, these volunteers donate well over 200,000 hours in planning and conducting exciting activities.  Economic impact of this volunteer service equals approximately 3 million dollars and is equivalent to over 105 full time staff positions.

While many organizations concentrate on problems of youth or seek to change their behavior, 4-H embraces positive youth development.  4-H youth are able to identify their interests, set goals, and work with positive adult role models and other young people who share their passion and interests.  Focusing on the strengths and talents of youth, 4-H engages them in a structured system of learning, by setting goals and measuring success.  By challenging kids and providing them with the tools and resources needed, 4-H helps them learn, grow and prosper.

 

Montana Association for the Blind, Inc.
An estimated 20,000 to 25,000 Montanans are blind or “visually impaired.”  The Montana Association for the Blind actively advocates on behalf of equality and opportunity for all blind and low vision Montanans statewide.  The MAB also provides programs that teach and develop skills critical to maintaining independence and employment or to pursue educational and vocational goals.  In addition, the MAB’s eleven local chapters across the state reach out to newly blinded Montanans to carry the message of hope and self-determination to every blind Montanan and their families and friends.

 

Montana Audubon
Montana has lost more than 50% of its historic wetlands, and more than one-third of the birds that nest in the state are declining rangewide. Accelerating development along Montana’s streams and rivers is damaging water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities. Montana Audubon works to ensure that all native wildlife populations are healthy and sustainable by protecting and conserving their natural habitats.

 

Montana Child Care Resource & Referral Network, Inc.
MCCRRN links parents to available childcare and afterschool programs and helps low-income working families pay for these important services. By training early education and afterschool workers, MCCRRN builds a quality care and education system and helps makes it accessible to all Montana families.

 

Montana Discovery Foundation

 

Montana Food Bank Network, Inc.
One in seven Montanans, and 1 in 5 Montana children, struggle with hunger today. The Montana Food Bank Network reduces hunger by acquiring and distributing food, educating the public, and advocating on behalf of people in need.

 

Montana Generational Justice
Many Montana seniors are victims of fraud and exploitation, many more have not completed their end-of-life documents nor have the documents necessary to protect them should they become mentally or physically disabled. In addition, hundreds of Montanans suffer from dementia. We have created a comprehensive structure through our partner organizations to serve all the legal needs of Montana’s seniors. Our organization focuses on funding the estate planning process and serving the legal needs of Montanans who suffer from dementia. A unique aspect of our program is our ability to provide wrap around services for the people we help. For example, if a senior is evicted from his/her home we can represent them and assist the senior in finding new housing.

Our program of creating end-of-life and disability documents has a real value to society as well. Banks, hospitals, hospice and the judicial system all benefit when heirs and care givers have a clear understanding of the intentions of those whose documents we prepare.
At our on-site legal documents clinics, phone clinics and Indian wills clinics we completed 2421 legal documents for 533 seniors saving these low-income Montanans and estimated $1,237,950.00 from 2013-2016.

 

Montana History Foundation
The Montana History Foundation is the only charitable foundation in the state solely dedicated to funding projects preserving Montana’s unique and important history. Without our help, historic buildings disappear, collections and artifacts become inaccessible to the public, and the memories and life experiences of our elders are lost forever.  Since 2012 the Foundation has raised and granted over $457,000 for 119 projects in 58 communities in 33 counties across the state from Libby to Lima to Sidney.

 

Montana Legal Services Association
Financial barriers to the legal system erode the promise of equal justice for all created by our founding fathers. MLSA helps ensure access to justice for low-income Montanans by providing free civil legal aid for people with incomes at or below the 125% of the federal poverty rate.  In 2015 MLSA helped 7,858 Montanans, including 3,600 children, through easy-to-understand forms and legal self-help and by providing assistance in 3,114 cases.

 

Montana Meth Project
Our engagement has never been stronger. Our prevention message is reaching teens and we are the leading, most trusted resource on Meth prevention, with Montana leading states like Georgia and Colorado in teaching the Meth Prevention Lesson while their population is 5.5 and 10 times that of ours. For the first time, we called upon aspiring teen and established filmmakers from around the United States as we gathered 140 submissions for a national 30-second commercial competition centered on the theme “Life or Meth”. This engaging competition garnered 25.6 million impressions in only three months through social media, shares, and a small mix of traditional advertising.

 

Montana Natural History Center

 

Montana Restoration Foundation (Formerly Original Governor’s Mansion Restoration Society)
The Montana Restoration Foundation exists to support the ongoing historic preservation and restoration of the Original Governor’s Mansion.  Through our preservation work and educational programs, future generations can relive the past, discover history, and experience Montana’s rich cultural heritage.

 

Montana Spay/Neuter Task Force
The Task Force teaches respect for life. Its mission is to reverse the universal acceptance of killing as a solution to pet overpopulation by using education, low-cost spay and neuter, and community involvement.

 

Montana Supporting Soldiers
Many deployed troops, wounded warriors, and veterans do not receive support for needed items. We send approximately 9,000 pounds of goods to over 1,000 deployed troops each year. We also actively support our Montana wounded warriors and veterans in various ways whenever a need arises.

 

Montana Trout Unlimited
Montana Trout Unlimited conserves and protects Montana’s coldwater fisheries, which helps wild and native trout.  The presence of abundant, healthy trout produces a positive environmental and economic benefit for humans too. Native trout impact entire ecosystems, from grizzly bears to eagles. Angling contributes more than $237,000,000 to the economy in Montana every year… another reason to work for robust trout populations. Through education, conservation and advocacy, MTU is protecting our treasured rivers and streams for the next generation, of grizzly bears and anglers.

 

Montana Watershed Coordination Council
Montana’s water resources are precious, as Montana’s waters not only serve Montanans, but also much of the western and central United States.  However, this vital resource is increasingly fragile, due to droughts, severe climate fluctuations, pollution, and increased demands.  Since 2009, MWCC has organized and hosted two statewide watershed symposiums, ten watershed trainings, Watershed Wednesday at the Capitol, and the biennial Wetland and Watershed Awards, and provided capacity building services to eight local watershed groups, empowering hundreds of water resource caretakers to ensure clean, plentiful water for all 1 million Montanans and everyone downstream.

 

Montana Wilderness Association, Inc.
Only 3% of Montana’s wilderness is protected under the Wilderness Preservation System. Through grassroots organizing, public education, and our Wilderness Walks programs, Montana Wilderness Association encourages citizens to become advocates for the protection of crucial wildlife habitat, clean watersheds, and the preservation of our states unique and beautiful landscapes.

 

Montana Wildlife Federation
The Montana Wildlife Federation gives a voice to hunters, anglers, and other conservationists in order to safeguard our fish and wildlife, land and water, and public access.  MWF works to support the rights of everyone who hunts, fishes, or just enjoys the opportunity to see and experience wildlife in our state.

 

NAMI Montana
One in five families are affected by serious mental illness.  NAMI provides them with a voice.

NAMI Montana is dedicated to improving the lives of all of those affected with serious mental illness.  We have education classes and ongoing support groups for people with mental illness and their families.  The classes provide information on mental illness, treatments, and resources for families and loved ones who have a mental illness.  The on- going support groups help them discover they are not alone in the fight against mental illness.

 

NeighborWorks Montana (MT Homeownership Network, Inc.)
Montanans continue to struggle to get a strong financial footing.  The high cost of housing, coupled with low wages and high debt from student loans and other sources makes it difficult for many in our state to find affordable, stable housing.  NWMT provides a range of housing-related support individuals and families need to help overcome these challenges.  Homeownership continues to be a source of stability and asset growth that is important to long-term success.  Affordable housing is also an important economic engine, bringing stability to communities and the workforce – home is where jobs go to sleep at night.  NeighborWorks Montana is working hard on policy issues that affect housing growth and development, on preservation and replacement strategies for manufactured housing, and on homebuyer education and financial coaching to help current and potential homeowners succeed across the state.

 

Pride Foundation
Nearly ninety percent of LGBTQ students experience harassment and/or bullying at school. Approximately forty percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ and of those forty percent, approximately seventy percent report being rejected by their families when they came out. Pride Foundation is poised to invest and help build the capacity of local non-profits dedicated to addressing these issues as well as other critical issues facing the LGBTQ community in Montana.

Since 2002, Pride Foundation has awarded $164,900 in scholarship funds to 52 LGBTQ and/or allied student leaders in Montana—supporting them as they strive to achieve their educational dreams. Since 1993, Pride Foundation has invested $440,537 in organizations throughout Montana to support and connect local leaders and organizations working to expand opportunities and provide support and resources to LGBTQ youth, adults and families around the state.

 

Queen City Ballet Company
Queen City Ballet Company affords dance students and the general public the experience of high-quality, professional full-length ballets with professional guest artists, lighting, costumes and sets.  QCBC contributes to a vibrant cultural community by offering at least two performances a year, the Nutcracker Ballet and a full-length spring classical ballet production and/or a contemporary work. A dancer that aspires to a career in ballet can receive the experience and education in the art of performance to prepare for a career in dance.  The Company offers scholarships for performance fees and summer incentives with QCBC.

 

Rural Employment Opportunities, Inc.
Rural families who work seasonally have limited income and resources and struggle to maintain economic stability. Rural Employment Opportunities helps limited-income Montanans and their children with emergency assistance and access to education, employment, and job-training activities that lead to year-round employment, improved family income, and greater economic security.

 

Susan G Komen Idaho Montana
Komen Idaho Montana has funded over $7.1 million in grants to assist men and women in Idaho and Montana with breast health screenings, diagnostic services and patient assistance.  In 2016-2017 Komen Idaho Montana funded 1,194 mammograms, 127 diagnostic procedures and detected 44 breast cancers.  Komen Idaho Montana also provide 92 women with financial assistance during their breast cancer battle.  Komen Idaho Montana has also provided over $2.3 million to the Komen National Research Grant Portfolio to fund ground breaking and lifesaving breast cancer research.