Member Groups 25 Word Description & Statements


Montana Shares Member Groups’ 2016/2017
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
Saving 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.

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

ExplorationWorks!
Fosters a curious, scientifically literate citizenry empowered with skills to thrive in the 21st Century through interactive hands-on science center exhibits, camps, classes and programs.

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-door shelter cares for the lost and abandoned animals of the community and offers humane education and outreach 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.

Humanities Montana
Awards grants and creates public programs that support knowledge, thoughtfulness, and civil discussion so Montanans can learn and reflect together using the humanities.

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

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 humane care of stray, owner-surrendered, and abandoned animals; educates public regarding responsible pet ownership; sterilizes to prevent pet overpopulation; prevents cruelty to animals.

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.

Missoula Community Access Television, Inc.
Provides equipment, training, and channel-time to produce TV programs, which reflect Missoula’s cultural, political, and intellectual diversity, and fosters community connections that nurture understanding.

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

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.

NeighborWorks Montana
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
Committed 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.

Youth Connections Foundation
Connects kids to programs and services to prevent substance abuse, risky behaviors, and suicide, while creating an environment where they can thrive and succeed.

 

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.

ExplorationWorks!

ExplorationWorks offers family groups a rich social environment for science-based interactive learning experiences and also offers significant support for Montana’s schools, through field trips and outreach programs. Our activity-based science opportunities increase positive attitudes toward science, provide logic development, communication skills and reading readiness. Our enjoyable experiences lead to logic development, communication skills and reading readiness.. Our enjoyable experiences lead to increased motivation and support learning processes in formal education and other facets of daily lives.

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 2015, Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter found homes for 1,610 abandoned animals and reunited 606 lost animals with their worried families.

Holter Museum of Art, Inc.

As the only art museum within a 90-mile radius of the capital city, the Holter is committed to presenting a wide range of media, content, and aesthetic sensibilities appealing to the broad and diverse constituency we serve and exhibiting annually 15 exhibits with corresponding education programs.

Humanities Montana

In 2015, Humanities Montana provided:•47 grants totaling $140,000 to organizations large and small all across Montana;•157 Montana Conversations programs in 52 communities stretching from Eureka to Broadus, Plentywood to Dillon;•73 Speakers in the Schools programs in Sheridan, Gardiner, Libby, and so many more communities;•Underwriting for superb radio programs that reach the entire state through Montana and Yellowstone Public Radio: “Home Ground, “The Write Question, and “Reflections West;•Support for high-quality films that tell the Montana story—previous projects include “Indian Relay” and “Class C.”

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.

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 Humane Society is the tri-county area’s only animal shelter, we continue to care for the homeless, abandoned and surrendered animals who need a warm place to live, caring people, food, water and medical care. Shelter staff and a corps of trained volunteers last year provided care to over 1,500 animals. Our Spay Montana program travels throughout Montana, offering low or no cost spay/neuter services to reduce overpopulation. In 2015, Spay Montana spayed/neutered 3,894 dogs and cats statewide and preventing 33,166 births. Outreach education programs 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 Kaawaapomaakaa Rescue on the Browning Indian Reservation and RezQ located near the Fort Belknap reservation in housing and placing their homeless animals.

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.

Missoula Community Access Television, Inc.

Missoula is a city full of culture, art, music, and political hot topics with approximately 66,000 people living within its borders. MCAT provides Missoula residents, nonprofit organizations, and civic and student groups with the equipment, training, and channel time to produce TV programs based on their interests and concerns. These programs reflect Missoula’s cultural, political, and intellectual diversity, and help foster a community dialogue about people and issues that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Montana 4-H Foundation, Inc.

With over 4,000 adult volunteers working with over 23,000 4-H youth in Montana last year, 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

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 valuable 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 are 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 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 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 $458,000 for 119 projects in 60 communities and 44 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 2014 MLSA helped 6,370 Montanans, including 2,972 children, through easy-to-understand forms and legal self-help and by providing assistance in 2,588 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. We have just executed Paint the State using a fraction of the resources we traditionally had available, but still garnering nearly 15.9 million impressions through social media, shares, and a small mix of traditional advertising. This figure excludes the number of impressions garnered by the actual teen art that has been produced. A select group of celebrity judges with ties to Montana, including Oscar Award winner J.K. Simmons, helped reach a unique and diverse population through their involvement with our Paint the State contest.

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 10,000 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.

NeighborWorks Montana

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 $130,000 in scholarship funds to 42 LGBTQ and/or allied student leaders in Montana—supporting them as they strive to achieve their educational dreams. Since 1993, Pride Foundation has invested $403,537 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 intenstives 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 $6.9 million in grants to assist men and women in Idaho and Montana with breast health screenings, diagnostic services and patient assistance.  In 2014/2015 Komen Idaho Montana funded 1,549 mammograms, 148 diagnostic procedures and detected 61 breast cancers.  Komen Idaho Montana also provide 102 women with financial assistance during their breast cancer battle.  Komen Idaho Montana has also provided over $2.2 million to the Komen National Research Grant Portfolio to fund ground breaking and lifesaving breast cancer research.

Youth Connections Foundation

The rates of youth alcohol, tobacco, drug use and violence in Helena are unacceptably high.  Working together, our community can protect youth and create long-lasting changes for youth to thrive and succeed.