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Prevention Resource Center VISTA Project

Current PRC VISTA Host Sites

Billings

No Kid Hungry

Current VISTA: Natalie Redick

Mission: No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in Montana by ensuring that children get the healthy meals they need, every day.  Therefore, No Kid Hungry has partnered with schools and other organizations to improve food access and the quality of food offered through school breakfast, summer, and afterschool meal programs.  The goal on a local level is to address poverty-related needs by building capacity and developing the infrastructure to increase food access.

Bozeman

Gallatin Regional WIC

Current VISTA: Betsy Smith

Mission: To promote and protect health while preventing disease. Vision: Healthy people living in healthy communities.

Butte

No Kid Hungry

Current VISTA: Haley McKnight

Mission: No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in Montana by ensuring that children get the healthy meals they need, every day.  Therefore, No Kid Hungry has partnered with schools and other organizations to improve food access and the quality of food offered through school breakfast, summer, and afterschool meal programs.  The goal on a local level is to address poverty-related needs by building capacity and developing the infrastructure to increase food access.


Southwest Montana Aging and Disability Services

Current VISTA: Emily Bottino

Mission: to plan, coordinate and implement Aging programs outlined under the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended and the Montana Older Americans Act of 1972, as amended within the service area.  The planning and service area includes the counties of Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Granite, Madison, Powell and Silver Bow.  In addition the agency will strive to become a focal point for all seniors and adults with disabilities to be able to access available services in their area and will work to expand its resource base to help create new program opportunities where services are lacking.

Hamilton

Bitterroot Ecological Awareness Resources (B.E.A.R)

Current VISTA: Leslie Green

Mission: B.E.A.R.’s mission is to inspire youth to connect to their own potential, their community, and the landscape through experiential and outdoor adventures programs.

Vision: B.E.A.R. provides youth and their families with a positive and meaningful connection to our community and the outdoors, and has a truly strengths-based and empowering presence in the Bitterroot Valley.  As a result, youth will more fully realize their potential and will invest in giving back to others and ultimately the global community.  B.E.A.R.’s programming and services will be visible, transparent, and directly relevant to the people B.E.A.R. serves.  To these ends, B.E.A.R. will maintain and enhance the organization’s financial stability and internal organization to continue to enhance high-quality mentoring, education and outdoor experiences for youth and their families.

Hardin

No Kid Hungry

Current VISTA: Gilly Levy

Mission: No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in Montana by ensuring that children get the healthy meals they need, every day.  Therefore, No Kid Hungry has partnered with schools and other organizations to improve food access and the quality of food offered through school breakfast, summer, and afterschool meal programs.  The goal on a local level is to address poverty-related needs by building capacity and developing the infrastructure to increase food access.

Havre

Havre HELP Committee

Current VISTA: Becca Parker

Mission: To organize concerted efforts to recognize and constructively address the region’s needs, related to the prevention and education of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) abuse, and to inspire and enable all young people, ages 6-18, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

Helena

East Helena Public Schools

Current VISTA: Jess Hegstrom

Mission: East Helena Schools, in partnership with the parents and community, will offer a secure place where students gain knowledge, grow in wisdom, develop confidence, and value learning for life.

Goals: Increase access to mental health services to all low-income residents in East Helena, with a specific target of reaching middle school students and their families.


Montana Children's Trust Fund

Current VISTA: Cassidy Corbine

Mission: We believe that Montana’s children are the state’s greatest assets. Today’s children are the leaders of tomorrow. We hold their future in our hands, and our future is in their hands.


6th Ward Community Garden Park

Current VISTA: Lydia Sakowski

Mission: The City of Helena Parks and Recreation Department is committed to protecting and enhancing Helena's natural beauty through a vibrant system of parks, trails, and open spaces, which provide recreational and cultural opportunities while preserving and promoting a quality living environment.

Goal: The primary goal of the 6th Ward Garden Park is to revitalize a neglected neighborhood park in the heart of Helena’s 6th Ward neighborhood.  The vision is to redevelop it into a park that focuses on gardening and permaculture practices.  The Advisory Council assisted by the VISTA volunteer will connect families and their children in the 6th Ward with the resources, experience and education to efficiently garden using ecological, edible forest gardening techniques. More families will grow healthy food, increase family food security and economic independence. The work in the 6th Ward lays the base to expand gardening efforts throughout the greater Helena area the Prickly Pear Valley.


Office of the Child & Family Ombudsman

Current VISTA: Christiana Lancaster

Mission: Per Montana statute, the Office of the Child and Family Ombudsman is an independent, impartial, confidential, and knowledgeable resource serving to protect the interests and rights of Montana’s children and families.  The Ombudsman utilizes best practices and works collaboratively with the Department of Health and Human Services to strengthen child and family services.


No Kid Hungry

Current VISTA: Ellen Harris

Mission: No child should grow up hungry in America. But 1 in 5 children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals.

Goals: No Kid Hungry in Montana aims to decrease rates of childhood hunger by increasing access to food and providing free nutrition education.


Prevention Resource Center - VISTA Leaders

Current VISTA Leaders: Kami Kirchberg & Ted Irvin

Mission: Create and sustain a coordinated, comprehensive system of prevention services in the state of Montana.

Goals: Reduce child abuse, reduce youth substance abuse, reduce youth violence, reduce school dropout, and reduce teen pregnancy.


Youth Connections / YMCA of Helena

Current VISTA: Rachel Dober

Youth Connections cares about Helena’s future. We are a diverse group of community members who work to make Helena a healthy and supportive place for kids and families. We focus on preventing and reducing substance abuse and violence, while enhancing social, emotional and mental health supports for Helena’s youth. With the combined efforts of our coalition members – consisting of parents, educators, youth-serving organizations, church and business leaders – we are building a better Helena by providing valuable, evidence-based programs, services, and activities to help youth and families thrive.

Building strong families is what the YMCA is all about. By offering programs that foster the relationship between parents and children, we can assist in better communication and clarifying family values. The YMCA is the nation's largest provider of full-family programs in areas such as swimming, camping, and recreation. By bringing families together, we can help build a strong community.

Kalispell

Sunburst Community Service Foundation

Current VISTA: Raigan Priest

Mission: The Sunburst Community Service Foundation is dedicated to the growth of individuals, families and communities. We organize and promote cultural and creative opportunities, as well as provide resources to educate and nurture mutual respect, tolerance and healthy values in the communities we serve. The Sunburst Community Service Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1995 in Eureka, Montana by a small group of community members that has now grown to provide services in five locations in western Montana.


CASA Launch

Current VISTA: Sara Selg

Mission: to recruit, train and supervise volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children.

Goal: to help teens break the cycle of abuse and poverty that their families have experienced leading to a more successful young person and a successful transition into adulthood.


Kalispell HEART Program

Current VISTA: Adam Sommers

Mission: The HEART Program is a nonprofit organization that works hard to meet the needs of students in Kalispell School Districts #5 and #50, whom are struggling with homelessness.  The HEART Program consists of three parts:  The HEART Locker, The HEART Markets, and The HEART Fund.


No Kid Hungry

Current VISTA: Johnny Peña

Mission: No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in Montana by ensuring that children get the healthy meals they need, every day.  Therefore, No Kid Hungry has partnered with schools and other organizations to improve food access and the quality of food offered through school breakfast, summer, and afterschool meal programs.  The goal on a local level is to address poverty-related needs by building capacity and developing the infrastructure to increase food access.

Missoula

Montana Primary Care Association

Current VISTA: Julia Siar

Mission: MPCA is a statewide organization that represents 17 federally qualified community health centers (CHCs). MPCA is dedicated to supporting the work and effort of CHCs as well as working toward a more equitable and accessible health system in Montana. MPCA’s program areas include training and technical assistance around clinical improvement measures, patient centered medical home, federal compliance, emergency preparedness, operations, and outreach and enrollment for the the new Health Insurance Marketplace.


Mountain Home Montana

Current VISTA: Hala Filipowicz

Mountain Home Montana provides shelter for young mothers who need a place to live, and a network of support as they create safe, stable, and nurturing homes of their own.

Mission: To provide a safe, stable, and nurturing home where young mothers discover their strengths, and their children experience the joys of childhood.


Montana Food Bank Network

Current VISTA: Laura Pugh

Mission: The Mission of the Montana Food Bank Network is to end hunger in Montana through food acquisition and distribution, education and advocacy.

Vision: The Vision of the Montana Food Bank Network is a Montana free from hunger, where everyone has equal access to nutritious food.

Plentywood

No Kid Hungry

Current VISTA: Tina Kahrs

Mission: No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in Montana by ensuring that children get the healthy meals they need, every day.  Therefore, No Kid Hungry has partnered with schools and other organizations to improve food access and the quality of food offered through school breakfast, summer, and afterschool meal programs.  The goal on a local level is to address poverty-related needs by building capacity and developing the infrastructure to increase food access.

Poplar

No Kid Hungry

Current VISTA: Danielle Scudder

Mission: No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in Montana by ensuring that children get the healthy meals they need, every day.  Therefore, No Kid Hungry has partnered with schools and other organizations to improve food access and the quality of food offered through school breakfast, summer, and afterschool meal programs.  The goal on a local level is to address poverty-related needs by building capacity and developing the infrastructure to increase food access.

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