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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.


Gallatin Valley Food Bank

Current VISTA: Rachel Schorr

The Gallatin Valley Food Bank’s (GVFB) Mission is to improve food security throughout Southwest Montana.  The GVFB is one of the Food and Nutrition programs of the Human Resource Development Council, a community action agency.

Our Vision is an improved regional food system that addresses barriers and risks and increases access to good food across our community.

Helena

East Helena Public Schools - Suicide Prevention Program

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


DPHHS - 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.


Helena Parks and Recreations- 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; providing 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.


Montana Department of Justice - 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 Campaign

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 Leader

Current VISTA: 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.

Lame Deer

Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Cheyenne Nation

Current VISTA: Amon Barry

Mission: To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Cheyenne Nation has been a cornerstone of the community since opening it doors in 1994. Serving some 500 youth, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northern Cheyenne Nation provides a safe, structured and positive environment for young people after school, during holidays and summer vacation.

Missoula

Montana Primary Care Association

Current VISTA: Vacant

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: Vacant

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.

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