Community of Giving
Learn about local organizations that make a difference in our community.
Third Annual Community Giving of These organizations make a difference... You can too! THIRD FIRST ANNUAL COMMUNITY OF giving 2013 Advertiser Index: Adult Resource Alliance .................................. 25 Al Bedoo Shrine ............................................... 12 A Community of Giving is a special advertising section of The Billings Gazette. Alzheimer’s Association .................................. 14 Angela’s Piazza ................................................. 18 Beartooth Mountain Christian Ranch .............. 9 Big Brothers Big Sisters .................................. 21 Big Sky Senior Services, Inc............................11 Billings Catholic Schools................................. 25 Billings Food Bank ........................................... 31 Billings Golden K Kiwanis Club ..................... 21 Billings Studio Theatre .................................... 16 Family Service Incorporated ............................ 6 Friendship House of Christian Service............ 3 Sales & Marketing Director Dave Worstell Special Sections Coordinator Linsay Duty Section Designer Christine Cleveland Habitat for Humanity ....................................... 12 LaVie .................................................................. 23 LIFTT .................................................................... 4 March of Dimes ................................................ 13 Access Community of Giving at www.billingsgazette.com/ specialsections Montana Rescue Mission ............................... 15 Planned Parenthood ........................................ 29 Rimrock ............................................................. 29 Ronald McDonald House .................................19 Special K Ranch ................................................19 St. John’s Lutheran Ministries ....................... 10 STEP .................................................................. 17 The Center for Children and Families ........... 17 Western Heritage Center................................... 9 Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch Foundation.... 7 Yellowstone Casa Inc. ......................................11 Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter ................ 27 B illings is a wonderful place to live, work and play. You see its uniqueness in our neighborhoods, downtown, and the historic district and into rural areas. Especially at this time of year, friends, neighbors, and civic organizations come together to celebrate the spirit of the holidays in their own special way. It is truly a magical time. What you may not see is the wide range of important services that are being provided, behind the scenes, to children, families and individuals from all walks of life who are struggling to make ends meet. We are blessed to live in a community that cares about and is committed to providing essential services to the community. Our local non-profits who are steadfast in their missions are making a difference in the lives they serve. Inside the pages of Community of Giving, you will have a comprehensive look at our local non-profits and the range of important services they provide to our region and how they significantly enhance the quality of life in the Billings area. We hope you enjoy reading this section and find inspiration in the good deeds accomplished every day. Consider taking time out of this busy holiday season to meet some of the terrific people at nearby non-profits and discover rewarding opportunities existing for volunteers of all ages. The residents of the Billings region have an enormous capacity for generosity and compassion for those less fortunate. I am sure you will find the spirit of the holidays and your unique way to celebrate this wonderful time of year. The Billings Gazette is proud to be a part of this giving community. I wish you all the happiest of holidays and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year. Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary ..................... 14 YWCA Billings .................................................. 10 ZooMontana ..................................................... 18 *All advertorial and photos provided by the advertisers in this section unless otherwise noted. 2 Michael Gulledge, Publisher Billings Gazette COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 Friendship House of Christian Service Thank you, Billings, for your continued support! This past year you allowed us to serve hundreds of kids and families. The result? Our kids improved their individual educational test scores an average of 37%. Over 80% of our families had training in parenting, financial literacy, and healthy cooking. Because of you, we continue to be “Billings Premier Out of School Time Program”—impacting entire families with positive change. Your investment in kids and families is paying off. Photos courtesy of the Friendship House We have been blessed to be a blessing. ttle ones “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” -Matthew 10:42 Here is my donation of: $100 $25 $ $50 I can volunteer Friendship House 3123 8th Ave. S. Billings, MT 59101 Name Address City Email COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 Please make your check payable to Friendship House and mail it with this form to the address below: State Zip or donate at: www.friendshipmt.org Phone 3 L I FTT LIFTT Living Independently For Today & Tomorrow (LIFTT) is a not-for-profit agency governed by a consumer-controlled Board of Directors whose lives have been personally impacted by a disability. It is funded in part by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended in 1992 (Title VII- Independent Living Services), and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (Disability Services Division). LIFTT provides consumer and advocacy services to residents of Big Horn, Carbon, Carter, Custer, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, Golden Valley, McCone, Musselshell, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Rosebud, Stillwater, Treasure, Wibaux and Yellowstone counties as well as works on a systemic level nationally and across Montana to improve the lives of individuals living with disabilities. Skills Training LIFTT provides services to persons with disabilities to help them gain the skills they need to thrive on their own. Skills are taught either on an individual basis or in a group setting. Training is to help individuals with disabilities to become self-advocates so they can advocate for their own needs in the community and workplace. HOW WE CAN HELP: Community Services Independent Living Services Beyond providing resources for individual emLIFTT offers consumer Independent Living services in several areas, each designed to foster indi- powerment, LIFTT also works to promote acceptance and inclusion of persons with disabilities vidual empowerment. through social action and systems change. Applying and Obtaining Government Social Action Benefits LIFTT works with schools, businesses, and comLIFTT provides information and referral for persons with disabilities seeking help with applying munity organizations to increase awareness of the for and obtaining such government benefits as issues facing persons with disabilities and to help Food Stamps, Social Security, Medicare, and Med- them better serve the disability community. icaid. When appropriate LIFTT also provides consumers with referrals to legal representatives that Systems Change LIFTT works in a non-partisan manner with can help ensure equal treatment. government at all levels to educate officials on the realities of life for persons with disabilities. LIFTT Enhancing Accessibility LIFTT is committed to helping consumers live helps to design and advocate for legislation and as successful and safely as possible in their own policies that produce a framework within which homes. LIFTT can help consumers with applying persons with disabilities can achieve self-determifor grants to build ramps, roll in showers, or other nation. LIFTT also works to assure that once such legislation and policies are in place, they are propaccessibility modifications/needs. erly enforced and administered. Employment Services LIFTT can help consumers with the resources Information & Referral LIFTT provides information and referral for local needed to become successfully employed in the community resources in Southeastern Montana. community regardless of disability. We can also assist in locating state and national disability-related resources. Advocacy LIFTT is determined to help its consumers with advocating for their needs and rights as individu- Affordable Housing • Energy Assistance als with disabilities. We help by working with busi• Medicaid/Medicare nesses, community organizations, the government • Social Security Benefits and other community functions to ensure that the • Food Stamps (SNAP) needs and rights of the disabled community are • Assistive Devices/equipment not being overlooked. • Employment Opportunities 4 • Payee/bill paying programs • Senior/Peer Companions • Transportation Services Programs & Services • Information and Referral • Self-directed Personal Care Assistance (SDPAS) • Independent Living Skills • Peer Mentoring • Best Practices for Businesses Services Eligibility Persons with any type of physical or mental impairment that significantly impacts their ability to live independently in the home and community or to maintain employment are eligible for LIFTT services. Information and referral services are available to anyone, regardless of disability status, including friends and family, the business community, and the general public. For more information about using, or obtaining our services call (406) 259-5181 or (800) 669-6319. Check our new website at www.liftt.org. COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 Where is Home for the Holidays? One sure thing…Family Service is here to help. One family out of 5 in Yellowstone County decides each month whether to feed their children or pay rent Those who need to make that tough decision turn to Family Service for help How you can help: • $50 brings traditional family meals home at Thanksgiving and Christmas • $100 provides supplemental family food boxes for one month • $150 stocks our community clothing room with warm clothing • $250 pays winter utilities for struggling families Donate online at www www.famserv.com, by phone at 259-2269 or by mail POBox 1020, Billings 59103 6 Family Service, Inc. One Sure Thing--Family Service Small Successes add up to Big Impacts for Families! One sure thing struggling families can count on—Family Service, Inc. will be here, helping one family at a time, to alleviate poverty and homelessness. Family Service achieves its mission by providing the most basic necessities, food and clothing, to stressed families in crisis so their limited resources can be used to pay rent and utilities. seasonally appropriate clothing like boots, shoes, hats, coats and gloves. Rent and Utility Assistance Families who find themselves in unique circumstances and are highly motivated to improve and maintain their financial circumstances may be assisted by a one-time supplement for rent or utilities to avoid homelessness and help create a fresh start. What crucial service does Family Service provide? Lead, Inspire, Encourage! Your donations do all that and more! 1.3 Million pounds of food distribPlease give: uted to hungry people last year! • Online at www.famserv.com, • Weekly Family Food Boxes: Over using our easy and secure site 7600+ family food boxes (ap• Call or email (406) 259-2269 or proximately 80+lbs each week) firstname.lastname@example.org let children go to school and bed • Mail: P.O. Box 1020, Billings, MT well-fed. 59103 • Holiday Meal program: 1200+ • Drop off at 1824 1st Ave. N., Family Meal Bags create famMon. through Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ily celebrations in November and and Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. December. • Free Food Room: Our free food The most important concept your room removes the stigma of askdonation promotes is: ing for help, and is open to anyI am a good person. one who needs a little extra asI deserve to live a life of dignity. sistance. Elderly people, single Family Service helps. moms with young children, hungry, homeless teens, and chronically homeless individuals use this service. • Sack Lunches and Hygiene Kits: 5,000 nutritious sack lunches and 1,000 hygiene kits to individuals who are chronically homeless. 130,000 items of clothing! Thousands of pieces of gently used clothing are distributed to people who need them. Donations of these items are received from our generous community and include Thank you so much! COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 Stuff your Christmas Stocking with a . . . YELLOWSTONE GIFT ANNUITY Lifetime Benefits for You and At-Risk Children too! Ten Reasons to consider a Yellowstone Gift Annuity: 1. A Charitable Income Tax Deduction for 2013 2. A Montana Endowment Tax CREDIT for 2013 3. Secure Income for Life 4. Fixed Rates as high as 9% based on age 5. Substantial Tax-Free portion of Gift Annuity Income 6. Single Life or Joint Lives 7. Fund with Cash or Appreciated Asset 8. Bypass Capital Gains Tax on Gift 9. No Investment Worries Thank You! 10. This easy tax-wise gift creates a legacy that will assure care and education for Montana at-risk youth for years to come! 2050 Overland Ave. Billings, Montana 406/656-6788 www.yellowstonefoundation.org Contact us Today! Discover Life, Hope and Opportunity YBGR (Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch) is a nationally accredited, state tate lice licensed ensed nonprofit organization with 650 youth enrolled in Inpatient Residential, Outpatient Mental Health and Special Education Services - caringg people p p p preparing p g yyouth for life. Serving youth & families since 1957, YBGR employs 380 people and contributes $23 million annually to area economies. 1-800-726-6755 â€˘ www.ybgr.org â€˘ Like us on Facebook! COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 7 9 Ways to raise funds more ef fectively Courtesy of Metro Services Fundraising is how many non-profit organizations manage to stay afloat. There are scores of fundraising opportunities for clubs, organizations and companies of all sizes. Carefully chosen and planned fundraisers can help nonprofit organizations solicit more donations and ensure their mission statements become a reality. The following are 9 ways non-profit organizations can focus their fundraising efforts in an effort to better connect with potential donors. 1. Define the needs of the organization. Before you can effectively raise funds, you should establish the end goal of the fundraising effort. Figure out the group’s budget and expenses and how much money you hope to raise to keep your organization afloat. 2. Create a message. Once you have defined your needs, articulate your goals into language that can be shared with others. Include why donors should donate, such as how this fundraising campaign will help the community or a specific person. Tapping into a people’s emotional connection to a charity or event may lead them to be more responsive to your fundraising solicitation. 3. Create long-standing relationships. One of the most important things fundraisers can do is build deeper relationships between prospective givers and the organization that is doing the fundraising. Stronger relationships may bring in repeated financial donations and even some people willing to lend their voices or talents to the organization’s efforts. Solid relationships also serve as a building block for other contacts and word-ofmouth donations. 4. Build your prospect list. The closer an organization is to its donors the more likely those donors will give when asked. Start your prospect list with those people you know the best, including family and friends. Move outward to colleagues and acquaintances. Don’t be shy about contacting people on social media. 8 Photo courtesy of Stockbyte A fundraising committee can establish goals, budgets and messaging for your fundraising efforts. 5. Gather information. Find out about various fundraising opportunities. You do not need to reinvent the wheel. Many companies specialize in fundraising, including retailers that have fundraising arms of their companies. You could sell merchandise and receive a portion of the profits for your organization. Certain fundraising methods are more familiar to the community than others, such as coupon books or cookie sales. Familiarity may lead to bigger donations. 6. Avoid hosting too many fundraisers. It may seem counterintuitive, but fundraising less may bring in bigger donations over the long haul. Public enthusiasm can wane when organizations are constantly fundraising. One or two big fundraisers may have more impact than several different events throughout the year. 7. Have receipts or acknowledgement letters at the ready. Individuals will need a confirmation of the donation so they can deduct such contributions from their taxes. Acknowledgement letters serve this purpose, and the IRS even requires organizations provide such letters to donors who give gifts of $250 or more. 8. Advertise. Without knowledge of a fundraiser, no one can get on board with your efforts. Advertise as much as possible and solicit volunteers to spread the word. Also, advertise well in advance so people can look forward to the fundraiser and budget ahead of time. 9. Consult with experienced fundraising committees. If a particular group had a stellar fundraising campaign, talk with organizers about what they did. Learning from others’ past successes and failures can guide your future fundraising efforts. COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 Beartooth Mountain Christian Ranch Beartooth Mountain Christian Ranch (BMCR) is a 501(c)3 summer camping ministry located in the foothills of the Beartooth Mountains. BMCR strives to “Effectively Help People Know Christ Better” through dynamic programs for campers of all ages.From Junior Camp (8yrs-11yrs), Jr. High and Sr. H i g h Super Summer, Camp Velocity (youth in the foster care system) to Horsemanship Camps, Family camp and many in between, all camps at BMCR are designed to help make a positive difference. As a non-profit organization we depend heavily on the generosity of those who financially invest in the youth in our communities through supporting the ministry. There are campers every year who are able to attend camp only because of our Camper Scholarship program, you can help! Please consider making a donation that will make a difference. Western Heritage Center To share a story is to create a map, guidebook, or script – someone else has been there before us and we’re not alone. This helps relieve anxiety about places or people by making the strange more familiar. History provides us with stories of people placed in events where they often demonstrate coping skills, a sense of adventure and perseverance. When presented with a set of circumstances, settings, problems and issues that may parallel encounters Effectively Helping People Know Christ Better Please send donations to: 130 Trinity Trail, Fishtail, MT 59028 Or make your donation online at www.BMCRministries.org All donations are tax-exempt Photo courtesy of Western Heritage Center in our own life, we develop discernment, good judgment and a broad perspective. Through the recording, preserving and sharing of oral histories, the use of interactive exhibits and original research and the presentation of diverse perspectives, the Western Heritage Center feeds the mind. The illustration of diverse heritage and traditions produces citizens who can reason, set priories, organize ideas and quickly grasp what is essential. The mind is a wonderful and endlessly imaginative tool – join us! A young visitor enjoys the Echoes of Eastern Montana exhibit. The display includes many interactive components such as this Post Office set where guests can discover hidden treasures in the mail boxes. “Effectively Helping People Know Christ Better” es, i r o t S g n Telli ds, n i M g n i d Buil tion! a n i g a m I Powering Your Summer Camp destination 2822 Montana Avenue Billings, Montana www.ywhc.org 406-256-6809 501(C)3 All Donations Are Tax Deductible 130 Trinity Trail~Fishtail, MT 59028 (406)328-6825 www.bmcrministries.org COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 9 St. John’s Lutheran Ministries For 50 years, St. John’s Lutheran Ministries has served our community and lived our mission of providing living opportunities within nurturing environments of hope, dignity and love each and every day. The ministries have grown to meet the changing needs of our community and are driven by a love in Christ for those who most need to be lifted high. It has never been about buildings or a beautiful campus, but always about the people and those we serve. Over 600 residents call St. John’s home and enter our continuum of care at different levels. Once in the continuum, residents have priority access to care no matter what their needs are. Many of our residents are outliving their financial resources and over half of them are on supplemental support such as Medicaid. It is our commitment that they will never be asked to leave St. John’s because of their inability to pay. Your support of St. John’s is critical to allow us to continue our mission. Donate today at www.sjlm. org. Our residents thank you! YWCA Billings YWCA Billings has been saving, changing, and improving lives for more than 10 decades through programs that make a critical difference for women and children in our community. One in every three women is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or harassment and most are unaware that YWCA can help. Women between the ages of 18-30 are the fastest growing sector of women being hurt. YWCA’s Gateway offers 24hour phone and text help lines and safe shelter. Our Reaching Every Woman® campaign provides informational outreach thru television and radio ads, billboards, and Facebook and Twitter messaging to let more women know that support is available. We also provide free informational “toolkits” with practical advice. Additionally, YWCA offers counseling and training to assist in overcoming barriers to securing full-time employment, as well as licensed day care in an enriching environment where children participate in school readiness curriculum and enjoy healthy outdoor play. Your help makes all this possible! For additional information or to make a donation call YWCA at (406) 252-6303, or visit www.ywcabillings.org. One in three. That is the rate women in our region experience domestic violence, sexual assault or harassment Gateway offers 24-hour support to women in crisis Call 245.4472 or text 702.0229 Donate to the Reaching Every Woman® Campaign to help reduce the number of times women must be hurt before they take action or lose their lives. www.ywcabillings.org | 909 Wyoming, Billings, MT 59101 | 406.252.6303 10 COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 Big Sky Senior Services We need your financial support to help us continue to help the vulnerable and at risk senior citizens. Your time or money makes a difference. Please visit our website and donate today. www.bigskyseniorservices.org. Big Sky Senior Services is a local non-profit helping over 200 senior citizens and adults with disabilities living in Yellowstone, Carbon and Stillwater counties. Our three programs keep seniors living independent, safe and free from abuse. Senior Helping Hands provides in home services including homemaking, personal care, nursing and medical transportation to help seniors stay in their homes. Donations and funding are used to offset our income-based fee schedule. The Prevention of Elder Abuse program protects vulner- able individuals who have been exploited or at risk for homelessness. Case management and the representative payee program insure bills are paid and clients are protected from perpetrators. Training and outreach to increase awareness of elder abuse is supported by the PEP coalition, a volunteer based organization. The Volunteer program connects community volunteers who want to make a difference by calling or visiting the homebound senior citizens. Yellowstone CASA This holiday season, 370 children in Yellowstone County will find themselves in the court system because of abuse or neglect. Yellowstone CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) trains volunteers to advocate in court for abused children. CASA volunteers develop a strong bond with the child as they investigate the child’s life and advocate for the child’s physical, psychological and educational needs. The goal of the CASA volunteer is simple; help the court find a safe, permanent home for the child, as quickly as possible. Now more than ever, Yellowstone CASA needs YOU! With record numbers of children entering the court system and a shortage of CASA volunteers, YCASA needs YOU to speak for our children. Don’t have 5-15 hours a month to dedicate to becoming a CASA volunteer? YCASA needs community support to increase our services to ALL of the children who currently qualify for a CASA volunteer. For more information, or to inquire about becoming a CASA volunteer, call (406) 259-1233 today, or visit www.yellowstonecasa.org. This holiday season give an abused child a voice, YOURS. Help keep her in her home. BigSkySeniorServices.org Give an abused child a voice. YOURS. Call CASA 259-1233 w w w. Ye l l o w s t o n e C A S A . o r g COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 11 Al Bedoo Shrine Habitat for Humanity To each family, it’s a miracle…Will you help a low-income family spend their next Christmas in a simple, decent, affordable home? Habitat for Humanity MidYellowstone Valley has prequalified families working toward “their turn” to build their new home. These families have over 20 children and all are currently living in poverty or substandard housing. Habitat builds with volunteer labor and sells the home at 0% interest to the pre-qualified family. Your donation now will help purchase the materials to build the next house. Please consider a charitable contribution to Habitat for Humanity right here in Billings this holiday season………or anytime. Blessings $40 Range Hood $50 Mail Box & Post $60 Box of Nails $75 Bathroom Hardware $100 Kitchen Sink $125 Exterior Doors – Each $240 Dishwasher $1100 Windows - Whole House $3300 Vinyl Siding $3750 Flooring $5,000 Corporate Sponsorship $10,000 Contributing Sponsorship $25,000 Major Sponsor – House named after donor $148,300 Whole House Project Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system that is world renowned for pediatric specialty care, innovative research and teaching programs. We treat children from birth to 18 years in age who have a qualifying medical condition. There are 23 Shriners Hospitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico, all focused on delivering their services with compassionate, family centered and collaborative care. Acceptance as a patient is based solely on a child’s medical needs, and care is provided regardless of the patient’s ability to pay for their admission and treatment in the Shrine Hospital environment. The Al Bedoo Shrine transported over 300 children to our Shrine Hospitals last year. The Hospital Corps is dedicated to finding and helping children with orthopedic, Who Are the Grateful families thank You! shriners? During 2013, four Yellowstone County families completed their sweat equity required by their homeowner partnership with Habitat for Humanity Mid-Yellowstone Valley. But their commitment to owning simple, decent, affordable housing did not end there. They will continue working hard in the coming years to complete the purchase of their homes by making their monthly mortgage payments and to provide their children with the safety and stability of a permanent place to call home. Please consider investing in your community with a tax deductible gift to help more Yellowstone County families raise themselves out of poverty housing in 2014. It’s easy to make a contribution by visiting our website, www.billingshabitat.org, or call Jim Woolyhand at 652-0960, or mail your gift to Habitat for Humanity Mid-Yellowstone Valley, 1617 1st Avenue North, Billings, MT, 59101. Thank You for Caring! 12 burn, or cleft lip and palate medical difficulties. This mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed religion or sex. Shriners believe children are priceless so our care to them is priceless. Shriners Hospitals for Children are creating a better tomorrow. If you know a child we can help, or for more information, contact the Al Bedoo Shrine, P.O. Box 20673, Billings, MT 59104, or call (406) 259-4384. Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children® for Children® Shriners International founded and continues to support Shriners Hospitals for Children as its official philanthropy. • • • • • • Shriners Membership: 309,000 Number of temples (chapters): 195 First Shriners Temple (theme) in New York City in 1872 First Shriners Hospital for Children: Shreveport, La., in 1922 Number of Shriners Hospitals for Children: 23 Number of Patients treated in 2012: 121,271 in addition to 237,757 outpatients visits. • Where the money comes from: A 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, Shriners Hospitals for Children relies on the donations of Shriners and the general public. 92% of the Hospitals operating budget is spent in direct support of patient care, research and education. If you would like to help, a donation of $10, $20, $50, $100 may be sent to : Shriners Hospitals, Al Bedoo Shrine @ 1125 Broadwater Ave or PO Box 20673, Billings, MT 59104 To learn more, call 259-4384 or visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 March of Dimes From Polio to Prematurity: March of Dimes celebrates 75 years of live-saving achievements March of Dimes, the leading non-profit organization for maternal and infant health, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and its ongoing work to help all babies get a healthy start in life. Over 4 million babies were born in the United States last year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. The March of Dimes launched the year-long celebration to honor its founder, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), who was born on January 30, 131 years ago. Affected by polio himself, FDR established the Foundation in 1938 to “lead, direct and unify” the fight against polio. In FDR’s day, polio was an epidemic disease that paralyzed or killed up to 52,000 Americans, mostly children, every year. The March of Dimes got its name when comedian Eddie Cantor asked Americans to send their dimes to FDR at the White House to help defeat polio. The foundation later funded the development of the Salk vaccine which was tested in 1954 and licensed a year later, as well as the Sabin vaccine which became available in 1962. Nearly all babies born today still receive a lifesaving polio vaccine. Throughout its history, the March of Dimes has supported many important research milestones that have benefitted newborn and child health. For example, in 1953, James D. Watson and Francis Crick identified the double helix structure of DNA, announcing, “We have found the secret of life.” Watson had received a grant from the March of Dimes that helped support his research on “protein patterns.” The team’s work won the Nobel Prize in 1962 and paved the way for modern genetic medicine, including the mapping of the human genome. Another research breakthrough came in the early 1960s when the March of Dimes supported grantee Dr. Robert Guthrie, who developed the first screening test for PKU (phenylketonuria), allowing prevention of intellectual disabilities caused by PKU through diet. Since that time, the March of Dimes and family groups have campaigned tirelessly for expanded newborn screening. Today every baby where your money goes brain: When a baby is born too soon, even by just a few weeks, the brain and other organs haven’t had time to fully develop. Our researchers are working on ways to prevent prematurity so that all babies get their important nine months. The March of Dimes uses 76 cents of every dollar you raise to support research and programs that help moms have full term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. Your funds are also used to bring comfort and information to families whose babies are born too soon or too sick. Here are just some of the ways you’ve already helped: smile: Every year, more than 6,800 babies are born with an oral cleft. Our researchers identified a gene responsible for the condition and are working on preventions. spine: Fewer babies are born with neural tube birth defects like spina bifida as a result of March of Dimes folic acid education and fortification campaigns lungs: Surfactant and nitric oxide therapies now save the lives of tens of thousands of babies suffering from respiratory distress syndrome after they were born too soon. born in every state in the U.S. receives screening for dozens of conditions that could cause catastrophic health problems or death if not detected and treated promptly at birth. “For 75 years, March of Dimes has dedicated itself to giving all children an equal chance at a healthy start in life,” says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of March of Dimes. “Since our founding, research has been a key strategy that has led to many new treatments and saved thousands of lives.” The March of Dimes is the leading non-profit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes is the Nations #1 Recognized Health Charity by Moms. Every day we are working to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. eyes: Premature birth and certain birth defects can lead to blindness. Scientists are studying the genetic causes of prematurity and developing treatments to cure vision defects like retinitis pigmentosa. heart: heart defects affect 1 in every 100 babies and take more lives than any other birth defect. Our advances in diagnosis and surgical treatment mean better survival rates for the tiniest heart patients. heel: Thanks to our volunteer advocacy efforts, most states now screen babies for 21 or more serious but treatable conditions. A tiny drop of blood from a newborn’s heel could save a life. www.marchofdimes.com/Montana COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 13 Alzheimer’s Association According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, Montana is the home to over 21,000 people living with Alzheimer’s and more than 47,000 caregivers. Behind every statistic there is a person, and that person has family and friends who are often involved with the time consuming and emotional caregiving tasks that Alzheimer’s introduces into their lives. Therefore, the need for education, information and supportive services is critical. At the Alzheimer’s Association Montana Chapter, we are committed to providing care and support for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and raising awareness in our community—whether it is through our support groups, program and services, educational material, online resources or our 24/7 helpline staffed by professional care consultants. To continue these services for our community, we need your support. Please send your donation to Alzheimer’s Association, 3010 11th Ave N., Billings, MT 59101. Yes I want to help! Here is my donation of: $20 $35 $50 $100 $_______ Name: ____________________________ Address ____________________________ City, State, Zip ____________________________ Email, Phone ____________________________ Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary The Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary (YWS) is Billings’ own wildlife rescue open to the public! Our mission is to save regional animals that can no longer survive in the wild and educate people about the incredible Yellowstone ecosystem. We are located just a short drive away in beautiful Red Lodge. YWS has recently received several grants that will help us to update our facilities, but it takes a lot of resources to care for and feed our over 60 wild animals. We need your help in order to make it through the long winter. Please consider a donation to our wonderful animals. Your favorites like Speedy the bison, Apache and Cheyenne the wolf sisters, Bo and Bluebeary the black bears and Charlie the raccoon are incredibly grateful for any help that you can provide. Also, be sure to come visit this winter. The animals love the winter weather so they are more active. Winter is the perfect time to come and relax in our sanctuary. Nothing can refresh your spirit like a day with bears, wolves, cougars, bison, elk and dozens more. Open Daily. Donations can be made by calling (406) 446-1133, emailing michelle@yellowstoneWS.com or visiting our website at www. yellows tonewildlifesanc tuar y. com. WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS GuaraNTEED A memory change that affects daily life is 1 of the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Recognizing the symptoms is the first step toward doing something about it. For more information, and to learn what you can do now, go to alz.org/10signs or call 800.272.3900. • Home to over 60 rescued animals • Come stand within 3 feet of who are no longer able to survive bears, wolves, elk, bison, deer, in the wild. fox, hawks, owls and dozens more. • We are the only nonprofit rescue • Educational Adventure for the organization open to the public. Whole Family. Winter Hours Open Daily 10AM - 2PM Location: Just north of downtown Red Lodge at 615 2nd Street East ©2012 Alzheimer’s Association. All Rights Reserved. 14 406-446-1133 | www.yellowstonewildlifesanctuary.com COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 Billings Studio Theatre Over 60 Years of Excellence and Excitement! That is what Billings Studio Theatre (BST) has delivered to the community of the greater Yellowstone area through their theatrical presentations. From their highly acclaimed, most recent production of the musical Les Miserables to the ever timeless On Golden Pond, BST gathers the best of local talent in carving out hit after hit, season after season. They provide a little something for everyone as their seasons contain a wide genre of material that varies from classical works and riveting thought-provoking drama to hilarious comedies and children’s shows. BST crafts each season to provide a balanced series that really is theatre for the whole family, BST believes a community becomes stronger as the quality of the amenities that are offered within it continues to increase. BST is dedicated to providing a consistent line of quality programing and, as such, has a loyal and dedicated patronage. But providing quality programing is difficult to do on ticket revenues alone. Show Sponsors (both corporate and individual) and Donors continue to be the lifeblood of BST, allowing the theatre to pursue the presentation of new and quality material in a setting that 16 is both comfortable and appealing. Financial donations, whether they are monies allocated for immediate needs or those that are designed to provide for the continued stability of the theatre over time, are what provide for the growth of what has been affectionately titled “Your Own Community Theatre.” Of course, in-kind material, services and unrestricted gifts are always welcome. BST has also recently partnered with the Billings Community Foundation (BCF) in an effort to enhance the capacity of donors and their gifts while meeting the needs of the theatre. This association allows BST, through the BCF, to offer a variety of options in giving to the theatre; some of which may have significant tax advantages for the donor. Located adjacent to the Rocky Mountain College campus, Billings Studio Theatre is in the heart of the city. For more information contact them at 1500 Rimrock Road, Billings, MT 59102, or visit www.billingsstudiotheatre.com. Courtesy of BST COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 ST EP Exploring Options. Finding Solutions. Reaching Goals. STEP helps families and individuals to expand their view of what is possible for their lives, to dream and to create a meaningful and rewarding life. We have the experts and knowledge to provide options and to offer a wide range of solutions to the challenges that families and individuals face. Our staff can help you to overcome obstacles and to move closer to the life that you envision for yourself and your family. We offer an array of innovative, customized services for children, families, and adults. Our primary focus is on working with families and adults with developmental or other disabilities. Services such as infant and toddler early intervention, Autism Services, developmental screening and evaluation, adult day services, and adult supported living are implemented by highly trained and compassionate staff. For more information or to get involved, call (406) 248-2055, or visit us at www.step-inc.org. Empowering families in a challenging and changing world. Step by step together we can help you find and utilize all resources to achieve the greatest potential, and actively participate in the life of our community. If you need some guidance we can answer your questions. 406.248.2055 800.820.4180 T he Ce n t e r fo r Ch i l d re n & Fa m i l ie s What happens when children come to The Center? A strong, healthy family can lift them up. The Center for Children and Families is a behavioral health agency serving Montana. We transform lives for today and tomorrow by working to ensure the safety, permanency and wellbeing of children & youth, while strengthening families. Stable, healthy families raise stable, healthy children. Our group and individual behavioral health services help the whole family to recover from a parent’s addiction or mental illness. The Center addresses issues at the core of a caregiver’s recovery and their subsequent ability to safely parent their children. When we give just one parent the chance to become empowered, self-sufficient, and a healthy role model to their boys and girls, we break the cycle of poverty and abuse. Every child deserves to find love and security in the arms of their family. Our dream is to make that happen. The Center for Children & Families 3021 3rd Ave. N. Billings, MT 59101 (406) 294-5090 Find us on Facebook /forfamilies www.forfamilies.org Whathappens whenchildren cometo TheCenter? A strong, healthy family can lift them up. 644 Grand Ave, Ste 1 Billings, MT 59101 Since 1977, STEP has provided early intervention services for young children and other services for persons with developmental disabilities. To learn more, www.step-inc.org COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 www.forfamilies.org 17 Z oo M ontana ZooMontana continues to evolve, growing to meet the needs of our community and region every day. Zoo staff and volunteers have built new exhibits, added educational programming (summer camps were a great hit!), and partnered with other community organizations to offer new ways to enjoy the Zoo. Those same staff and volunteers often hear wonderful stories about memorable animal encounters and great family adventures. Often, these stories are accompanied by beaming, smiling faces as children describe Zoo discoveries that they will remember forever. Understanding the value of ZooMontana has been increasingly evident over the past year and for that, we thank you. We at ZooMontana are proud to have donated over $15,000 this year back to the community in passes, memberships and programming in an attempt to give back. We look forward to your continued support which will help ensure that ZooMontana maintains forward momentum and continues to grow in its role as an important community asset. The area’s only drive through light display ! December 6, 7, 13,14, 20-24, 31 5:30pm-9pm A MUST DO TRADITION!! 2100 S Shiloh Rd, Billing (406) 652-8100 zoomontana.org A n ge l a’s P i azz a Angela’s Piazza is a welcoming, accepting place where women come to learn to live safer, better lives free from addictions and violence by discovering self-confidence, courage and hope through domestic violence programs and programs that encourage spiritual and emotional healing. Seeing a need for advocates for women, our agency was founded in 1998 to connect with women with a caring smile and kind encouragement, and we continue to do so today. Angela’s Piazza is for women in need of solace and peace, understanding and compassion. If you would like to be a part of this extraordinary outreach opportunity, we invite you to call our office at (406) 255-0611. Volunteers are needed year-round, but also to help with our annual Christmas Dinner Party, which we offer to the women and families we serve. Helping Women find FRESH Hope & Courage. • Domestic Violence Education • Medicine Wheel and 12 Step for Women • Daughters of Tradition • Teen Medicine Wheel • Parenting Classes “Providing a community where women can use their strength for change & their voice for justice” AngelA’s PIAzzA Women’s Drop In Center 420 Grand Ave. Billings 406-255-0611 email@example.com angelaspiazza.org Accepting monetary donations as well as personal hygiene supplies, paper products, diapers & other baby supplies. 18 COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 Spe c i a l K R a n c h Established in 1986, Special K Ranch (SKR) provides family-oriented Christian homes on a working ranch for adults who have developmental disabilities. The 31 residents live with caring home advisors who provide 24-hour care to the ranchers while living and working on the ranch. SKR was founded with a vision to be a place its residents can call home for the rest of their lives. The ranchers lead safe, happy and productive lives in a rewarding and stimulating environment. Residents grow flowers, vegetables and bedding plants in a complex of 18 greenhouses. SKR products are sold at 41 stores and restaurants in Montana and Wyoming. The ranch participates in the Yellowstone Valley Farmers’ Market and partners with the Bureau of Land Management by raising indigenous plants and trees for land Providing family oriented Christian homes, on a working ranch for adults who have developmental disabilities. restoration projects. Residents and staff work together raising livestock and completing ranch chores and projects. Special K Ranch operates independently of government funding. This fall, the ranch is raising funds for both general operating purposes and for the SKR Foundation endowment. Thanks to a generous challenge gift, every gift given to the endowment between now and December 31, 2013, will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $250,000. Please join us by supporting these fundraising opportunities. Contact Steven Aadland at (406) 550-2224 for more information. Ronald McDonald House Keeping Families Together Families are stronger when they are together. Their presence helps a sick child heal faster and cope better. Nothing else should matter when a family must focus on healing their child. The Ronald McDonald House of Billings is the only organization that provides a home-away-from-home for families whose children are receiving treatment for serious illness or injury at a Billings medical facility. • We are one of 329 Ronald McDon- • We opened in 1982 and ald Houses in 33 countries and expanded regions throughout the world. in 2000 to • Since opening, we have provided provide refuge to more than 15,000 famimore services lies. and additional • We have hosted families from 50 guest rooms. Montana counties, over 30 states, • The Ronald McDonand 4 foreign countries. ald Family Room opened in 2005 • The average length of stay for a on the 4th floor of St. Vincent family is 9 days. Healthcare to provide an oasis • We support families of pediatric for family members within the patients from all Billings medical hospital setting. practices. Give Children the Best Gift of ALL… Their Families Give the gift of togetherness 406-322-5520 COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 Ronald McDonald House® of Billings 1144 North 30th Street, Billings, MT 59101 Phone: 406-256-8006 Fax: 406-256-0130 19 Charitable donations & tax deductions People make charitable donations for various reasons. Some are motivated by a desire to give back to their communities, while others may be inspired by a particular cause whether that cause is based down the street or across the globe. Network for Good, an organization that helps non-profits connect with prospective donors, says 89 percent of American households give to charity. Gifts average 3.2 percent of household income, or roughly $1,620 annually, and oftentimes such donations are tax deductible. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the United States Internal Revenue Service are the organizations tasked with overseeing taxrelated issues. In-depth information regarding applicable tax deductions can be found on their respective websites, www.cra-arc.gc.ca and www.irs.gov. Individuals also consult with a qualified accountant should they have any questions regarding charitable donations and deductions. In addition, there are some guidelines for donors to follow when making donations and claiming tax deductions. ternal societies, churches, nonprofit charitable organizations, volunteer fire companies, and medical research organizations are considered qualified organizations. • Americans also may be able to deduct contributions to certain Canadian charitable organizations covered under an income tax treaty with Canada. But such deductions are typically reserved for those donors who generate income from sources in Canada. Consult with an accountant concerning contributions outside of the United States. • Fair market value is used to determine the value of clothing or other non-financial donations. The CRA defines gifts as goods, securities and land. Special rules may apply to vehicle donations. Courtesy of Metro Services • It is important to keep receipts for all charitable donations. This helps verify the donation and can be beneficial should donors be audited down the road. You must have a donation receipt in order to claim charitable contributions on Canadian taxes. The receipt should list your name, address, the charity’s registration number, the value of the donation and additional pertinent information. • American donors must file Form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A when deducting charitable donations. Canadians will fill out schedule 9 on their T1 income tax return. • Donors can make the most of their good deeds by keeping good records and selecting approved charities before filing their tax returns. • Recognize that only charitable contributions made in the calendar year are potentially eligible to be claimed as deductions. For example, only those donations made between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 can be claimed on your 2013 tax returns (filed in 2014). Therefore, if you’re hoping to deduct donations as soon as possible, do your giving before the end of the calendar year. • Canadians can only claim charitable donations on their taxes if the charities that benefitted from their donations are recognized as registered charities. A list of registered charities is available on the CRA website. Donors also can verify with a charity if they are registered before making donations. • The United States also requires donations be given to a qualified organization for donors to earn a deduction. You cannot deduct contributions made to specific individuals or political candidates and organizations. In general, trusts, foundations, war veterans’ organizations, domestic fra- 20 Photo courtesy of Hemera Technologies According to the Network for Good, 89 percent of American households give to charity. COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 Billings Golden K Kiwanis Club Kiwanians are volunteers changing the world through services to children and communities. Programs sponsored by Golden K Kiwanis: Sponsored Youth: • Riverside Middle School Builders Club • West High School Key Club • Shepherd High School Key Club • MSU B Circle K Club • Aktion Club • Christmas Fund Donations to 7 Billings Junior High Schools • West High School Scholarships • Shepherd High School Scholarships • Circle K Scholarship MSU B • Boys & Girls State • Salvation Army Dress-A-Child • Back Packs for Foster Children • Tumbleweed Program • Mountain of Books Reading Program Youth Services: • “BUG” and Terrific Kids Program Encouraging student to “Bring Up Grades” in 7 local elementary schools • Young Children Priority One • Head Start • Young Families • Christmas Fund Donations to 7 Billings Elementary Schools • Beanie Babies in Hospitals Come join us! We meet at the Elks Club, 934 Lewis Ave., on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. Call (406) 6563958 for more information. Billings Golden K Kiwanis Serving the Children of the World One Child and One Community at a time Come join us! We meet at the Elks Club 934 Lewis Mondays at 9:30 a.m. Call (406) 652-2428 Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Yellowstone County “It feels so good… you are making a difference in someone’s life.” -Tyson, BBBSYC High School Big the social, educational and economic obstacles of our community’s children. BBBSYC’s “Littles” face their unique and varied problems with courage, honesty, and respect, all with the support of their More than 40 years ago, con- Big. cerned citizens and educators made a commitment to at-risk chil- “Anyone who does anything to dren in Yellowstone County, Mon- help a child in his life is a hero tana. They committed to match to me. ” -Fred Rogers positive role models to vulnerable children, with the goal of helping each child reach their full potential. This is a BIG promise and one that continues to guide Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone County (BBBSYC) to this day! BBBSYC is currently serving more than 600 youth, through our community-based and schoolbased mentoring programs. Our organization provides a long-term, preventative approach to minimize Be A Friend ……. Be A Mentor ……… Be A BIG!!!!!!! We at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone County have a mission to help children reach their full potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships with proven results. Our Mentoring Program changes lives! Research shows the Littles in our program are less likely to get involved with drugs and alcohol, and more likely to continue in school and avoid teen pregnancy. YOU can change the future one child at a time. BBBS has many ways to be involved. Call us today at 406-248-2229 to find out how you help. You can change the life of a child in a BIG way! www.bbbsyc.org • 2123 2nd Ave North • Like us on Facebook COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 21 How to Avoid being victimized by online charity scams Generous donors are an essential element of a successful charity. Charities and non-profit organizations rely on donations to fund their daily operations and help achieve the goals set forth in their mission statements. While charities rely on donors, criminals prey on them, especially online. Generous men and women are prime targets for online scammers, who can easily present themselves as a worthy charity with a goal of scamming donors out of their money, funds that could be going to worthwhile charities instead. As a result, men and women need to be especially suspicious of online scams while employing the following tips to protect themselves. Courtesy of Metro Services Don’t fall for victim stories. Anyone who has had an e-mail account has no doubt received an e-mail from a stranger claiming to be a victim but only needs some generous donors to get back on his or her feet. Such stories typically involve someone affected by a natural disaster or stricken with a terrible disease. The “victim” will solicit financial information, which he or she claims will go toward financing the recovery process. These victims are almost certainly criminals hoping to access your financial records or simply squeeze a donation out of you and thousands of other generous men and women. When you receive such an unsolicited e-mail, delete the message before opening. Never open unsolicited e-mail attachments. Another way criminals use e-mail to get at unsuspecting victims is by sending unsolicited e-mails that include attachments. Criminals may say these attachments are photos of the tragedy left in a natural disaster’s wake, but they are more likely viruses aimed at gaining access to your computer and any sensitive information therein. Never open these e-mails, and if you do by mistake, never open the attachments. Don’t click on links included in an e-mail or online solicitation. Criminals are clever, and many are fully capable of creating a fraudulent website that’s a mirror image of a reputable charity’s website. Links to these fraudulent sites might be included in the body of an e-mail or on social media sites. Never click on these links. If a particular cause or charity strikes a chord with you, find out the charity’s URL address and then type that address into your browser manually. Clicking on the link in the e-mail could bring you to a fraudulent site, and such sites are so well done that you might not know the difference. Only make secure donations. When making a donation, only do so via secure websites. A secure website will include a padlock symbol at the top or bottom right of the page, and the URL will begin with an “https://” instead of just “http://”. The “s” in the URL ensures that the site is secure and that others cannot access any financial information, such as sensitive credit card information, you must share when making a donation. Only make online donations with credit cards, not debit cards. When making an online donation, do not use a debit card. Debit cards do not have the same level of fraud protection as credit cards, which will reimburse any fraudulent charges made in your name. A criminal who gains access to your debit card can empty the account the card is associated with before you even know it, and those funds are not necessarily under the rules of your agreement. Photo courtesy of Metro Services Online charity scams are especially prevalent during the holiday season, when criminals hope to take advantage of donors’ generosity. 22 Generous men and women looking to help the less fortunate or support a favorite charity are often prime targets of online criminals. A few precautionary measures can ensure that those individuals’ generosity is not used against them. COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 LaVie For over 20 years, LaVie (formerly CareNet), who is pro-woman, has been committed to empowering women by offering them hope beyond their current situation, thus often avoiding decisions that are regrettable. LaVie is a non-profit organization that is 100% supported by individuals, businesses, churches, and family foundations within our community. Our two clinics (West End and Heights) provide quality medical services by onsite registered nurses and a medical doctor who provide services relevant to women facing unplanned pregnancies. Most services that LaVie offers are free of charge. Our services offered are: free pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds, STI testing, prenatal/parenting classes, post abortion counseling, and expanded medical services for women. Year-to-date, LaVie has offered an estimated $40,000+ per month in free services to women/girls, and even men/ boys, within our community. Our clinics are only able to offer these exemplary medical services with minimal out of pocket expenses for our clients because of ongoing donor financial support. It is because of generous donations that no woman or girl seeking LaVie’s service ever has to feel alone in making a decision concerning their baby. Donors are truly the backbone of LaVie! When you give to LaVie you are not only giving to a woman, a girl, a baby, a life; but you are giving to a generation, a family, a business, a husband, a dad, and even possibly the world. Only God truly knows the plan for these babies and what they are to become; the next scientist that could discover a cure for can- cer, or solve world hunger, or possibly become a famous composer, or even President of the United States. Do you think a life worth saving is a life worth investing in? If so, we invite you to prayerfully consider joining LaVie as a financial partner. Together - donors, staff, volunteers, and LaVie’s board of directors are able to continue to “Change Hearts and Save Lives.” To donate, you can visit our website at www.laviebillings.com or call (406) 652- 4868. Because YOU cared… blessing. My life is a Every donation makes a difference for a mom and her baby. Laviebillings.com COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 406.652.4868 23 How to donate clothing to charity Photo courtesy of Metro Services Rather than tossing clothing in the garbage, such items can be donated and still prove useful for others. Donating clothing and linens to charity frees up space in a home and provides items to those in need. Thrift stores that sell low-priced merchandise benefit from donations, which they can either sell or give to those in need. Items that probably still have utility left in them, including clothing, are discarded each and every day. Rather than tossing clothing in the garbage, such items can be donated and still prove useful for others. But before donating clothing, prospective donors should take meaPhoto courtesy of Brand X Pictures Denim jeans and shorts are highly desirable items because denim material tends to be durable and can stand up to repeated wear and washing. 24 sures to ensure the items are worthy of being donated and in the best possible condition. Start by sorting through excess or unused items in your closets and drawers; set aside clothing that is no longer worn or doesn’t fit. Children’s clothing is often a popular donation because children grow out of clothing so quickly. Once there is a finished pile, further investigate the clothing. Check for items that may be in poor shape or heavily soiled. There is little point donating items that may be relegated to the trash and waste workers’ time. Wash clothing and linens in a fragrance-free detergent to avoid allergy or sensitivity problems for those on the receiving end of donations. Many charities will wash donated clothing to sanitize them, but providing freshly washed clothes is a courtesy, especially when donating baby clothes that may go directly to mothers in need. Denim jeans and shorts are highly desirable items because denim material tends to be durable and can stand up to repeated wear and washing. Business suits are another type of clothing that can be put to good use after donation. Suits can be worn on interviews for new jobs. Shoes that are still in wearable condition also can be donated. Athletic shoes can be cleaned in washing machines, while leather shoes may benefit from some polish to mend scuffs and scrapes. A new shoe insole can breathe new life into an older pair of shoes. Snow boots and work boots are often coveted items because of their Courtesy of Metro Services usefulness. Double check all pockets and the inside of purses prior to donating to ensure that all personal effects have been removed. It can be challenging to recover lost items after they have been donated. Also, check that there are no pens or markers that can soil donated clothes when they are laundered. Organizing similar items together reduces the workload of charity volunteers and employees. Separate nonclothing items from clothing. Workers have to sort through hundreds of donations each day, so taking a few moments to pack similar items together can save charities time and money. Many communities have donation bins outside of strip malls and even schools. Look for an organization that seems reputable and try to research that organization before making any donations. To make things even more convenient for potential donors, some charities have taken to scheduling curbside pickup of donated goods. On a specific date you place donated items outside, and a truck will collect the items, leaving a receipt behind in your mailbox. For example, The Lupus Foundation of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters and various veterans’ groups have donation collection services. Schedule a pickup by calling their donation line or visiting their websites. Clothing tends to be something the average household has in abundance. Donate items that no longer fit so they can be put to new use by a person in need. Shoes that are still in wearable condition also can be donated. Photo courtesy of Thomas Northcut COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 Billings Catholic Schools Foundation Paying It Forward For more than 100 years, Catholic Schools in Billings have been able to provide quality faith-based education to students seeking academic excellence in a familylike atmosphere. This is only possible because of the generosity of donors who continued to “pay it forward”, by providing funds for immediate needs, or by providing endowment funds that ensure school support dollars in perpetuity. These amazing donors have helped with tuition assistance, provided Billings Catholic Schools (BCS) with cutting-edge technology, and established a fund to supplement teacher salaries allowing the schools to attract highly qualified instructors. When you give to the Billings Catholic Schools, you are maintaining a partnership with a staff of professionals that care as much for the schools as you do. The BCS Foundation staff looks forward to continuing to serve donors through financial and estate planning and a variety of charitable gift programs. For more information how you can get involved, visit us online at www.billingscatholicschools.org, or call Jan Haider at (406) 252-0252. A d u l t R e s o u rc e A lliance Adult Resource Alliance Makes Gift Giving Easy During this time of year it’s natural to think about gifts—not only what you might receive but, most importantly, what you can give to those you care about most. For the last 38 years, Adult Resource Alliance has been finding ways to give gifts that keep on giving to adults age 60 and older throughout Yellowstone County. As part of their mission, they connect seniors with the programs and resources they need to live independently. They also offer a full range of volunteer opportunities to encourage continued involvement in our communities. According to Adult Resource Alliance Director Bea Ann Melichar, the organization has introduced a new giving option this year focused on ensuring the individuals they serve have access to nutritious meals. “You can purchase a ticket that will allow a senior to dine at one of our meal sites throughout the county,” she says. “A 10-meal ticket costs just forty dollars, but it makes a huge impact in the lives of these remarkable people.” Melichar notes that other opportunities for giving to Adult Resource Alliance include: Meals on Wheels: Delivering nutritious lunches to those who are homebound. Billings RIDES: Provide rides to individuals without access to transportation. Bookkeeping: Assist with simple bill paying and checkbook balancing Financial Gifts: Options include planned gifts, endowment fund contributions, honorarium donations and more. For more information about Adult Resource Alliance or to learn more about their gift giving programs, please call (406) 259-9966. Paying it Forward Every Gift Counts... Every Child Benefits With Thanks We extend our appreciation to the many individuals and businesses who have helped us make a difference every day in the lives of Yellowstone County adults age 60 and up. For more information about our program or how to volunteer, please contact us today. Annual Giving Campaign 2013-2014 AllianceYC.org Learn more at 1505 Avenue D, Billings, MT 59102 | PH: (406) 259-9666 | FX: (406) 259-2849 COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 25 How to fi nd the right volunteering opportunity Millions of people volunteer every year. Some parents may volunteer to coach their children’s athletic teams, while other volunteers work with non-profit organizations in need of assistance to help turn their mission statements into reality. Though many people may spend a lifetime volunteering with the same organization, many others find their initial foray into volunteering does not meet their expectations, and such volunteers might walk away in search of another organization or opportunity. Because the turnover rate of volunteers can be so significant, many charities, in particular those that work with children, ask volunteers to make a minimum commitment before coming on board. But the reason many volunteers walk away from a volunteering opportunity has little to do with time and more to do with finding a volunteering opportunity that’s right for them. The right opportunity differs for everyone, and men and women who want to give back to their communities can ask themselves a series of questions in an effort to find a volunteering opportunity that best suits them. Courtesy of Metro Services Photo courtesy of Metro Services Volunteering to coach a youth sports team is one way athletes and sports fans can combine their passion for sports with their desire to give back to their communities. How much time do I have to volunteer? What causes am I passionate about? It’s not a crime to have a hectic schedule. Prospective volunteers A cause you are passionate about is often a great place to start when whose time is already stretched thin may want to avoid ongoing you search for a volunteering opportunity. For example, people with volunteer opportunities that require significant time commitments. a love of animals may find that working with a nearby animal shelSuch people might be more suited to one-time projects or those opter, whether it’s working at the shelter or fostering animals in need portunities that allow volunteers to decide at the last minute if they of temporary homes, is a great way to give back. Sports fans and will attend. Honestly assess your schedule to determine how much athletes whose playing days are largely behind them may want to time you have to devote to volunteering before choosing an activity. volunteer with their local youth leagues or coach at a nearby school. When you are passionate about a cause, you will likely be passionate Where do I want to volunteer? about volunteering to advance that cause. Cities typically have more volunteering opportunities than the suburbs, so men and women should determine if travel is a deterrent What do I want to do? before choosing a volunteering opportunity. A nearby city might What you want to do while volunteering is another factor to consider. have opportunities that are more suitable to your skills, but if you are Men and women who work in an office all week may want to get outaverse to traveling, then you may not stay committed to such projdoors on the weekends, so volunteering opportunities with the local ects. When looking for a volunteering opportunity, determine where park system might be an ideal fit. you would like to volunteer, and be honest with yourself when asIt’s also important to determine what you don’t want to do. Some sessing if travel is a potential deterrent. people are uncomfortable asking others for money, so such men and women should avoid volunteering positions that focus on fundraising. If a volunteering opportunity involves activities you don’t enjoy, you’re less likely to stick with it. 26 COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter, Inc. Entering our shelter you are greeted by the smiling faces of our staff and our welcoming committee of furry four legged friends. Our staff of 11 employees and any number of critters meet the growing needs of the animals and people in our community. It is with immense gratitude that we receive emails, letters, and donations of support. Working in an animal shelter is the most rewarding of professions. As an “open door” shelter that works hand in hand with Billings Animal Control, we are privileged to participate in all the realities of animal ownership. We help folks who have lost animals and overjoyed to find them safe at Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter (YVAS). We hold the hands and provide tissue for the tears of folks whose lives have changed and must entrust their animal to this staff in hopes of finding a safe home for their family member. We dwell in the moments of great excitement as this same animal is adopted and moves to its new home. We pray the fit is right, that we have gleaned enough information from the potential owner to partner them with the perfect critter. And we reserve the right to deny adoptions in the best interest of the animal. We receive animals with all kinds of needs. We provide extensive medical treatment from medications to surgeries and also behavioral training that will help these animals be placed in new homes. We embrace the community and their animals in order to provide the best care possible. We know that being absolutely honest about each animal is vital for the trust of the community and the success of the animal. We know that each contact we have with the public is an opportunity to educate, to impart compassion and for us, as a staff, to learn. We know that working at YVAS is a gift, a privilege bestowed upon us. 2013 has been a year of change and improvements for our animals. We added a “Private Cat Intake Room”, to reduce stress for cats entering our shelter. We completed a major renovation of our Canine Play Yards adding five additional areas. We remodeled the fencing to eliminate the digging under and climbing over that so many dogs are good at. Our Foster Program continues to grow for kittens, puppies, and adult animals that need special care or behavior work. Lovable Pets Learning Center partnered with YVAS in providing any adopted dog from YVAS a 50% fee reduction in their training programs. The Adoption Partnership with PetSmart has been very successful for adoptions of cats. The growth of our Volunteer Program has exceeded our expectations. Let me be clear… none of this is possible without the financial support of the wonderful folks in our area. 2014 will be another exciting year for YVAS. We will have our 2nd annual “My Furry Valentine Event” in February and will enjoy spending another great evening with our friends and supporters. Also, with the growth of Billings and Yellowstone County, with the increase of population, we are exploring avenues to increase our animal capacity. We remain committed to our community, the animals and people who we serve. The projects that we are looking forward to are only made possible by grants, and the financial donations that we receive from our supporters. We welcome any and all support you can give to us. Thank you for supporting YVAS. You can make a difference….. Your friend’s and neighbor’s generous donations to Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter created a story of hope for Rocco and Sylvester, as well as over 1500 other critters who needed homes. SYlVeSTeR BefORe Being AdOPTed ROccO BefORe Being AdOPTed ROccO nOw 1735 monad rd COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 This holiday season and into the new year the demand to find homes for lonely and unwanted animals in your own community is greater than ever. SYlVeSTeR nOw Make a difference today by donating to Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter at: www.yvas.org or send your check to YVAS, PO Box 20920, Billings, MT 59104 27 How to give responsibly Courtesy of Metro Services The spirit of giving can be a wonderful thing to embrace and can help people to feel good about helping others. While most charities are legitimate entities, there are others that prey on the generosity of others. Some donors might be surprised to learn their donations are not always going to a worthy cause. Men and women can easily be overwhelmed by charity solicitations at certain times of the year and not know how to differentiate worthy charities from the ones that may not be legitimate. Donors should employ responsible giving by researching charities and ensuring their money is well spent on those truly in need. Don’t give on a whim Impulse giving can be irresponsible; as such donations might not be going to help those in need. In addition, when giving impulsively, donors may unknowingly be offering money to scammers preying on the well-intentioned. Research a charity before making any donations, carefully examining its targeted goals and how your donation is likely to be spent. Photo courtesy of BananaStock Prospective donors should never give their personal information over the phone. If a telemarketer’s pitch impresses you, politely request that information be mailed to your home or ask for the charity’s website address and learn more about the charity there. Do not give over the telephone Telemarketing campaigns to solicit donations are not necessarily dishonest, but make it difficult for those charities to make prospective donors should never give their Examine a charity’s financial records the most of your gift. More money will be personal information over the phone. If a Reputable charities should have no problem spent processing each donation, reducing telemarketer’s pitch impresses you, politely sharing their financial information with prothe potential impact of each gift along the request that information be mailed to your spective donors, who should not hesitate way. Once you have discovered and fully home or ask for the charity’s website adto ask for these records. When examining a vetted a charity in which you feel confident, dress and learn more about the charity there. charity’s finances, make sure it is devoting don’t be afraid to make that charity the lone Giving personal information over the phone at least 75 percent of its budget to its prorecipient of your charitable donations. is risky, as potential donors may not know grams and services, avoiding charities that if the person they’re speaking with is truly a are spending too much money on adminis- Give in the off-season representative of a charity or a criminal attrative services and fundraising. All charities Many charities receive the bulk of their dotempting to steal their identities. Even if the will need to reserve funds for administrative nations during the holiday season, when the telemarketer is legitimate, chances are he or services, fundraising efforts and additional spirit of giving and potential tax deductions she works for a telemarketing firm hired by operating costs, but those costs should not compel many men and women to make their the charity, so some of your donation will exceed 25 percent of the organization’s buddonations. But charities need just as much be going to pay the telemarketer even if you get. money to operate throughout the rest of the want the entirety of your donation to go to year as they do come the holiday season. If the charity itself. Making a direct donation Don’t be afraid to concentrate your giving money is tight during the holiday season, through the company’s website or sending Many charities support many worthy causes, don’t hesitate to give during the off-season. a check directly to the charity eliminates and it can be hard for well-intentioned doYour donation will be just as valued in July the middle person, ensuring more of your nors to decide which charity is most deservas in December, and you won’t be forced to money is going toward the cause you want ing of their donations. But spreading smallmake room for charitable donations in your to support. er donations around several charities can holiday budget. 28 COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 Planned Parenthood of Montana Planned Parenthood of Montana (PPMT) is the largest family planning and reproductive health care provider in the state, serving thousands of Montanans each year. We work to ensure that all people have access to high quality, affordable health care and information about sexual health. We do this every day for everyone who walks through our door. We do it without judgment of anyone’s circumstances. We care no matter who you are. We care no matter what your religion, sexuality or political persuasion. We believe that when we do this we make the world a little bit better. And when people are truly cared for they can make their homes, their communities and even the world a little bit better too. Rimrock ADDICTIONS DON’T CHANGE, YOU DO. For over 40 years, Rimrock has been helping individuals and their families overcome addiction. With a comprehensive continuum of services, we treat chemical dependency, eating disorders, gambling and sexual addiction. Rimrock has a long history of providing care to clients who have a substance abuse disorder as well as a mental health diagnosis, such as depression, anxiety and PTSD. We have set the standard for quality and service for this type of care. Rimrock is the largest treatment center in the region, serving adults and adolescents. We treat addiction as a whole person illness; affecting an individual’s emotional, physical, spiritual and social well-being. Our programs are designed to help people restore balance in their life. Rimrock has over one hundred fifty professionals on staff with one common purpose: helping patients choose freedom and health over addiction. RIMROCK IS YOUR CHOICE FOR NEW BEGINNINGS. 1231 N. 29th St. • Billings, MT 59101 (406) 248-3175 • 800-227-3953 • RIMROCK.ORG Cancer screenings • Birth control • Prevention/treatment of STDs Breast health services • Male and female annual exams Transgender care • Information and health counseling Care. No matter what. FIVE HEALTH CENTER LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU BILLINGS (Heights) 406.869.5040 • (West) 406.656.9980 GREAT FALLS 406.454.3431 • HELENA 406.443.7676 • MISSOULA 406.728.5490 We work to ensure that all people have access to high quality, affordable health care and information about their sexual health. We do this every day for everyone who walks through our door. We care. Deeply. Passionately. And with conviction. COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 29 Ideal volunteer opportunities for youngsters Courtesy of Metro Services According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly gious organization to which they belong or another organization in 64.5 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least their community to learn about any affiliated volunteer opportunities once between September 2011 and September 2012. While those stafor children. These experiences can expose kids to an array of voluntistics do not include children under the age of 16, that does not mean teer activities and also help kids make new friends. youngsters cannot lend a helping hand and chip in as volunteers. For many youngsters, exposure to volunteering opportunities be- Garden centers gins with mom and dad. In fact, the Corporation for National & ComKids who have shown a knack for gardening might be interested in munity Service notes that a youth from a family where at least one volunteering at their local garden centers or nurseries, where they parent volunteers is nearly twice as likely to volunteer as a youth from can learn the basics of gardening, including planting, watering and a family with no family members who volunteer. Youngsters are often grooming, from trained professionals. Some inner cities even host enthusiastic about volunteering, and that enthusiasm only increases gardening programs geared specifically to teenagers who want to when kids find the right volunteer opportunities. The following are a learn more about the environment and how to plant trees and flowhandful of places that typically offer volunteer opportunities (some ers. weather permitting) tailor-made for youngsters who want to give back to their communities. Nature cleanup Many children love to spend time outdoors, making a local park Soup kitchen cleanup an ideal way for kids to volunteer. Kids can join large groups While soup kitchens may not be best suited to younger volunteers, to clear parks of litter and debris, all the while spending a few hours middle school students and high schoolers can learn a lot when voloutdoors in the sun. Such projects keep kids on their feet as well, unteering at neighborhood soup kitchens. Kids can accompany parproviding a healthy dose of exercise for youngsters who may not be ents on weekend mornings, preparing and serving food to the less into organized sports. fortunate in their communities. Soup kitchens may open youngstersâ€™ eyes to the reality that not everyone is as fortunate as they are, inChildren often make great volunteers. Finding the right volunteering stilling a sense of obligation to the less fortunate that can serve kids opportunity for your youngster can foster a love of volunteering for well for the rest of their lives. years to come. Nursing home Residents of nursing homes may experience newfound vigor when getting a visit from a child. Parents can contact local nursing homes or retirement communities to learn about volunteer opportunities for children. Many facilities encourage local youths to read to residents whose vision might be fading, and some facilities even host arts and craft projects where youngsters are paired with elderly residents. Such activities make great opportunities even for younger volunteers, who can often connect with elderly men and women in ways that younger adults cannot. Animal shelter Local animal shelters and veterinary hospitals often have ample volunteer opportunities available to youngsters with a love of animals. Some shelters may not allow kids under the age of 18 to have direct contact with the animals, so parents should inquire ahead of time before dropping kids off at the shelter or animal hospital. Religious organization The Corporation for National & Community Service notes that many youth are likely to volunteer through a religious organization. Such organizations, including churches, synagogues and mosques, tend to encourage their younger members to give back to their communities, and many are involved in a variety of volunteer opportunities aimed at kids of all ages and interests. Parents can contact the reli- 30 Photo courtesy of Thinkstock Whether volunteering at the local animal shelter or cleaning up litter and debris, kids often have a host of volunteer opportunities at their disposal. COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 Billings Food Bank The holidays shine a well-deserved spotments. Many senior citizens in our commulight on the work of the Billings Food Bank, nity would go hungry without the support which provides food to those in need in our of the Billings Food Bank. community. People embrace the Holiday Food Drive and Turkey Tuesdays by contributing Kids kitchen courses generously. Last year 15,007 holiday food basKids learn the basics of cooking. These are kets were distributed. Hats off not only to the skills they can use for a lifetime. Cooking contributors but to the hardworking behindprovides time for parents and kids to spend the-scene helpers who package the donations quality time together. and see that food boxes get to where they are needed. Fortin Culinary Center job training If that is all that the Billings Food Bank does Our program is based on the curriculum of during the year, they would have every right a very successful program in Washington to be proud. But, the Billings Food Bank is so called, DC Central Kitchens. Robert Egger much more than that. They address hunger developed those classes and has provided 365 days a year by providing food and servicassistance with the Billings Food Bank proes around the calendar. By the numbers, here gram. The 12-week course is held in the are some of the accomplishments of the BillMontana Harvest Kitchen and includes 10 ings Food Bank: weeks in the kitchen and a 2-week extern• 94,653 Food boxes provided by ship in the community with actual food serBillings Food Bank vice. • 61,800 Food boxes provided through Senior Nutrition Program Nutrition education • 16,682 Food boxes provided through There are lots of food items, but which ones voucher system are good for you? The Fortin Culinary Cen• 242,556 Meals and sack lunches ter located in the Billings Food Bank gives provided through Fortin Culinary hands-on classroom nutrition education, Center (in addition to boxes) basic knowledge of cooking essentials, • 15,007 Holiday Food boxes provided budgeting education and other classes to • 16,250 Meals provided to the Boys and families seeking to stretch their resources. Girls Club of Yellowstone County The commercial kitchen helps reach those people that are looking for help in learning These numbers do not include food and serabout cooking and nutrition. After some bavices provided to other programs and agensic instruction participants receive a sack of cies that depend on the Billings Food Bank for groceries to prepare in their own homes. help. The numbers do not reflect the countless hours involved in being a distribution center Fortin Café/gift shop for fire and flood relief. The Fortin Café opened this year and serves Almost everyone understands that Billings breakfast and lunch to customers Monday Food Bank gathers food and other essentials through Friday. Food is prepared in the to meet the needs of the under privileged in Fortin Culinary Center and is part of the our community. The Holiday Food Challenge job training program. All proceeds benefit and Turkey Tuesday are well recognized events the Culinary Job Training Course. We call it that help provide food for many holiday tables “Eating for a Cause.” The gift shop offers in our area. But the work of the Billings Food an opportunity to those that wish to market Bank goes far beyond helping provide food arts and crafts. People shopping in the Billduring the holidays and throughout the year. ings Food Bank gift shop not only support Below are a few of the activities that occur the food bank—they also support the comat the Billings Food Bank. munity. Most of the items in the gift shop are made with love by both adults and kids Senior commodity program in the Billings and surrounding community, The Billings Food Bank provides much and since it is stocked by local artists and needed food boxes for low income seniors craftsmen you never know exactly what struggling to meet basic food requireyou will find. COMMUNITY OF GIVING 2013 Fortin Culinary Center commercial kitchen rental The kitchens were designed to provide classroom space and commercial space and equipment for entrepreneurs wishing to enter the specialty food industry. Meeting rooms/banquet rental Our facility will host groups from a few people to several hundred. It is perfect for business meetings, rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. Please call for details. The new facility is so much more than the 54,000 square feet of dry, refrigerated and frozen storage, distribution and offices. It was designed to carry out our mission: To assume a leadership role in feeding the hungry by recovering, securing, purchasing, and delivering quality food and other products, and playing a strong education and advocacy role on hunger-related issues: Doing all within our power to address root causes of hunger and encourage economic growth. We are always looking for volunteers! Please call us if you are interested in getting involved. We are planning our 2014 Mardi Gras Montana fundraiser and need people to assist us. Twelfth Night will be January 10, 2014 at the Food Bank; Mardi Gras is March 4, 2014 at the Billing Hotel and Convention Center. For more information on the Billings Food Bank or any of our programs and services, please call Sheryle Shandy at (406) 259-2856. Billings Food Bank 31 Thank you. Because of your generosity, families right here in our community didn’t have to worry about what to eat tonight. Your support is making a difference. Hunger…give ‘til it helps. Hunger is real and it is a growing concern. With your ongoing support, we will continue to provide food to those who need it. Remember, food shouldn’t be a luxury item. 2112 4th Avenue N • 406.259.2856 • P.O. Box 1158 • Billings 59103 www.billingsfoodbank.com • facebook.com/BillingsFoodBank 32 Community of Giving 2013