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GIVE ONE LUNCHTIME A WEEK...HELP A STUDENT STAY IN SCHOOL.SUCESS MENTORS NEEDED!!!

Serve as a Success Mentor with United Way of Yellowstone County and be a positive role model for a local elementary, middle or high school student.

Success Mentors:

  • Have lunch with a mentee or meet during study hall on a weekly basis (at the student's school during the school year)
  • Promote regular, on-time attendance and other habits of student success
  • Be a consistent, positive adult role model who helps the mentee with goal setting and problem solving skills

Research shows that good attendance (missing no more than 10% of the school year) increases the likelihood that a student will graduate from high school.

CLICK HERE to sign up to become a success mentor. 

 

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                       2024 United WE CAN Sculptures!!

 

Hunger is a harsh reality that affects countless people across the world, including those in our very own communities. In Yellowstone County, many individuals, including children and the elderly, often have to make difficult choices due to food insecurity. But there's a solution in sight - United Way of Yellowstone County's unique initiative, United We Can.

 

What is United WE CAN? 

United We Can was the first food sculpture contest and food drive of its kind held by United Way of Yellowstone County. It's a creative and constructive way for our community to give back and help those in need. Teams from around the area participated in this event by creating sculptures made from donated non-perishable foods and other basic items. These sculptures can be as simple as a logo or as elaborate as the team's creativity allows, with only a few rules to keep in mind. The sculpture must fit within a 10' x 10' space, with at least 50% of it made up of canned food items or basic needs. Teams must use a plywood base under their sculpture to prevent floor damage, and items used cannot be altered in a way that makes them unfit for donation.

 

Who Benefits? 

After the event, all the collected items were distributed by UWYC to local food pantries and agencies, helping to restock their shelves and provide assistance to those who need it most. United We Can is more than just a food drive. It's an experience designed to involve the community in tackling food insecurity in a fun and engaging way. Every can that forms a part of the sculpture represents a meal for someone in need, a step towards ending hunger in our community.   

 

When is the next United WE CAN sculpture/ food drive?

If you're ready to make a difference and have some fun while doing it, look out for next years United WE CAN sculpture contest the beginning of 2025. Together, we can fill the shelves of our local pantries and ensure that no one in our community goes to bed hungry.

 

 

Diaper Drive

 

The United Way of Yellowstone County is joining hands with Family Promise for an annual Diaper Drive initiative, aimed at supporting the Community Diaper Bank. The diaper drive is a significant contribution to the bank, helping meet the continually increasing need for diapers and wipes in Yellowstone County.

  • The Diaper Drive is organized to assist families struggling with the high average monthly cost of diapers and wipes, which ranges from $150-$200 per child.
  • Almost 47% of families in the U.S. are forced to choose between essential bills and buying diapers, highlighting the critical need for this initiative.
  • Donations of diapers (especially size 4 and 5), wipes, or monetary contributions are encouraged to support the community's smallest members.
  • In 2023, Family Promise assisted 3,933 families and distributed 215,000 diapers through their community diaper bank and partner agencies.
  • The goal for this year is to collect 50,000 diapers. Monetary donations are also highly appreciated as the Community Diaper Bank can purchase three diapers for the cost of one.
  • If interested in hosting a diaper drive click here.
  • Donation drop-off is scheduled for April 19th from 11 am to 6 pm at the United Way office, 2173 Overland Ave.

If you have any questions please call or email Chrissy at volcoord@uwyellowstone.org or 406-272-8511.

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Workshop Wednesday

Workshop Wednesday

Day of Action

 

JUNE 19, 2024

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Dover Park Projects

 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Tiny's Tavern after party

Warmer weather is finally on the way and it’s time to stretch those legs and enjoy the great outdoors. What better way to embrace the changing seasons than by participating in a summer clean-up with co-workers, neighbors and friends? Day of Action 2024 provides the perfect chance for your company to get out and give back to our community.

What is Day of Action?

Day of Action is United Way’s annual community-wide volunteer mobilization effort. This year’s project will take place the afternoon of Wednesday, June 19 at Dover Park in Partnership with Yellowstone River Parks Association.

This experience plants seeds for importance of volunteerism, mental health and the great outdoors. We are looking to mobilize as many volunteers as possible this year, and we need your help! There are many projects that are in need of volunteers: trail restoration, removing invasive trees, rock spreading around benches and shelter areas, old fencing removal, new fencing installation, landscaping and more! Please consider volunteering to help and spread the word to your friends. Help us build a better place to live, work and play!

How Does a Company Participate?

  •  Register your company team on YouCanVolunteer.org between May 13th and June 14th
  •  Select a team leader for your team
  •  Average size of a team is 10-12.  
  •  If needed, smaller teams or individuals will be paired with others to form a team
  •  Send out link to sign-up team members do not add them yourself
  •  Make sure all sign-up requirements are completed
  •  Have team leader participate in brief orientation TBA
  •  Receive and distribute pertinent information to other team members

Frequently Asked Questions- Coming Soon

 

Opportunities coming soon....

 

For questions please email volcoord@uwyellowstone.org or call Chrissy at 406.272.8511.

 

Operation School Supply

Operation School Supply 

Help provide school supplies and hygiene products, so teachers can provide them to students in need throughout the school year.  A quality education is the best gateway to opportunity. We believe every student in Billings should have equal opportunity and access to a quality education.  You can help us achieve this by hosting a school supply drive or donating supplies.  All supplies will benefit under-resourced students throughout the school year. 

  

This year our drop off date will be August 28th. 

 Promotional items and more details coming soon.

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Carnival May 17th 

We’re going to celebrate the end of the school year with a party including lots of games, snacks, hot dogs, and lots of FUN!

We need your help to make the carnival a success! If you can volunteer your time or share a unique skill (like face painting, making cotton candy, and/or hot dog preparation) we would appreciate your support. We will need help preparing before the event as well. Any of our non-profit partners are welcome to host a booth with a fun game and information about your program.  CLICK HERE to sign-up.  For more information please email Michelle at ostdirector@uwyellowstone.org