Community Impact Priorities
Basic Needs | Early Learning | Youth Success
Greater Gallatin United Way provides basic needs stability, early learning resources and youth success initiatives across a four-county area. From children to seniors, summer camps to disaster response, we are here for whatever the working families in Gallatin, Park, Meagher, and Madison need, whenever they need it.
GGUW three priority areas we feel are central to vibrancy within our community:
we believe every child deserves nurturing care and support during the first 5 years. Greater Gallatin United Way is leading with need in the summer of 2023 and taking a leadership role in serving Gallatin County families childcare needs by providing summer programs to preschool age children and supporting early literacy programs.
We believe when children and youth are involved in enriching activities in a safe environment, they have a solid foundation for success in school, work, and life. For 25 years, Greater Gallatin Untied Way has been a leader in providing high-quality out-of-school care and supporting working families’ needs, so that no child must be home alone after school.
We believe improved quality of life for all community members begins with meeting people’s basic needs. Greater Gallatin United Way supports local non-profit organizations through our Community Impact Fund that address housing, families & youth experiencing homelessness, services for senior citizens, crisis prevention & response, food security, mental, behavioral and family health.
Community Impact Partner Agencies
Help Center, Inc. provides support and guidance to the Help Center, Sexual Assault Counseling Center (SACC), Child Advocacy Center, Hearts & Homes and Sacks Thrift Store so that these programs can continue to serve the community. The Help Center, in Bozeman, MT, is a 24-hour Crisis Hotline and Referral Service, nationally accredited by Contact USA and the Alliance for Information and Referral Systems. As a member of the American Association of Suicidology, we are part of the National Suicide Lifeline network (1-800-273-TALK). We are also a member of the Montana 211 coalition which provides referral for human services throughout the state. We accept calls from a variety of clientele with issues ranging from suicidality, depression/anxiety to relationship/family problems. Our extensive database of resource information allows us to give appropriate referrals to inquire on the hotline. The Help Center started as a 24 hour Crisis Hotline in 1971. To this day, we are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year to assist individuals and families in sorting out problems, dealing with feelings and making decisions.
Love INC mobilizes local churches to offer a holistic approach to care for people in all areas of life: spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical.
Rather than coming into people’s lives to just give to their immediate needs, Love INC enters a relationship with those requesting help. We learn about the problems they face, and seek to address the underlying causes, while providing the material resources they need to get back on their feet.
To meet these needs, Love INC has partnered with over fifty churches in Gallatin County. This effort provides opportunities for volunteers to be the hands and feet of Jesus right at home.
We empower our community to help neighbors reach their full potential
Greater Impact was founded with a compassionate spirit to serve and uplift others. Even in our earliest stages, we were actively involved in aiding individuals in recovery, addressing car troubles, and resolving housing challenges, all driven by our intrinsic desire to make a difference. As we joined forces with our dedicated community partners, we recognized the immense potential to extend our impact to a wider audience. This realization led to the birth of Greater Impact, enabling us to reach and positively transform the lives of even more individuals in need.
Description: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Big Sky Country creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. With programs in Big Sky, Ennis, Livingston/Paradise Valley, and the Bozeman area, we serve youth and communities across 16,000 square miles and five counties in Southwestern Montana.
The Bozeman Schools Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and expanding Bozeman’s commitment to excellence in public education. In support of Bozeman School District #7, we supplement the traditional educational experience by providing additional resources to inspire, enrich, and reward the educational ambition of district students and educators. Among other initiatives, we empower teachers through grant programs and reward students through scholarships.
CASA / GAL of Gallatin County, formerly known as Gallatin County CASA / GAL, is a nonprofit organization of community volunteers who serve as advocates for children who are alleged victims of abuse and neglect. Trained volunteers serve as the eyes and ears for the Judge. They provide an objective perspective on each case and advocate for the children’s needs while they are involved in the court system.
The Gateway Youth Group (GYG) is a community-based non-profit organization working with youth in the Gallatin Gateway, Montana community.
We provide programs, scholarships, community service and fundraising activities for the Gallatin Gateway community to fulfill our mission year-round. GYG provides opportunities for youth to learn, to develop leadership skills, and to engage in community service through projects, programs, and fun activities. As GYG mentors, we serve as positive role models and offer guidance. We encourage participation in events and activities that help youth learn, become engaged, and grow as individuals and future community leaders.
kidsLINK provides an affordable quality environment with rich opportunities for learning, personal growth, and building relationships. The program supports academic success through tutoring, homework and reading support; strengthens well-being with daily physical activities; expands interests and sparks passion for learning through a variety of enrichment activities; fosters mental and emotional well-being through skilled and well-trained staff; enhances health with daily snacks and nutrition education; and supports working families by ensuring no child has to be home alone after school. No child/family is turned away for financial reasons.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (DPIL) is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to 5 years. DPIL is one strategy we utilize to ensure children enter kindergarten ready to learn and are reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade. Reading to toddlers sets the foundation for later independent reading. Reading problems can be challenging to fix when discovered in elementary school. But many reading problems can be prevented if reading starts in the toddler and preschool years.
Child Care Connections CCC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves as the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency in Gallatin, Lewis and Clark, Park, Meagher, Jefferson, and Broadwater Counties. Research demonstrates that consistent nurturing childcare, with good parenting, helps children develop to their full potential. Child Care Connections supports families and the local economy by encouraging quality childcare and safety.
Behavioral Health and Mental Wellbeing
We bring mindfulness programs into schools and communities, providing students with tools that foster focused attention, emotional regulation and resilience for a lifetime.
Bridgercare serves Gallatin, Madison, Meagher and Park Counties. CI Funds support HavenCare, a partnership between Bridgercare and Haven, the local domestic violence survivor advocacy agency. Haven refers participants to Bridgercare, where referrals receive reproductive and sexual healthcare services free of charge. This program helps to ensure that throughout the pandemic, survivors have access to compassionate, nonjudgmental healthcare without barriers in cost and privacy.
HAVEN is the only nonprofit serving survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and stalking in Gallatin County. Our approach makes us unique – everything we do is deeply and genuinely rooted in empowerment. We connect survivors to all the resources and help they need, while trusting they should be the one to decide what’s best for their own journey. Over the last four decades, Haven has worked to provide safe intervention for survivors of domestic violence, as well as to prevent future violence from occurring. We believe increased awareness through community education can make us all allies in ending domestic violence.
Suffer Out Loud is a team of real people, with a real-life understanding of these issues. We’ve lost friends and family, and struggled with our own mental health. We work with purpose and compassion — because we’ve been there ourselves.
Suffer Out Loud was created to save lives. We serve communities all across Montana by connecting individuals to much-needed support and reducing the stigma of mental health issues. But we’re not just here to lower suicide rates — we’re working to ensure that people who are struggling with mental health challenges, can connect with the professionals and communities that help shift the narrative and improve daily life.
Community Health partners is where compassion meets healthcare. We are resourceful, one-stop health clinics, welcoming all regardless of ability to pay and without judgment. We are people-centered and believe that great health is about more than just healthcare. It’s about building a strong healthy community – one individual at a time.
Dedicated to community wellbeing by connecting individuals to a network of resources.
Wellness In Action (WIA) was founded in 2005 by residents concerned that not all families had access to education enrichment activities and human services. In the nearly 20 years we have been in operation, our vision has evolved to represent the continuum of behavioral health from prevention, to care, to after-care for all those who live, work, or learn in Big Sky.
WIA currently provides a robust counseling program offering a sliding scale payment system determined by income and household size, scholarship opportunities to attend summer and winter camps, wellbeing & enrichment opportunities, and a dedicated community health worker to help bridge the gap in human health services.
Wellness In Action is dedicated to community wellbeing by connecting individuals to network of resources so that those who live and work here may thrive.
The mission of Befrienders is to connect community volunteers to older adults for companionship, support and advocacy.
Due to life transition, physical limitations or other circumstances, seniors may have limited social interaction. Befrienders matches a volunteer and a senior together to spend at least an hour each week doing a variety of activities, such as going out to lunch, playing games or just talking.
Befrienders was established in 1993 and has brought many generations together in a mutually rewarding relationship by honoring the human spirit and providing life-enriching volunteer opportunities. The program is free and open to seniors age 65 and older and volunteers age 18 and older.