Here are some community programs that impact MCPS youth:


 
Writing Coaches of Missoula
 
Help students learn to write and think clearly.
 
Writing Coaches of Missoula needs volunteers to mentor Missoula area middle and high school students on their writing skills.  Coaches meet individually with students during the class period to work on persuasive writing projects assigned by their teacher as part of the class regular curriculum.  We currently have programs at Big Sky, Hellgate, and Sentinel High Schools.  In addition we serve C.S. Porter, Meadow Hill, and Washington Middle Schools.
 
We work with every student in the classroom.  Coaches meet twice with each student-first on a rough draft, and then on a revised 2nd draft.  We practice "student-centered" coaching, with an emphasis on clear communication and critical thinking.  Scheduling is flexible-work if and when you have time.
 
All trainings are held on the University of Montana campus.  To register, please email writingcoachesofmissoula@gmail.com.  For more information, visit the website www.writingcoachesofmissoula.com.

 
 
The Boys and Girls Club of Missoula 

Mentor children and young adults at the Boys & Girls Club.

The Boys and Girls Club of Missoula is always looking for individuals who want to give back to the community through volunteering. Helping children through providing a healthy, drug-free, and safe place to spend their time after school is a vital and necessary community service.

The Boys and Girls Club is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

For more information about volunteering through the Boys & Girls Club call their volunteer services at (406) 542-3116, email their coordinator at janisfontaine@gmail.com, or click here.


Flagship

Work with students of all ages after school.

The Flagship program is looking for volunteers to help with their afterschool programs. High School, Middle School, and Elementary School students participate in various afterschool and summer programs and need volunteers to help lead and assist them.

Flagship is a community-school partnership that aims to enhance the social, academic, cultural and physical achievements of Missoula’s youth.

Hours: Programs run Monday through Thursday from after school until 5:00 pm and Monday through Friday during the summer for most of the day. Volunteers are required to commit a minimum of two hours per week, per session.

For more information about how to become a Flagship volunteer contact Nicole Mitchell at (406) 532-9865 or nmitchell@wmmhc.org or click here.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Missoula

Become a mentor for a child in the Missoula area.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking volunteers to mentor young children. There are community-based programs and site-based programs to best match your availability. Community-Based Program are designed to foster relationships that allow the “little” to manage every-day challenges associated with growing up. Site-based programs are where the volunteers offer one-on-one time at a school rather than in the community and utilize their resources (library, gym, classroom, schoolyard etc.).

Big Brothers Big Sisters is an organization that aims to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring relationships that can change their lives for the better.

Hours: Community-based programs require the volunteers to spend a few hours a week with the children and youths for at least a year. Site-based programs require are 1-1.5 hours a week for the school year.

Click here to learn more about the duties and benefits of becoming a big brother or sister and to find contact information for the Missoula program. You can also contact BBBS online here.


Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming

Mentor Girl Scouts in Missoula.

Girls Scouts of Montana and Wyoming is looking for individuals who want to make a lasting impact on the lives of young girls through volunteering in various capacities.

The Girls Scouts of Montana and Wyoming is an organization dedicated to helping young women grow up with courage, confidence, and character. Their mission is, “to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Through activities in science and technology, business and economic literacy, and outdoor and environmental awareness, Girl Scouting provides girls with opportunities for fun and friendship, while fostering the development of leadership skills and self-esteem.”

Hours: The time commitment is up to you.

Click here to learn more about the duties, tasks and qualifications for a Girl Scout Volunteer

 If you are interested in volunteering, application forms may be viewed online and printed here.


YMCA

Help children and families by volunteering at the YMCA.

YMCA of Missoula utilizes volunteers in various areas depending on their time availability and talents. Some areas include board and committee members, youth sports coaches, Special Olympics organizers, chaperones and many more.

The YMCA is the largest nonprofit community service organization in the nation and aims to build strong families and communities across the nation through engaging young adults and children in healthy lifestyles, healthy pursuits, and providing assistance to parents who can help to build strong futures for their children.

Click here to learn more about volunteering at the local YMCA.

If you are interested in volunteering at the YMCA, contact human resources at hfoster@ymcamissoula.org. If you are specifically interested in becoming a Youth Sports Volunteer contact Katie Grutsch at kgrutsch@ymcamissoula.org.

Missoula Children’s Theater

The Missoula Children’s Theater is looking for volunteers how can contribute time and talents either at the headquarters in Missoula or on the road for the traveling tour projects. They are always interested in a wide variety of volunteers who have various talents, skills and willingness.

The Missoula Children’s Theater is an organization that aims to develop life skills in children through participation in the performing arts. The theater puts on various performances and provides children the support and encouragement to pursue academic success.

Call the volunteer coordinator at (406) 728-1911 or click here to learn more about volunteering at the Missoula Children’s Theater.

 An online application form can be found here and should be sent to Leann Clarke at lclarke@mctinc.org.


Children’s Museum Missoula

Volunteer at the Children’s Museum.

The children’s museum is always looking for volunteers to help out! Jobs include Museum guide, birthday hosts, helping hands, special events, and committees. They want individuals who are dedicated to strengthening community by empowering families and learning, committed to providing guests with the best of visitor service, and able to make minimum time commitments. You must be at least 15 years old and complete an application, interview, and training.

Children's Museum Missoula aims to strengthen community by empowering families through parent education and learning through play. The children’s museum features hands-on interactive activities for ages 0-9 and is located downtown overlooking Carras Park and the Carousel.

Hours: Volunteers typically give 1.5-2 hour shifts.

Click here to learn more about volunteering at the Children’s Museum contact Kira Huck, Children's Museum Programs & Volunteer Coordinator at (406) 541-7529 or kira@childrensmuseummissoula.org.

An online application can be downloaded here.


YWCA – GUTS!

Mentor and support young women in Missoula.

YWCA is looking for individuals who want to help young women ages 9-19 discover their strengths and explore their own personal values in a safe and supportive environment.

The YWCA is an organization that aims to provide protection to children, women, and men in various unsafe situations.

Hours: Volunteers complete a 6 hour training session and lead outdoor adventures in the summer as well as year-long community adventures. 

Click here for more information about GUTS! and other volunteer opportunities through the YWCA.

To volunteer, contact Roe at rerin@ywcaofmissoula.org.


National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Become a court appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children.

CASA is always looking for volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court and other settings.

CASA is a non-profit organization that recruits, trains, and supports volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courts and various other settings. CASA identified 600,000 children nation-wide that experience foster care and CASA volunteers helped 234,000 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes last year alone. Volunteers are needed to help as many children as possible find safe homes in Missoula and across the nation. 

Hours: Volunteers spend approximately 10 hours a month on a case and are asked to remain with the case until it is closed. The average length of time is about a year and a half.

Click here to learn more about the duties, tasks, and qualifications for becoming a Casa Volunteer.

To start the volunteering process in the Missoula area, you can contact CASA online here. If you are not yet ready to become a CASA advocate, CASA may have other areas where you can contribute your time.


Watson Children’s Shelter

Help children in need by donating your time and skills.

Watson Children’s shelter appreciates your willingness to serve and has a variety of ways you can contribute directly and indirectly. They aim to match your shills, talents, and interests to specific projects to assist the facility and children. While they maintain mentoring positions for trained professionals, volunteers have contributed things as wide ranging as Magic trick exhibitions to weeding and gardening.

Watson Children’s Shelter is a safe place for children who have experienced abuse, neglect, abandonment or family crisis in the Missoula area. More than 150 kids are brought to Watson Children’s shelter each year and typically by social workers and police in order to keep the children safe until their family crisis are over.

Hours: Vary depending on project.

To learn more about volunteering, please click here.

A Volunteer application form can be downloaded and printed here and should be returned to their administrative offices at 4978 Buckhouse Lane, or emailed to alley@shelter4children.com


Missoula Food Bank

Volunteer your individual talents to help the Missoula Food Bank Feed the County.

The Missoula Food Bank is always looking for volunteers to assist in various positions. Positions are available based on your own experience, time, talents, and energy. Examples include: Stocking shelves, sorting food, entering data, bagging groceries, cleaning, collecting food and delivering food. More specific opportunities include holiday food drives, postal carrier food drives, and making sandwiches for a summer nutrition program for children.

The Missoula Food Bank is a non-profit organization that addresses hunger in Missoula County. They do this by offering emergency food assistance and various food service programs. The Food Bank identified 17,583 different individuals served in 2014 and 35 percent of those clients as individuals under 18 years of age. That means over 6,000 children and young adults need the help of Missoula Food Bank to acquire food in Missoula. By volunteering you can help feed those individuals.

Hours: Vary depending on your availability and talents.

If you would like more information about volunteering at the Food Bank, contact their volunteer coordinator at (406) 549-0543 ext. 107 or click here.

 An application form can be downloaded and printed here

 
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