Great Opportunity!

We would like to personally urge you to encourage girls who have volunteered over the past year to participate in the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Girl Scouts who have recently earned their Silver and Gold Awards may be particularly good candidates.

This unique youth recognition program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, has recognized more than 100,000 middle and high school students – including thousands of Girl Scouts – at the local, state and national level for outstanding acts of volunteerism over the past 19 years. Top winners will receive sizable cash awards, engraved medallions and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. for the national awards ceremony in May 2015.

Girl Scouts may apply online at http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit. Applications must be submitted (online or paper) to Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming (GSMW) Council by November 4, 2014. GSMW will then review all applications and select one or more Girl Scouts to represent our council in the state-level judging.

If you have any questions or need a paper version of the application, please call 877-525-8491. If mailing, mail early to: GSMW, Attn: Prudential Awards, 2303 Grand Ave, Billings, MT,  59102.

We are excited about this opportunity to re-emphasize the importance of volunteering with our council, and possibly to gain statewide or even national recognition for our Girl Scouts. We hope we can count on your participation.

Sincerely,

Sally Leep, CEO

Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming

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Dress for Success of Missoula

This organization provides FREE professional development and clothing for women in the Missoula region.  Help the organization that helps so many women find professional success.  Your troop could collect donations, help at the shop, and more.  Contact the career center ambassador, Michelle Erickson, at 406-880-4866 or at michelle.dressfrsuccessmissoula@yahoo.com to help.

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Our community is always in need of service.  Look into helping out by….

Volunteer With a Community Garden

The Montana Natural History Center and the Native Plant Garden at Fort Missoula are looking for willing volunteers to help with weeding, mulching, planting, and projects.  The Garden is a beautiful, peaceful spot down by the river where the public can enjoy and learn about wildflowers, grasses, trees, and shrubs native to our area.  Open volunteer hours are each Thursday during the summer from 4-6 p.m., but they can be a bit flexible on hours for volunteer groups.  This is a great opportunity for volunteers to not only work in the garden but also have fun while learning about native plants!

Please contact Sarah Lederle or the Montana Natural History center if you or your troop would like to come down one Thursday this summer – they’d love to have you!

Sarah Lederle, slede42@gmail.com or 406-214-6745

Montana Natural History Center, 406-327-0405.

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Dear Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts Leaders,

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) created a Red Ribbon Week patch to encourage and support Scouts who wish to learn about Red Ribbon and participate in local efforts to educate youth about the dangers of drug abuse.

Red Ribbon Week was established in memory of the sacrifices made to help keep our communities drug-free and encourage youth to lead healthy lives, free of drugs.  Observed annually from October 23-31, Red Ribbon Week is a national celebration to promote youth education on the dangers of substance abuse.

The DEA encourages all Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups to participate.  Patches will be given to the first 15,000 qualifying Boy Scout and Girl Scouts.  The Red Ribbon Patch Program information can be found on our website, www.JustThinkTwice.com.

All Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are eligible to participate in the program.  To earn the DEA Red Ribbon Patch, Scouts must complete the following:

  • Each Scouting unit or troop must coordinate or support a Red Ribbon Week activity.
  • Each Scout must attend a drug prevention education session.
  • Each Scout must take a DEA Drug-Free Pledge.

Upon completion of the program requirements, the Scout leader must submit electronically the Activity Report no later than Thursday, October 31, 2013.  The activity report is available at www.JustThinkTwice.com.

For any questions about the program, please review the Red Ribbon Patch Program Implementation Guide available on our website www.JustThinkTwice.com.  Many of your questions may be answered in the Guide.

For any further questions or comments about the program, please send your e-mail to Demand.Reduction@usdoj.gov or call our Red Ribbon Patch staff at 202-307-7936 as they will be happy to assist you.

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Missoula Children and Nature Network aims to improve the quality and quantity of opportunities for connecting children with nature through education, recreation events and networking.  They have developed the “Got Nature?” passport program which is a year’s worth of events where children track their participation for fun prizes at the end of the year.  These events are free, or at a very low cost and are simply aimed to help children and their families reconnect with their nature nearby.  For the event schedule and detailed information go to www.missoulachildrenandnature.org or call 721-7275.

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AniMeals

A non-profit Food Bank for animals and a No-Kill Cat Adoption Center.

AniMeals supplements the food needs of animals, great and small, in the care of shelters & rescue groups, pets of the homebound/disabled, caregivers of feral cat colonies and animals living on the street. Additionally they have widened their scope to include shelters/rescues that support horses, cattle, and farm/ranch animals in need of food and supplements.

They help all of Western Montana and cover approximately 50,000 square miles; from Troy to Dillon. They are the largest animal food bank in the Nation!  Strong networks of spirited volunteers are the backbone of our organization and make it all possible.

They have many types of projects that would fit well with the Girl Scouts fun filled project list. Please contact Jessie at AniMeals for more details! 721-4710

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Riverside Health Care Center

The Riverside Health Care Center would like to offer Girl Scouts the opportunity to work with it’s elderly residents.  There are many opportunities to volunteer throughout the year.  The elderly welcome the energy and enthusiasm that youth bring with them during their visits.  In the summer they have a garden and in the winter you may help with various events and programs held in the facility.

Interested in bridging the gap between our youth and our elders?

Contact:

Kari Chisom      406.721.0608       kchisom@thegoodmangroup.com

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Quilt Barn Trail – Threads of MT History

Our mission as a volunteer team is to research & preserve the fading stories and photos from O’Brien Creek, Target Range, Orchard Homes and Big Flat areas of South West Missoula.

Enjoy a self guided driving, biking and walking tour of the Quilt Barn trail!  The Quilt Barn trail is helping to raise awareness of old buildings and is helping to keep local history alive through education of the public via this neat trail that highlights old barns and ice houses.  Visit these sites to see quilt murals that have been added to barn exteriors and to learn about why they hold importance in Missoula’s local history.

http://www.mthistory.us/Quilt-Barn-Trail.html 

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Hero Packs for kids in military families

Hero Packs are backpacks that contain items such as: letters of support, stuffed animals, books, toys, photo frames, disposable cameras, and more.  These packs are given to kids of all ages when a parent or loved one departs for military duty.  They are a tangible expression of support for military families in communities across the state. Operation Military Kids is always looking for contributions to their “Hero Packs” through donations and community service volunteers.

If you wish to contribute to the creation of Hero Packs contact:

Montana Operation Military Kids, Caroline Dettle at 406.994.6241

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Backpacks for kid’s

This program is for kid’s removed from their homes by social services.  Often these children must leave all their belongings and go to a group or foster home.  These backpacks that are created by volunteers and groups like the Girl Scouts are given to the kid’s to take with them wherever they go so that they always have something of their own.  Bernina donates the pre-cut material for pillowcases to be sewn, simply go into the Bernina store and request some kits.  Girl Scouts have in the past made pillowcases and packed the backpacks with donations from business and other organizations.  However, there are lots of opportunities to assist with this project.

Contact:

 Nancy Delger at 543.4668

with questions on how to get involved

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Caps for Good

This is an exciting service learning project that aims to engage youth in the U.S. to help save the lives of nearly four million newborns in the developing world.  Girl Scout troops around the country are getting involved in helping with this project. Here is an article about a Girl Scout Troop that has already participated- http://www.westport-news.com/default/article/Westport-Brownies-efforts-help-infants-in-828329.php

Caps for Good is a grassroots initiative led by Save the Children and the Warm Up America! Foundation that calls upon Americans of all ages to knit or crochet a cap to keep a new baby warm and help increase his or her chance of survival.  This is part of Save the Children’s larger newborn and child survival campaign which aims to mobilize U.S. citizens to help reduce the number of newborn and child deaths that occur each year from preventable and treatable causes (www.GoodGoes.org).

The Caps for Good initiative offers a way for girls at any age to engage in a local project that has a global impact.  As a Girl Scout troop leader or volunteer, your troop can participate by following the easy steps below that support the Girl Scout Leadership keys- Discover, Connect and Take Action.

Discover – Organize a troop meeting where girls can learn how to knit or crochet a baby cap and talk about how this project will make a difference in the lives of newborns around the world.

Connect – Encourage your troop to work together to complete their baby caps and to use this project to raise awareness in their school and community.

Take Action – Engage your troop in advocacy by having them send a letter to President Obama about their participation in Caps for Good.

To get started, visit www.GoodGoes.org/caps and view our action kit with information on how to make your cap and find more ways to get involved.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you have or if you would like to discuss how your troop will be participating: cdonaghy@savechildren.org

Sincerely, Caitlin Donaghy

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New Dawn MT Farm Sanctuary

Non-profit farm animal sanctuary

689 Red Hawk Trail, Stevensville, MT 59870

You are welcome to do an approved project of your own creation.  Here are some examples:

Direct care of the farm animals, feed, brush and spend time with them, clean barn and grounds.  Clean and maintain education area.  Maintenance of the property: fix fences, weed and help with the summer garden, help add or repair needs to existing building and other building projects.  Assist in requesting donated items from feed stores and other businesses, including office supply businesses.  Anyone that will donate a positive product or service to the sanctuary is appreciated.

Education: enjoy arranging/visiting a any-age school class or other group to bring outreach to our gentle ambassador chickens and encourage kindness towards farm animals and all animals.

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