Local Nonprofits Unite to Offer Free Support for Grief and Loss

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in different ways; caregivers, patients and families alike are all experiencing new types of stress, grief and loss. This complicated grief has inspired many members of the community to develop new programs that are designed to meet this need. Here is a sampling of some of the free virtual support groups available in your area.


1. Continuing Bonds: Virtual Community Workshop

2. COVID-19 Support Group – For Healthcare Workers

3. Virtual Bereavement Support Group

Missoula, MT -Finding Community in the Nonprofit Community

Written by: Kayla Sheridan

The Missoula community has over 1,500 listed Nonprofit organizations!v

As donors and volunteers, we want to spend our dollar and time on causes that produce the most significant welfare gains. However, many of us actually spend our resources on the causes that we care about! Charity is exceptionally dependent on our own personal identities & Nonprofit sectors help create a culture within communities.

The Nonprofit sector in Missoula has more organizations per capita compared to almost all of the other cities in the United States. Wow! The majority of these organizations work hard to both engage and educate individuals on issues and opportunities in the community. For the most part, Nonprofits strive to make positive change, provide a sense of community, and help individuals create an identity. Our Nonprofits in Missoula are essential in sustaining our unique community here.

Below are steps you can take to help you find a Nonprofit you can support.

1)    Align Potential Organizations with Your Values
2)    Decide What Type of Good You Hope to Support
3)    Research Online
4)    Fill Your Experience Gap
5)    Search Social Media
6)    Exercise Your Options

For those in Missoula, I recommend this website to help you in your search for your Nonprofit community:

Nonprofits make change by bringing people together around a common goal! For anyone who needs to hear it, go find your Nonprofit community and help make your community a better place right now. In today’s tech-savvy world, it’s easier than ever to support your favorite Nonprofits.


3 good news stories sure to brighten your day.

In the news today all we seem to hear about are the bad things happening around the world. Unfortunately, most of the good news is consistently overshadowed by the bad in the media today. Here are just a few stories that may remind you there is still some good in the world.

One of the great things about technology is that it enables people to unite for a cause despite how removed from it they may be. It all started when Youtube prankster Magic of Rahat gave a homeless man named Eric a lottery ticket. He also gave the store clerk $1000 to give to Eric as his “winnings.” The video went viral and the online community started donating like crazy, next thing you know Eric had a fully furnished house, food, clothes, and a bank account with a balance of over $20,000.

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Watch The Video!

The Kentucky Derby has always been a sort of “high class” event in which having money almost always grandfathers you into success. This year however, California Chrome stuck it to the man. After losing multiple races California Chrome was basically to never be seen again until two “dumb ass” partners bought the mare for a measly $8000. The two owners modestly named their partnership “Dumb Ass Partners” then to top it off hired the oldest trainer to ever win the derby, threw it all together and are now celebrating like its 1999.

California Chrome

Panic was beginning to set in when the search for a three year old boy had to be called off due to a North Dakota downpour of a rainstorm. A few remaining four wheelers continued the search when one noticed the family’s retriever german shepherd mix near a knoll. The boy was found huddled underneath the dog who was shielding him from the thunderstorm. The boys father had noticed the dog was gone and knew that to find the boy all they would have to do is find the dog. Man’s or boy’s best friend indeed. Watch the amazing video here.


Can You Handle The Facts?


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Please Check Out TheRedRoadFoundation.com


“Help us build sustainable communities for children in need.”



Learn more about The Red Road Foundation and their last jazz and sushi dining experience held to raise funds for their farm and safe home project in Cambodia.


The amazing sushi dinner was catered and donated by Montana’s Best SaketoMe Sushi.

red25 The Vice President of The Red Road Foundation educates guests on the foundation’s progress and goals in Cambodia.


Amazing, fresh sashimi platter by, Montana’s best SaketoMe Sushi.


An event guest sharing her support and love for The Red Road Foundation.



Image board of the community being built in Cambodia labeled, “Help Us Color Their World”


Excited guests request a picture with the Vice President.

 red14Guests with Marci Jones, The Red Roads Foundations dazzling event coordinator.  red1

Guests are welcomed and served cocktails and appetizers.


Vice president and event coordinator share a happy moment for their success!

Give Local, Give United Way of Missoula County

Give Local Missoula

Why I give, and you should too.

As a university student, I work two jobs, buy groceries maybe once a month and am always strapped for cash. An extra ten dollars in my pocket gets me through the next couple days. Unlike myself, maybe you are a recent graduate starting to make payments on your student’s loans, or you are welcoming a newborn into your home. Regardless of where our plans have taken us, Missoula’s young adults are continuing to work hard to provide for themselves and/or their family.

Today’s young adults born after 1980, known as Generation Y or the millennial generation, is the most educated generation in American history and, like the baby boomers, one of the largest. Yet we are facing one of the worst job markets, we are in debt, and so many of us are unemployed. Yet, unlike generations before us, we have been forced to rethink success as something more than just material prosperity.

We are starting to focus more on living life defined by a meaning – we are focused on making a difference, finding a purpose filled with value and impact. Often, we are contributing this longing of meaning in our life with the ability to provide and give to others. But how do we give, and where do we give? As young adults in search of meaning, it is important to give to organizations, charities and community programs that align with our similar beliefs and values. It is important to remember that the extra ten dollars in your pocket can go a lot further than you think.

Give Local Missoula.

Tuesday, May 6 marks the inaugural 24 hour online fundraising blast across Missoula to boost awareness for 90 local nonprofits. Give Local Missoula is a part of a national event called Give Local America that solicits community members to donate to their favorite cause during a time period in which their money will be matched by a local pool of sponsorship, meaning every gift will have double the impact. For young adults searching for an organization that is important to them, Give Local Missoula offers an online portal with each nonprofits mission, making it easier to find those that resonate with us.

This year’s goal is to raise $100,000 from combined online and in-person donations. The minimum donation is only ten dollars.

Give to United Way of Missoula County.

It is easy to become overwhelmed by the words: impact, engage, challenges, ability, connects and committed that are constantly being thrown at us by nonprofits. However, as young adults of Missoula (or beyond), it is important to be present in the affairs of our community, because as hard as it is to admit, one day we will have to drop the “young” in young adult, and lead our community, together, for the greater good. Give Local Missoula allows us to search and find nonprofits across Missoula whose mission aligns with that of our own. Take a moment to learn about the many nonprofits across Missoula that benefit and provide essential services and programs in our community.

As we spend time searching for nonprofits that our close to our hearts, we find ourselves searching for the building blocks of a meaningful life. United Way of Missoula County builds a better community for all, especially in the areas of education, income and health — what United Way calls the building blocks for a good life. A quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.

Imagine that one charitable donation, just ten dollars, could touch thousands of lives. A single gift to United Way of Missoula County does just that.

It puts food on the tables of hungry families and homebound seniors; provides caring mentors and safe activities for kids after school; shelters women and children fleeing domestic violence; screens low-income women for breast and cervical cancer; takes care of children whose families can’t or won’t care for them; helps kids and families repair their shattered lives when a parent or sibling dies – and the list goes on.

The 34 carefully screened, regularly evaluated programs United Way supports at 21 nonprofit agencies in Missoula County – and another dozen in Ravalli County – change and save lives every day. Everyday these organizations and programs affect the lives of many in our own backyard, solving our community challenges. The success of our community depends on these services, the success of these services depend on funding from United Way, and the success of United Way of Missoula County depends on the support of our community.

Join the action that supports our community everyday by giving back to the beautiful town we call home. Everyone, young and old, have the power to change lives today and create a stronger tomorrow. Be a part of the change.

On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, anyone can give online at www.GiveLocalMissoula.org