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Madison County Mental Health Local Advisory Council

P.O. Box 73

Virginia City, Montana 59755

Telephone: 406-925-9441

Contact: Ke’lah Savage-Willauer, chair

Description of services: The Madison County Mental Health Local Advisory Council works with local health care providers and other local, regional, and state partners to reduce the stigma of mental illness and expand access to affordable mental health services.  Past, present, and future projects include: Mental Health First Aid trainings, suicide prevention and awareness programs, support for increased coordination between physical and mental health professionals, distribution of a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resource Directory, and advocacy for adequate funding of mental health services.

Needs: Donations for assessing the needs of our community through a supporting housing survey and for future projects as they are identified.

Mainstreet Uptown Butte

P.O. Box 696

Butte, Montana  59703

Telephone: 406-497-6464

Websites:

Description of services: Mainstreet Uptown Butte is a non-profit community organization that follows a four legged approach to rejuvenate the Uptown through Design, Organization, Promotion and Economic Vitality to apply the power of the arts to restore and transform the Heart of Butte district in Uptown Butte.

Major projects and events are the Butte Christmas Stroll, Ice Sculpting Contest, Butte Farmers Market, and the Montana Folk Festival.

Needs: Tax-deductible contributions through voluntary memberships are always welcome as are volunteers who are invited throughout the year to help with projects.

For more details about how to get involved, contact executive director, George Everett at geverett@montana.com.

Mai Wah Society

17 W. Mercury St., Butte

P.O. Box 404, Butte, Montana 59703

Telephone: 406-723-3231, 406-565-1826

Contact: Pat Munday

Description of services: The Mai Wah Society preserves and interprets the history of Butte’s Chinese population, operating the Mai Wah Museum at 17 W. Mercury St. in Uptown Butte.

Needs: Donations help us maintain the museum, exhibits, and our buildings. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of tasks including museum docents, building maintenance and Chinese New Year festivities. See our website at http://www.maiwah.org.

Mariah’s Challenge

Mariah Daye McCarthy Scholarship Foundation

P.O. Box 66

Butte, Montana 59703

Telephone: 406-490-2739

Contact: Leo McCarthy

Description of services: Butte’s gift to our youth who live a life of simple self-respect is celebrating its 11-year anniversary of helping generations through one youth at a time. The program, through presentations, Skype sessions and web site, www.mariahschallenge.com, help parents to use the kitchen table as a place of education and change to Butte’s drinking and driving problem and the tribulation and pain of underage drinking. Youth who accept the challenge, choose a positive and unique act, do not drink alcohol or take illicit drugs while in high school and give back to their community are eligible for a scholarship upon completion of their senior year.

Seniors who continue onto post-secondary and accredited trade and craft schools are eligible. Over $330,000 of scholarship has been provide to 330 of Butte’s youth since inception.

Needs: Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 66, Butte, Montana 59703, c/o Mariah’s Challenge and the site’s donation link. Contact founder and father of Mariah, Leo McCarthy at 406-490-2739.

Marine Corps League

Private Mike Detachment 1380, Anaconda

P.O. Box 1043

Anaconda, Montana 59711

Telephone: 406-563-6853

Contact: Paul Beausoleil, commandant

Description of services: Members of the MCL join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps, banding together those who are now serving and those honorably discharged from service. The detachment is named after Montana’s Sen. Mike Mansfield, the longest serving Senate leader whose headstone at Arlington simply discloses “PVT U.S. Marine Corps.”

Needs: People to join the detachment, serve and participate in local events.

Mile-Hi Lions Club

P.O. Box 4562

Butte, Montana 59702

Telephone: Steve Hadnagy, 406-490-7710

Description of services: The Butte Mile-Hi Lions Club was chartered in December 1973, with a mission to help meet the needs of the community, and support Lions worldwide. As Lions, our mission is to make a difference and we have, over and over again with programs that succeed in our community. Service to people who are blind and who are visually impaired has always been one of our most significant programs.

Our annual projects have been to support youth activities such as sponsoring students to Boys and Girls State, provide savings bonds at the non-alcoholic graduation festivities, and sponsor softball and baseball teams. Sight Conservation includes providing eye exams and glasses for the children in the city and supporting the local blind association, Montana Blind and Low Vision Services, Montana Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, Montana leader dog schools and Christian records. For several years, our Plusoptix program has screened school children in Butte, Anaconda, and Deer Lodge, in both the private and public schools.

The Butte Mile-Hi Lions Club has continued to support many community projects throughout the years, including the Silver Bow Blind Picnic, independent living projects, the Silver Bow Blind Association, Butte YMCA, and White Cane Days. We also maintain the Memorial Rest Shelter on a Butte walking trail that was constructed years ago. The group also holds rest-stop fundraisers.

Needs: Support for our fundraisers is needed as are new members. Monetary donations are also appreciated.

Mile High Nordic Ski Education Foundation (MHNSEF)

P.O. Box 3332

Butte, Montana 59702

Telephone: 406-560-6060

Contact: Joe Griffin, president

Description of services: The Nordic ski club offers groomed cross-country ski trails at Moulton Reservoir just north of Butte, Mount Haggin Wildlife Management Area south of Anaconda, and in Butte at Stodden Park. Trail use is free to all, providing exercise and great scenery in the beautiful and quiet Montana outdoors. Ski lessons are held several times each season. The all-volunteer club operates from donations and grants, which fund the purchase and maintenance of grooming equipment.  Please visit their website for up-to-date trail conditions: milehighnordic.org

Needs: Donations may be made to MHNSEF at the address shown above. Come ski with us!

Mining City Christmas Program

Action Inc.

25 West Silver St.

Butte, Montana 59701

Telephone: Action Inc., 406-533-6855

Months of operation: October-December

Description of services: The Mining City Christmas program ensures needy families and seniors in Silver Bow County have food and presents on Christmas day. It is completely funded by donations and served 1,300 children in 800 families last year. Citizens can help by donating and by adopting needy families.  It is a wonderful way to share the cheer during the holiday season. To adopt a family or donate, stop by or call Action Inc. or visit the website.

Needs: Toys, food and cash donations. Businesses and families are invited to adopt families.

Montana Independent Living Project

3475 Monroe - Suite 100

Butte Montana 59701

Telephone: 406-442-5755 (ext. 206)

Contact: Scott Birkenbuel

Description of services: Montana Independent Living Project Inc. is a non-profit agency promoting independence for people living with disabilities who are residing in the state of Montana. We advocate for equal access and opportunities for all. MILP works to assist clients to live and work as independently as they desire. This includes, but is not limited to, having access to the necessary services that promote a quality of life within one's own residence and community

Needs: Donations may be made on our website, www.milp.us, or by mailing checks to 825 Great Northern Blvd, Suite 105, Helena, MT 59601 or by texting 41444 and typing “mILp” from your cell phone.

Montana Renewable Energy Association

P.O. Box 673

Missoula, Montana 59806

Telephone: 406-214-9405

Contact: Andrew Valainis, executive director

Description of services: The Montana Renewable Energy Association is made up of businesses, individuals, and families dedicated to expanding Montana’s use of renewable energy in order to conserve natural resources, create jobs, and increase the independence and resilience of our communities.

Needs: Join the organization or donate at http://montanarenewables.org/join-mrea/. Questions may be sent to info@montanarenewables.org.

Montana Tech Foundation

1300 W. Park St.

Butte, Montana 59701

Telephone: 406-496-4233

Contact: Michael Barth

Description of services: The Montana Tech Foundation provides scholarship support, along with funding for our faculty, programs and facilities.

Needs: Donations can be made by mail, by calling, or online at http://foundation.mtech.edu/give/.

Mother Lode Theatre

P.O. Box 522

Butte, Montana 59703

Telephone: 406-723-3602

Contact: Robin Busch

Purpose: The organization serves as a champion of culture and the arts. It is a presenter, producer and landlord for traveling performers from throughout the world and for local artists to showcase their talents on a world-class stage.

Needs: Donations.

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National Affordable Housing Network

66 W. Park St., Suite 211

Butte, Montana 59701

Telephone: 406-782-8579

Fax: 406-782-5539

Website: www.nahn.com

Description of services: Assists low income families and individuals to achieve the dream of homeownership. NAHN is currently building homes in Butte, Boulder and Whitehall to provide investment in neighborhoods in need.

Buyers save on the overall cost of owning a home in three ways:

• Helping to build it (self-help homeowner/builders contribute 65% of construction along with construction staff and volunteers).

• Qualifying for mortgages with affordability features like low-interest rates and longer payback terms (eligibility depends on income and good credit).

• Building NAHN high-performance house plans that improve comfort and reduce utility costs.

NAHN also provides HUD-certified housing credit counseling services, offering no-cost credit counseling to all, regardless of income. This free, educational service helps clients understand their financial situation, their credit report, and how their credit relates to their creditworthiness. Clients then use this knowledge to repair or improve their credit with the guidance of their counselor as needed.

NAHN’s 25-year effort in renewable energy and conservation has resulted in a special project in Whitehall, the Mountain Horizons Solar Subdivision, which offers solar electric homes for self-help homebuyers, with room for up to 40 more homebuyers. The region’s first net-zero homes for very-low-income homeownership have been built in Whitehall and this year in Butte.

The organization sponsors youth education and community development efforts through the Imagine Butte Collaborative effort to develop housing programs based on community neighborhood revitalization plans and action programs, including the upcoming Phoenix Building project.

Needs: Tax-deductible donations for homeownership housing development for people in need, particularly disabled homebuyers. NAHN accepts donations of land for affordable housing construction for families in need.

National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)

3040 Continental Drive

Butte, Montana 59701

Telephone: 406-494-4572

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Contact: Sandra Booth, development and communications director

Description of services: Since 1976, NCAT has touched thousands of lives in Butte, and across Montana, by helping people practice more sustainable lifestyles that save money and protect the environment. Our programs include training farmers, demonstrating renewable energy technology, weatherizing houses for those less fortunate, identifying energy efficiency opportunities for businesses and institutions, and researching sustainable agriculture challenges. Our demonstration farm is identifying solutions to local production issues that will benefit all the growers in the area and is also growing produce that is donated to our local food bank and organizations fighting hunger.

Needs: Financial donations, which are tax-deductible, could support our Energy Corps weatherization efforts for low-income folks, including the purchase of residential weatherization kits. Mail checks to NCAT, 3040 Continental Drive, or give online at www.ncat.org/donate.

New Hope Clinic

320 S. Idaho St.

Butte, Montana 59701

Telephone: 406-723-7144

Contact: Julie Endy

Description of services: Free, professional, confidential help. We serve those in need without regard to age, race, income, nationality, religious affiliation, disability or other arbitrary circumstances.

Our services include pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STD/STI testing, GED and college-ready tutoring, adoption help, post-abortion counseling, and a pregnancy support group for moms and dads. It provides education programs about fetal development, labor, delivery, caring for your newborn, parenting and much more. You’ll have access to our boutique with maternity outfits and baby items (clothes, diapers, strollers, cribs, etc.). It also connects you with other parents, while you gain support, friendships, knowledge and assistance.

Needs: Volunteers, baby items (furniture, clothing, diapers, etc.), and financial donations. We are a non-profit and receive no government funds.

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Operation Lifesaver

Contact: John Althof, board president

Telephone: 406-444-7247

Website: www.mtoli.org

Description of services: Montana Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit safety organization dedicated to eliminating injuries and fatalities at railroad crossings or as a result of trespassing on railroad property. The group is comprised totally of volunteers from every walk of life.

Needs: To arrange a safety presentation or make a tax-deductible donation, contact www.mtoli.org or call John Althof.

Orphan Girl Children's Theatre

316 W. Park Street (Washington St. Entrance)

Butte, Montana 59701

Telephone: 406-782-5657

Contact: Jackie Freeman, artistic director

Description of services: Orphan Girl Children's Theatre (OGCT) is a nonprofit theatrical organization that cultivates and creates artistry within our community by educating through the performing arts. We envision an inclusive community enriched by courageous, well-rounded young artists with an instilled sense of accountability and creativity.

Needs: The Orphan Girl Children's Theatre is supported by monetary donations through their ongoing Fund the Future campaign, in-kind donations through volunteers and by community involvement and support. OGCT invites children and adults of all ages and abilities to become involved in our productions, classes and community outreach events.

Our Lady of the Rockies Foundation

3100 Harrison Ave.

Butte Plaza Mall

Butte, Montana 59701

Telephone: 406-782-1221

Contact: Vicky Leskovar

Description of services: Our Lady of the Rockies Foundation is a non-profit, non-denominational organization whose purpose is to insure the longevity of the statue of Our Lady on the East Ridge as a lasting monument to women everywhere.

The 90-foot tall statue has become as much a part of our Butte landscape as the gallows frames. We depend on our volunteers to drive the tours in the summer months, work in the gift shop throughout the year to take memorials and Light the Lady requests and also work on the upkeep of the site and road. The gift shop — winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday — offers visitors the chance to view a video of Our Lady. The board of directors is diligently working on building a tram that will bring more visitors to Our Lady and our city.

Needs: Volunteers to help with maintaining the statue and road and drive the vans and buses for tours, as well as to help in the shop. Tax deductible donations are greatly appreciated.

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Pintler Pets Humane Society

Old Arbiter Plant Yard, Silver Street

P.O. Box 1204

Anaconda, Montana 59711

Telephone: Shelter 406-563-7464, or Pat at 406-437-8609

Website: www.neuterville.petfinder.com or www.montanapets.org/pp. Hours: 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday to view dogs and cats; closed Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, except by appointment.

Description of services: Pintler Pets is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) humane society that receives no government funding and exists on fundraisers, private donations, grants, and adoption fees. Pintler Pets takes in owner-surrendered animals, strays, transfers from other rescue groups, and from the Anaconda-Deer Lodge County shelter.

We provide a safe, clean, caring shelter for our animals and strive to adopt them to loving homes. Successes are wonderful, but our work is never-ending.

Needs: Monetary donations, volunteers of all kinds, liquid laundry detergent, bleach, washers, and adopters.

Powell County Community Foundation

P.O. Box 834

Deer Lodge, Montana 59722

Telephone: 406-846-3413

Contact: Steve Owens

Description of services: The foundation is building an endowment to help other non-profit organizations in the county. It provides grants for educational, cultural and recreational and economic development projects.

Needs: Cash, estates and planned gifts.

Powell County Literacy Program

501 Missouri Ave.

Deer Lodge, Montana 59722

Telephone: 406-846-2242

Contact: Cindy Noland

Description of services: Help is offered with basic reading, writing, math, high school equivalency preparation, college prep classes, English as a second language and basic computer instruction. All our services are free.

Needs: Monetary donations and volunteers.

Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation

1106 Main St.

Deer Lodge, Montana 59722

Telephone: 406-846-3111

Contact: Sandy Pettey, director

Description of services: To preserve, protect and present elements of local and regional history and culture. To be a repository for the history and life of Deer Lodge, Powell County and the State of Montana including but not exclusive to, historic buildings, photographic records, and/or artifacts for preservation, representing the past, present, and future.

To present and educate the members and the public to the significance of the items and artifacts in the repository of the Powell County Museum and Arts Foundation, and to advance this and other educational programs.

Needs: Donations of artifacts, money and volunteers.

Powell County Senior Center

100 Missouri Ave.

P.O. Box 365

Deer Lodge, Montana 59722

Telephone: 406-846-3939

Contact: Tonya Wevley

Description of services: Congregate meals and meal delivery through Meals on Wheels and community services to senior citizens.

Needs: Monetary donations and sponsorships for meal costs for seniors and building maintenance.

Project Care

P.O. Box 1280

Anaconda, Montana 59711

Telephone: Carole Kovacich at 406-560-6065, or for emergency services, Rev. Phil Masters at 300 E. 4th, Anaconda, 406-563-3534.

Description of services: The program, located in the basement of St. Peter’s Church, helps the needy with food from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and during other emergencies. It also provides Christmas meal baskets.

Needs: Donations of money go to P.O. Box 1280 and donations of food go to the food bank in the basement of St. Peter’s Church, 4th and Alder streets.

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Rialto Community Theatre Inc.

Box 874

Deer Lodge, Montana 59722

Telephone: 406-846-7900

Contact: Steve Owens

Description of services: The theater is the cultural center of Powell County. Severely damaged by fire in November 2006, rebuilding is complete, but operating support and help with ongoing restoration and improvement is still needed.

Needs: Operating, improvement and restoration funds and volunteer labor. Cash and memorials are welcome.

Rotary Club of Butte

Box 3014

Butte, Montana 59702

Telephone: 406-498-4139

Contact: David Armstrong

Description of services: The Rotary Club of Butte is the oldest service club in Butte. Since 1915, the Club has worked to improve the Butte community with projects like the Maud S Canyon hiking area, a handicapped-accessible chariot for the Butte carousel at Stodden Park, and the Rotary Community Tree at Victory Circle. In 2019 the Rotary Club purchased and installed six new picnic tables at the World Museum of Mining and provided funding to Stodden Park Ridge Waters sponsored swimmers program.

Education activities include donating dictionaries yearly to all 3rd graders in Butte-Silver Bow, providing scholarships to students attending Highlands College and Montana Tech, sponsoring the Rotaract Club at Montana Tech, sponsoring the high school Interact Club, and funding Butte freshman high school students at Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp south of Livingston every summer.

Rotary has helped lead the international effort since 1984 to eradicate polio in the world. Since 1985, the number of polio cases in the world has been reduced from 350,000 new cases in 125 countries to 94 cases of polio so far in 2019 in only two endemic countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The Rotary Club meets weekly at noon on Thursday at the Butte Country Club to listen to guest speakers from the community and state, to plan service projects, discuss and learn about community and international issues, and enjoy fellowship.

Needs: Donations and members.

Ruby Valley Food Pantry

P.O. Box 241

Sheridan, Montana 59749

Telephone: 406-842-5573

Contact: Jim Wallace

Pantry space is generously provided by the Valley Assembly Church, located at 114 N. Main St., in Sheridan.

Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays

Description of services: We provide emergency food supplies to individuals and families in need. We offer dried and canned food staples, margarine and meat, vouchers for milk, eggs and bread; and holiday dinner baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas. We serve the Greater Ruby Valley Community, including Virginia City, Alder, Sheridan, Twin Bridges and Silver Star. Delivery of food is available for the elderly, disabled, or those who don’t have transportation available to them.

Needs: Donations of non-perishable food, frozen meat, basic hygiene supplies e.g. toothpaste and toothbrushes, and monetary gifts are appreciated.

Ruby Valley Healthcare Foundation

P.O. Box 564

120 South Main St., #103

Sheridan, Montana 59749

Telephone: 406-842-5700

Description of services: The Ruby Valley Healthcare Foundation is a private non-profit organization, founded in 1996. Our primary purpose is to provide financial assistance and support for the Ruby Valley Medical Center to purchase medical equipment and provide quality services and programs for our community members and visitors. On Aug. 22, 2018, the new Ruby Valley Medical Center opened.

Needs: Please send your tax-deductible donations to the address listed above.

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