10 Ways to Volunteer Your Time this Season

Angie Ripple  |   Sunday Nov. 1st, 2015

Can the Griz  
MSU Office of Activities and Engagement is seeking volunteers to help us Can the Griz, AGAIN! This years Can the Griz event will take place November 7th-21st. Volunteers are needed to help decorate and distribute boxes around Bozeman, hand out Gallatin Valley Food Bank wish lists at grocery stores, pick up food around campus and deliver it to the food bank, collect donations at the football game, and more! Contact Brianna Cronin brianna.cronin@montana.edu for more information! Go Cats!

Big Sky Youth Empowerment
Get outside, change inside! Big Sky Youth Empowerment is looking for volunteer peer mentors who are passionate about the outdoors, creative arts and engaging local teens in their lives. Through weekend outdoor adventure and evening workshops, BYEP provides participants and mentors with an authentic, nonjudgemental approach to making connections and supporting growth. For more information contact Whitney whitney@byep.org or visit http://www.byep.org/mentor-app/

Santa Run 5K
Bozeman Schools Foundation - December 5th. Volunteers are needed for many jobs for the Santa Run 5K which will begin on Babcock behind the Willson Gym at 404 W. Main Street in Bozeman, MT. See more details at www.bozemanschoolsfoundation.org/ Questions? Contact Mary Jo maryjo@bozemanschoolsfoundation.org

HRDC Warming Center
The Warming Center is open Nov 1 2015- March 31 2016  and is the only place in Bozeman where men, women and families without a place to go can get out of the cold each winter. Open nightly, the center relies entirely on community support and donations to provide this critical, lifesaving service. Last season, the Warming Center provided a safe, warm place to spend the night to more than 200 different people, varying in age from toddlers to senior citizens. The majority of guests are from right here in the Gallatin Valley and are experiencing a period of hardship. The Warming Center opens Nov 1st, and is open from 7PM till 7AM, seven days a week. Several volunteer shifts are available nightly. Volunteer Orientations are held every Tuesday from 6PM till 7PM. Interested in volunteering? Contact Joshua Revious at (406) 585-4848 or vista@thehrdc.org

Huffing for Stuffing

A Thanksgiving day race to benefit race for the Gallatin Valley Food Bank - Volunteers are needed November 7th, 23rd, 24-26th. Nov 7 10am – 2pm stuff 4,500 Race Packets with MSU’s Service Saturday volunteers. Set-up at the GranTree for Registration and Packet Pick-Up: Monday night, November 23rd 4:00pm – 6:00pm. Volunteer for Registration and Packet Pickup at the GranTree (2 day event): Tuesday November 24th & Wednesday November 25th, 11am – 7pm. Help set-up staging area at Museum of the Rockies the day before: Wednesday November 25th 2pm – 4pm. Volunteer on Thanksgiving Day during the Race: Opportunities for early risers and then some! Help is especially needed with clean-up. Register to volunteer at http://www.huffingforstuffing.com Questions? Contact Monica monica@gallatinvalleyfoodbank.org

John Bozeman’s Bistro
Each Thanksgiving Day the Bistro provides turkey dinner for those that are lonely or less fortunate and are looking for a hot meal or some company. This can’t happen without the community’s help. Volunteers are needed to serve, cook, host, wash dishes and help pre and post noon dinner at the Bistro. If you would like to be a part of this day, but are not able to participate, please contact Bruce for other ways to be involved. If you are interested in being a part of this wonderful opportunity to give back to our community please contact the Bistro, 406-587-4100 or email at TheBozemanBistro@gmail.com.

Gallatin Valley Food Bank
The success in providing emergency food assistance in the Gallatin Valley for 32 years is due fully to the contributions from very dedicated volunteers. More than 100 volunteers perform all weekly duties required for the Food Bank to operate. Volunteers build shelves, mop floors, sort and accept donations, help with annual events including food drives and fundraisers, and create lasting relationships while serving our community. A full list of volunteer opportunities is available at http://www.gallatinvalleyfoodbank.org as well as a downloadable Volunteer Registration Form or Group Volunteer Form.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallatin County
Established in 1973, BBBS matches long-term, positive adult mentors (“Bigs”) with local children ages 5-15 (“Littles”). Matches get together once a week outside school for 1-2 hours doing fun activities – everything from getting ice cream to hiking to going to a movie to riding bikes. Being a Big is simple; just be yourself. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallatin County currently has over 30 Little Brothers enrolled and waiting for a Big Brother, Big Couple or Big Family. Connect with BBBS online at www.bbbs-gc.org or call 587-1216.

Reach Inc.
Since 1974 Reach Inc. has been providing services to adults with developmental disabilities enabling them to live independent, fulfilling lives. A new Reach mentorship program matches community members with Reach clients. Volunteer support is also needed for four annual fundraisers: The Have a Heart Art Auction, held the first Saturday in February, The First Contact Party, a Star Trek themed event held the first Saturday in April, The Annual Yard Sale, held the first Saturday in May, and Race for Independence, held on July 4th. For more information, potential volunteers can contact Dee Metrick at dee@reachinc.org or 406-587-1271.

The Child Advancement Project [CAP], established in 1989, matches nurturing community volunteers who provide support and encouragement to children grades K-12. Mentors work one-on-one with children to increase academic and social competency and to enhance opportunities for academic challenge. They help students establish meaningful goals and develop a belief in their individual uniqueness and their ability to shape their own futures. It starts with you. Become a CAP Mentor today! It’s just one hour a week in the Bozeman or Big Sky Public Schools! Find out more or apply at www.allthrive.org

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