18 local nonprofits to be featured at May 3-7 MTGives

Thursday, April 29, 2021
18 local nonprofits to be featured at May 3-7 MTGives

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Eighteen Stillwater County nonprofit groups will be featured May 3 through May 7 during the sixth annual MTGives event.

Facilitated through the Columbus Community Foundation (which is also a particpant), donations will be accepted from Monday, May 3, at 12 a.m. through Friday, May 7, 11:59 p.m. Donations can be made online at www.columbuscommunityfoundation.org. Cash and check donations can be dropped off to Haley Barker at the Stillwater/MSU Extension Office on North Fourth Street.

A match pool of $26,000 this year is being made possible by 12 local companies including Lynnrich, First Interstate Bank, Sibanye-Stillwater, Stillwater Wind, Yellowstone Bank, Montana Family Pharmacies, Columbus IGA, Northwestern Energy, Beartooth Ford, Montana Silversmiths and Bryan Hess with Farmers insurance.

At the close of this year’s fundraising week, a Cinco De Mayo-themed celebration will take place at the Stillwater Pavilion in Columbus from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m., complete with food, drinks and music. There is a charge. All participating nonprofits will also take part in this and will have a booth for people to donate in person.

“Join us and let’s celebrate the biggest giving week of the year,” said CCF President Marissa Hauge. “Come together as a community and give to your favorite local organizations that truly make Columbus the best place to live. Let’s make 2021 ColumbusMTGives the best yet!”


Since 2016, MTGives has raised approximately $265,000 in donations for projects including camp scholarships for kids, Christmas gifts for the elderly and trails in Columbus, to name a few. Last year alone brought $105,000 generated for 12 local nonprofits.

The following is a listing of all 18 participants and a bit about them:



The Columbus Community Foundation was born out of “Horizons,” a poverty reduction program in Columbus. Its founders were driven to create a permanent source of funding for our community to serve the changing needs now, and into the future. The volunteer board of directors are stewards of the generous donations that provide grants back into the community, enhancing the missions of the many nonprofits working to enhance Columbus for our youth, our seniors, our neighbors and our families.



The Columbus Fire Rescue Association is specifically structured to support the needs it services beyond what taxpayer money provides. With the ability to staff 24/7, CFR responds to calls within three minutes and serves approximately 6,000 permanent residents. Money from ColumbusMTGives will go towards maintaining the high standard of service.


The Region III Mental Health Center is dedicated to the establishment, development and maintenance of high quality mental health and chemical dependency care in South Central Montana.


This organization strives to “provide services needed by area residents to assist them to remain in their homes and lead healthier lives; and to promote sociability and mutual helpfulness” in Columbus and Stillwater County. It provides meals Monday through Friday at its facility and volunteers make the Meals-on-Wheels program possible. Bingo, music, holiday dinners and birthday dinners are also offered.


The group’s primary purpose is to assist families in the positive resolution of the grief experienced upon the death of a child and to support their efforts to achieve physical and emotional health. The secondary purpose is to help those in their community, including family, friends, employers, and coworkers to be supportive.



DSVS provides a range of support services for people impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault including shelter, meals, financial help and assistance navigating the legal system. The Power Up, Speak Out! prevention program is teaching violence prevention in middle schools in Stillwater and Carbon counties. DSVS is based in Red Lodge, but has an office is Stillwater County and combined, the two serve between 175 to 200 people every year. The money raised in this event will be spent in Stillwater County.


Granite Peak provides area youth ages 4-16 a place and a team for baseball and softball. GPLL served 176 kids last year, providing a place to play games and practice locally, and also a league to play our surrounding neighborhood communities.


(www.columbuskidsclub. org)

Kid’s Club Child Care Center has been providing child care and preschool services for 22 years. As a nonprofit daycare center, they strive to provide quality child care while offering the flexibility of weekly scheduling and multiple billing options, to fit the needs of our diverse community.

Being a licensed daycare center, Kid’s Club is able to employ a staff of 12-15 employees who each receive mandatory state approved annual training, CPR & First Aid Certification and Safe Sleep certification.



This group’s mission statement is “to give back and brighten the lives of elderly in Absarokee, Columbus, Dean, Fishtail and Nye by fulfilling wishes, primarily at Christmas, but also throughout the rest of the year.”

Kruizin’ 4 Seniors supports area senior citizen centers and promotes community awareness in hope that others will take the lead and be empowered to remember the elderly.



The mission of the Stillwater Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the rich history, art and culture of the Stillwater County area, through the Museum of the Beartooths.


Project Hope is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2000 as a food bank and thrift store with the mission of “sowing seeds of hope” in Stillwater County.

This group helps county residents in need to meet their basic needs of food and clothing, and also provide emergency financial assistance and other outreach.



The 4-H and Youth Development program consists of school enrichment programs and youthrelated community boards and events. 4-H in Stillwater County has approximately 200 youth members and 62 volunteer leaders in 12 organized clubs.

There is a wide variety of projects available to members.



This organization provides family-oriented Christian homes on a working ranch for adults who have developmental disabilities. Its vision statement is “to nurture the human and spiritual potential of people who have learning disabilities through respectful relationships, living and working in an interdependent community, raising their self-esteem and making them valued citizens.”


(https://stillwaterbillingsclinic. com/)

This small, critical access hospital located in Columbus offers “focused, quality healthcare” ranging from ER, clinic, same day care, physical therapy and specialized care from visiting physicians. Money from this event will be put in the clinic’s foundation account to be used for future services, renovations and purchases.


This group formed in the fall of 2016 with the goal of raising funds specifically to develop a network of safe walking and bike trails throughout Columbus, and eventually other areas of Stillwater County one mile at a time.

It’s motto is “we put the FUN in funding trails.”



The Stillwater Valley Watershed Council provides an open forum in which all interested parties may work in a collaborative effort to sustain the rural quality of life and protect and enhance the natural resources. It seeks to understand all points of view, come to a common goal and work for practical solutions.


“Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.”

Stillwater Wrestling Club is a nonprofit organization through the AAU that promotes wrestling for the youth of Stillwater County.



The Stillwater Youth Center is a Christian organization serving third grade through senior high youth in Stillwater County. Youth directors and volunteer mentors provide programming and supervision. The Center is a place for youth to socialize, recreate and study in a supportive Christian atmosphere.