September & Oct 1st -15th Events


ONGOING: CVEB  EVENTS

Part of the VA's new effort to ensure the "GREAT work / impact of VSN Missoula and other high-performing Community Veteran Engagement Boards (CVEB) around the nation are represented" on the site: https://www.va.gov/outreach-and-events/events/

Questions: Bob Mortenson, Veterans Experience Office (VACO), Veterans, Family and Community Engagement, Department of Veterans Affairs, (360) 568-4592, robert.mortenson@va.gov

NOW through November ~ 12th Annual VFW Firearms RAFFLE

11 monthly drawings January – November; 1 daily drawing for the month of December; 5 bonus guns (2 gun prize).

TICKETS: https://www.vfwpost209.org/vfw-annual-firearms-raffle

Or, call Jim (406) 240-9742

NOW through 9/30 Suicide Prevention Month: The President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS)

Dear PREVENTS partner, Thank you for your dedication to preventing suicide for Veterans and all Americans. As you know, today is the first day of  Suicide Prevention Month, and we need your help as we embark on two critical activities.  We need you to mobilize your networks to spread the word about our PREVENTS Pledge to REACH and to encourage Veterans in your communities to take a survey that will provide invaluable information as we implement the PREVENTS Roadmap and save lives.

  • The PREVENTS Pledge to REACH Drive:  We want everyone to take the PREVENTS Pledge to REACH!  If you haven’t already done so, please take the pledge [wearewithinreach.net] and challenge your family, friends, colleagues, neighbors and social media followers to take it as well.  Post that you have taken the pledge and post on social media. Challenge those you know – everyone should take this pledge to save lives!  Please see the attached social media toolkit for recommended posts and other ideas.

  • PREVENTS Veteran Survey:   As you know, suicide disproportionately affects those who serve in our Nation’s armed forces.  PREVENTS is seeking information from Veterans that will help guide us in implementing the recommendations of the PREVENTS Roadmap. If you are a Veteran, please fill out the survey [survey.voice.va.gov], or reach out to Veterans in your family and networks using the attached flyer and social media kit.

Thank you for all your all your help during Suicide Prevention Month and what you do every day to help those who are vulnerable. Together, we will prevent suicide.

Questions: Karen.migdail@va.gov.

Or, Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D., Executive Director, PREVENTS Executive Order Task Force, Office of the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs, Barbara.VanDahlen@VA.Gov

NOW through 9/30 VIRTUAL CAR SHOW by Heads Up! Malmstrom

Photos have been submitted (deadline was 9/15) - VOTE by 9/30. Prizes will be given for Best Classic Car, Best Import, and Best 4x4. https://341fss.com/2020/08/14/virtual-car-show/

Questions: Heads Up! Malmstrom Arts & Crafts (406) 731-4700 or Auto Lobby (406) 731-3777, MalmstromArtsNCrafts@gmail.com

​9/30 DEADLINE: Military Spouse/Caregiver Scholarship Applications open until Sept 30th

Honorary Scholarship– Awarded to those seeking graduate or post-graduate degree; New Beginnings Scholarship– Awarded to those pursuing associates and entry level classes or training; Restoring Family Scholarship– Awarded to Gold Star Spouses; Restoring Hope Scholarship– Awarded to a Master of Social Work students; Restoring Self Scholarship– Awarded to those seeking a bachelor’s degree. https://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/transition/military-spouse-scholarships/

Questions: Hope for the Warriors, (877) 246-7349, info@hopeforthewarriors.org

9/30 ZOOM: USO Coffee Connection Live for Military Spouses, 10am (MST)

Join the USO as we host a virtual LIVE Coffee Connection for all military spouses around the world. Chat about milspouse life and make new friends. We look forward to a great conversation! https://www.facebook.com/events/365023044874107/

REGISTER: https://uso.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YK1cCRbHSNmJqipxVHCg8Q?fbclid=IwAR2f5AFCPgvuTfeeKnk_z4PkaRA1bdqBkZeDPTqAyTz4-ZGVKWTl_XlH_F0

Questions: (888) 484-3876, info@uso.org

9/30 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: Hiring Our Heroes ~ Interview Workshop and Mock Interviews, 11am (MST) AND Resume Workshop & Review, 2pm (MST)

In this workshop, you'll hear expert tips on what to expect during an interview and learn what you can do to prepare for your best interview yet. After the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to watch or participate in mock interviews.

*** Resume Workshop and Resume Review, 2 – 3pm (MST) In this workshop, learn what sets the best resumes apart from the crowd. After the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to participate in small group discussions and have their own resume reviewed by an HR professional or experienced hiring manager. Please have your resume ready to screenshare if you'd like to participate in the review.

https://events.hiringourheroes.org/event/fda15ac2-c373-4f26-988b-e2638a19a940/summary

Questions: Cara Cooke (Capt, USAF, vet), Senior Manager, Veteran Programs, Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, ccooke@uschamber.com

9/30 KALISPELL: Online Job Fair, 12pm

Join us on Zoom as we showcase employers from various industries hiring in the Flathead Valley. https://www.facebook.com/events/337727900882982/

ZOOM Link: https://bit.ly/36AMGtW

Questions: Nick Moschetti, DVOP/Workforce Consultant, Job Service Kalispell, (406) 758-6279, rmoschetti@mt.gov

9/30 VetXL Veterans Experience LIVE: Women Veterans ~ VA Leadership and Q&A with Deputy Pamela Powers, Department of Veterans Affairs, 1pm (MST)

https://www.va.gov/outreach-and-events/events/veterans-experience-live-vetxl-women-veterans-qa-with-acting-deputy/

Supporting the Whole Woman Veteran - Leadership and Resiliency through COVID and Beyond. Please join the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on September 30th for a one of a kind Woman Veteran Q&A with Deputy Secretary Pamela Powers. Post your questions now and get more information at (RALLYPOINT): https://www.rallypoint.com/answers/veterans-experience-live-vetxl-women-veterans-q-a-with-acting-deputy-secretary-pamela-powers-and-va-leadership-what-are-your-questions

Questions: Bob Mortenson, Veterans Experience Office (VACO), Veterans, Family and Community Engagement, Department of Veterans Affairs, (360) 568-4592, robert.mortenson@va.gov

10/1 AARP Live Q&A Event: Vaccines & Coping During the Pandemic, 11am (MST)

Join AARP for a special live Q&A event, where our panel of experts will address questions on coronavirus vaccines, including an update on current trials. We’ll also discuss how to cope and maintain social connections as we head into the fall. You’ll receive guidance on how to manage stress, anxiety and isolation as a result of the pandemic. Call 855-274-9507 toll-free to submit a question

Additional info & join: https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2020/tele-town-hall-coronavirus.html?cmp=EMC-DSO-GOI-OTHR-20200929_TTHCorona20_Clickbot_925002_1388303-092920-F1-Sub1_Text_CTA-CTA-Clickbot-4891212&encparam=9Kbk0WMoTs5tlA2uOal%2f5g%3d%3d

AARP Questions: Steve Carter, Office of Community Engagement, (773) 401-4028, SCarter@aarp.org
Or, Steve Reiter, AARP Montana (406) 457-4702, sreiter@aarp.org

10/1 (​Every Thursday): Meditation for Veterans, Missoula Vet Center, 910 Brooks St., Missoula, 1pm

FREE for Veterans. Meditation for Vets is a guided mindfulness practice exploring the method of paying attention to the breath to increase calm and reduce stress. No previous experience necessary. The new instructors are Greg Grallo and Amy Friedman.

REGISTER: Vet Center, (406) 721-4918

Questions: Roy Savage, Program Manager of the Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP), (406) 396-2133, roy@redwillowlearning.org

10/1 VIRTUAL (Every Thursday): iRest, You Rest: War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) Virtual Yoga Nidra Session, 6pm

Veterans all over the U.S. meet up to practice yoga. This yoga class requires no travel, no membership or studio, and no special clothing or mat. Veterans perform the weekly yoga nidra session in their own space, on their own bed, couch or favorite chair. An hour of yoga nidra that follows the iRest methodology.

CALL  1-800-767-1750 and use access code: 24953#

Or, try guided, weekly sessions:

https://ww.warrelatedillness.va.gov/WARRELATEDILLNESS/meditation/default.asp

Questions: WRIISC Yoga Program, (650) 493-5000 Ext 62355​​

10/3 VIRTUAL: Three Rangers Foundation ~ 2020 MOG MILE

The Mogadishu Mile Virtual Event is Three Ranger Foundation’s annual commemoration of the heroic actions of Task Force Ranger and remembrance of the fallen warriors of Operation Gothic Serpent, Somalia, October 3, 1993. The daylight operations began the afternoon on October 3 and did not end until the final Ranger element departed the city in a running gun battle now known as the Mogadishu Mile the morning of October 4. All proceeds from the Mogadishu Mile Virtual Event shirt sales benefit the Three Rangers Foundation. The Foundation directly supports active duty and former Rangers, their families, and Ranger Gold Star Families from the US Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment, to include Veterans of affiliated supporting units.

REGISTER: https://www.threerangersfoundation.org/virtual-mog-mile

Questions: Three Rangers Foundation, Vanessa Berry, berry_vanessa@ymail.com

Or, Steve Berry, steven.l.berry52@gmail.com

10/3 Fall Car Rally, Meet at Town Pump (5310 Grant Creek), Missoula, 9am – 4pm

Nvicta Squad's first car rally! Meeting at town pump @ 9am; Looking to leave at 9:30 am so if you are running late let us know so we don't leave you behind. 2nd stop: Conoco in Drummond; 3rd stop: Broadway in Philipsburg; 4th stop: Silver Lake, MT; 5th stop: Anaconda Smelter Stack Park; 6th stop: Butte https://www.facebook.com/events/379829893036064/

Questions: (406) 546-1436 or message FB page: https://www.facebook.com/nvictasquad

10/3 ONLINE via ZOOM: NAMI Family & Friends, 10am

Free 90-minute seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. The seminar is led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition. They will walk you through the following topics: Understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery; Effective communication strategies; The importance of self-care; Crisis preparation strategies; NAMI and community resources. This class is advertised across Montana and registration closes 24 hours before the class.  Once registered, a Zoom link will be sent to you.  The seminar is limited to 20 people, but we will offer it again in the future should you be waitlisted.

REGISTER: https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/NAMI-Programs/NAMI-Family-Friends/Sign-up-for-a-NAMI-Family-Friends-Seminar

Questions: NAMI Missoula, 202 Brooks Street, Room 210, Missoula (406) 880-1013, namimissoula@gmail.com

10/4 HTOP: Yoga in the Ballpark, Ogren Park Allegiance Field, 10am

Join the Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program for Yoga at the Ballpark. A portion of your ticket price supports mind / body programs for Veterans! https://www.facebook.com/events/244341416974140 

*** VETERANS & FIRST RESPONDERS: Contact Roy for a FREE ticket 396-2133 or Kathy Mangan 530-7175 (50 FREE TICKETS for HTOP participants for the first two sessions - first come, first serve). If you miss this time around, check out the remaining two dates and get on the list. There will be a separate yoga session for kids. $5 from every ticket sold on our link will go to the Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program. “SHARE THE PRANA” https://www.milb.com/missoula/ballpark/yoga-in-the-ballpark

*** Through the Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP), The Learning Center at Red Willow makes all of their courses available free of charge to Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel, their Families and Caregivers, and First Responders. INFO / WAIVER: https://www.redwillowlearning.org/sliding-fees-scholarships/

Missoula Paddleheads, “Join the Missoula PaddleHeads and our Yogi Community as we embark on a morning of yoga, a light brunch, mimosas, and shared prana on the field. For each event, $20 tickets include a yoga class led by community professionals and light, healthy fare to enjoy post workout. Stadium gates will open at 9:30am for a 10:00am class. Early registration and arrival are encouraged. Mimosas and other beverages will be available for purchase to enjoy with your meal and fellow yogis. All participants must bring their own yoga mat. Additional equipment such as a strap or block may be utilized but are not required. All ages and abilities are welcome to join. There will be an additional instructor leading ‘modifications’ for those less experienced participants.

Questions: Missoula Paddleheads, (406) 543-3300, trush@gopaddleheads.com

HTOP Questions: Roy Savage, Program Manager, HTOP at The Learning Center at Red Willow (406) 396-2133, roy@redwillowlearning.org

10/6, 10/13 & 10/20 SMARTER Goals Workshops, “Planning for Your Future,” 11am

Tips on creating a vision, setting daily & weekly action plans, and building a mindset. All classes will be via Zoom (Hosted by Pathways at the Job Service – Missoula).

REGISTER: Courtney (406) 218-7478, coarlint@mt.gov

Questions: Job Service (406) 728-7060, missoulajsc@mt.gov

10/6 – 10/8 Big Sky Business Insight Summit, 11am – 1:30pm

Presented by MEP and the Montana Bioscience Cluster Initiative, our inaugural event will look at the challenges presented by COVID-19 and Montana’s opportunities to solve them and grow stronger in the process, featuring Gov. Steve Bullock, Rocky Mountain Lab Director Marshall Bloom, and other distinguished leaders with expertise in bioscience, health, and policy. https://mailchi.mp/7bc039392414/big-sky-business-insight-summit-registration-now-open

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-sky-business-insight-summit-registration-120270746039

Questions: Julie Lacey, Missoula Economic Partnership, Economic Development Director, (406) 541-6461, Cell (406) 546-1183, jlacey@missoulapartnership.com

10/6 ZOOM: The Poverello Center’s Online Supporter Update, 12pm

These online gathers using zoom are currently replacing our monthly tours so that we can continue to practice social distancing at the Poverello Center. They will be held the first Tuesday of each month at 12:00 PM. https://www.thepoverellocenter.org/news/tours/

Questions: Jesse Jaeger, Director of Development & Advocacy, Poverello Center, (406) 532-6686, C (406) 207-3372, jjaeger@thepoverellocenter.org

​10/6 ONLINE (Every Tuesday until 10/13): Meditation for Beginners, 12 – 1pm

Meditation is a daily tool that has profound health effects including; stress reduction, increased immunity and brain function, and overall well-being physically, emotionally, and mentally. We will experience a wide range of guided meditation techniques, sitting positions, and ways to integrate these practices into your daily life. You will leave each session with new tools to implement immediately. A regular meditation practice allows one to return to their lives feeling grounded and relaxed in the here and now. 4-week series, September 22-October 13. https://www.facebook.com/events/1214581335560930/

REGISTER: https://www.redwillowlearning.org/product/meditation-for-beginners/

*** Through the Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP), The Learning Center at Red Willow makes their courses FREE of charge for Veterans, service members, their families/caregivers, and first responders. INFO / WAIVER: https://www.redwillowlearning.org/programs/heroes-therapeutic-outreach-program/

Questions: (406) 721-0033, info@redwillowlearning.org

Or, Roy Savage, HTOP Program Manager, (406) 396-2133, roy@redwillowlearning.org

​​10/6 BIGFORK (First Tuesday of Every Month): Veterans Coalition of Northwest Montana (VCNWM) ~ Board Meeting, Bigfork VFW, 8098 Hwy 35, Bigfork, 1 - 3pm

AGENDA: TBA

VCNWM ~ Honoring and serving the needs of military Veterans and their families. https://vcnwm.org/

Questions: (406) 407-8423, info@vcnwm.com
Or, Jim Higgins (406) 291-0356, higginsjw.1@gmail.com

10/6 PLAINS (Every Tuesday): Dinner, VFW Post 3596, 201 West Lynch St., Plains, 5 - 7pm

Join us every Tuesday Night for Dinner! 5-7pm in the VFW Hall. Families welcome! Eat in or take out! $5 per Plate https://www.facebook.com/events/742065289699467/

Questions: VFW Post 3596, (406) 826-5960, vfw3596@gmail.com

10/6 HAMILTON (First Tuesday of Every Month): Corvallis Post 91 Legion Riders Monthly Meeting, BJ's Restaurant, 900 N. First St., Hamilton, 6:30pm

This is the Monthly member meeting. Anyone can come and join us. Come on down to BJ's and have dinner and a drink with us. We are accepting new members so please come check us out. https://www.facebook.com/events/542895529894530/

November 3rd Meeting: https://www.facebook.com/events/506326539969638/

December 1st Meeting: https://www.facebook.com/events/3202620499755401/

Questions: Don Goodnight, Corvallis Legion Riders President, (406) 360-5275, corvallispost91@gmail.com

10/6 (Every Tuesday): TRIVIA, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 8pm

We can reserve table space for you by leaving a comment ~ Hurry, because the seats can go quick! https://www.facebook.com/VFW209trivia/

*** Ole Beck VFW Post 209 is a Non Profit Veteran Organization, and all profits go back to the local Veteran community and/or Veteran programs. VFW is open to the public and dog friendly!

Questions: VFW (406) 778-7749, info@vfwpost209.org

10/7 & 10/21 PLAINS (1st & 3rd Wednesday of Every Month): VFW Post 3596, 201 West Lynch St., Plains, 7pm
This meeting is for VFW Members Only. Members from any VFW Post are welcome. If you'd like to join the VFW and be a part of our post stop in for an application or send a message! Annual Membership: $45 (See FB event page for more information, fees, benefits, conflicts). You can join the VFW if you are a U.S. citizen or U.S. national; have served honorably or are currently serving in the US Armed Forces; received a campaign or service medal for overseas service; served at least 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days in Korea; anytime since 1949; received Hostile Fire or Imminent Danger Pay; Visit vfw.org/Join for a complete list of eligibility. https://www.facebook.com/events/2260605460910596/

Questions: VFW Post 3596, (406) 826-5960, vfw3596@gmail.com

10/7 HAMILTON (1st Wednesday of Every Month): Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Bitterroot Chapter 938 Meeting, Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd St., Hamilton, 7pm

VETERANS HELPING VETERANS ~ VVA website: https://vva938.com/

Questions: (406) 961-0035

Or, (per FB): (406) 381-7899, vva938@gmail.com

10/8 – 10/9 VIRTUAL: Disability Employment Awareness Conference, 9am – 4pm

The Montana Department of Administration and Montana Department of Transportation invite you to attend our 2020 Disability Employment Awareness Conference on October 8 and 9, 2020.  This year’s conference has gone virtual.  We will be hosting the training through Zoom. We ask that you begin logging in at 8:45 a.m.  We will send login information by Monday, October 5. The cost is $50 for two full days of training. SHRM and HRCI recertification credits pending. Please feel free to contact me for additional information or if you will need a reasonable accommodation to attend this valuable training.

REGISTER: http://pdc.mt.gov/register?title=PD0326%20Disability%20Employment%20Awareness%20Conference%20&date=10/8%20and%2010/9/2020

Questions: John Pavao, State Diversity Program Coordinator, Department of Administration, State Human Resources Division, (406) 444-3984, jpavao@mt.gov

10/8, 10/15, 10/22 VIRTUAL: Job Service Workshops (Resume, Interviewing, Job Search for Mature Workers), 10am

Any internet device can be used (Desktop, tablet, smartphone). We are closed to the public, but still can offer additional services related to the workshops via email, video conference or phone whenever possible.

*** 10/8 EFFECTIVE RESUMES & COVER LETTERS “How to Get Noticed” (10am – 11:30am). Build your resume and cover letter relevant to the job you want. Learn to identify keywords and use them in your application materials to get the maximum points.

Join ZOOM Meeting: https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/91794005156

*** 10/15 INTERVIEWING BASICS “Putting Your Best Foot Forward” (10am – 11am).  How to prepare for that interview. Dressing and acting the part. Interview do’s and don’ts.

Join ZOOM Meeting: https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/95669362747

*** 10/22 JOB SEARCH FOR MATURE WORKERS “Making Experience Count” (10am—11am). Tips to combat misperceptions. Keep life skills current. Résumé and interview suggestions

Join ZOOM Meeting: https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/98200191356

REGISTER: Job Service Missoula (406) 728-7060

Questions: Marilyn Smith, Workforce Consultant, Montana Department of Labor & Industry, Job Service Missoula, (406) 218-7447, marsmith@mt.gov

10/8 – 10/11 VIRTUAL: Montana Film Festival w/Featured VSN interest, “Fort Irwin”

Welcome to the 6th Annual Montana Film Festival. Watch anytime, anywhere October 8-11, 2020. Reserve your virtual pass today and check out our film lineup: www.montanafilmfestival.org; $20 grants you access to our entire program: 5 feature films and 23 short films, including the Montana premieres of COWBOYS, TWO EYES, SHIVA BABY, FREELAND, SOPHIE JONES, and more. Montana Film Festival is a respite from the market and industry of film festivals. We highlight emergent talents and new points of view, importing perspective and representation, with special celebration of Montana's growing film community. Founded within the heart of a non-profit cinema, our highest aim is to enrich our audiences through the art and craft of narrative independent film. Montana Film Festival is based in beautiful Missoula, Montana at the convergence of five mountain ranges, and this year is brought to you virtually. Take the time. Watch cinema https://www.facebook.com/events/654347995190307/

*** VSN featured interest: Fort Irwin, “To confront his past trauma, an amputee veteran acts in a hyperrealistic military simulation.” 11m, 2019 USA Montana Premiere, Director: Quinn Else; Producer: Marc Tarczali; Produced by AFI Conservatory: http://www.montanafilmfestival.org/programming/fort-irwin/

Questions: Montana Film Festival (406) 728-9380, hello@montanafilmfestival.org

10/8 LOI CLOSE DATE: The Disabled Veterans National Foundation’s Capacity Building Grant Program

Provides grants to like-minded organizations who provide support to veterans and disabled veterans alike. The Capacity Building Grants provide support to our nation’s veterans. There’s no one-size-fits-all protocol for how a veteran overcomes the mental impacts of war, and outside of the initial recovery from physical wounds, it’s often up to the veteran to navigate his or her own way back to a normal life. These grants are awarded to organizations around the country who are addressing the mental and physical recovery of veterans. Service dogs, equine therapy, yoga, art therapy, and recreational therapy are just a few of the innovative programs that DVNF supports. DVNF has two open sessions a year in which they process grants. Organizations may submit their application during these open grant sessions.

2020 Winter Session Grants: LOI Closes Oct 8rd; Apps Open on Oct 22nd; Site Visits Begin Oct 22nd; App Closes Dec 3rd; Prepare Board Material Jan 11th; Board Meeting Jan 16th; Approval/Denial Jan 20th; Zoom Meeting Jan 26th; Grant Agreement Feb 1st – Session Closes

INFO / APPLY: https://www.dvnf.org/capacity-building-grants/

Questions: grants@dvnf.org

10/8 VIRTUAL (2ND Thursday of Every Month): JCF Leadership Team Meeting, 12:30pm

AGENDA: TBA

Questions: Brandy Keely, President of Montana JCF & Director of Veteran Services, Carroll College, (406) 447-4550, montanajcf@gmail.com

Or, Ryan Luchau, Community Employment Coordinator, Montana VA Health Care System, Homeless Veteran Recovery Program, 3687 Veterans Dr., Fort Harrison, (406) 447-7340, Ryan.Luchau1@va.gov

10/10 Homeword’s FREE Financial Skill Building Class, 9am

Want to take control of your money? Homeword’s free Financial Skill Building class will teach you how! Get into financial shape, set goals for pending and saving, manage debt and learn other money management skills. Learn how to take charge of your financial life including: Getting organized; Creating a budget that works; Understanding student loans and repayment options; Saving for future goals; Learn how to manage credit; Discover ways to build your credit; Understanding insurance; Manage tax liability. Classes are taught by Homeword’s Financial Educator, Katie Sadowski and other professionals. Finding Financial Resilience is about developing risk assessment and judgment skills to dodge pitfalls and making strategic money moves. Homeword is here to teach folks those skills!

REGISTER: https://homewordscheduling.as.me/schedule.php?appointmentType=category%3AFinancial+Education

Questions: Erin (406) 532-4663 x10, erin@homeword.org

10/10 & 11/17 ONLINE: Basics of Resilience, 10am (11/17 at 5pm)

Building the skills to be more resilient is the cornerstone of the work of the Learning Center at Red Willow. This quality which allows us to recover and even thrive after life’s inevitable adversities has been shown by recent research to be one that we can get better at. Join us for this free 2-hour introduction to the work of the Learning Center at Red Willow and come away with some skills to improve your own resiliency. https://www.facebook.com/events/1217617235259926/

REGISTER: https://www.redwillowlearning.org/product/basics-of-resilience/

*** Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP) INFO / WAIVER: https://www.redwillowlearning.org/sliding-fees-scholarships/

Questions: (406) 721-0033, info@redwillowlearning.org

Or, Roy Savage, HTOP Program Manager, (406) 396-2133, roy@redwillowlearning.org

10/10 Patriots of Montana: “We the People” Cruise, Meet at Walmart (Brooks / Hwy 93), 5pm

The last parade we did was the best we’ve done to date! Let’s blow that one out of the water! We the people must unite! Calling all Patriots! See you on October 10th at 5pm. Rain, snow, or shine! https://www.facebook.com/events/248309959834236/

Questions: Patriots of Montana FB page https://www.facebook.com/Patriots-of-Montana-633758447269082

10/12 - 11/20 Veterans Upward Bound ~ Fall Schedule

Since remote learning is new to many, delivering our prep classes using Moodle and Google Meet provides an authentic introduction to the realities of an online class.  Participants learn to navigate an online learning platform, organize and priorities their work, manage their time, and use new technology tools.  The six-week fall session will begin Oct. 12 and end Nov. 20 and offer math, writing, Spanish, college success strategies, computers, and financial literacy (Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University).  All materials needed are provided and will be mailed to enrolled students.  We do have some loaner laptops available for those needing them.  The classes stream live online and are easily accessible.   

Our focus has always been on providing high quality instruction for veterans to improve their skills, help them gain new ones, and ease the transition into college or a career.  Please share this information with any military service members and veterans who may benefit from an academic refresher.  We will offer 6-week refreshers again in the spring and summer - hopefully, some will be back on campuses.  For more information about VUB, please visit our webpage at www.vubmt.com   Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  

Questions: Lori D. Borth, Director - MSUN Center for VETS, Veterans Upward Bound, (406) 657-2026 or 1-877-356-8387 lborth@vubmt.com

10/12 & 11/9 Missoula Aging Services' VIRTUAL Caregiver Support Group, 4pm

The Virtual Caregiver Support Group offers a safe online setting for caregivers to share experiences, advice and practical strategies for managing caregiver responsibilities. Participate online or by phone at no cost, using Zoom. Registration is required and is first come, first served. https://www.facebook.com/events/197793798273190/

REGISTER: https://caregiversupportmas.eventbrite.com

Or, call MAS (406) 728-7682, help@missoulaagingservices.org

10/13 & 11/10 FREE QPR Gatekeeper Training (Suicide Prevention), 5:30pm

Learn how to recognize the signs of suicidal thoughts and how to intervene in an empathetic and effective way with our FREE QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) class. You can learn how to save a life. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. FREE and open to the public. Presented by Project Tomorrow Montana, Missoula Food Bank, and Tamarack Grief Resource Center.  https://www.facebook.com/events/2366116356844453/
REGISTER: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkcOygqj0tH9H5P2xdxKtYnGpDxsmYN2AQ
Questions: TGRC, (406) 541-8472, info@TamarackGriefResourceCenter.org

Or, Project Tomorrow Montana, (800) 273-8255

10/13 (2nd Tuesday of Every Month): VFW Auxiliary Post 209 ~ ZOOM Meeting, 7pm

Please join us for our virtual Zoom meeting Tuesday .. Link for zoom meeting will be posted prior to meeting!

Questions: VFW (406) 778-7749, info@vfwpost209.org

10/14 ZOOM Meeting: Missoula Nonprofit Center’s Board Boot Camp, 11:30am

Join governance guru and United Way of Missoula County CEO Susan Hay Patrick for the ultimate board boot camp -- covering everything from board fundraising responsibilities to the ideal board/CEO working relationship, and beyond.

REGISTER: https://www.missoulanonprofitcenter.org/events/board-boot-camp/form

Questions: MNC (a Program of United Way), (406) 549-6104, info@missoulaunitedway.org

10/14 American Red Cross Military & Caregiver Network (MVCN): Sharing the Journey ~ Online Support Group, 12 – 1pm (MST)

The MVCN hosts online support groups to offer caregivers the opportunity to connect and engage with peers to support one another.

These groups are hosted using Zoom video so caregivers are able to interact face to face using a computer or mobile device, or join by phone. The groups are flexible and informal so feel free to join when you are able, even if you can only attend part of the session.

Together we can encourage each other and inspire hope by sharing the journey! https://www.facebook.com/events/383055936192773/

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sharing-the-journey-online-support-group-tickets-123034476431

Questions: ARC MVCN, programs.mvcn@redcross.org

Or, LOCAL - Gini Kay, American Red Cross - ID & MT Region Recruitment Specialist & Volunteer Services (406) 493-8778, IDMT.Recruiting@redcross.org

10/14 ZOOM (2nd Wednesday of Every Month – except 11/12): Job Service Missoula ~ Online Job Fair, 3 - 4pm

Employers talking points in their 7 minutes slot: Describe the business and their services; Discuss why someone would want to work for their business; Talk about all their open positions; Describe the benefits, wages, and incentives.

Facebook: Job Service Missoula is hosting an Online Job Fair featuring employers who are recruiting in the MIssoula area. https://www.facebook.com/events/313317166634031/

Join Zoom Meeting: https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/96997086423; Meeting ID: 969 9708 6423; Dial by Telephone +1 646 558 8656 or +1 406 444 9999; Find your local number: https://mt-gov.zoom.us/u/adAmKQPZeO

Questions: Julissa (406) 218-7480, JBencia-Hensel@mt.gov

Or, Job Service – Missoula (406) 728-7060, missoulajsc@mt.gov

10/15 (3rd Thursday of Every Month): Veteran Service Provider (VSP) Meeting, American Legion Post 27, 825 Ronan St., Missoula, 12pm

AGENDA:

*** Introductions & Announcements

October 15th SPEAKER: Jen Roberts, MarketPoint Sales Representative, Humana, (406) 249-4235, JRoberts23@humana.com (Agent Website: www.humana.com/jroberts

November 19th SPEAKER: Gary Swartz (Colonel - US Army, Retired) RE: Western MT Military Officers Association & Governor’s Veterans Board, (406) 544-3823, ghswartz214@gmail.com

VSP Meeting ~ Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/984779481986358/

Questions: Shannon, Job Service DVOP, snoble@mt.gov

10/15 DEADLINE: 2020-2021 Preserving Missoula County’s History Grants (Sent to VSN listserv 8/11/20)

The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for Preserving Missoula County’s History Grants. This program is open to all Missoula County non-profit organizations involved in historic preservation and interpretation projects in Missoula County. Missoula voters made funding these grants possible when they approved the 2-mill levy for the Historical Museum in 2002.

A total amount of $10,000 is available for one-time projects with a demonstrable long-term impact for local history; individual projects are limited to a maximum grant of $5,000.  Capital Improvement funds are available for projects such as: structural improvement, structure and site restoration, physical access (ADA), interpretive facilities and collections, and adaptation to meet health and safety requirements.  Interpretation funds are available for contributions to local history in the areas of site investigation and interpretation, long-term exhibits, and publications. The primary emphasis must be on the demonstrable long-term impact of the project on the preservation, interpretation, dissemination and/or enhancement of local history. The grants may not be used for routine maintenance, programs, publicity, general operations, personnel, or personal research, and they must be related to the mission of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula – the preservation and interpretation of: Missoula County history, the military history of Fort Missoula, and the history of the timber industry in western Montana. .  Application deadline is October 15, 2020 (earlier submission is recommended).

INFO: https://fortmissoulamuseum.org/about/grant-opportunities/

Questions: Matt Lautzenheiser, Executive Director, Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, (406) 258-3471, mlautzenheiser@missoulacounty.us

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