August Events


​​NOW through 8/15: AARP Montana Seeks Nominations for the 2020 Andrus Award, the State’s Highest Community Service Award for those age 50 and Over!
AARP Montana is seeking nominations for its 2020 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors Montanans who volunteer their experience, talent and skills to enrich the lives of others. The Andrus Award, named after AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, recognizes inspiring individuals who share their experience, talent, and skills to enrich their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP's mission, vision, and commitment to volunteer service.
Nominations will be evaluated by AARP Montana based on how the volunteer’s work has improved the community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. The award recipient will be announced in the fall.
“In addition to individuals, we are asking community partners to nominate strong volunteer candidates, age 50 plus, who are making a difference in their communities, “ said AARP Montana State Director, Tim Summers. “If your candidate is selected, AARP Montana will donate $2,500 to the nominating non-profit organization.” The deadline for nominations for the Andrus Award is August 15, 2020. For criteria and nomination forms, go to www.aarp.org/andrusaward

https://states.aarp.org/montana/aarp-montana-seeks-nominees-for-prestigious-volunteer-award

NOMINATION FORM: https://aarp.cventevents.com/survey/eeb6d9c2-bef3-4ff2-bf91-8adf5b27a708/questionsFORM Questions: Stephanie Gavin, (605) 362-3043, sgavin@aarp.orgOr, AARP Montana: Steve Reiter, (406) 457-4702, SReiter@aarp.org

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8/3, 8/5 & 8/7 ONLINE (Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday): Continuing Yoga via ZOOM, 9am

Yoga with Harriet Alterowitz 9:00–10:15 AM ~ designed to practice yoga in a safe and encouraging environment. All levels are welcome. https://www.facebook.com/events/669587893890836/

*** 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/

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

Or, Roy Savage, HTOP Program Manager, (406) 396-2133, roysavage1970@gmail.com

8/4 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

8/4 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

8/4 ONLINE: UM Neural Injury Center ~ Healing the Moral & Spiritual Wounds of War, 6:30 – 8pm

The Neural Injury Center is hosting a free, online three-part panel series, "Supporting Montana Veterans, Athletes and Their Families"

“Healing Wounds” ~ Diane Carlson Evans is a former captain in the Army Nurse Corps who served in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969. She lives today in Helena with her husband, a Vietnam-Era veteran of the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Pre-Panel Materials: https://www.legion.org/magazine/239196/%E2%80%98whatever-it-took-save-lives%E2%80%99

“The Hidden Wounds of War” ~ Adam Greenwell is the associate pastor of the Vineyard Church in Billings, Montana. Adam moved to Billings with his wife and three daughters in 2012 after being in ministry in Colorado. Adam was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps in 2002. After two trips to Iraq, Adam left the Marines to enter ministry. He received his master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2014 and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. from Liberty University. Pre-Panel Materials: https://www.voa.org/moralinjury-resources

Panel Moderator ~ Natalee Charlton, LCSW, has been a licensed clinical social worker for 20 years. She began working with military population as a Department of Defense contractor for the Montana National Guard in 2009. Pre-Panel Materials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpkzrFfoli8

RSVP: Cindi.Laukes@mso.umt.edu

Questions: umontana.nic@umontana.edu

Or, Cindi Laukes, MA, Director and Chief Operating Officer, Neural Injury Center, The University of Montana Research Navigator,  (406) 243-4017

8/4 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/2524978750962019/

September https://www.facebook.com/events/2643409855881041/

October 6th Meeting: 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

8/4 (Every Tuesday): TRIVIA, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, 8pm

Now you know, so come test your mental might! We can reserve table space for you by leaving a comment below this post: https://www.facebook.com/VFW209trivia/photos/a.223325304870174/797652620770770/

Hurry, because the seats can go quick!

*** 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

8/5 (Every Wednesday via ZOOM) American Red Cross Military & Caregiver Network (MVCN) “Wellbeing YOU,” 9am

15 minutes of focused wellbeing practice to enhance your whole health. This free event is open to military and veteran caregivers of all eras. https://www.facebook.com/events/2914619618585703/

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wellbeing-you-tickets-106965376320

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

8/5 eSPORT TOURNAMENT ~ Montana Army National Guard, 12 – 4pm

Don't forget to register for our Twitch Tournament with SGT Zimmerman! The tournament will be taking place on Wednesday, August 5 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will be the game Call of Duty: Warzone. Everyone who plays will receive a prize, Top 10 Teams will receive a trophy for each player. Space is limited, with room for only 50 teams of 2! Hosted by Sar’nt TAZ and Montana Army National Guard Recruiting & Retention. The tournament is filling up quickly, so register today!! https://www.facebook.com/events/275700467044824/  

INFO / REGISTER: https://smash.gg/tournament/montana-army-national-guard-warzone-open-tournament

Questions: Montana Army National Guard Recruiting & Retention, Missoula (406) 850-3337 or https://montanaguard.net/contact-us/

OR, PM "Sar'nt TAZ" https://www.facebook.com/pg/sarntTAZ/

8/5 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

8/5 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

8/6 & 8/27 OPM WEBINARS: Writing your federal resume, Navigating USAJOBS, and Interviewing

In order to help the many fellow unemployed Americans, the US Office of Personnel Management is providing FREE webinars on how to apply for Federal Jobs. *** ONLY 1500 of slots available ~ Register ASAP!

*** 8/6 & 9/17 Interviewing

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/interview-techniques-tickets-104348659650?aff=erelpanelorg

*** 8/27 Writing Your Federal Resume

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-a-federal-resume-tickets-93141250989

OPM Veteran Services: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/

Questions: https://www.opm.gov/

8/6 Project Employment Connect (PEC) Planning Meeting, 9am

At the 7/23 meeting we discussed holding the event virtually and/or in-person.  The in-person method is most helpful to those whom do not have the technology readily available to them. The event would include: haircuts, access to clothing, resume support, mock interviewing, legal services   /homeless court, etc.  Service Providers that chose to table the event would be given space and need to follow CDC guidelines for safety.  The virtual event could include; remote assistance with resume support, mock interviewing, service providers sharing presentations of their services and resources, and a hiring event held virtually.  For those needing interview clothing or haircuts that don’t need access to service provider / employers, they could be given a donated voucher. The group discussed holding this event over multiple days either the end of September or beginning of October 2020 and both indoor/outdoor, “OPEN AIR.” This would possibly prevent large groups from gathering and allow more room for following CDC guidelines for safety. Using tents and setting up tables/chairs to provide services would allow us to follow CDC guidelines more easily. Possible locations that were suggested include Missoula Public Library (both locations), Salvation Army, Summit ILC lot (off of Russell), and Fairgrounds. After the meeting, Mountain Line offered to provide Wi-Fi hotspot using one of their buses during the event to boost connectivity.

The next meeting is set for August 6th at 9am-10:30am: Join meeting from computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/529198261 [global.gotomeeting.com]

You can also dial in using your phone (For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly): (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679, One-touch: tel:+18668994679,,529198261#, United States: +1 (571) 317-3117

- One-touch: tel:+15713173117,,529198261#, Access Code: 529-198-261

VSP that have RSVP'd as of 7/31/20:

  • VOA would like to be there in person and would need two tables for SSVF (housing) and HVRP (employment).

  • Missoula Aging Services, "Virtual would work best Senior Corps"

Questions: Rebecca, PEC Planning Committee Leader and FSS Program Director, Missoula Housing Authority, (406) 549-4113 Ext. 106, rstancil@missoulahousing.org

8/6 Virtual Open House for Non-profit Organizations, 10:30am – 12pm

This virtual open house provides opportunities to further cultivate relationships as the fund expands into all communities served by Providence St. Joseph Health and our family of organizations. Who is Invited: Community-based organizations, such as non-profits, philanthropic organizations, and academic institutions. Agenda: An opportunity for non-profits to hear from SJCPF as we share information about our philosophy and initiatives. More importantly, we want to hear from the community and the charitable organizations doing work to help. This is our opportunity to build on existing relationships, find new partners and better understand the needs of people.

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/st-joseph-health-community-partnership-fund-virtual-open-house-montana-tickets-111334883634

Questions: Gabriela Robles, Executive Director of Community Partnership Fund, Providence St. Joseph Health, communitypartnershipfund@stjoe.org

8/6 Platinum Career Solutions CAREER FAIR, Village Senior Residence, 2815 Old Fort Rd, Missoula, 10am – 3pm

We are currently hiring for positions in Caregiving, Nursing, Life Enrichment, Housekeeping and for our CNA Sponsored Training class! (CNA Training held at a Hillside Healthcare facility). If any of these positions interest you, stop by and see us! These are all great positions for candidates who are looking for stable employment and who want to get into the healthcare industry. We will be doing interviews on the spot! Hiring managers from various departments will be in attendance and will be conducting immediate interviews.

Missoula jobs: https://thegoodmangroup.applicantpro.com/jobsbyorganization/country/us/state/Montana-MT

RSVP: McKenna, Platinum Career Solutions (406) 926-2722, mckenna.holt@platinumcareersolutions.com

Questions: Platinum Career Solutions & The Goodman Group, (406) 549-1300

8/6 (​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, roysavage1970@gmail.com

8/6 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​​

8/7 & 8/21 KALISPELL: Paddle Boarding Sponsored by Operation  Amped, Meet at the Vet Center in Kalispell, 8:45am (Returning around 1500)

Who: All Veterans from the Vet Center  (4 Vets per trip); Apgar at Lake McDonald; Sign up as soon as possible! What to bring: Hat, sunglasses, towel, outerwear appropriate for weather, sunscreen SPF-45+ recommended, snacks and water. Lunch will be provided. Limited space available.

RSVP: Adam Jones, Kalispell Vet Center and Flathead Valley Service Providers (406) 257-7308 or (406) 594-1411, adam.jones436@va.gov

8/8 Missoula Cruisers ~ Reserve St. Cruise, 7 – 10pm

Bring your ride, your spouse, significant other, friends, kids, whatever makes you happy and come have fun! Meet at Rosauers make some laps and enjoy the summer heat. https://www.facebook.com/events/1228619097489231/

Questions ~ PM Missoula Cruisers FB page: https://www.facebook.com/Missoulahigginscruisers/

8/10 – 8/13 Veterans Upward Bound ~ Live Online Classes (August Academic Bridge 1: Accelerated Review in Computers, Math & Writing, College Success Strategies)

FREE refresher classes ~ A great transition for Veterans to prepare for the rigors of college classes. Preparing Veterans for an easier transition into college or another training program. Classes provide a targeted math and writing review, cover appropriate computer skills, and assist in the development of practical skills that promote college success. All materials are provided.

INFO / REGISTER: http://vubmt.com/

​REMAINING SUMMER SCHEDULE:

8/24 – 8/27 August Academic Bridge 2: Accelerated Review in Computers, Math & Writing, College Success Strategies

Questions: Toll Free (800) 356-8387 or (406) 794-3244, admissions@vubmt.com

*** Lori Borth Project Director (Lori can assist you with questions about college admissions or financial aid), (406) 794-3063, lborth@vubmt.com

*** Michael Wolff Project & Technology Manager (Michael can assist you with technical questions, Comfit or Moodle), (406) 794-3053 | mwolff@vubmt.com

*** Shane Grantham Administrative Support (Shane can assist you with questions about VA benefits/claims), (406) 272-6372, sgrantham@vubmt.com

*** Stacie Grandpre Administrative Services Coordinator (Stacie can assist you with VUB program questions, outreach or tax prep assistance), (406) 209-8609, sgrandpre@vubmt.com*** Steven Funk Academic Advisor (Steven can assist you with questions about university coursework & utilizing D2L), (406) 794-3309, sfunk@vubmt.comSchedule an appointment with one of the staff: http://vubmt.com/resources/directory.phpOR - LOCAL: Daryl, UM / Missoula College VETS Office, (406) 243-7844, daryl.lee@mso.umt.edu

8/10 & 8/24 (Every Other Monday) American Red Cross Military & Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN): Sharing the Journey ~ Online Support Group, 10am (8/24 at 6pm)

The MVCN hosts online support groups to offer caregivers the opportunity to connect and engage with peers to support one another. Together we can encourage each other and inspire hope by sharing the journey! https://www.facebook.com/events/594010028204511/

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sharing-the-journey-online-support-group-tickets-112883854648

8/24 at 6pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/611455669481823/

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sharing-the-journey-online-support-group-tickets-112991364212

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

8/10, 9/14, 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

8/11 VETcentral Webinar: Network and Collaborate with Employers in DirectSource! 12pm (MST)

You’ll learn: How to engage with VETcentral employers; Best practices on building relationships with employers; Tips for navigating the DirectSource platform

REGISTER: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/9215960254829/WN_IMM8jNxzRdCB4RNsJF9NoQ

Questions: VETcentral Support Team, 1-877-255-5856, customercare@vetjobcentral.com


​8/11, 9/8, 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

8/11 ONLINE: UM Neural Injury Center ~ Special Summer Topics for Veterans & Families, 6:30 – 8pm

Online three-part panel series, "Supporting Montana Veterans, Athletes and Their Families"

“Head to Toe: Wilderness First Aid from Concussion to Sprained Ankle” ~ Marshall Healy, P.A., is a recently retired military physician's assistant from the Special Operations community where he spent the last five years of his service. During that time, he has focused on battlefield trauma, whole blood therapy, mild traumatic brain injury and wilderness medicine. He grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has recently moved to Montana with his family to start a new career. Pre-Panel Materials: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxKdp8_KfCQl_PGFVwD3U9k78u1VdWU--

"Listen up: What you Need to Know About Hearing Health Following Blast Exposures" ~ Rachel Madorskiy, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at UM’s Department of Speech, Language, Hearing and Occupational Sciences. Pre-Panel Materials: https://www.prosthetics.va.gov/factsheet/Audiology-FactSheet.pdf

"Leveraging Military Experience on Your Resume" ~ Shawn Grove, M.P.A., graduated from Marshall University with a bachelor's degree in counseling in 2004. After a stint as a social worker for the state of West Virginia, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Persian linguist for five years. He was deployed to Iraq from 2005 to 2006. Shawn moved his family to Montana to become the director of UM's VETS Office in December 2013. In February 2020 Shawn became Montana’s employment coordinator for VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment at Fort Harrison. Pre-Panel Materials: https://www.uschamber.com/above-the-fold/president-bush-hiring-our-heroes-helps-veterans-and-businesses-alike

RSVP: Cindi.Laukes@mso.umt.edu

Questions: UM College of Health, Neural Injury Center, umontana.nic@umontana.edu

Or, Cindi Laukes, MA, Director and Chief Operating Officer, Neural Injury Center, The University of Montana Research Navigator,  (406) 243-4017, Cindi.Laukes@mso.umt.edu

​​​8/11 (2nd Tuesday of Every Month): VFW Auxiliary Post 209 Meeting, Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Msla, 7pm

With Covid-19 and social distancing, chairs will be spread apart & to be safe we’ll skip pre-meeting mingling & snacks. Looking foward to seeing you!

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

8/12 – 8/14 VIRTUAL: NASWA Veterans Conference, 1pm

For the first time ever, the NASWA Veterans Conference can be enjoyed from the comfort of the nearest computer or smart phone. Enjoy a large selection of speakers, educational workshops and panels with takeaways for everyone who attends. Join us for a virtual event you won't want to miss!

AGENDA: https://www.naswa.org/conferences/2020-veterans-conference

REGISTER: https://web.cvent.com/event/7d17f9bc-07de-4084-bf5d-3902c2bc7070/regProcessStep1

Questions: naswa-meetings@naswa.org

8/12 (Every Wednesday) American Red Cross Military & Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) ~ Online Caregiver Chat, 5:30pm

Our caregiver chats are live interactions in a text only format -- all interactions are done simply by texting and/or typing your responses. Our chats are conducted in a safe environment using Slack. Caregivers can access the chat by using MVCN.slack.com #caregiver-channel from a PC or the Slack mobile app. Registration is required to ensure you have access to the chat. Please register with your preferred email address. You will receive information to set up your Slack account prior to the beginning of the chat. If you have participated in chats previously, you will have continued access to the mvcn.slack.com #caregiver-channel. Caregivers from all eras are welcome to attend. https://www.facebook.com/events/1045166165886760/

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/online-caregiver-chat-tickets-112885006092

8/19 at 5:30pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/293761391967829/

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/online-caregiver-chat-tickets-112989933934

8/26 at 5:30pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/2705308393027222/

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/online-caregiver-chat-tickets-112991649064

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

8/13 – 8/16 HAUGEN: Veterans Community Response (VCR), 2020 Female Warrior Retreat, Haugen

Join Veterans Community Response for an all-expenses paid retreat focused on stress reduction, building camaraderie, and having fun. Open to all female Modern Warrior in the inland NW and Montana Veterans. Space is limited – register today! Retreat highlights: all lodging, meals, and activities are provided; Tour the Hiawatha bike trail; River rafting on the Clark Fork; Native American Sweat Lodge Ceremony; Connect with other Veterans to explore post war challenges and share tools for re-adjustment. Working with Vet Centers to support Veterans.

RSVP: Rich Ferry, Great Falls Vet Center, (406) 452-9048, Richard.Ferry@va.gov

(Or, PM "Friends of the Great Falls Vet Center" https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofGreatFallsVetCenter/)

8/13 HELENA or VIRTUAL (2nd Thursday of Every Month): Monthly JCF Meeting, Bridge Assembly, 725 Granite Ave., Helena, 12:30pm

AGENDA: TBA

Virtual Access: https://militaryonesource.zoom.us/my/montana [montanajcf.us4.list-manage.com]
Call: 1-669-900-6833; Meeting ID: 293 580 2531; passcode: 621152 **If you login through the computer first, you will be given a participant code if you choose to dial in through a phone. You can also download the zoom app and enter the Meeting ID on a device to connect.

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

8/13 KALISPELL: NW Montana Veteran Service Provider (VSP) ZOOM Meeting, 1:30pm 

Adam Jones will host the Zoom conference, and Nick Moschetti from Job Service will facilitate. Link and password:

Join Zoom Meeting using a computer, tablet or smartphone, simply click https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/94565561190?pwd=QTdNdVlsZHVYNzFONGx0OU83WUpPdz09

Meeting ID: 945 6556 1190; Password: 956875; To dial by Telephone +1 646 558 8656 or +1 406 444 9999

Join by Skype for Business

https://mt-gov.zoom.us/skype/94565561190

**If you login through the computer first, you will be given a participant code if you choose to dial in through a phone. Or access with phone or tablet and use that device’s audio for immediate connection. You can also download the zoom app on a device and simply add the meeting ID and passcode.

Adam Jones from the VA will lead the discussion (Veteran/Provider Self Care) continuing where Christina Ryan left off during our last meeting.  Please plan to attend and share how we can continue to support our veterans during these turbulent times.

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

OR, Adam Jones, Veteran Outreach Program Specialist, Kalispell Vet Center (406) 257-7308 Ext: 2368, adam.jones436@va.gov

​8/13 & 8/27 Homeword’s Free Online Rent Wise Workshop, at 3pm (8/27 at 5:30pm)
Our free Rent Wise workshop will teach you the keys to successful renting, including: How your credit score impacts renting; How to improve your credit score for renting; Common reasons for rental rejections and how to move past them; Savings goals for overcoming renting barriers. This workshop focuses on the impact of credit and rental history, how to improve your credit score, and the strategies and tools to overcome rental barriers to establish a good relationship with your landlord. 

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

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

8/13, 8/17, 8/20 & 8/31 American Red Cross Military & Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN): Red Cross Caregiver Resiliency Workshop, 6pm

This free, confidential Red Cross program offers effective ways to work through challenges, improve wellbeing and build skills. This workshop is designed for non-professional caregivers of wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. It helps participants work through some of the biggest challenges that caregivers often face, including identity changes, isolation concerns and building a personal wellness plan.

https://www.facebook.com/events/634837014053207/

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caregiver-resiliency-workshop-tickets-112885156542

8/17 https://www.facebook.com/events/314420983275104/

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caregiver-resiliency-workshop-tickets-112885497562

8/20 https://www.facebook.com/events/234158807568396/

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caregiver-resiliency-workshop-tickets-112990160612

8/31 https://www.facebook.com/events/883819335757585/

                REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caregiver-resiliency-workshop-tickets-112992066312

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

8/15 HELENA - Impact Montana: Montana Warrior Challenge / 2020 Montana Warrior Run, Helena, 8am - 12pm

Join us August 15th (postponed from April 18th) 2020 in Helena for the 11th Annual Montana Warrior Run and get your 10K, 5K AND (Trifecta) /or 1 Mile Run on. We are changing things up a bit this year with our location and race routes with staging at Spring Meadow Lake State Park on the west side of Helena. Current Military, Veterans and Family Members can save $10 by using "Military2020" for the coupon code, and Youth can also save $10 by using "Youth2020". If you will not be in Montana for the race on August 15th you can register for the Virtual Race and still support the cause. https://www.facebook.com/events/2737381696489517/

INFO / SIGN UP: https://runsignup.com/mwr-helena2020

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

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

8/15 FORT HARRISON: Army and Air National Guard "2020 RETIREE’S PICNIC," Fort Harrison Service Club (outside picnic area), 11:15am

$10 a person – children $5 (under age 12). Registration starts at 11:15 am; Food Served 11:45 – 1:15 pm; Ends at 1:30 pm. Depending on the Coronavirus status in August – we may cancel, but we are hopeful we’ll be able to all gather outside and have a nice picnic. The menu is bratwurst, burgers, deli chicken, salads, fruits, dessert and bottled water is available. The Service Club MAY or MAY NOT have the bar open (Depends on a volunteer bartender). Come on down, even if you don’t pre-register. You can pay at the door, bring your old Army or Air National Guard Buddies. Please call if you have any questions pertaining to the picnic.

RSVP (request registration form): Carol Giese Sims, (406) 439-3910, clgiese2000@gmail.com (Return registration form with check payable to “Retiree’s Picnic” c/o Carol Sims, 76 Holmes Gulch Rd, Clancy, MT 59634)

8/16 “Miracle on the Vistula: Poland’s Repulse of the Bolshevik Invasion, August 1920,” Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History (RMMMH), 2975 General Foster Ave. (Building T-316), Fort Missoula, 2pm

Questions: Tate Jones, Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History (RMMMH), (406) 549-5346,  militarymuseu45@hotmail.com

NEW PHONE RMMMH: (406) 239-7738

8/17 – 8/21 VIRTUAL & 11/18: ABC Clinic & SafetyFestMT 2020

In partnership with Safety Fest MT the Great Falls ABC Clinic will now be virtual. Both Safety Fest MT and the ABC Clinic are FREE and open to anyone that wants to attend. Our goal is to bring Montana's employers all the information they need in one spot. The typical one-day event will be spread out throughout the week to give employers the opportunity to still manage work and training(s). Continuing Education Credits will be available for participants that attend ALL ABC Clinic topics: Workers Compensation; Montana Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR); Montana Department of Revenue and Withholding & E-Services; Job Service Business Services; Labor Market Information (LMI); Child Support Enforcement & New Hire Reporting; Unemployment Insurance; Wage & Hour and Independent Contractor; Vocational Rehabilitation; Registered Apprenticeship.

​ABC Clinics available for the remainder of 2020:

  • ABC - VIRTUAL / Great Falls August 17-21      

  • ABC Bozeman Week of November 18th

Also, the VRBS Business Services team will be presenting information on Thursday the 20th.

AGENDA: http://safetyfestmt.com/greatfalls-2020

REGISTER: https://dlierdsafety.regfox.com/safetyfestmt-great-falls-virtual

Questions: Shannon Sturdevant, Business Engagement Specialist, Job Service Operations Bureau (WSD in Helena), (406) 444-9867, Shannon.sturdevant@mt.gov

Or, Casey Kyler-West (406) 444-5267, ckylerwest@mt.gov

8/17 (3rd Monday of Every Month) via ZOOM: Project Community Connect 2021 Planning Meeting, 10am

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81461154183?pwd=WENmQy83ZW5Sc3dTS0V1ZEpCU01qdz09

Meeting ID: 814 6115 4183, Passcode: 138949

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/ktRQhBORq

Questions: Marilyn Thorn, MSW, (406) 728-5437, marilyn@parentingplace.net

8/18 TGRC Virtual Book Club: “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou, 12:15pm

Join us for casual conversations about books related to grief, loss, hope, and healing. Book Clubs will meet virtually. All welcome. Sign up here!

Full list of events: http://www.tamarackgriefresourcecenter.org/events/

Questions: Tamarack Grief Resource Center, (406) 541-8472, info@TamarackGriefResourceCenter.org​

8/18 STEVENSVILLE (3rd Tuesday of Every Month): Fort Owen Post 94 ~ Member Meeting, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Rd., Stevensville, 6pm

Fort Owen Post 94 is the local Stevensville, Montana, post of the American Legion, a federally chartered organization. Veterans dedicated to support of Veterans and community service. "Or join us for breakfast any Wednesday morning 9AM at CJ's in Stevensville." (Wednesdays for Veterans! All Veterans get a discount and free coffee).

Public Group FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/955743594488748/

(National: www.legion.org)

Questions: AL Post 94, (406) 777-3834

8/18 LOLO (3rd Tuesday of Every Month): American Legion Chief Joseph Post 135 Meeting, Lolo Community Center, 12345 Hwy 93 S., Lolo, 7pm

American Legion Chief Joseph Post 135 stands for Veterans, Youth, Patriotism, and a Strong Defense (chiefjosephpost.org) and meets every 3rd Tuesday at 7pm. All Veterans and active duty military are eligible to join! 

Questions: 531-4132, elmerwpalmer@gmail.com

8/19 TGRC's VIRTUAL Kids Corner, 10am

Join Aubrey and McKenna to hear a short story and learn some fun ways to cope when times are tough. Sign up here!

Full list of events: http://www.tamarackgriefresourcecenter.org/events/

Questions: Tamarack Grief Resource Center, (406) 541-8472, info@TamarackGriefResourceCenter.org​

8/20 (3rd Thursday of Every Month): Veteran Service Provider (VSP) Meeting, American Legion Post 27, 825 Ronan St., Missoula, 12pm (VSN Events CMTE will be meeting at the same place at 11am)

12pm VSP Meeting AGENDA:

*** Introductions & Announcements

*** SPEAKER: TBD

Questions: Shannon, snoble@mt.gov

8/20 Garden City Harvest's Farm Party, 6:30 – 8pm

Bringing our party to our people. This year we’re staying healthy together and providing all the essentials for hosting a Farm Party in your backyard, neighborhood, or local park. We’ll provide beverages, live streamed (from the PEAS Farm!) local music, and a list of local restaurants that deeply support local farms who have lost revenue during the pandemic (allowing us to give the food we grow for the party to the Missoula Food Bank, Soft Landing and others) - everything you need for your own homegrown celebration. Celebrate local food and all those who make it happen as one of the parties in yards, gardens, parks and more across Missoula and beyond. Sign up now to get best selection of t-shirts, bandannas, and plan your social distance salad soiree. And support the work of Garden City Harvest as we help our community through these times of uncertainty.

TICKETS: https://garden-city-harvest-farm-party.square.site/

Questions: Marit, Garden City Harvest, (406) 451-2939, marit@gardencityharvest.org

8/22 MPD Recruitment, UM Adams Center, 32 Campus Dr., Missoula, 8am - 12pm

The City of Missoula Police Department invites you to participate in our application process to become an entry level police officer. Check-in begins at 7:30 AM, testing begins at 8:00 AM. Candidates who successfully complete all phases of the written and physical tests will be eligible to apply for positions to be filled from an eligibility pool. https://www.facebook.com/events/2630629533874875/

TESTING: Follow the signs to the testing area. Check in begins at 7:30 AM.  Anyone arriving after 8:00 AM will not be allowed to test.  Only pre-registered applicants will be allowed to test.  Bring government issued photo ID that has your signature.  Also bring a photocopy of that ID. The written test will be conducted first.  Please dress in the attire you plan to wear for the physical testing (shorts, sweats, t-shirt, etc.).

PRE-REGISTRATION for TESTING: http://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/FormCenter/Police-Department-5/Applicant-Test-Registration-99

Questions: MPD (406) 552-6303

8/22, 9/15-17 & 10/10 Homeword’s FREE Financial Skill Building Class, 9am (Also on 9/15 – 9/17 at 5:30 – 9pm and 10/10 at 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

​8/22 New to Medicare Workshop, Continuing Education Conference Center (James E. Todd building) UM campus, Missoula, 10am - 3pm

If you are approaching age 65 or are eligible for Medicare due to a disability, learn how you can make the most of your Medicare options. In this interactive two-part workshop you'll learn about important enrollment dates, saving money on your prescription drugs, and much more. The second part provides a hands-on computer workshop so you can learn about your personal Medicare claims, plans and coverage.  Cost is $35 for one person or $60 for two people. Call MAS for no cost or reduced cost ticket options https://www.facebook.com/events/478975286227988/ Follow this link for a helpful form you can print, fill in and bring with you to the workshop: https://missoulaagingservices.org/downloads/Medication_and_provider_list_216.pdf

REGISTER: https://medicaremas.eventbrite.com

Or, call Missoula Aging Services (406) 728-7682, help@missoulaagingservices.org

8/22 Freedom For The Children Walk, McCormick Park, 1 – 3pm

FFTC walk and assembly will be on Saturday, August 22nd at 1:00 pm, for the purpose of bringing awareness to, and inspiring a call of action to end Child Trafficking; as well as to declare the need to reform the investigation and prosecution process of offenders and pedophiles, and cultivate a more mature and attentive recovery and healing process for the victims. At the assembly we will have speakers to educate the community on signs to look out for as well as online safety tips and other pertinent information regarding keeping our children safe and at home. Please join us in taking a stand to end the pandemic of child trafficking, sexploitation, and pedophilia. https://www.facebook.com/events/1001473410288543/

Questions: fftcnow@gmail.com

Or, PM Merilee Rossen Watne, https://www.facebook.com/sally.riley.1675/

8/25 – 8/27 VIRTUAL: 2020 Warrior Community Integration Symposium, 8am – 4pm (MST)

The 7th annual Warrior Community Integration Symposium will be held virtually - Register for FREE to learn about valuable resources from over 500 Veteran-serving professionals, hear from influential speakers, and forge new partnerships to empower communities, Veterans, and their families.

INFO / AGENDA: https://www.americaswarriorpartnership.org/symposium

REGISTER: https://registration.allintheloop.net/register/event/2020-virtual-warrior-community-integration-symposium-cdu4

Questions: Erica Floyd, Administrative Assistant , America’s Warrior Partnership, (706) 434-1708, EFloyd@americaswarriorpartnership.org

8/25 VETcental Webinar: See Top Jobs For Your Veteran Job Seekers! 12pm (MST)

You’ll learn: How to utilize job matching tools to discover Top Jobs; Review and recommend jobs to your job seekers; NEW: reporting on job seeker activity trends and engagement

REGISTER: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/3915960255095/WN_pOZ9akO8T-mCWDJY5fUx7g

Questions: VETcentral Support Team, 1-877-255-5856, customercare@vetjobcentral.com

8/25 Tax-Free Strategies & VIRTUAL Volunteering, City Life Community Center, 1515 Fairview Ave., Ste 210, Missoula, 6 - 8pm

Are you seeking to understand tax-advantaged giving strategies when you donate to a charitable organization? Learn how the new "SECURE and CARES" act can provide leveraging to you as a donor and how you can redirect your tax dollars to benefit both you and the charitable organization. This valuable opportunity has been financially provided by Thrivent Financial and no charge to you. Seating is limited. https://www.facebook.com/events/975975142841877/ [facebook.com]

TICKETS: https://www.hopemontana.org/events/ [l.facebook.com]

Questions: Hope Rescue Mission, 549-HOPE (4673), office@ugmofmissoula.org
Or, April (406) 542-5240, outreach@ugmofmissoula.org

8/26 KALISPELL (Last Wednesday of Every Month via ZOOM): ONLINE JOB FAIR, 3pm

Kalispell is hosting an Online Job Fair with several local businesses with open positions. Please share with anyone thinking about relocating to the Flathead. Each employer will present a 7-minute presentation. Things for employers to include in their presentation: Titles and duties of open positions; Wage, benefits job perks; About your business, culture and work environment; How to apply.

ZOOM MEETING ~ Virtual Job Fair: https://bit.ly/36AMGtW

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

8/27 HAMILTON (4th Thursday of Every Month): Marine Corps League, FOE Eagles Lodge, 125 N. 2nd St., Hamilton, 7:30pm

Monthly Meeting of the Bitterroot Valley Detachment #937 http://www.montanamcl.org/detachments.html

Questions: jagman_36@bitterroot.com

8/29 – 8/30 BUTTE: Xsports4Vets ~ Rock Climb Pipestone, 4 – 9pm

Date change due to wet weather. Welcome, Post 9/11 Veterans! Gear and instruction provided by The Peak. Lunch by Xsports4vets.
10 AM, Gear up at The Peak then carpool to Pipestone, near Whitehall. End time is flexible. FREE for a Combat Veterans with proof of deployment to an area of imminent danger.
RSVP: Call or TEXT Janna (406) 239-3198, xsports4vets@gmail.com

Missoula / LOCAL Questions: Anton (406) 396-8390 or Steve (406) 493-2264 (xsports4vets.org)

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