Child, Family & Caregivers


Community connections, entrepreneur resources, financial assistance / tax aide, caregiving resources, social security resource center, and much more!

Helping Montanans over 50 live their best lives:

Steve Reiter, AARP Montana (406) 457-4702,

Or, Jim Higgins (406) 291-0356,

American Legion Auxiliary ~ Girls State

ALA MT Girls State Blog:

SAVE the DATE: Girl State 2020 - June 14-20

Questions: Senta, ALA Unit 27 President,

American Red Cross ~ Military & Caregiver Network (MVCN)

The Red Cross MVCN assists caregivers of all ages, at all stages of caregiving. The network provides access to three peer support programs, a caregiver-categorized resource library and a master calendar of caregiver events. Events:

American Red Cross VOLUNTEERS

Step 1 – Navigate to [] and click “Find My Volunteer Opportunity”

·         During this step you will enter your zip code and then be given the option to search for a position title, take a short quick or browse volunteer positions

·         Click on an opportunity to learn more about the position. Then click Apply Now to begin the volunteer application

·         On the Volunteer Connection Website Create your Red Cross ID

Step 2 – Provide Your Contact Information

·         Complete the personal information fields 

·         Verify your contact information via text or email then enter the code sent to you

Step 3 – Read and Agree to the Red Cross Policies

You will need to click on, read and agree to 4 statements:

·         Code of Business Ethics and Conduct

·         Confidential information and Intellectual Property Agreement

·         Information Release

·         Volunteer Handbook

Step 4 – Upload Photo Identification

·         Choose either 1 primary form of ID or 2 secondary forms of ID to verify your identification

·         Photo IDs will only be used during the application process and are not stored in the system

Step 5 – Authorize Background Check

·         Red Cross requires all volunteers (Ages 18 and over) to complete a background check. This helps keep our clients and volunteers safe!

·         It’s fast, simple and completely confidential (no one sees your personal information)


Or, Gini Kay, Recruitment Specialist, Volunteer Services, (406) 493-8778,

Or, Erin Helm, Disaster Program Specialist, Western Montana,

ASPIRE – Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education & Employment

14-16 year olds who receive SSI

BASE Missoula ~ Youth Services, All Abilities Community Center

725 W. Alder, Suite 4, Missoula

Providing FREE programing such as Improv, Adaptive Yoga, Gaming, Art and Dance!

BASE is collaboration between Summit IL, other non-profits and various artists in our community. This space is meant to be a safe place to explore and display the arts as well as learn advocacy. BASE is open to everyone in our community of all ages, interests and abilities. This is your space.

BASE Missoula, (406) 215-1080,

Be Safe, Love Mom: A Military Mom's Stories of Courage, Comfort, and Surviving Life on the Homefront

Elaine Lowry Brye, Author: (406) 210-5483,

CAMP IVY ~ MT Joining Community Forces

Join Camp IVY at HOME! A box full of activities will be mailed to each family & virtual workshops for kids and parents will teach window-sill gardening and resilience skills.


Questions: Tabitha, Military OneSource (406) 459-2746, ~ Veterans Assisted Living Assessment & Benefits

Veterans returning from active duty face a unique set of challenges – especially if they have been injured. Following years of service and the resulting wear and tear on the body and mind, it is not uncommon for veterans to require assistance with activities of daily living. Fortunately for veterans and their caregivers, there are assisted living options that can help make the long-term care process smoother for all involved.

Questions: Annie Smith, Community Outreach and Senior Advocate (800) 277-2515,


Through a partnership between VA and CaringBridge, Veterans and their caregivers can use free CaringBridge social sites as a place of help, hope and healing. CaringBridge is a nonprofit social network dedicated to helping family and friends communicate with and support loved ones during a health journey with a free, personal and protected website.


Questions: (651) 789-2300 or submit email at

Caregiver Support in the Workplace ~ Employer Guide

Supporting Military and Veteran Caregivers in the Workplace Guide is a practical guide for employers to better support their caregiver team members.

Questions: AARP, 877-333-5885

Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative

Our mission is to engage, educate and inform faith-based, community, and non-profit organizations about the VA tools and resources that will equip them to better serve the Veterans, their families, survivors, caregivers, and other beneficiaries within their organizations

Questions: Conrad Washington, Deputy Director VA, Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative (CFOI), (202) 461-7689,

Child and Family Services


ChildCare Resources (CCR)

500 N. Higgins Ave., Suite 202, Missoula

Our referral specialists are here to help you find high-quality care that meets your needs, and our eligibility specialists can help you apply for a scholarship. Our professional development specialists can help you navigate the licensing process, locate training for you or your staff, and answer your questions about quality improvement and incentives in Montana.

Contact (406) 728-6446, toll free (800) 728-6446,

Family Assistance Center (FAC) ~ Montana National Guard Family Programs

(Open to all branches of service)

24 HR (877) 706-7598 ~ DEERS (800) 538-9552

Charity Stubb, Family Assistance Center Specialist, 9383 Running W Rd, Missoula, MT 59808
OFFICE: (406) 324-5121, CELL: (406) 439-8580,

Strategic Resources, Inc...Creating Powerful Solutions, An International CompanyISO 9001:2015, Certified CMMI Maturity Level 3 Rated


Highway 93 N., Kalispell, (406) 755-3457

Lee Fretwell - Kalispell FAC (NG / Reserve Family Assistance Center), (406) 324-5180,

Gold Star Family Registry, National

The National Gold Star Family Registry is the first comprehensive database of the United States’ Heroes who have been Killed In Action and their families ever developed. The Registry not only affords family members the opportunity to publicly remember their loved one, but serves as a historical log of our Nation’s true Heroes. By providing educational resources and personal accounts, the Registry ensures that future generations may know who these brave Americans were—not only how they died, but, more importantly, how they lived.

Questions: (248) 669-3312,

Gold Star Mothers, Inc., American (AGSM)

An American Gold Star Mother is a Gold Star Mother who has lost a son or daughter while serving in the military and has joined the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc organization (AGSM).


If I Were Deployed

Author, Nicole Burch is the wife of a disabled Veteran, the mother of 6 children, and a Montanan. She can be found on Instagram @lifeinthetreehouse where she shares little bits of her day in a large neuro-diverse family, and on Facebook @NicoleBurch.

The Independence Fund (TIF) ~ Nationwide

Sarah Verardo, CEO of TIF, is a national advocate for wounded Veterans and their caregivers. Her husband Michael was catastrophically wounded in Afghanistan in 2010, in two separate IED attacks that took his left leg, much of his left arm, and left him with polytraumatic conditions that have required more than one hundred surgeries and years of speech, visual, physical and occupational therapies. The Independence Fund provides all-terrain track wheelchairs to Veterans and has provided over 2,400 chairs to date. Sarah created the nonprofit’s Caregiver, Family, Adaptive Sports, and Advocacy programs

Questions: (888) 851-7996

Interactive for Kids

Designed for teaching children (ages 4-14+) about the U.S. Government. Games & Activities!

Marriage Counseling ~ Free for Military

Questions – Military OneSource, 800-342-9647

Or, Defense Center of Excellence (DcoE), 866-966-1020

Military Caregiver Guide ~ AARP

Download .pdf:

AARP, Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Hiring our Heroes, VA, and others teamed up to produce two guides for Military and Veteran Caregivers. 

The Military Caregiving Guide gives tips and details to help with the tools and resources needed to make this labor of love a little less burdensome.

Questions: AARP, 877-333-5885

Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)

  • Call for the Arts (CFA) is an annual MCEC program that encourages students to submit artwork that expresses their lives as military/Veteran-connected children. All forms of visual art, creative writing and performance art are welcome! There are cash prizes and the opportunity to have the works highlighted at MCEC events. While the 2020 deadline is approaching (first of July), these summer months are a good time to prepare for the 2021 CFA. (Submission deadlines will be announced at a later date.)

  • For the Sake of the Child Parent webinars and podcasts are two easily accessible series. Both address a variety of topics that assist parents in becoming their own children’s best advocates. They are educational and entertaining… and have also become popular with educators and other child-serving professionals because of the wide breadth of timely topics.

  • SchoolQuest interactive tool supports military and Veteran families’ middle and high school students as they navigate the academic school year. The tool tracks academic progress, securely stores student profiles, and hosts checklists, reminders and notifications for each step through graduation. And, if there is a PCS move on the horizon, it also has a search tool to help identify local schools matched to a student’s interests and needs.

  • Virtual Learning ~ The TedEd Lessons, Professional Learning Community – Military Kids: A Constellation of Strengths and Challenges, designed originally for education professionals to better understand military and Veteran students, provide great information for Veteran-connected parents, as well.

  • And, for students whose families are leaving the military, here’s a set of three short videos that speak directly to those challenges, called “Students Look at their Parents Leaving the Military.” Students will find good transition advice as the child of a Veteran

Questions: MCEC (254) 953-1923,

Military OneSource

 Free Resources: Job seeker guidance, career counseling, resume assistance, education & employment, etc.

9/2020 "Join us for Camp IVY at HOME ~ Open to all military families with youth ages 8-16. A box full of activities will be mailed to each family & virtual workshops for kids and parents will teach window-sill gardening and resilience skills. REGISTER:

Questions: Tabitha (406) 459-2746,

Or, CALL 800-342-9647 and connect 24/7 - MT: (406) 781-4986 or (800) 342-9647

Missoula Aging Services ~ The VSN's "VOLUNTEER NETWORK"


337 Stephens Ave., Missoula

Resource Center, Volunteer Opportunities, Care Ombudsman and Caregiver Support ~ MAS also offers multiple classes / workshops such as New to Medicare, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Social Security, etc. all around the Missoula Region


​Missoula Aging Services Senior Corps – Volunteer Network (RSVP):  

Senior Corps: 55 and older, Foster Grandparents, RSVP and Senior Companion volunteers, mentors, coaches, Meals on Wheels

​RECRUITING VETERANS for VETERANS as Senior Companions: Laura, (15 – 40 hours / week w/compassion and desire to help. For 20 hours / week, volunteers receive a “tax-free hourly stipend to help cover costs to income eligible volunteers.” And, “supplemental, accident and liability insurance while you’re in service.”)

Contact: (406) 728-7682,

Missoula Children's Theater (MCT) ~ Attention Missoula Area Families:

Did you know Missoula Children's Theater offers discount tickets to Military Families who have a loved one deployed, about to deploy, or recently returned?? Act quick ~ Tickets sell out FAST! Call MCT to Order your Tickets through the MTNG Child and Youth Program Account.
Box Office: 406-728-7529
Main Office: 406-728-1911


Missoula Community Media Resource ~ Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT)

500 N. Higgins Ave., Msla

MCAT Summer Camps for Kids (Scholarships Available):

Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT) provides Missoula residents and organizations with the equipment, training, and channel time to produce media based on their interests and concerns. These programs reflect Missoula's cultural, political, and intellectual diversity, and help foster a community dialogue about people and issues that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Email for scholarship info:

Montanan Army National Guard Child and Youth Program

Facebook:  Montana Guard Kids
Tell us What YOUR Family Needs From Us! FY 19 Needs Assessment:
We Need YOUR Feedback!
FY 19 Solider/Parent Satisfaction Survey:

Questions: Jodyann Burnham, "Lead" (406) 324-3925,

Savanna Sill, "Coordinator" (406) 324-5120, (Contractors of DysTech)

Or, Sherri L. Simonson Family Assistance Center Coordinator, Strategic Resources, Inc.,

Fort Harrision, (406) 324-3232,

Please visit:

Montana National Guard (MTNG) Teen Council

It's a serious commitment, but well worth the experience you gain, the awareness / advocacy you build, and the life-long friendships and memories you create along the way. Please be sure to set aside plenty of time to complete this application- we suggest at least an hour, if not more. This application requires information from both the Teen and Guardian, so please plan to work on it together for part of the time. Please select "Register" and complete all of the questions and hit submit for review. Two of the 'questions' have links to other required forms to be filled out. One is required for new partipants and one is required to be filled out by the guardians of ALL participants. This application is completely online. Paper or electronic copies can be sent if requested. All applications should be finished by August 1st to complete one full year on council.


Questions: MTNG Child and Youth Program, 1956 MT Majo St Fort Harrison,

Or, Jodyann Burnham (406) 324-3925; Savanna Sill (406) 324-5120

Montana Supporting Military ~ Care Packages for our Troops

MT Supporting Military, Box 4964, Helena MT 59604

Montana Supporting Soldiers: Let our deployed troops know you and your families are thinking about them. They would love to receive cards and letters. A fun family project would be making cards and small letter size posters. You could also write letters with encouraging messages. Send your cards and letters to MT Supporting Military and we will distribute them. We are supporting troops and military working dogs with all the military branches deployed in several countries. Thank you, and our troops thank you!

Questions: (406) 431-7699,

Montana Youth ChalleNGe Academy (MYCA)

790 E Cornell St., Dillon

RISE UP! The Montana Youth ChalleNGe Academy assists at-risk Montana youth in developing skills and abilities necessary to become productive citizens through focusing upon the physical, emotional, and educational needs of the youth within a highly structured, quasi-military environment using proven techniques of discipline and motivation to assist youth in turning their lives around.

Sponsored by the National Guard and the State of Montana.

Questions: MYCA, (406) 683-7533,

Or, Ken Kuchler, MYCA Lead Admissions Counselor, 790 E. Cornell St., Dillon, (406) 683-7534, C (406) 865-0119,

National Archives

History, Veteran Documents, Educator Resources, Museums & Libraries, America’s Founding Documents!

Sesame Street in Communities

The Caregivers initiative focuses on helping children address and understand "why their parent may look or act differently than 'before'; how to safely express complicated or confusing feelings; how their parent's illness or injury can change over time; and how to describe their family's new situation to themselves and others.

Task & Purpose story:

Questions: Sesame Street in Communities,

Suicide & Loss

VA is committed to the prevention of suicide. It is also offers "postvention" with a community of shared healing and supportive services and resources for those affected by suicide loss. These resources support anyone who has been touched by suicide loss, regardless of their military, Veteran, or military family status - VA BLOG:

Supporting Caregivers in the Workplace ~ AARP Employer Guide

Supporting Military and Veteran Caregivers in the Workplace Guide is a practical guide for employers to better support their caregiver team members.

Questions: AARP, 877-333-5885

Survivors Quick Start Guide


Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Legacy and Military Mentors

During campouts, hiking adventures, regional seminars, and special events, TAPS Youth Programs strives to provide one-on-one mentoring for bereaved military children and teens through the legacy and military mentor program. A military mentor is someone who currently serves in the military or is a veteran and can be a caring companion and a reminder to TAPS kids that the military still cares for them. A legacy mentor is a military survivor who has graduated from Good Grief Camp and is ready to support younger survivors who will follow in their path. As a mentor, you'll be a buddy to a brave child throughout the event as they share and connect with other surviving kids and learn how to honor their loved ones. You may do art projects and play silly games. You may throw footballs and cheer them on in relays. You'll definitely create lasting memories and feel pride in yourself for the work you've done. By volunteering as a legacy or military mentor, you can be a source of hope for a TAPS child. 

Questions: Good Grief Camp, (800) 959-8277,

Transition Assistance Program (TAP)


Montana Family Readiness Center, Malmstrom AFB, 7215 - 7911 Goddard Ave., (406) 731-4900:

Malmstrom Air Force Base Pre-Discharge Intake Site: 3633 Veterans Dr., Fort Harrison, (800) 827-1000

Scott J. Smith, MT Transition Assistance Advisor (TAA), Skyline Ultd Inc. (Contractor), (406) 324-3257,

*** Serves as a point of contact to assist eligible members of the Reserve Components in accessing benefits and health care furnished under laws administered by the Secretary of Defense and benefits and health care furnished in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs  

United Heroes League


~ Free Equipment – Free Camps – Free Tickets – Grants – Special Experiences

Sports equipment, sport camps, subsidizes association fees, and distributes NHL, NBA, MLB, NFL, MLS and NCAA game tickets to children of Veterans and Servicemembers.

Questions: (651) 319-0737,

United Way of Missoula County

412 W. Alder St., Missoula

Education, health, income ~ Questions: Missoula County, (406) 549-6104,

NW Montana: 1203 US Highway 2 W Ste 31, Kalispell, (406) 752-8181,

Roxanna Parker, Executive Director, United Way of Kalispell, (406) 752-7266

*** Project Tomorrow Montana of the United Way

Project Tomorrow Montana has educated hundreds of health care professionals, school counselors and community members on how to identify suicide warning signs and safe intervention strategies. Together, we are fighting for a better tomorrow, for Missoula, for Western Montana. 

Project Tomorrow Montana, (800) 273-8255

VA Advisory Committee Management Office

To provide advise to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, through the Chief Veterans Experience Officer, related to Veterans' families, caregivers, and survivors across all generations, relationships, and Veterans status.

Questions: Betty, (202) 465-6199,

VA Caregiver Support

Respite care can be provided to eligible Veterans for up to 30 days (these days do not need to be consecutive). Please call the Caregiver Support Line to learn more and receive a referral to the local Caregiver Support Coordinator near you!

The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers:

Questions: 1-855-260-3274

The VFW’s Voice of Democracy

Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. 

The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements, then download and complete the 2019-20 entry form. All student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, Oct. 31. The 2019-20 theme is, "What Makes America Great"


Questions: (816) 756-3390 Ext. 6155,

LOCAL VFW: Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, (406) 778-7749,

Anton Johnson, Commander of the VFW and Veterans Outreach Program Specialist, Department of Veterans Affairs, Missoula Vet Center, (406) 721-4918, Cell (406) 529-2219,

Welcome Home, Inc. ~ Polson

Here to assist Veterans, their families, and Gold Star Families. Jeannie’s family is a Gold Star Family ~ they lost their youngest son at the age of 25, US Army Special Ops (SGT Crew Chief), 160th Night Stalker.

Contact: Jeannie Butler, Welcome Home, Inc., (406) 890-1405,

Women in Military Service for America Memorial

Honoring all women who have defended America. Register your story in the national memorial:

Workforce GPS ~ Resources for Military Spouses, American Job Center Staff, and Organizations that Support Spouses

Military Spouse License Recognition Resources

In recent years, most states have passed laws creating streamlined license recognition options for military spouses.  The U.S. Department of Labor has created resources to help military spouses, organizations that support military spouses, and state agencies and licensing boards understand and take advantage of these laws.



Youth Dynamics

619 SW Higgins, Unit E, Missoula

Youth Dynamics provides strength-based, client-centered, supportive mental health services to children (3-18) and families. At Youth Dynamics we don’t believe in wait listing families. We believe in getting your child into mental health services as soon as he or she needs them! (30 locations around Montana focusing equine and other therapy, etc. Child needs a mental health diagnosis to qualify).

Questions: (406) 728-9672 or submit form:

Statewide: 1-877-458-7022

Zero to Three ~ Free Parenting Resources

Free resources to help Veteran and military families raising children


Questions: (800) 899-4301

ZOOM ~ Comprehensive Guide to Educating Through Zoom

Questions: Zoom Video Communications,



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