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Child, Family & Caregivers

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, mtsenta_grizfan@yahoo.com

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: https://milvetcaregivernetwork.org/events

American Red Cross VOLUNTEERS

Step 1 – Navigate to https://www.redcross.org/volunteer [redcross.org] 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)

Questions: info.mvcn@redcross.org 

Or, Gini Kay, Recruitment Specialist, Volunteer Services, (406) 493-8778, virginia.kay@redcross.org

Or, Erin Helm, Disaster Program Specialist, Western Montana, erin.helm@redcross.org

ASPIRE – Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education & Employment

14-16 year olds who receive SSI  http://aspirewest.org/

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, basemissoula@gmail.com

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, elaine@besafelovemom.com



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.

VA BLOG: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/71167/veterans-caregivers-turn-free-caringbridge-support/

Questions: (651) 789-2300 or submit email at https://caringbridgehelp.custhelp.com/app/ask

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, VAPartnerships@va.gov

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, ccr@childcareresources.org

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, cstubb.missoulafac@icloud.com

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, lee.a.fretwell@mail.mil

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, info@militaryfamiliesunited.org

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).

Questions: agsmnso@gmail.com

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. https://www.amazon.com/Nicole-Burch/e/B07ZBJGSS1

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: https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/caregiving/2019/05/military-caregiving-guide-aarp.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 OneSource


http://www.militaryonesource.mil/ - Free Resources: Job seeker guidance, career counseling, resume assistance, education & employment, etc.

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

Events: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/missoula-aging-services-7856196095

​Missoula Aging Services Senior Corps – Volunteer Network (RSVP): https://missoulaagingservices.org/volunteer/rsvp-volunteer-program/  

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, ldegele@missoulaagingservices.org (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, help@missoulaagingservices.org

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

Email: tour@mctinc.org

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


500 N. Higgins Ave., Msla

MCAT Summer Camps for Kids (Scholarships Available): https://www.mcat.org/summer-camps-2015

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: mcat@mcat.org

Montanan Army National Guard Child and Youth Program


Facebook:  Montana Guard Kids
Tell us What YOUR Family Needs From Us! FY 19 Needs Assessment: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/D2LTCNH
We Need YOUR Feedback!
FY 19 Solider/Parent Satisfaction Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FKTYGKR

Questions: Jodyann Burnham, "Lead" (406) 324-3925, jodyann.r.burnham.ctr@mail.mil

Savanna Sill, "Coordinator" (406) 324-5120, mtngyouthprograms@gmail.com (Contractors of DysTech)

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

Fort Harrision, (406) 324-3232, sherri.l.simonson.ctr@mail.mil

Please visit: Caution-www.sri-hq.com

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.

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teen-council-2019-2020-application-registration-65281630113?fbclid=IwAR3d8kfS0K0kzV8RW2R8LJsr0JpFMUOFuwY57NI3BidlXXNsSYSYflTulkg

Questions: MTNG Child and Youth Program, 1956 MT Majo St Fort Harrison, mtngyouthprograms@gmail.com

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

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.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mycacademy​​​
Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpSwSPmBXRU

Questions: MYCA, (406) 683-7533, mtchallenge@mt.gov

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

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: https://taskandpurpose.com/sesame-street-military-families-caregivers

Questions: Sesame Street in Communities, communities@sesame.org

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

VA BLOG: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/63171/va-releases-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, mentors@taps.org

Transition Assistance Program (TAP)

Locator: https://www.taonline.com/TapOffice/veteran-military-Find-TAP-office

Montana Family Readiness Center, Malmstrom AFB, 7215 - 7911 Goddard Ave., (406) 731-4900: https://341fss.com/airman-family-readiness/

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, scott.j.smith.ctr@mail.mil

*** 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, info@unitedheroesleague.org

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, betty.moseleybrown@va.gov

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 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"


APPLY: https://vfworg-cdn.azureedge.net/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Community/Youth-and-Education/Voice-of-Democracy-Entry-Form-Fillable.pdf

Questions: (816) 756-3390 Ext. 6155, youthscholarships@vfw.org

LOCAL VFW: Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, (406) 778-7749, info@vfwpost209.org

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, Anton.Johnson@va.gov

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, jeanniebutleremail@gmail.com

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.

Questions: https://www.workforcegps.org/resources/2016/04/14/13/51/WorkforceGPS_Frequently_Asked_Questions

Or, support@workforcegps.org

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: http://www.youthdynamics.org/contact-us/

Statewide: 1-877-458-7022