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United Way of MIssoula County

Organizers of a first-of-its kind homeless shelter in Missoula held a public question and answer session Wednesday, and heard from supporters and skeptics alike. 

The shelter is designed to house up to 40 people on Missoula’s south side.

Shelters Prepare For High Demand This Winter

Dec 15, 2020

Community leaders across the state are preparing for more people who might need access to a homeless shelter this year. The state’s moratorium on evictions amid the pandemic expires this month and shelters in Montana have already seen greater demand from years of cost of living increases in the state.

More than 36,000 households in Montana were behind on mortgage payments last month, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Nearly the same amount were also behind on rent.

Hundreds attend a fire meeting in Seeley Lake, MT, Thursday, August 10, 2017.
Eric Whitney

So far this year, more than 1,500 fires have burned 937 square miles in Montana. They've burned through homes and ranches and forced evacuations across Montana. The fires have already drained the state's firefighting reserve fund and an emergency fund, and there is no end in sight for the hot, dry weather that the fires are feeding on. Several relief organizations are accepting donations to help Montanans displaced by the fires and smoke. Here's how you can help:

Preventing Suicide Is Everybody’s Business

Aug 20, 2014

Robin Williams’ suicide has rocked the nation.  How could someone with such talent, so universally beloved, not see life as worth living? 

Closer to home, too many of us in western Montana have lost family, friends and colleagues to suicide.  Their deaths leave a hole in our hearts and in the fabric of our community.  As we grieve the loss of a loved one to suicide, we agonize over whether we missed warning signs, and ask ourselves what more we could have done. 

Let’s Put an End to the Overhead Myth

Jan 24, 2014

Nonprofit leaders joke that Missoula has five seasons:  winter, spring, summer, fall – and fundraising.  We’re in the thick of that season now at United Way of Missoula County.

We’re not alone.  All over Missoula, banquets are being planned and grant proposals submitted.  And donors – faced with a plethora of worthy causes – do their best to figure out which charities are most deserving.