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About Volunteer Missoula

History:

In late 2012, a group of local nonprofits, businesses, and government organizations began collaborating to help promote volunteerism as a viable solution to closing gaps in services in our community.  Out of this alliance, and with a fiscal sponsorship from United Way, Volunteer Missoula was born. 

With over 600 nonprofit and charitable organizations, Missoula is an exceptionally giving community.  Every day these organizations need support from volunteers, as well as the public and private sectors to meet the growing needs of the community.  Missoula’s economic and social climate continues to shift, creating the need to centralize volunteer resources for private, public and nonprofit purposes. New collaborative partnerships are essential to maximize efforts and provide efficient delivery of services. Communication between all groups is key to closing the gap between volunteers and volunteer management professionals, and the success of Volunteer Missoula.

Mission:

Volunteer Missoula seeks to:

  • Connect volunteers to service opportunities, and connect nonprofits to volunteer recruitment tools;

  • Foster greater collaboration between nonprofit organizations in Missoula;

  • Provide and coordinate training and consulting services, build networking tools and business partnerships;

  • Connect local businesses to corporate volunteer opportunities, training and consulting services, notice of board vacancies, and increased recognition for their contributions to the public sector;

  • Provide new infrastructure for inventive, hybrid partnerships with emerging businesses and nonprofits to address service gaps, promote economic development and greater community involvement.

 People:

Volunteer Missoula is made possible through the leadership and dedication of local Missoulians who believe in the ability of volunteers to make meaningful change in our community.

Advisory Council - Active Governing Body

Megan Hill - Chair/Program Director
Colleen Kane - Vice Chair/Intern Manager

Anastasia Bakos - Marketing/Outreach Director

Emily Peters - Finance/Fundraising Director

Kristin Stratford - United Way of Missoula County Liaison

2016 Interns

Brook Beul - Finance and Fundraising 

Will Schultz - Marketing and Outreach

 

Founders/Former Steering Committee Members

Andrea Vernon - University of Montana Office for Civic Engagement
Casey Dunning - Missoula Interfaith Collaborative
Cassie Sheets - The Poverello Center, Inc.
Colleen Kane - University of Montana Office for Civic Engagement
Eileen Sansom - Missoula Aging Services
Mayor John Engen - City of Missoula/Mayor's Office
Linda Jordan - City of Missoula/Mayor's Office
Megan Hill - Special Olympics Montana
Kacey Gallagher - Missoula 211
Kyle Williams - Missoula Aging Services
Lynn Baker
Nick Holloway - Missoula County Office of Emergency Management
Nina Alviar - Imagine Missoula
Michael Moore - United Way of Missoula County
Stacy Rye - United Way of Missoula County
Susan Patrick - United Way of Missoula County
Colleen Baldwin - Missoula Aging Services
Susan Kohler - Missoula Aging Services
Rebecca Petit - YWCA Missoula
Julia Altemus - Trikle Trade
Syann Stevens - Trikle Trade
Barbara Wickel - Missoula Interfaith Collaborative