July 2021
United Moments with UWYC
Kim's Corner

“Can you play today?” is one of the most common questions from our childhood. For me, it evokes memories of long summer days riding bikes until it was dark outside, making mud pies, and riding my horse bareback after taking a quick dip in the pool to cool off from the AZ heat.
When was the last time you asked someone to play? As adults, sometimes it is hard to make playing a priority. When you look at our daily responsibilities—errands, honey-to-do lists, work projects, and self-care/exercise—it’s no wonder playing falls low on our list of priorities. On your daily quest for joy, fun and purpose, how do you incorporate play? Maybe it is serving others with the gift of time. Think about your soul, your relationships, and our community. Everyone can benefit!

Let’s choose to find more fun and play in our lives. United Way of Yellowstone County offers connections to plenty of volunteer opportunities in our community. Check out www.YouCanVolunteer.org and/or get involved with our Day of Caring event on September 16. I challenge you to bring back your childlike sense of wonder and “play” by serving our community.  

Pam Sanderson
Volunteer Center Director

Pam has been with us for 27 years and oversees our volunteer efforts.
What three traits define you?
curious, empathic, principled.

What's the one thing you couldn't live without?

You’re hosting a dinner party. Who who you would invite?
My mother, father, sister and brother.
Where is your favorite place to be?
In my living room listening to my grandson play the piano.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
School principal.

What advice do you have for kids who are struggling in school?
You matter.....and we need you.
….. a Day of Caring signature event

United Way believes every child in Yellowstone County deserves the chance to learn and succeed in life. Operation Supply helps stock local school pantries with school supplies and hygiene items for teachers, counselors, and administrators to provide to students in need throughout the school year.

Host a collection drive at your business, faith organization, service club or group to jumpstart United Way’s season of giving and Day of Caring. Collections may start or supply purchases can be made at any time. Supplies will be delivered to the United Way office during the CommUnity Rally September 16.
Mark Your Calendars!
CommUnity Rally is September 16th
Join us for a fantastic afternoon to celebrate Day of Caring, collect Operation Supply Drive materials, and kick-off our annual campaign featuring live music, food trucks, yard games, UWYC engagement opportunities, and fun!

All are invited! Day of Caring participants, community members, corporate campaign companies, individual donors, CARE Academy families, Hogan Homestead HOA neighbors--we hope to see you there! (Families/spouses of participants are invited, too).

Mark your calendar for September 16, 3:30-7:00 pm, on the lawn of United Way of Yellowstone County office, 2173 Overland Ave. More details to come!
September 16 marks our 28th year of hosting Day of Caring! You are invited to join approximately 500 volunteers representing 50 companies committed to community service. Day of Caring opportunities consist of several signature events that will be available to multiple companies or organizations who sign-up to participate at their location during a designated timeframe and will benefit our community partners. In addition, there will be a select number of Day of Caring projects that will match a company, in conjunction with their annual giving campaign, with an engagement partner agency host. 

If you are interested in getting involved, please identify a Day of Caring Coordinator, who will:
  • Be the primary volunteer engagement point of contact or liaison between the company and United Way for any volunteer engagement communications, sign-ups, or participation in Day of Caring opportunities.
  • Receive and distribute communications and information to appropriate and/or potentially interested employees.
  •  Make certain any signup requirements needed for company participation in projects is coordinated and managed. 

For more information, contact Pam Sanderson at (406) 272-8510 or psanderson@uwyellowstone.org.
The Best Beginnings Council remained active throughout the pandemic and is excited to be meeting in-person once again. The committed group of early childhood agencies and advocates is proud to share our latest updates. 

Parent Connect Coming to Facebook: This project connects with over 1,000 new mothers each year to provide encouragement, support, and referrals to local resources. We are now developing a Facebook page to expand and strengthen our impact. We hope to go live with the page soon.

Laundromat Reading Libraries: Michelle Bruem with Best Beginnings has continued to place and maintain reading libraries in local laundromats. Currently, 6 laundromats have reading libraries to promote early childhood literacy and a life-long love of reading.

Healthy SPARK Launch: This new program launched recently in partnership with the Substance Abuse Connect coalition. Healthy SPARK is a remote system created by GoMo Health that connects mothers with a Substance Use Disorder to ongoing support and monitoring.  

Diaper Drive: Best Beginnings supported Family Promise with their latest diaper drive. Over 66,000 diapers and thousands of other baby items were collected. 

Updating Plan: The Best Beginnings Council operates from a comprehensive strategic plan. The group is currently reviewing and updating the plan to fine-tune our work and have the greatest impact possible.

Thank You David: The Best Beginnings Council wishes to thank David Munson for his years of service and support. His dedication to his job at Early Childhood Intervention and support of the Best Beginning coalition have made our community a better place. We wish David all the best in retirement. 
Monthly Honor Role
Shout out to these donors who have invested in Yellowstone County's health, education, and financial stability efforts this month! We appreciate your support and generosity!
Dominic Anderson
Patrick Angland
Assoc. Food Stores Employees
AT&T Employee Fund
Deanna Sonju Avent
Gerald Beyl
Shaun Biggerstaff
BMO Financial Group Employees
Michelle Callicott
Century Link
Tonia Coulter
Joshua Craft
Crisi Davidson
Melissa Daville-Knop
James Dervishian
Dillard's Employee Fund
Brittany Dockter
Journey Dorr
Darrell & Sally Ehrlick
Family Service, Inc. Employees
Michael S. Fitch
Tasha Garfield
Lisa Gernant
Amy Hess
Lisa Hillis
Alexis Hoke
Julie Hornby
IBM Corp. Employee Fund
JC Penney Employee Fund
Kim Jones
Nancy L. Kolb
Danny Kunsman
Paula Lee
Steven Melia
Linda Morton
Anne M. Nelson
ONEOK, Inc. Employee Fund
Chantel Pech
Seth Penninger
Brian L. Petersen
Braedan Price
John W. Reas
Leslie Roche
Mandeep Shergill
Nancy E. Sweet
Target Store Employee Fund
The Children`s Clinic
Matthew W. Thompson
Raquel Thompson
U.S. Bank Employee Fund
UPS, Montana
Ada Califano Wassmann
Kristy Wilm
Brian Windhagen
Ongoing Events
  • Multiply Your Caring
  • Use your creativity and ideas to spread this important message and encourage action to as many as you possibly can. What methods and communication techniques will you use to SPREAD THE WORD? Start a ripple and let it grow.
  • Annual Campaign
  • The work we do cannot be accomplished without the support of our community. There's still time to make your contribution!
  • Volunteer Recruitment
  • We're looking for talented and dedicated community members to join our board and committees. Where can your talents shine?
Does your family, service organization, social group or company want to give back to our community through volunteering? Click the picture above to view current volunteer opportunities in Yellowstone County!

If you would like your organization's opportunities listed, contact Pam: