The C.M. Russell Museum opened in 1953. Since then the museum has expanded to include not only numerous works by Russell, but also the work of O.C. Seltzer, the Browning Firearms Collection, and a permanent exhibition called The Bison: American Icon, Heart of Plains Indian Culture. In addition, we have the home and studio of Russell’s. The home was built in 1900 and is furnished with period pieces as well as items from the Russell family. Russell’s log studio was built in 1903 and is adjacent to his home. Made of western cedar telephone poles, the studio is filled with authentic cowboy gear and Indian artifacts that Russell collected. The mission of the C.M. Russell Museum is to collect, preserve, research, interpret, and educate on the art and life of Charles M. Russell; the art and life of his contemporaries; and the art of preceding and ensuing generations that depicts and focuses on the culture, life, and country of Russell’s West.
Volunteers at the C.M. Russell Museum help in a number of ways. They serve as tour guides, work behind the scenes to help out in the office and help with education programs.
The mission of the Cascade City-County Health Department is to prevent disease and illness, ensure a healthy environment, promote healthy choices, and deliver quality services. Volunteers assist with events around the community to deliver services and provide public education.
The Commodity Supplemental Food Programs (CSFP) is a federally funded program, which works to improve the health of low-income elderly people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods to participants within Cascade County. Commodities are distributed once every two months, only on even months.Distrubtion months are February, April, June, August, October and December. Volunteers help sort the food, load it into the cars of our clients and deliver food to private homes and senior living communities.
The Law Clinic was founded in 1993 by the Cascade County Bar Association and an 8th Judicial District Court Judge in response to drastic cuts in federal funding for those with low-income. The Law Clinic serves those who would otherwise be unable to afford legal assistance. Services are provided to individuals at or below 125 percent of poverty. Their mission is to provide direct legal representation to Montana?s low-income persons and families in matters of Family Law by coordinating and facilitating the volunteer legal services of private attorneys.
The Clinic recruits private attorneys to represent low-income clients on a pro bono basis in family law matters including dissolution of marriage, parenting plans, guardianships, step-parent adoptions, custody issues, name changes, orders of protection, and occasionally assists in complex landlord-tenant issues. The Clinic’s pro bono attorneys represent clients in contested and uncontested cases. The Clinic maintains a list of attorneys, utilized on a rotating basis. The staff interview clients, determine eligibility, gather information on their need for service, prepare court pleadings, facilitate communication and provide paralegal support for pro bono attorneys. These activities increase attorney willingness to provide free legal services.
Volunteers are critical to the Clinic and free up staff and attorneys from basic paperwork and administration needs to work with more clients.