Get Fit Great Falls is a coalition of like-minded people who encourage neighbors, family, and friends to get active and make healthy choices when selecting foods for their dinner table. Getting regular physical activity can improve your health and well-being in a number of ways. In fact, it can substantially reduce your risk of dying of coronary heart disease – the nation’s leading cause of death. It can also reduce your risk for stroke, colon cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure and help control weight.
Members of the Get Fit Great Falls coalition promote the benefits of healthy lifestyles to the citizens of Great Falls and Cascade County through a community-wide effort. GFGF members volunteer their time to promote and to inform people about the benefits of a balance of nutritious foods and being physically active. We also promote sustainable change in our community to help us integrate physical activity, such as walking, bicycling, hiking, swimming, and jogging into our daily routine.
Volunteers at Giant Springs Elementary School work with teachers to support the education of students. Duties vary based on the teachers’ needs, but volunteers frequently work with small groups of students or one on one on reading activities.
Since 1966, the Great Falls Children’s Receiving Home (GFCRH) has provided an emergency safe haven for over 10,000 local children who have fallen victim to heinous acts of child abuse and neglect. Each year, approximately 200 local children (most from Cascade County) enter the doors of the GFCRH as they have been tragically victimized by an adult caretaker. The GFCRH provides comprehensive services to each child entering its doors. In the State of Montana, it is estimated that 3000 children are in foster care each year. Cascade County has the largest population of these victimized children, accounting for approximately 1/5 of all children entering foster care.
The Great Falls Community Food Bank began as a small pantry in 1982 and evolved into a central emergency food warehouse in 1987. They became Montana’s only Re-Distribution Organization for the Montana Food Bank Network and Feeding America in 2004. In 2011 Food4Kids was created establishing school-based pantries and the BackPack Program feeding chronically hungry students. To engage, educate and lead our community in the fight against hunger. The Food Bank is distribution warehouse serving 64 emergency food service providers in Cascade, Teton, Chouteau and Glacier counties.
Volunteers are a huge part of day to day operations as well as special events.
The Great Falls Pre-Release Services, Inc. provides a cost-effective alternative to incarceration for offenders through a variety of community-based correctional/treatment programs. They are dedicated to public safety and trust through professional, quality services which facilitate personal growth through positive change and individual responsibility of assigned offenders.
The Great Falls Public Library has been serving the Cascade County area for over 125 years. They offer a wide range of services designs to connect the community and empower residents by providing individuals access to information and social, cultural, and recreational resources. Volunteers perform a number of different duties at the library including helping shelve books, keep the library clean, sorting books and reading to children. Volunteers also help with a number of library events throughout the year.
The Great Falls Public Schools Preschool provides young education opportunities to children before they enter kindergarten. Their goals are to ensure that children begin the educations with the tools they need to secude.
The Great Falls Senior Center was established in 1976 at our current site. The Senior Center is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board employs a manager, custodian and kitchen staff to do the day to day work and relies on volunteers to assist our mission. The Great Falls Senior Center’s mission is to provide our community a comfortable and safe place where older people may enjoy recreation, education, socialize, eat healthy meals and health activities. The Senior Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm providing a variety of affordable meals and opportunities for social interaction. We also direct patrons to other services available for senior citizens.
The Great Falls Visitor Information Center is open year round, seven days a week. We assist thousands of visitors from all over the world annually with western hospitality.They provide maps, brochures, event calendars, coupons, magazines and general information on the wonders of Great Falls area and the State of Montana. Staff and volunteers also assist with itinerary planning.