The mission of the Salvation Army Retail Thrift Store is to raise the funds to support our community services, who help citizens in the most need of basic necessities, and to provide the community an opportunity to obtain reasonably priced used goods. Volunteers serve in their local store which raises funds for their programs and help at special events.
Scottish Rite provides FREE speech and language evaluations and therapy to preschool children. They see students from counties throughout the Northeastern part of Montana. Scottish Rite provided evaluations and therapy to 186 preschool children last year. Volunteers do clerical work such as answering the telephone, taking messages, and working the intercom system to let people into the building. They also sometimes are asked to watch the siblings of the students who are in speech and language therapy.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Volunteers are a key part in making the Special Olympics happen. They assist in all parts of set up, running the event and clean up. Volunteers help in the build up to the event and there is something to do for everyone.
St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen is a free kitchen program that provides meals to guests every Friday afternoon with the help of volunteers. Since opening in 2005, over 100,000 meals have been provided. All the food is homemade. “Guests” can also take home sack lunches. Volunteer serve in the kitchen as cooks, help serve food, bus tables and clean up every Friday.
SVDP is dedicated to assisting local area low-income people in need, half of which are children and seniors. SVDP operates a Thrift Store, Food bank and Angel Services, which provides free items to people in need. Thrift store proceeds go to cover the over head costs of their entire operation. The food bank serves the poor in assisting them with food and general items of necessity. The food bank distributes an average of 28,000 pounds of food to an average of 600 families each month. Their Angel Services gives away clothing, Household goods, and Furniture to those in need. Applicants need to apply through Opportunities Incorporated to get a voucher to shop at the Angel Store.
Sun River Valley Historical Society assist with the preservation of Fort Shaw and collecting artifacts in their area. Volunteers work as a team on preservation, clean efforts, clerical tasks and planning efforts.
Volunteers at Sunnyside Elementary School assist with a number of programs through the school. They read with children to encourage child literacy, assist teachers in the classroom and help in the office.
The Sons of Norway is a local social club that hosts speical events and puts on fundraisers to support local Great Falls organizations. Volunteers assist them with preparing for these fundraisers and help make them a success.
The Swinging Seniors are a group of dedicated volunteers who visit senior living facilities in order to perform music and poetry for the residents. Their goal is a brighten the lives of others and provide some fun musical opportunities.