Though our organization has had different names over the decades, the idea of a community chest dates back to the 1920s. We officially became United Way in 1974. United Way of Cascade County’s mission is to build the whole community. We believe when a child succeeds in school, when a neighborhood improves, when families have good health and workers solid jobs — we all win. We connect people who want to help with nonprofits that are making Cascade County a better place. United Way of Cascade County raises more than $1 million and distributes that money to 20 nonprofits that are working toward three goals — improving education, helping people become financially stable and making our community a healthier place.
Audubon chapters like this one bring together members and others to meet and share an appreciation of their common interests. They create a culture of conservation in local communities through education and advocacy, focusing on the conservation of birds, other wildlife and conservation of important habitats. Volunteers in Audubon take part in conservation and education projects.
The cornerstone of Ursuline Centre was laid September of 1911. A little over one year later, on September 3, 1912, Ursuline Academy opened its door to students from Great Falls and the surrounding area. Our City’s founding forefathers donated land and supported the Sisters efforts to bring educational opportunities to our community. Today, this legacy continues. They are a non-profit organization that benefits the city of Great Falls and beyond. 263 groups utilized their historic building last year for meetings, retreats and conferences. Over 14,000 people benefited from Ursuline Centre “opening doors to change lives.” They also house a museum and archives that allow access to Montana heritage and culture and operate successful preschool and childcare programs.