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"In our philanthropically limited region, BSI is uniquely focused on developing collaborative approaches to build rural communities, regional, and statewide nonprofit efforts."

Mark Kelley, Montana Trustee

The Lora L. and Martin N. Kelley Family Foundation
Assessment Awards

2009 Assessment Awards
  • Child Care Resources, Inc. (Missoula), which was the first Child Care Resource and Referral Agency in Montana, and the first to sponsor the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program. CCR, Inc. serves both families with young children, with a particular focus on services to those with low income, and early care and education providers. Programs include: child care referrals, scholarships for low income families, training for early childhood professionals, a child and adult care food program, child care health consultations, and accreditation mentoring that helps area child care programs achieve national accreditation with much higher standards than Montana state licensing.
  • Domestic and Sexual Violence Services of Carbon County (Red Lodge), which works throughout Carbon County and neighboring counties to eliminate domestic, sexual and teen dating violence. Services include: a 24-hour Helpline; hospital, police, and court accompaniment; transport, emergency short-term shelter, food and clothing; assistance in applying for orders of protection and for crime victim compensation; and support groups, one-on-one support, and education. DSVS also offers an annual Teen Dating Violence Prevention Summit, Violence Prevention Clubs, medical assessment training, and a Coordinated Community Response Team.
  • Family Promise of Gallatin Valley, Inc. (Bozeman), which provides shelter for homeless families with children in the Gallatin Valley, while assisting them to find and implement lasting solutions to their unique situations. As part of a 20 year old national network, Family Promise operates on a successful model known as an interfaith hospitality network, and provides nightly shelter, home-cooked meals, limited transportation and professional case management, and a professionally staffed Family Day Center. A full-time Case Manager helps families develop and implement a Family Permanency Plan, with the goal of finding safe, affordable housing within 90 days.
  • Great Falls Community Food Bank (Great Falls), which gathers and distributes food for needy children, individuals and families through a network of 50 charitable organizations in Cascade, Chouteau, Glacier and Teton Counties. In 2002, it became Montana's Redistribution Organization for the Montana Food Bank Network and Feeding America that opened doors for new food resources. GFCFB has experienced substantial growth over the years with demand increasing 38% since 2007, and recently distributed 826,000 pounds of food. In 2010, GFCFB will launch a $700,000 capital campaign to renovate its 13,000 square foot warehouse project to increase space, efficiency and safety.
  • homeWORD (Missoula), which began as a project of Women's Opportunity and Resource Development to create affordable housing and meaningful economic change for lower income families. In 1998, it became an independent organization. As a recognized Community Housing Development Organization, homeWORD has completed 10 projects providing 163 affordable units in Missoula and Billings. It serves low and moderate income households and a diverse population of singles, elderly, individuals with disabilities, domestic violence survivors, families with children, veterans and formerly homeless people. homeWORD provides homebuyer education and counseling and teaches financial literacy. Over the years, it has developed a holistic offering of financial fitness education, housing counseling and foreclosure prevention counseling in addition to homebuyer education. homeWORD also works with rural communities across Montana, via joint ventures, to help develop affordable housing, both rental and homeownership.
  • Montana Audubon (Helena), which is a statewide organization that promotes appreciation, knowledge and conservation of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats. It has programs in public policy, education and scientific research, and is comprised of nine, community-based Audubon Chapters. With 4,000 members, Montana Audubon is one of the state's largest conservation organizations. It has identified 39 Important Bird Areas across the state, which encompass 10 million acres and span 28 counties. Montana Audubon operates the Audubon Conservation Education Center in Billings, which helps children connect with nature and improves student academic achievement, restores and protects wildlife hapitat and provides important open space and public outdoor recreational opportunities within the city's rapidly expanding suburbs. The organization's collaborative Leave No Child Inside initiative conducts after-school and summer nature camps, and offers unique opportunities for at-risk youth in Billings to participate in outdoor after-school programs.
  • Wakina MultiCultural Education Center (Helena), which bridges a critical gap for Indian children in this urban community by aiming for diverse cultural competency, along with academic excellence and achievement. Wakina provides quality education, cultural awareness, and opportunities to learn outsite the traditional school setting, and assists Indian children and their families to learn to thrive in many cultural worlds. Utilizing an educational process that includes cultural literacy, it encourages all members of the community to take an active role in the education and cultural upbringing of local youth, at home and in school. Wakina assists the local school district through the Indian Education Advisory Committee, with implementation of MCA-20-1-501 (Indian Education for All). Wakina's afterschool academic programs are geared toward each student's needs, and include language, customs, songs and stories from a wide variety of tribal traditions. There are frequent visits by Native speakers and artists, weekly visits to the Holter Museum of Art for arts education, and bi-weekly visits to ExplorationWorks for experimental learning opportunities.
2008 Assessment Awards:

Organizations receiving the first Assessment Awards include:

  • Big Sky Senior Services (Billings), which enhances the independence and quality of life for the elderly population in Yellowstone, Carbon, and Stillwater Counties, through home health services, volunteer friends program, elder abuse prevention, and a representative payee program.
  • Family Support Network (Billings), provides intervention, support and assistance to children and families with mental illness or are at risk for abuse and neglect to Yellowstone, Carbon, Big Horn, Musselshell, Stillwater and Sweet Grass counties. Services are offered to more than 200 families annually at their facility, in the community and at family homes.
  • Fort Peck Fine Arts Council (Glasgow), which serves primarily eastern Montana and works to preserve the historic Fort Peck theater; educate and entertain through the performing arts; encourage youth in the arts; and provide a forum for local and regional artists.
  • Human Resource Development Council of District IX, Inc. (Bozeman), which serves Park, Gallatin, Madison, and Meagher counties, and supports and advances the quality of people’s lives through innovative and dedicated leadership in community development and human services, through such services as housing, youth development, energy assistance, Head Start, transportation and volunteer programs for seniors and retired people.
  • Montana Shares (Helena), which serves organizations statewide, is a partnership of Montana-based nonprofits devoted to working together to improve the quality of life in communities throughout the state, and works with and on behalf of its members to promote the organizations, provide training and support on a year-round basis and, thereby, help them expand and diversify their programs.