Frequently Asked Questions about United Way of Yellowstone County

What does United Way of Yellowstone County do?

United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Yellowstone County. With the help of our community, we identify our community’s biggest needs and develop strategies and partnerships to tackle the big issues. Learn more.

Issues we are currently working on:

  • Lack of affordable after school care through our CARE Academy and Discover Zones sites.
  • Targeted support and help for new parents and parents of young children through the work of our Best Beginnings Coalition.
  • Addressing the homelessness and substance abuse problems through Substance Abuse Connect and Continuum of Care Coalitions
  • Increasing attendance and graduation rates through our Attendance Matters Initiative

If I give to United Way of Yellowstone County, where does my money go?

Right back to our community! There are United Ways all around the world, but each United Way is setup to serve the needs of their community. That means when you give to United Way of Yellowstone County you are helping build a brighter future for Yellowstone County and your neighbors. All of our donations stay local to support the programs, partnerships and collaborations our staff, board, supporters and YOU depend on.

Check out our Financial Page to see how we are good stewards of your donation. 

How does United Way invest in my community?

Contributions to United Way of Yellowstone County are invested in our community through our own programs and through partnerships and collaborations with local agencies through 3-year grants. We are continually evaluating our efforts and the efforts of our partner agencies to ensure every dollar is being spent in the most impactful and productive ways and are producing measurable results. Learn more. 

Who am I helping with a gift to United Way of Yellowstone County?

You are helping us get a step closer to achieving our goal of a 95% graduation rate in Yellowstone County by 2025. You can help ensure that children are ready for school, students are succeeding, families are housed and fed and seniors are healthy and independent. Learn more. 

United Way of Yellowstone County supports the following organizations through direct grants:

School Readiness

School Success

Crisis Stabilization

Senior Independence

 Friendship House

 Boys & Girls Club

 CASA of Yellowstone               County

 Adult Resource Alliance

 Young Families Early Head       Start

 Friendship House

 HRDC

 Big Sky Senior Services

 YWCA

 

 Family Service

 

 

 

 Tumbleweed

 

 

United Way of Yellowstone County supports the following organizations through our coalitions:

Best Beginnings
(Early Childhood)

Continuum of Care (Homelessness and Housing)

Substance Abuse Connect (Drug Abuse)

 AWARE

 Billings Clinic

 Billings Area Family Violence Task   Force

 Billings Public Library

 Community Crisis Center

 Billings Clinic

 Education Foundation for Billings   Public Schools

 Education Foundation for Billings   Public Schools

 Education Foundation for Billings   Public Schools

 Family Support Network

 HRDC

 Montana State University Billings

 HRDC District 7

 Mental Health Center

 Rimrock Foundation

 Parent and Child Reading Assistance

 Montana Rescue Mission

RiverStone Health

 Rimrock Foundation

 Rimrock Foundation

 St Vincent Healthcare

 RiverStone Health

 RiverStone Health

 The Mental Health Center

 YWCA

 St. Vincent Healthcare

 Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch

 

 Tumbleweed

 
 

 YWCA

 

 

*If there is a local organization not listed that you are committed to, we can facilitate funds to them as well.

** If you are interested in volunteering on this committee to determine which agencies will benefit from our upcoming cycle of direct grants, please contact Kristin Lundgren: 406.272.8505, klundgren@uwyellowstone.org

Does United Way give to Planned Parenthood?

Although some United Way’s contribute to Planned Parenthood, UWYC does not. In our 57 year history in Yellowstone County we have never formally or informally partnered with, supported or have been affiliated with Planned Parenthood or any other organization providing abortion services.

How can I give to United Way of Yellowstone County?

We encourage donors to GIVE what they can, be a champion when you ADVOCATE for a cause, and/or VOLUNTEER your time and talent.  If you wish to make a monetary donation, it's easy, you can give through our Donate Now link on our website, or if your company is running a workplace campaign, contact the Employee Campaign Manager at your place of employment.  If you intererested in learning more about running a workplace campaign or have other questions, please contact us and we will help you out.

I am the Employee Campaign Manager for my company. Where can I get information about my workplace campaign? 

Check out the Campaign page to access tools and resources to run the best campaign yet.

Who do I contact for more information on the United Way Campaign?

Our Communications & Campaign Coordinator, Lisa McDaniel, is available throughout the work week and would love to hear from you!  Please send an email directly to her at lmcdaniel@uwyellowstone.org or call 406-272-8504.