We are so appreciative of the kindness and concern we've seen from our local community in regards to our fellow Montanans and Americans in a time of crisis. Here is the most updated information we have received about how you can help the fire and hurricane victims.
The United Way of Yellowstone County is a member of Montana VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). VOAD is an entity comprised of organizations that work together during disaster response and recovery to engage in continual communications to ensure efforts to help are coordinated and delivered where needed. The UWYC, as a member of Montana VOAD, is participating in scheduled calls for updates. In addition, we receive minutes from meetings of the Community Organizations Active in Disaster in Missoula County to know of any needs they have identified so we can coordinate with them.
At this time, the most recent message received on 9/7/17 from the organizing group in Missoula is as follows:
“Many folks have asked about donations for families impacted by wildfire. Cash is the best, most effective way to help and while we do not currently have needs for donated goods, we'll certainly let you know if that changes. THANK YOU for your caring and generosity! Our community partners are working together to make sure your donations are used appropriately and efficiently -please be sure to donate responsibly to a well-known and trusted organization! ”
The United Way of Missoula County has been designated by Missoula County as the official repository for cash donations in response to the Lolo Peak and Rice Ridge/Seeley Lake fires. The UWYC is supporting the United Way of Missoula County’s efforts by encouraging contributions through them to the fire funds they have set up. They have a process set up to determine needs, verify requests and make decision about the best use of the funds.
The following links will provide a way to donate to the fire response and give you additional information:
Northern California Wildfires
United Way of the Wine Country and United Way Bay Area have formed an unprecedented partnership to assist the residents and community agencies in Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Lake, and Mendocino counties through the United Ways’ Northern California Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund. Learn more about the fund here: http://bit.ly/2xhcVTF
Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma
Local United Ways in the affected areas are helping ensure resources get to those in need. Find out more information at the United Way Worldwide website by clicking the links below.