Curt Belts is the Volunteer of the Game!

Curt Belts

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Volunteer of the Game

Curt Belts recognized at Griz Game

September 17

The Governor’s Office of Community Service will recognize Curt Belts as the “Volunteer of the Game” during Saturday’s UM Grizzly home game. Curt Belts, retired Missoula Rural Fire Chief, coordinated the community volunteers who helped with flooding in Missoula this June.

“Curt’s commitment to helping neighbors in need is extraordinary,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer. “Montana has a long tradition of neighbors helping neighbors. Those who volunteer are truly are unsung heroes and it is their hard work and dedication that helps make our state great.”

During the flooding this June, Curt Belts stepped up to fill the need as volunteer coordinator in Missoula. Volunteers overwhelmed the Missoula County flooding hotlines with calls from people wanting to know how they could help. The United Way of Missoula County took over coordinating volunteers with Belts as the volunteer manager. He matched up volunteers with community needs and made sure the details such as sunscreen, food, water, and bug spray were all covered. Belts ended up coordinating over 50 volunteers a day to fill and haul sandbags when homes were at risk for flooding.

 “United Way is grateful for Curt Belt’s service to our community,” said Beth Frazee, Director of Development and Marketing at the United Way of Missoula County. “We were honored to help coordinate volunteers and funds for local flood relief. Belts was absolutely instrumental in this process. A retired fire chief, Belts was accustomed to dealing with emergencies. He made sure that hundreds of volunteers were well screened and placed at different sites to help our neighbors during this traumatic time.”

Belt’s daughters, Amy Bone and Randi Larson, will be receiving his recognition at the Griz game on his behalf.

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