Winter Ready Montana Highlights
Winter Ready Montana is a call-to-service promoted by the Governor’s Office of Community Service that encourages citizens, businesses, national service programs, churches, schools, and more to help their neighbors and those in need prepare for winter.
Montanans were out in force during the 2012-2013 winter lending a helping hand to those in need. Here are just some of the highlights:
Montana Senior Corps programs made, collected and donated over 3,800 winter accessories, including coats, hats, gloves, and mittens.
As part of the Warm Hearts Warm Homes program, Montana Conservation Corps in Partnership with the Department of Public Health and Human Service’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program weatherized 1,181 homes in 51 counties.
The Governor’s Office of Community Service distributed over 2,000 Winter Ready checklists with winter ready awareness information and preparedness tips to 84 Montana Food Bank Network partner agencies and their clients across the state.
The One Warm Coat Campaign, a partnership with former First Lady Nancy Schweitzer and First Interstate Bank, was held October 17-26, 2012. 1,433 coats were collected at First Interstate banks across Montana. These new and gently used coats were given to Montana families in need through local agencies.
Senior Companion programs at Action for Eastern Montana and Missoula Aging Services distributed 218 emergency supply starter kits that included items such as blankets, flashlights, and emergency radios to home-bound and disabled seniors. The projects were supported by the Let’s Get Winter Ready, Montana! initiative.