Crisis counseling is available for Montana residents struggling with stress and anxiety from the pandemic. Call the Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs (no spaces) to 66746.
All Missoula County residents can now use the drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at 4025 Flynn Lane just off West Broadway with prior approval. Anyone showing symptoms — a fever over 100.4, cough and trouble breathing — should call (406) 258-4636 before going out to the Missoula County Fairgrounds to be tested.
Missoula County’s new Election Center is now open and providing voter and election services at 140 N. Russell St. The Elections Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Elections Center staff can help with all voter services, including registration, requesting an absentee ballot, address changes, retrieving undeliverable ballots and issuing replacement ballots. Voters can check their ward, registration status and polling place location at www.missoulavotes.com.
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Service workers and others in need of help with a variety of needs should call 2-1-1, or visit the Montana 2-1-1 website, www.montana211.org
Are you earning less right now due to reduced work hours? If you were previously over income, you may now qualify for childcare assistance through the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship. Eligibility is for 12 months, so if you qualify now, you will be eligible for the whole year, even if your hours increase again. Contact Child Care Resources today to see if you qualify at 406-728-6446 or go to childcareresources.org
The Darby Bread Box is still open for business. You can visit and get help with your food needs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00am to 2:00pm.6’ from the door.
Shodair Children’s Hospital’s annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Month “Scholarship Contest” is seeking entries. They are looking for students to share their message of hope to those who may be experiencing mental health struggles and thoughts of suicide. To be eligible, be between the ages of 13 and 18 and enrolled in some school in Montana. Entries due on Tuesday, September 15th. For more info you can visit shodair.org.
The Poverello Center serves some of our most at-risk neighbors. And they are seeking Donations of Food & Cleaning Supplies: They will be happy to meet you outside to collect your donation. Just call (406) 529-5643 and a staff person will come outside and meet you. You can donate online and ask volunteer questions at https://www.thepoverellocenter.org/donate/
Do you or someone you know need help paying for childcare? Many families struggle to pay for childcare because it is often the most expensive item in a family’s budget next to rent or mortgage. Contact Child Care Resources to see if you qualify for a scholarship at 406-728-6446 or go online to childcareresources.org.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America‘s Helpline is open seven days a week to answer questions about caregiving during the Coronavirus outbreak, ways to keep your loved one safe, what to do at home and more. Call 866-232-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org to connect with a licensed social worker.
The Missoula Art Museum relaunched its website. Check out the exhibitions, classes, donation options and more at www.missoulaartmuseum.org
Have you ever wished you could walk through a story book? When you go on a Story Walk, you can enjoy reading and the outdoors. From 9am on October 19th through October 26th you can see pages from a children’s storybook as you walk through an outdoor path which begins at the Stevensville Bike Path right past the Scarecrow Festival scarecrows. Visit the walk any time during the day. The story is The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, which is a bit spooky! Please practice social distancing while you participate. For more information head to northvalleylibrary.org.
You may attend a class at the North Valley Public Library in person or Via Zoom on Thursday, October 29th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. turn learn how to identify noxious weeds— and not the kind you’re thinking. The class also teaches you how to calibrate spray equipment which can help remove invasive species that impact our natural resources and ecosystem.
The Monthly Farm Volunteer Day and Barbecue starts at 10am on October 31st at Fairytale Farms. Help set up their new greenhouse and learn about Fairytale Farms, a barbecue lunch will be provided. Find out more by going to their facebook page, search Fairytale Farms.
High school students in the Missoula valley can audition for the singing competition Live Streamed First Night Spotlight hosted by Arts Missoula. There is a maximum of 3 performers per audition and the deadline is November 6th at 5:00pm. Find submission forms at artsmissoula.org or call 541-0860.