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All Missoula County residents can now use the drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at the fairgrounds. Anyone living in Missoula County who is having symptoms — and any healthcare worker or first responder working in the county and showing symptoms — now qualifies to use the drive-thru service 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.

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.

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.

Our Website Contains: The “COVID-19 Info” page, the latest information on the virus from reputable sources, Missoula City County Health department, the CDC, WHO, and more.

For the foreseeable future, United Way of Missoula County will earmark all donations to its Emergency/ Disaster Relief fund for COVID-19 Relief.  Missoulians can make a tax-deductible gift today at www.missoulaunitedway.org/emergency-assistance.

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   

While the Missoula County WIC clinic is closed to the public, staff continue to serve Missoula and surrounding communities by providing services to all new and current WIC participants over the phone, 406-258-4740.  More information about WIC, including specific income guidelines, is available online at wic.mt.gov

NEW! COVID-19: MISSOULA CITY-COUNTY JOINT INFORMATION CENTER webpage  http://covid19.missoula.co/   the 258-INFO (4636) number is staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Habitat for Humanity is known for building affordable housing. Now, they are constructing Breathable, washable, reusable fabric Face masks. They can do small orders or large orders at $10 each. Hand-crafted by local nonprofit, all profits go towards building more affordable homes in our community. All info about the masks is available at habitatmsla.org

Mountain Line has partnered with First Presbyterian Church to create a drive-in community Wi-Fi hotspot. They will park one of the Wi-Fi-equipped electric buses in the church parking lot providing free internet access to all those who need it Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the foreseeable future. The drive-in hot spot is at 235 South 5th Street West.

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 ScholarshipEligibility 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

A “Pints for Pets” Benefit for the Bitter Root Humane Association happens at Fin’s Tap House, on Woodside Cutoff Road in Corvallis on Saturday, August 22nd, 5-9pm. Plenty of games of chance, raffle baskets, great food and brew choices and music on the outdoor patio. Bring family & friends and support  the critters at the Bitter Root Humane Association. For info call Mary Gehl – (406) 642-3785 OR email dogmommary@aol.com

The Missoula PaddleHeads and The Roxy Theater host Movie Night at the Ballpark a weekly movie series at Ogren Park Allegiance Field, every Thursday. Stadium gates will open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. showing. Tickets available at gopaddleheads.com, or the night of each showing at the ballpark box office.

Unseen Missoula is back for it’s third season and is booking a limited number of tours this year. So reserve your spot today! Comprised of two main tours: Basements & Back Alleys & Hotels & Hooligans. These tours promote the heritage and uniqueness of downtown Missoula. missouladowntown.com/tours/unseen-missoula/

The Missoula Food Bank and Community Center has updated their hours of operation for the foreseeable future.  They’re now open from 10AM to 7PM on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10AM to 1PM on Wednesdays and they’re closed Friday through the weekend.

The Missoula Farmer’s Market Tuesday Evening market June through September from 5-7pm at Market Square at the north end of Higgins Ave by the X’s. They’re following all Health Department guidelines and they’re encouraging everyone to wear masks.

Come to Caras Park for Downtown Pop ups! On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, a small group of vendors are serving Missoula in safe and appropriately-distanced spaces. Downtown Pop-Ups is from 5PM to 8PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on Wednesdays from 11AM to 2PM for the rest of the summer.

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

September

The first annual Help Fest is on Sept 19 and 20th at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. This free event will have giveaways, Christian hip hop and motivational speakers. Proceeds go to The Lifeguard Group to fight human trafficking.

Artists Along the Bitterroot is hosting studio tours from 10:30am to 6:00pm on September 18th through the 20th. Check out artists’ workspaces, their demonstrations and tools. Featuring many types of artists, from glass blowing to concrete sculpting. For a map and more information head to artistsalongthebitterroot.com

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