June 2021
United Moments with UWYC

Kim's Corner

United Way of Yellowstone County improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community. We provide leadership to effectively mobilize people and financial and strategic resources to improve people's lives.

Our volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. Volunteer leadership comes in all forms. Some are episodic; others donate their time and brainpower on committees. Others serve in leadership capacities on a Board of Directors to govern agency operations. No matter the time or commitment, organizations like United Way of Yellowstone County wouldn’t be able to influence our community without dedicated individuals. This past year was no exception. We have 13 community leaders serving on our Board of Directors. I would like to give a special thanks to Brenda Koch, K-12 Executive Director/Leadership Support, Billings Public Schools, who graciously served as our Chair to guide us through a challenging year of not only the pandemic, but also a new President & CEO! Also, hats off to our retiring Board members: Joanne Peabody and Karla Stauffer. Both have served double terms and have made significant contributions. Notably, Karla served as Board Chair for several years and confidently led the President & CEO search. Karla also serves on the Governance & Nominating Committee, Executive Committee and Business Meets Community. Joanne serves on the Volunteer Center Advisory Council and Day of Caring committee. These three women are true examples of servant leaders—they’ve given their time, talent, and treasure to ensure United Way thrives.

Volunteers make a difference every single day at United Way. How do you see yourself impacting our community? Give me a call and let’s chat about getting you involved!

Mark Lambott
Program Director - Out of School Time

Mark has been with UWYC for over 16 years! He oversees CARE Academy and Discover Zone - our before, after, and summer programs for K-8 students.
What three traits define you?
Hard working, dependable, dedicated.

What are you listening to/reading these days?
The Daily Stoic.

Where is your favorite place to be?
On the golf course.

What is your personal philosophy?
Don't let others control your destiny.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My father.

What advice do you have for kids struggling in school?
Ask for help. Take advantage of resources that are in place to help you succeed and achieve your goals.

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
Treat others with kindness. It's OK to disagree. Don't take things for granted. Save your money.
2020 Workplace Campaign Awards
Yellowstone County showed up in a big way this past Campaign cycle, ensuring we can continue to fight for the health, education and financial stability of all of our neighbors!

Congratulations to our Top 10 fundraising companies!
Phillips 66
First Interstate Bank
CHS, Inc.
Billings Clinic
RiverStone Health and RiverStone Health Foundation
St. Vincent's Healthcare
UPS, Montana
Billings Public Schools
Share the Good News!
CARE Academy is looking forward to providing students a great summer experience, filled with education and recreation, enrichment and relaxation. CARE Academy staff does a fantastic job of putting together a summer schedule that keeps students active and engaged.

Summer CARE Academy will take place at three locations from June through August, and will include: field trips, guest speakers/presenters, and so much more. We look forward to serving our CARE families and can't wait to get started!

NEW! CARE Academy is launching in Laurel this Fall! In addition to our 5 locations in Billings, CARE Academy will be located at West Elementary and Graff Elementary in Laurel for grades K-5. If you are looking for quality, affordable before-and-after school care, you are invited to join us!
Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC), a community-wide, service learning program for Yellowstone County youth ages 11-18, is bouncing back following an almost complete shut down as a result of the COVID pandemic!
We are excited to announce the acceptance of a proposal to Montana Campus Compact for a Summer Associate VISTA who will be helping to open up YVC coming out of COVID. 

Nathan Stahley will be spending 10 weeks with us this summer serving as our Summer Associate! He is currently a graduate student at the University of Montana and a former UWYC staff member with experience working with YVC and volunteers!
Advocacy Update

United Way of Yellowstone County is committed to being a safe space for all of our neighbors to be celebrated.

We are investing our time and resources into ensuring our staff, board, partners, and supporters know the importance of a robust understanding of DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) and the important role it plays in our work towards an even better Yellowstone County.

Join us this June as we celebratrate our LGBTQIA+ neighbors and strive for a community where everyone feels welcome at all times.

We see you, we honor you, we love you.
Monthly Honor Role
Shout out to these donors who have invested in Yellowstone County's health, education, and financial stability efforts this month! We appreciate your support and generosity!
Amazon Smile
Associated Food Stores
Kevin Brown
Dawn Cowan
Darrell & Sally Ehrlick
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
IBM Corp. Employee Fund
Kent Ickes
JC Penney Employee Fund
Jack Nickels
ONEOK, Inc. Employee Fund
Joanne W. Peabody
Dorothy A. Peete
Scheels All Sports

Joan & Charles Tooley
Laverne Trangmoe
William Underriner
James Vincent
Wal-Mart Stores Employee Fund
Noelle J. Watson
Dick & Kay Wells
Wells Fargo, N.A. Employee Fund
Ongoing Events
  • Multiply Your Caring
  • Use your creativity and ideas to spread this important message and encourage action to as many as you possibly can. What methods and communication techniques will you use to SPREAD THE WORD? Start a ripple and let it grow.
  • Annual Campaign
  • The work we do cannot be accomplished without the support of our community. There's still time to make your contribution!
  • Volunteer Recruitment
  • We're looking for talented and dedicated community members to join our board and committees. Where can your talents shine?
Does your family, service organization, social group or company want to give back to our community through volunteering? Click the picture above to view current volunteer opportunities in Yellowstone County!

If you would like your organization's opportunities listed, contact Pam: