April 2021
United Moments with UWYC
Kim's Corner

Cheers to 60 years!
Sixty years ago, a group of community leaders gathered because they wanted to do something more for our community. Before United Way of Yellowstone County existed, there were two important organizations that served as the foundation and inspiration: The Billings Community Chest and United Neighbors of Greater Billings.

Over the course of six decades, United Way of Yellowstone County has invested more than $47 million to our community in the form of allocations, designations, grants, and most recently, immediate need grants in response to COVID-19.

The impact we’ve made together—and will continue to make for generations to come—is a reflection of the strength of our partnerships and our dedication to making a positive impact on every person who lives, works, and plays in Yellowstone County. Our priority areas—crisis stability, school readiness and success, and senior independence—stand strong because of you.

Our 60th Birthday Blowout celebration is for our community: the people who’ve given their time, talent, and treasure to ensure United Way has thrived; the people who’ve benefited from the grants that have been awarded to our partner agencies; and the people whose philanthropic intent have funded our initiatives. Without those individuals, families, organizations, and corporations, the United Way of Yellowstone County would not have become what it is today.

Thank you for partnering with us, for supporting us, and for believing in our mission and in our community. Here’s to the next 60!
We're celebrating 60 years of impact in Yellowstone County! Celebrate with us by purchasing a raffle ticket to win a brand new 2021 Hyundai Elantra, volunteering, sharing your impact stories, and contributing to our online auction!
Win a 2-year lease for the 2021 North American Car of the Year thanks to the generosity of Underriner Motors!

Tickets are 1 for $25 or 3 for $60.
Drawing to be held May 13 at 4 pm.

Call or Mail checks to:
60th Birthday Blowout
2173 Overland Ave
Billings, MT 59102

Purchase in person:
  • Billings Federal Credit Union Downtown
  • Billings Federal Credit Union on Grand
  • Underriner Motors
Thank you to the donors and sponsors who have added candles to our birthday cake!
KLJ Engineering
Midland Claims Service, Inc. - NorthWestern Energy - Wendy's
Yellowstone Art Museum - Karla and Rick Stauffer
Jayne's Signature Sweets - First Interstate Bank - Hilton Garden Inn - McCabe Electric - Tallman Dermatology and Medical Spa - Billings Preservation Society - Yellowstone Cellars and Winery - Jerry and Wanda Andersen
Kristi Conroy - Montana Leather Co. - The Frame Hut and Gallery - Billings Symphony

Lisa McDaniel
Communications and Campaign Coordinator

Lisa has been with us for 3 years and oversees all of our marketing and fundraising efforts.
What three traits define you?
compassionate, fun-loving, creative

What is your personal philosophy?
Be kind and clean up after yourself

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
My family

Where is your favorite place to be?
At a campsite in the mountains

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
A professional athlete
You’re hosting a dinner party. Who are the 3 people, living or dead, who you would invite?
Michelle Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt, Emma Watson

What would you serve?
Tacos, of course!

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
Your future is so beautiful! Keep pushing.

Listen to dad about curfews... he's serious.
Share the Good News!
Shawn Hinz, one of our board members and long-time supporters was recently named a finalist in the Remarkable Women of Billings contest!

If you have had the pleasure of interacting with Shawn, personally or professionally, you know just how truly remarkable she is. She pours her heart into our community and ensuring everyone who calls Yellowstone County home has access to safe, reliable housing and medical services.

Congratulations, Shawn!
Advocacy Update
Child Abuse Prevention Month

In April we bring awareness to the prevention of child abuse and the agencies in our community on the front lines advocating for the children and families navigating these heartbreaking situations.
Family Tree Center
  • Blue Mondays
  • Wear blue every Monday in April and share your photos with The Family Tree Center on social media
  • Pinwheel Planting
  • Purchase pinwheels from The Family Tree Center to display at your home or business to show your support of child abuse prevention
  • Courthouse Ceremony
  • April 22 at noon
  • Bites of Billings
  • Order from local participating restaurants on April 22, a portion of each order will be donated back to The Family Tree Center
CASA of Yellowstone County
Become an advocate for an abused or neglected child. Learn what it takes at one of their upcoming info sessions:
  • Wednesday, April 7 – 10:00 AM (Virtual)
  • Thursday, April 29 – 6:00 PM (Virtual)
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!
Aubyn Anderson
Dominic Anderson
Patrick Angland
Ed Becker
Tiffany Bell
Nicole Benge
Heather Blakesley
BNSF Railway Foundation
John Burke
Staci Byrd
Peggy Canan
Desiree Caskey
Kane Claunch
Holly Clemow
Tonia Coulter
Joshua Craft
Crisi Davidson
Melissa Daville-Knop
Haley Davis
Kevin Deckert
Nicole DelCamp
James Dervishian
Brittany Dockter
Journey Dorr
Robert Emineth
Amber Erlenbusch
Laura Ann Esp
Kelly Frank
Tasha Garfield
Cade Helmer
Jeffrey Henckel
Amy Hess
Alexis Hoke
Julie Hornby
Nancy Iversen
Danny Kunsman
Michael Larson
Paula Lee
Tegan Leffler
Katrina MacLeod
Gary & Brenda Maus
Steven Melia
Jane Milder
Montana Dakota Utilities Co.
Linda Morton
Anne Nelson
Seth Penninger
Lisa Perry
Cori Phillips
Braedan Price
Mel Reinhardt
Marco Restani
Leslie Roche
Robert Rowe
Mandeep Shergill
Deborah Singer
Linette Skinner
Vonda Sorenson
Edwin Stickney
Patrick Stoner
Katie Tatum
Matthew Thompson
Raquel Thompson
Turn to the Wonderfuld Fund
Saramilzitl Wagner
Ada Califano Wassmann
Noelle Watson
Danielle Whittmeyer
Katie Wilcox
Brian Windhagen
Kyle Witt
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: