March 2021
United Moments with UWYC
Kim's Corner

I recently read an article about all things related to joy. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines joy as an emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune; delight. With spring just around the corner, the very thought of being outside in the warm sunshine brings me great joy! How about you? How do you define joy in your life? Apple CEO Tim Cook offers this advice: “Let your joy be in your journey - not in some distant goal.”

At United Way of Yellowstone County, our board, staff and volunteers, agency partners, and coalition members are dedicated to improving lives, sometimes by performing the simplest of tasks for the marginalized.  For those who are wondering where they will sleep safely tonight or where their next meal might come from, providing assistance to every citizen in Yellowstone County who needs it is a cornerstone for us. At the end of the day, a warm bed, a nutritious meal, and even a smile can make someone’s day brighter. How do you give joy to others?

Dean Wells
Director of Community Impact

Dean has been with us for 4 years and oversees the operations of the Impact Team, manages grant funded programs and supports local coalition work at UWYC.
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

What are you listening to/reading these days?
"The Universe" series on the History Channel

Where is your favorite place to be?
The Pacific Coast
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My Dad

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
Test driver for Ferrari

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
Relax and enjoy, what will be will be.

OH! And invest in Apple
We're brewing up plans for our 60th Birthday Blowout! Get excited for volunteer and impact stories, exciting fundraisers, and ways to give back from May 11-13!
Share the Good News!
Every winter we are concerned about keeping our homeless neighbors safe and warm. This winter added an additional concern with the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Luckily, the Continuum of Care is a coalition made up of local experts and backed by UWYC equipped to address the needs of our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

Their quick action was able to secure a site for a temporary low-barrier shelter and quarantine and isolation site. It is without question that these efforts have helped improve and save lives over the past several months!

Thank you to everyone who has donated to this important cause!
Advocacy Update
International Women's Day

In March we celebrate women and all of the accomplishments and advancements they contribute to our society.

This year we specifically focusing on challenging gender bias and inequality as we strive for a more inclusive future.

From challenge comes change. Share with us how you are challenging gender bias by using the following hashtags on social media:
#UnitedForYC #IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge
Celebrate Literacy in Yellowstone County
We are committed to advancing literacy in Yellowstone County!
Did you know there are 30 registered Free Little Libraries in Yellowstone County?! Take advantage of the warm weather this weekend and set out on foot to find one near you
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: