October 2021
United Moments with UWYC
Kim's Corner

One gift; one community. When I reflect on this mantra, I am reminded of the Stone Soup story where hungry travelers with just a soup pot and a few stones convince villagers to contribute something to the pot, which then feeds the entire village. The moral of the story is making something significant by accumulating lots of small contributions. This is a wonderful lesson to illustrate the work of United Way of Yellowstone County, and that we are BETTER TOGETHER.

United Way acts like the stone soup pot. Your financial contributions to our “Community Impact Pot” funds local non-profit programs helping thousands of our Yellowstone County neighbors each year. Our 2021 Annual Campaign is underway, and there is no greater time than this moment to give, advocate, and volunteer.

We are a community of donors, advocates, partners, and volunteers working together to improve the health, education, and financial stability of everyone in our community. You are invited to contribute to our “soup pot” to ensure the important work of helping every person in Yellowstone County not just to survive, but to thrive! Truly, we are BETTER TOGETHER.
Thank you to everyone who donated to Operation Supply to equip students in Billings and Laurel with supplies throughout the year!
10 volunteers from KOA, Sanderson Stewart, and other local companies helped sort and pack donated supplies.
Pam Sanderson (UWYC) and Sue Runkle (Billings Public Schools) coordinate Operation Supply annually.
CHS spearheaded the first supply drive specifically benefitting Laurel Public Schools.
The Navy Ops volunteered 10 people to help deliver supplies to Washington Elementary to be distributed throughout the district.
Days Of Caring 2021
Days of Caring 2021 will consist of two types of volunteer engagement experiences that will occur during September-November, United Way's season of giving and caring. We are taking into consideration the variations in both company/group and agency safety concerns and protocols in light of the uncertainties because of the COVID situation. 

  • REMOTE/VIRTUAL volunteer opportunities and engagement events that will be open to anyone. They will be scheduled and held during specific timeframes and will be available for an unlimited number of participants.

  • IN-PERSON projects will be matched to a limited number of companies in conjunction with their annual giving campaign. Most participants this year will be encouraged to sign-up for Calendar of Caring events.
2018 Day of Caring Volunteered laid new trails at High Sierra Park.
THANK YOU TO THESE COMPANIES AND GROUPS FOR PARTICIPATING!
Billings Federal Credit Union
BMO
CHS
COP Construction
DOWL
Eide Bailly
Exxon Mobil
KOA
Navy Operations
P66
Peterson Quality Office
Sanderson Stewart
The Transition Network
Western Security Bank
Share the Good News!
We are honored to report that UWYC has received the highest rating possible of the top 3 agencies that oversee nonprofit effectiveness and transparency. Give with confidence when you give to United Way of Yellowstone County!
GuideStar by Candid
Platinum Seal of Transparency

The highest rating of transparency for financial details and organizational management.
Better Business Bureau
20 Standards of Charitable Accountability

The US Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance suggested charities should spend 35% or less on fundraising and administration. According to our recent audited financial statements, UWYC spends only 12% on fundraising and administration.
Charity Navigator
4 Star Rating

The highest rating on the nation's largest and most-utilized charity evaluator. UWYC has an 88% Program Expense Ratio. Charity Navigator suggested that at least 75% of budget is invested in programs and services.
Advocacy Update
Parent Connect is a program of the Best Beginnings coalition, backed by UWYC. Their hope is for every parent to have access to the support they need to be healthy themselves, to provide for their children, and to raise amazing human beings who will one day take care of us all.
GOLD STAR RECIPIENTS
Thanks to these indiviudals and companies who have gone above and beyond to help further our mission in Yellowstone County!
Kent Ickes
  • Resource Development Committee

Kimberly Guy
  • Employee Campaign Coordinator
  • Resource Development Committee

Costco
  • In-kind donor
  • Donated water for our meetings and events

Fuddruckers
  • In-kind donor
  • Provided 700 cookies to thank our campaign volunteers!
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!
ABC 6/Fox 4
Anderson ZurMuehlen
Associated Food Stores James Bennett
Billings Public Schools Breakfast Exchange Club Janet Carpenter
Dillard`s
ExxonMobil
Family Service, Inc.
First Interstate Bank
Cynthia Foster
Chuck Gainan
Lew Hines
Hudson Bay Way Foundation
IBM Corp.
IBM Retirees
JC Penney
Bob & Ardyce Kelly
Bernice Mason
ONEOK, Inc.
PayneWest Insurance
St. Vincent Healthcare
Target Stores
Samuel Truax
UPS, Montana
Wells Fargo, N.A.
Western Security Bank
IT'S CAMPAIGN TIME
Every year, we encourage the entire community to gather funds, knowledge, and passion to address immediate needs regarding education, financial stability, and health. We organize and lead hundreds of organizations in the fight against homelessness, hunger, drug abuse, and kids dropping out of school.

You are invited to be a part of the solution and join us by running a Workplace Campaign this fall!

The Workplace Giving Campaign is a continued opportunity to position your organization as a philanthropic leader in Yellowstone County, and we hope you will join us!
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: