Mount Helena

Leap of Kindness Day

On February 28th and 29th, 2020, the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce will be promoting participation for the first time in the Commerce’s Leap of Kindness Day with local organizations in order to encourage businesses and citizens alike to perform acts of kindness for others throughout the community. We hope you will participate!

This initiative, called Leap of Kindness Day was established by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce in Saratoga Springs, New York to use the extra day provided by the leap year to do good for others.

The Helena Chamber is currently reaching out to local nonprofits to obtain requests as to what they need (non-monetary) and then we will encourage local businesses & citizens to step up with their Leap of Kindness to help them out!  We are also hoping that local businesses, organizations, and citizens will find other creative ways to do something kind for first responders, public safety agencies, teachers, veterans & military, direct care workers for those with disabilities, nursing home residents and employees, children in local hospitals, crossing guards, and so many others who make our lives here that much better.   Even buying the person behind you their morning coffee can make someone’s day!

The Helena Area Chamber expects to add nonprofits requests to our list as they are received. The Chamber will also share the other creative acts of kindness that its member businesses across the Helena Area are planning in order to participate in this unique celebration. Nonprofits, businesses and individuals that decide to participate are asked to post their Leap of Kindness Day pictures to the Helena Chamber’s Facebook page (and their own pages) and use the hashtag #HelenaLeaps so that the Chamber can track and share all of these acts of kindness. The two best photos/leaps of kindness from the day will receive a donut delivery to their office by Chamber Staff the following week.

Let’s show that Helena can make a difference through a Leap of Kindness!

 

Local Needs

 

Lewis & Clark Humane Society – Website – For volunteer opportunites contact: DeAnna Harrison, Volunteer Coordinator, at dharrison@lchsmontana.org, or (406) 442-1660.

  • Donation needs:
    • Unscented, scoopable cat litter
    • XL Kong toys for dogs
    • Large Nyla bones
    • Basic office supplies (Stamps | Tape | Post-It Notes | Scissors)
    • Copy Paper: Blue | Yellow | White
  • For more of their every day needs, visit their website or their Facebook Page

Montana Veterans Foundation, Willis Cruse House – Website – For more information, contact Desiree Bain, Director / Manager of Operations, at 406-449-7666

  • Here is a list of commonly needed items for the Willis Cruse House:
    • Toilet paper
    • Paper towels
    • Laundry soap (pods are best as they are premeasured)
    • Dish soap / hand soap (antibacterial)
    • Dish washer soap
    • Mr Clean (multipurpose cleaner)
    • Windex
    • Swiffer wet/dry pads
    • *nonperishable foods
    • They are also looking for shelving that could be mounted to the wall.  Either white, natural wood, or black in color.
  • Special Project Needs:
    • After finishing the new flooring in the bedrooms, we are looking for *machine washable rugs* preferably not white
      • Black, brown, grey, dark green, dark blue, etc.   (estimated size: 3’x5’ … need at least 12 for each individual space)
    • Rooms are themed and they’re looking for theme related décor that can be hung on the wall.
      • Room 1: (two residents) SPORTS THEMED, looking for old sports photos/posters, old sports equip (anything really- they are making shelves out of old snowboards, chandelier out of old baseballs)
      • Room 2: (three residents) OLD AUTO THEMED, looking for old auto related signage (oil ads/gas station signs) old license plates
      • Room 3: (three residents) FOREST THEMED, looking for nature type décor, nature prints/posters
      • Room 4: (two residents) WORLD TRAVEL THEMED, looking for old globes, maps (that could be framed)
      • Room 5: (two residents) BARN/INDUSTRIAL THEMED, looking for industrial type wall hangings (anything made from old pipe), Old barn photos, has a barn red color scheme.

Friendship Center – Website – If you have any questions, contact Brenda, (Office Manager) at 442-6800.

  • The Friendship Center has need of volunteers to help 2/28/2020 from 10 am until 3 pm with:
    • Deep Cleaning
    • Yard Sale Preparation
    • Moving items to storage
  • Donations needed:
    • Coffee makers
    • New Straight Talk Phones and minutes
    • Motel “ready to eat” food
    • New infant and toddler car seats (we cannot accept a car seat that the package is opened or is out of the box)
    • Dressers
    • Kitchen table and chairs
    • Ice cube trays
    • Furniture polish
    • Plus sized underwear and clothing.

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Website

  • On February 28 & 29, the Dueling Pianos event is happening at the Great Northern Hotel.  This is a fun adult event with lots of singing and dancing, benefiting area non-profits.  Friday night benefits Childwise, and Saturday night benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena & Great Falls and Impact Montana (a veterans’ support group).  Tickets can be purchased at funeventsmt.com.
    • In support of both nights, we are looking for businesses to donate small desserts (individual serving, such as cookies) that they will then sell for $1 each (all money going back to the non-profits). Dominoes has already generously donated pizza for both nights
    • Dueling Pianos Poster 2020 nonprofit

Good Samaritan – Website

  • Good Samaritan has stepped in to keep Our Place open for the Most in Need in our Community., We are here for those who are recovering from substance abuse disorders and for those who struggle with mental health.Our Place is open to all,  recovery based, and peer run with Certified Peer Support Specialists who have lived life experience and can identify with those who utilize the services. Our Place is a safe haven where people can get the resources they need, including, but certainly not limited to:  a warm bowl of soup in sub temperatures, an extra blank, time to chat, help with social security and other social service systems, and a kind reminder that they are still alive and have made it through the night.Sadly, there are too many people sleeping on the streets or in tents. They arrive at Our Place, first thing in the morning, for a warm cup of coffee and a sense of safety. Also, in the morning, a group of folks from God’s Love arrives looking for resources and conversation. In the afternoon, individuals enrolled in adult foster care come from the Center for Mental Health and utilize our services until their foster families arrive to take them home.  All of this works amazingly well because Good Samaritan continues to be the largest resource for Peer Support Specialists in Helena. We  support individuals in need.New beginnings at Our PlaceGood Samaritan is starting Peer run groups. We are bringing in awareness for health issues  including diabetes, cancer, prostate and breast awareness, healthy eating, narcotics anonymous, alcoholics anonymous, suicide awareness and prevention classes. We hosted the first flu shot clinic this week. Recovery groups and art and music appreciate groups are  provided by Helena residents who have knowledge of the population and their needs.Good Samaritan has stepped in to keep Our Place open for the Most In Need in our Community., We are here for those who are recovering from substance abuse disorders and for those who struggle with mental health . The support from the community and partnering agencies has been overwhelming..  Our Place is a place to come to feel safe. At Our Place, people are welcome no matter history. At Our Place,  people in need are surrounded by peers and not judged and learn new and different things as you choose. Participation in Groups is not mandatory, however, all are welcome.
    • Items needed:
      1. Cans of coffee
      2. 2lb bags of sugar
      3. large container of powdered creamer
      4. Dawn liquid dish soap

      Please drop off at Our Place 613 Last Chance Gulch, across from Dominos Pizza.

Intermountain – Website

  • Intermountain relies on items to provide Hope and Healing to over 1,200 children, youth, and families across the state of Montana.

 

Helena Area Habitat For Humanity – Website

  • Volunteer at Habitat For Humanity
    • They are currently building 6 houses in the Mountain View Meadows Community towards East Helena. All the homes are dried in and we are currently working on drywall and flooring. A majority of the work we will be doing for the remaining months should be indoors (if anyone was worried about volunteering outside right now). They expect these homes to be completed this summer.
      • Volunteers can be on the build site on Wednesdays (1230-8pm) and Thursday-Saturday (830am-4pm).
      • Must sign up through the volunteer calendar or contact their Volunteer Coordinator to volunteer and they will send you a confirmation email with more detailed information about what to expect for their volunteer day.

  • Donate Items at the ReStore! Let staff know you are participating in the Chamber of Commerce Leap of Kindness Day when you drop off a donation and they’d love to give you guy a shout out and tag you in our social media posts!
    • Items accepted for donation by the ReStore:
      • APPLIANCES
      • FURNITURE
      • FLOORING
      • LIGHTING/ CEILING FANS
      • DOORS
      • CABINETS
      • COUNTERTOPS
      • CARPETS
      • CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS
      • DRYWALL
      • ELECTRICAL FIXTURES
      • HARDWARE
      • LUMBER
      • PLYWOOD
      • SIDING
      • TRIM
      • TOOLS
      • PLUMBING FIXTURES
      • ROOFING
      • TILE
      • TUBS/SINKS
      • WINDOWS
      • LAWN EQUIPMENT
      • AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

Helena College – For more information, contact Angela Dewolf King at angela.king@helenacollege.edu or 406-447-6903

  • Career Closet Clothing Drive
    • Support students by bringing professional clothing items to Helena College, 1115 N. Roberts St.
      • All items will be provided at no cost to students and will help promote successful career readiness.
      • New or gently used clothing in the business casual to business professional range for men and women, all sizes (unable to accept jeans and t-shirts).
        • Men and women’s suits
        • Blouses and shirts
        • Men and women’s dress pants
        • Belts, ties, accessories
        • Gently worn shoes
      • Clothes should be cleaned prior to donation.
      • Clothes should be good to excellent quality and purchased within the last five years/current with fashion.

Florence Crittenton – Website

  • Current Most Needed Items WISH LIST
    • Baby towels, washcloths, and shower curtains
    • Non scented baby wipes
    • Diaper rash cream
    • Baby gas drops
    • NEW hair brushes
    • NEW nursing bras/tanks, sports bras, maternity leggings, underwear and socks
    • NEW boxes of large tampons
    • Belly bands
    • Alarm clocks
    • Night lights
    • Deodorant
    • Kids tooth paste
    • Water bottles
    • Bottle brushes
    • Body and Face wash
    • Rolling pins
    • Fans (standing)
    • Small pitchers with lids
    • Cereal bowls
    • 3 Highchairs
    • 3 Changing tables
    • Toddler clothing 2t-5t (Used and New for Birthdays)
    • Toddler Toys for gift closet (New for birthdays)
    • Diapers size 4, 5, 6
    • Toddler Toys (New for birthdays)
    • Head phones
    •  Radios
    • CD players
    • Toddler based toys
    • Baby sippy cups
    • Bottle size 3 nipples
    • Pacifiers age 6-18 months
    • New Twin Comforters
    • Laundry Baskets
    • Face Masks, Make up sets, Pedicure Kits, Nail Polish and Nail Kits.
    • Art Supplies, Canvases, Adult Coloring Books, Tye Dye Kits, Sketch Pads/Pencils, Gel Pens, Scrapbooking material, Journals
    • Gift cards: can be very useful to purchase gas, emergency clothing, groceries, over the counter medications, and other necessities as needed by our young families. Gift cards can also be used to print baby pictures, or for incentives and small gifts for clients on special occasions. Stores frequented are Walmart, Target, TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby and Costco.

Cole’s Pantry / Jefferson High School – Contact Cassidy Parsons at 406-461-0937 for more information

  • Personal hygiene items
    • Shampoo
    • Conditioner
    • Deodorant
    • Hairbrushes or combs
    • Feminine products
    • Toothpaste
    • Dish soap
    • Laundry detergent
    • 2×3 cube shelving units – 14 total
  • Drop of items on Friday (2/28) at Tetra Tech, 825 West Custer
  • Call Cassidy Parsons at 461-0937 for delivery on Saturday (2/29)

Edgewood Helena – Website

  • Looking for businesses and volunteers to get involved by helping give manicures to their senior ladies who would really enjoy the company and the feeling that getting their nails done gives them! They would love the help anytime on Saturday the 29th, 9am-Noon. They have a list of the seniors who would love a nail date with any of their happy helpers. Edgewood has all of the supplies. Any volunteers can check in with reception and their Life Enrichment Department when they arrive on Saturday, should they choose to come.

West Mont – Website

  • List of Needs:
    • carousel rides
    • foot soaks
    • new pillows for the bed
    • cold water humidifiers
    • seeds
    • soil
    • flowerpots
    • board games
    • nail polish
    • kinetic sand
    • Legos
    • magnetic building blocks
    • marble runs
    • Coffee cards
    • Highway 55 Gift card
    • Pizza Hut gift card
    • Dollar Store gift card
    • Movie passes
    • Wal-Mart gift card