WE ARE MISSOULA
After nearly 50 years of service, BBBS of Missoula closed its doors on May 31, 2019. With the closing of the office, 104 viable Big & Little matches closed. In July of 2019, with the consent of BBBS of America, BBBS NW Montana made the decision to contact all 104 Bigs and all 104 families of the associated Littles to provide them with the option to reapply through our program.
Since July 2019, Missoula-based Match Support & Enrollment Specialist Maria Newbold has been working on rebuilding one-to-one mentoring services in Missoula beginning with the 104 matches that were closed in March with the full support of BBBS NW Montana.
We are elated that over the course of the last six months we have steadily reconnected with these former Bigs and Littles and are beginning to enroll them once again. Maria is working full-time at enrolling matches and supporting those that have already been matched.
This past fall we actively began to connect with individuals, businesses, and foundations that have long supported the BBBS mission in Missoula. We have been overwhelmed with the support and encouragement for our efforts. The city of Missoula has spoken—there is a need for mentoring here and we are ready to get behind the current efforts to restore it.
As we begin the new year, we are also seeing interest from new adults and families in Missoula. We are currently working with 16 potential Bigs and Littles who are eager to be matched and begin their journey together.
With the clear message of support and need, we have decided to take the next step in our growth as an organization. We have officially changed our name to Big Brothers Big Sisters NW Montana so that we may more effectively serve children in Missoula and Flathead County. Our service area includes surrounding counties as well, but for now, we are focused on growing healthy and vital mentoring relationships in Missoula and Flathead.
With immense gratitude for your support and interest in helping us make a difference in our communities, we are eager to answer your questions and/or hear your ideas.
BIG & LITTLE STORY
Mackenzie and Cameron were matched 1 1/2 years when BBBS of Missoula closed and were eager to enroll in our program when they received the call from Maria. These two love to burn off energy together! Cameron says his favorite day is Tuesday because that's when Mackenzie comes to pick him up. They like to race go-karts, play at the indoor soccer arena, and be goof-balls together.