GREAT FALLS — More than 20 businesses are teaming up to help raise money and awareness for NeighborWorks Great Falls with its 2022 Fund Drive. NeighborWorks hosts their annual drive each spring to garner support from businesses and continue building strong neighborhoods and successful homeowners in Great Falls.
This year, NeighborWorks has expanded the drive to include news ways that people can get involved and help the community.
NeighborWorks Great Falls Director Sherrie Arey said, "They really help us promote a lot of our programs that are not paid for by clients, and Neighbors that come in, like our home ownership, our counseling. We also invest in some of our projects, whether it's the high school house, the Owner Built program, or the IDA or match savings program, many of these go in to help close the gap for us as an organization for our other funding sources."
Some of the programs NeighborWorks hopes to fund is homebuyer education, the high school house, financial counseling, and more.
Lucas Cyr, who operates Double Barrel Coffee House Cafe, said, "We wanted to be a part, because of what NeighborWorks does. So many great programs they have from first-time home buyers training, helping them get that financing, the high school house to the NeighborWorks project builds, where they build 10 houses at a time. They just kind of have their hands on anything to get people into home ownership and that's a huge part in making Great Falls a better place."
T.J. Ferrin, co-owner of Ferrin's Furniture, noted, "It's just a good program to support NeighborWorks so anytime we can, you know, give them a helping hand is a good opportunity for us."
Brian Thompson, manager of the Hi-Line Climbing Center Manager, said, "We support them giving to their community and their passion for growing and making Great Falls a better place."
NeighborWorks hopes to receive up to $140,000 in funding this year, and each year the funding becomes more important.
Arey explained, "We hope to help bring in some of the Neighbors that can use some of our programs that help them into home ownership or stable rentals, or whatever they may be seeking to do in their personal lives. We hope to help provide that."
Brush Crazy – Paint for a Cause on March 9th from 5:30-8:3 pm and 50% of your costs will be donated to NeighborWorks Great Falls.
Montana Credit Union – From March 7-11, Montana CU will donate $.02 per debit card wipe by all members. They’ll also offer several internal fundraisers with their staff members including a few raffles and a White Elephant Sale.
The Block – From March 7-14, The Block will donate $2 per sandwich sold after 4 pm to NeighborWorks Great Falls.
First American Title – On March 14th, First American Title will be selling homemade pies to celebrate National Pi Day. All proceeds will benefit NeighborWorks Great Falls.
Smiths Food & Drug – Donation jars will be placed at each register from March 7-14 to raise money and awareness for NeighborWorks Great Falls.
Hi-Line Climbing Center – Climb for a Cause on March 12th from 12-5 pm and 50% of all fees will be donated! They will also have a few climbing challenges available for the fundraiser, so don’t miss out!
Central Avenue Meats – On March 12, Central Ave Meats will be selling Guinness Irish Beef Sausage with all sales benefitting NeighborWorks! This is a specialty sausage created JUST for this weekend, so be sure to swing by on Saturday!
Double Barrel Coffee House Café – From March 7-10, 10% of total sales will be given to NeighborWorks Great Falls!
Honda of Great Falls – Through the months of February and March, Honda of Great Falls will be donating a portion of all vehicle sales to NeighborWorks Great Falls.
Ferrin’s Furniture – From March 7-14, 1% of all sales will be donated to NeighborWorks.
Other participating businesses with internal fundraisers:
- Embark Credit Union
- Chicago Title
- PayneWest Insurance
- Stockman Bank
- Universal Lending
- Opportunity Bank
- Russell Country Federal Credit Union
- Edward Jones – Amanda Maher
- First Interstate Bank