DRESS A CHILD
In conjunction with the Salavation Army Backpack program, United Way of Butte and Anaconda provides funding for low income children from Butte and Anaconda to receive new outfits in preparation for the upcoming school year. The number of children receiving new outfits has steadily increased. In 2013 100 Children received new outfits; in 2014 the number increased to 130 and in 2015 with increased funding we registered 159 children. This year's event, held at Walmart would not have been such a success had it not been for the 74 volunteer "Shopping Buddies" giving of their time to take a child into the clothes/shoes section of Walmart and help them spend their $100.00 voucher.
DAY OF THE CHILD
Each year, United Way along with many of our Agency Partners and other organizations host an event that focuses on the children of our communities. A carnival atmosphere takes place and last year's theme was "Mining for Fun". The Day of the Child event is held in April at the Butte Plaza Mall and the Anaconda Family Resource Center. Activities, prizes and education opportunities for children of all ages are available at no cost. Each child that attended received a chance to win a Boy's or Girls bicycle, both of which were courtesy of Walmart.
DAY OF CARING
Each year, United Way of Butte and Anaconda organizes a Day of Caring in both Butte and Anaconda. This community impact project provides sweat equity to those in need. We rely heavily on volunteers to make this all possible. Last year volunteers in Butte assisted eight senior citizens with outdoor homeowner tasks. In Anaconda, Discovery House had storm windows scraped and painted.
DAY OF MEMORIES
This event brings together a group of seniors for the evening. Last year's entertainment included ice cream sundaes, a talk by Chris Fisk, and a bus tour of Christmas light displays.
STONE SOUP EVENT
This inaugural United Way of Butte and Anaconda event was held in September. Volunteers contributed items to the stone soup to make it a nutritional meal for our citizens receiving supplies from the Butte Emergency Food Bank. Fresh vegetables used were derived from the National Center for Advanced Technologies 9/11 garden gleaning project. The soup was assembled at the Silver Bow Developmental Disabilities Council Nutrition Kitchen. Seventy one containers of soup were delivered to the Butte Emergency Food Bank for distribution.