BCBCMT Helping Build Healthy Kids and Healthy Families in Montana Communities

We strive to improve the health and wellness of Montana’s children through direct efforts or by supporting folks who share our vision.

That’s why we awarded $50,000 grants each to four organizations with similar hopes and dreams as part of our Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF) initiative. HKHF is part of an ongoing commitment to invest in our partnerships with nonprofit organizations that offer sustainable, measurable programs to reach children and their families in five focus areas:

“We’re proud to support the communities we serve and it’s exciting to know these grants will help like-minded organizations improve the health and well-being of Montana’s children and families,” BCBSMT Director of Public Relations John Doran said. “We value the important work these and many other organizations are doing every day and recognize the important role we can play to advance our shared vision through charitable giving and direct action.”

And the winners are…drumroll please!

  • The Kay McKenna Youth Foundation in Helena intends to expand and improve the Kay’s Kids Summer Recreation Program with the help of BCBSMT. Sponsored by the Kay McKenna Youth Foundation and administered by the City of Helena Parks and Recreation Department, this free program provides non-competitive sports activities, arts and crafts, guest speakers, safety training, nutritious lunch or snacks and a safe environment for children ages 6-13 to go each weekday.
  • Thrive, a 28-year-old Bozeman organization focused on engaging parents and empowering children, will use the support to enhance the Partnership Project to Strengthen Families. The Project is focused on providing services to high-risk teen or young parents with children ages 0-5. The services include providing parent education and support, health, mental health and child care services though collaboration with Gallatin City-County Health, and a network of mental health and child care providers.
  • Western Montana Mental Health Center (WMMHC) will channel the grant to the Child and Family Service Network, a division of WMMHC founded in 1997 in response to the Missoula area’s growing need for mental health services to support children, adolescents and their families. The network’s goal is to help youth and families manage the hardship brought about by mental illness. As the need for its services swells, this grant will help the Child and Family Service Network strengthen its programs.
  • Riverstone Health Foundation in Billings won the grant on behalf of the Health By Design Coalition, which will use the money for the Healthy Champions program to improve the health of residents in Yellowstone County by increasing lifestyle-based physical activity of children and families. The focus of the program will be on middle school and high school students and it’s estimated that the Healthy Kids, Healthy Families funding will help serve 1,400 children and 125 adults during the grant cycle.

The Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative is only one way BCBSMT continues to serve the state of Montana. Last year alone, BCBSMT awarded hundreds of sponsorships and grants to organizations throughout Montana and our employees are dedicated volunteers in the communities we live in.

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