We wouldn't be able to do what we do without the help and support from our incredible Missoula community. There are always opportunities to get involved - from volunteering to attending events to proudly wearing your support.
Help us provide newly arrived refugee families with a "soft landing".
We'd love to see you there!
ACT BY COMING TO AN EVENT OR VOLUNTEERING!
OUR CALENDAR IS FULL OF ACTIVITIES & OPPORTUNITIES. We would love to see you there!
Collect Household Items: collect items to bring to our office
Driver's Education Instructor: teach a small group on Fridays from 10-11:30 at least 1x per month
Driving Instructors: help students practice driving after passing their written exam
Farmers Market Volunteers: Work with refugee vendors on Saturday mornings
SUPPORTer STORY: JiM
“The other two families we’re working with are from Iraq and both the dads are translators for the U.S. Army. Both of them were on a waiting list for four years or almost four years.
I was really ignorant of how things transpired there. When the U.S. Army pulled out, unlike other countries we left our people there, all the people that helped us.
I read a couple articles and the estimate is some 2,000 people helped the armed forces and were left. Great Britain and Germany and other countries that were there offered their local people the opportunity to come with them when they left and we didn’t do that. And I think that’s a really shameful thing for this country to do.”
-- Jim Adams is involved with three families and works as an accountant at Franke College of Forestry and Conservation at University of Montana
We Couldn't do it without you!
Donations to Soft Landing Missoula are tax deductible. We happily take financial donations by credit card or check and most in kind donations (see lists below).
As SLM is under the fiscal sponsorship of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs, please make checks out to SEE, with Soft Landing Missoula in the memo.
SUPPORTer STORY: DONA
"I have tremendous empathy and compassion for these people. If you have any concept of what they’ve been through one can't help but feel compassion for them and admire their courage and resilience. Some of the guys spent their whole lives in a refugee camp. 18 years. And some of the things they were fleeing in the Congo were abominable. Frankly, I feel some responsibility for the Congo mess. If the US hadn't aided in the assassination of Patrice Lamumba so long ago, who knows where the Congo would be today. We’ve been on the wrong side of so many situations in the developing world that have ended in such a mess, that to some extent I feel some sense of responsibility as an American. So it just seems important to help. It also is important to show a more generous and welcoming side of America than the current administration presents."
-- Dona and Gary both taught in English Namibia while traveling through the country. Dona taught biology courses and Gary computer science. They are now Driver's Education instructors at Soft Landing Missoula.
PROUDLY WEAR YOUR SUPPORT
Profits from our gear goes directly into helping SLM welcome more families to our community.
We have t-shirts, sweatshirts and an array of other SLM design goodies like stickers, magnets, signs, etc.
IN KIND DONATIONs LIST
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH IRC
Most refugees arrive to the United States with next to nothing. Help them rebuild their lives by putting together a Welcome Kit to help provide a "soft landing". Select and create the welcome kit(s) of your choice or do your own Welcome Kit drive!
Gently used furniture
Gift Cards: Target, Sally Beauty, Walmart, Secret Seconds, Albertson's, Fresh Market
Bikes - all sizes
Feminine Hygiene products (pads)
Diapers and wipes - all sizes
Frames - all sizes
Shampoo and conditioner, lotion, bar soap
Phones, Flat screen TVs and other technology
CARS! Refugees are frequently graduating from our driver's ed program and are looking for their first car.