Summer Pack Supplies Needed

We are putting together Summer Packs to send home with each school-aged refugee child at the end of the school year.

We will provide them with age appropriate books (thanks to the Mansfield Library) for summer reading and information on where to find free activities and meals around town.

We also love to include pens, pencils, markers, notebooks, coloring books, puzzle books and practice math and writing books for all ages. Please consider donating some of those items! Items will be needed by June 2. To donate, bring the items to our office: 939 Stephens Avenue, Suite C, in Missoula.

Thank you!

Volunteer Coordinator Position

Soft Landing Missoula is growing! We are excited to be hiring a brand new Volunteer Coordinator position for the summer (June-August). Please consider joining our dynamic, hard working and fun office! Please see our employment page for details and information about how to apply.

Soft Landing Booth at the Missoula Farmers Market

We are really excited to embark on a new journey to help refugee families have the option for a little secondary income this summer as well as the opportunity for our community to enjoy new treats and cuisine from around the world! We have made the first steps, secured the space, and the interest is there–but now we are looking for a little team to head this up and help us out to make it happen!

We are looking for a team leader (or 2!) and additional helpers to work with SLM and participating families in roles of varying time commitment. Team leaders would be in charge of communication with the market staff, the commercial kitchen, the Health Department, participating cooks, and SLM to ensure compliance with regulations and help organize timing of food production. Additional volunteers may help with transportation, helping to set-up and “staff” the booth (with the cooks), and possible help with food production.

We realize this is a lot of time and commitment and are looking for a decent sized team to spread the work around! Are you interested in learning more? Please contact if this excites you too!

Missoula Gives: Donate Today!

Soft Landing Missoula is participating in Missoula Gives, which kicks off today, May 4, at 6 p.m. and runs through tomorrow, May 5, at 6 p.m. (though you can donate any time).

It’s easy to participate! Visit our Missoula Gives page to donate or visit one of the Donor Lounges happening around town (drop in, socialize, donate!). Donor Lounges can also accept cash and check donations.

Organizations can also win prizes based on certain types of donations (see the list).

Formerly Give Local Missoula, Missoula Gives is a powerful and growing 24-hour, online and in-person giving event organized by the Missoula Community Foundation (MissoulaCF) to grow philanthropy in the Missoula area by connecting donors to the nonprofits that make our town so special.

Soft Landing Missoula would like to ask all its supporters to help us continue our programs. With summer just around the corner we are working on many wonderful projects. One of our main objectives is to make transportation accessible to all our new families. We are working to help families obtain their drivers licenses, bikes, locks, and lessons to learn to navigate our wonderful city, and much more!

Thank you! We are so grateful for all of your support and for making our community a safe place for all!

Volunteer Spotlight: Andi

Andi is a superstar Soft Landing volunteer. She comes in once a week with her lovely daughter to help sort and organize donations. We could not manage without her. But that is not all – she is also a Family Mentor, working with several of our recently arrived families. Her warm personality and dedication are appreciated every day. Thank you Andi for your amazing work!

Interested in Volunteering?

There are so many ways to get involved! We are trying to do a better job of letting people know about volunteer opportunities through Soft Landing Missoula, as needs can change daily. So, you now have two ways to find volunteer opportunities with us:

  1. Request to join our closed Facebook group – Soft Landing Missoula Volunteers.
  2. Check our new Volunteer page on our website for a list of current opportunities.

We could not do it without our amazing volunteers, so thank you!

Thank you!

Thank you to the crew who moved our newest family into their apartment last week. We appreciate your hard work, time and friendship!

Thank you to the crew who moved our newest family into their apartment last week. We appreciate your hard work, time and friendship!

Giving Back this Wednesday & Thursday: Helmer Family Chiropractic

Check out the amazing business that came to us with this idea to give back! If you have been thinking about needing to get in some where for an adjustment, Wednesday or Thursday might just be the day! Here are the details from their Facebook event:

“We have your BACK and are giving BACK to celebrate the long awaited arrival of SPRING! WEDNESDAY, March 22nd and THURSDAY, March 23rd ALL ADJUSTMENTS* will be on a donation basis. The money will go to SOFT LANDING MISSOULA. 

“Suggested donation for established patients: $10-$20. For new patients: $20-$30. However, give what you want or what you can. CALL TO RESERVE YOUR APPOINTMENT TIME 406.830.3333. *cannot apply to Personal Injury or Workers’ Comp patients”


Celebrating International Women’s Day

by Claire Robertson

March 8 marks a call to action, a day devoted to pursuing womankind’s quest for gender equality. This year’s commemoration of female accomplishments falls on a Wednesday, another day where women’s work is never done. Although it evolved from marches across North America, Europe, and Russia at the turn of the century, today International Women’s Day celebrates diverse achievements in countries around the world.

Let us celebrate women who boldly pursue change. Remember Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American elected to a congressional position in America last year. Honor her story, the compelling journey of a refugee child, from translating for her grandfather to representing constituents. Commemorate Madeleine Korbel Albright, the first female Secretary of State and an inspiration to future stateswomen. Her family fled the Czech Republic twice; first from the Nazis, and then from the Communists.

Let us honor women who proclaim their stories. Remember Marlene Dietrich, the actress and political refugee who fled Germany and sang for America’s troops, even after her younger sister was sent to Bergen-Belsen in retaliation. Celebrate Gloria Estefan, the singer who fled Cuba. Honor Isabel Allende, the writer who escaped a Chilean coup. Sing the truths of refugee women who enrich our country.

And remember the unnamed women like them who face sexual violence and barriers to education…and still persist.

Perhaps we cannot imagine refugee life, condensing our existence into whatever can be carried in weary hands and yearning hearts. These hardships lie fathoms away from our understanding…but our bold quest for gender parity must include these narratives. On International Women’s Day, let us welcome these mothers and daughters as sisters. It is our job to make this Wednesday different, to uplift their stories and be bold for change.