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IMAGINE MISSOULA
September 4, 2013

I have been helping make my community stronger by volunteering through Imagine Missoula for about 3 years and it has been my absolute pleasure.

One of the things that makes Imagine Missoula stand out from other non-profits is the breadth of services that we offer....by simply offering a neighbor a helping hand.

I've filled sand bags amidst raging flood waters, pulled weeds, mowed lawns, roto-tilled gardens, shoveled snow, painted fences, fixed faucets, helped connect printers, helped navigate the internet, given rides, helped countless single parents, elderly and disabled move, even driven a U-Haul 1,200 miles......and it seems that each time, no matter what the project, they become more and more rewarding.

One of those we helped put it best. Earlier this year my young boys and I showed up to mow a lawn for Sarah, a sweet elderly lady. She was so thankful "...people like us where willing to help" when we told her it was no big deal she promptly corrected us with a teary eyed reply, "No! It is a BIG deal...you are helping me to stay in my home and maintain my independence." There we stood, corrected with authority!

One of the most common things I hear while volunteering is "we had no where else to turn". Imagine Missoula is the 'catch all' that is at, what for many seems like the end of the proverbial road. Yeah, we do 'THAT'. By 'that', I mean it seems we can find someone to do almost anything.

Imagine Missoula makes it EASY to volunteer and takes away any excuse you may have thought you had for not giving back. I can volunteer on my time, when it fits into my schedule and many times these projects are simple tasks that usually take only an hour.

While I reflect on the scores of projects I've taken part in and all those we've helped, at first it seems my heart swells with pride....then I realize how much it has helped me to become the type of person/neighbor I want to be......and how much a 'little thing' to you or I, can have the most profound impact to someone else.

Making a difference is EASY.....you just have to show up!

Peace & Love

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more funding so they can help more people

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Volunteer