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Crisis counseling is available for Montana residents struggling with stress and anxiety from the pandemic. Call the Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs (no spaces) to 66746.

All Missoula County residents can now use the drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at  the Garden City building at 4025 Flynn Lane just off West Broadway with prior approval. Anyone showing symptoms — a fever over 100.4, cough and trouble breathing — should call (406) 258-4636 before going out to be tested.

Our station webpages have the “COVID-19 Info” page, the latest information on the virus from reputable sources, Missoula City/County Health department, the CDC, WHO, and more. >MISSOULA CITY-COUNTY JOINT INFORMATION CENTER webpage  http://covid19.missoula.co/   the 258-INFO (4636) number is staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Service workers and others in need of help with a variety of needs should call 2-1-1, or visit the Montana 2-1-1 website, www.montana211.org  

The Boy Scouts of America have programs available. Either socially distanced or virtual. These programs promise to build character and leadership while providing adventures. Find out more at scouting.org

November 2020

If you’re struggling to pay for child care because of complications from the pandemic or reduced working hours you may qualify for child care assistance. Call Child Care Resources at 406-728-6446 or visit childcareresources.org.

The nationwide “click it or ticket” mobilization runs November 16th through the 29th which means the Montana Highway Patrol will be out to enforce Montana’s seatbelt law. Wear your seatbelt at all times of day no matter how short the distance you’re driving.

On Saturday, November 21st from 10am to 12pm there’s a writing workshop at the North Valley Public Library or via Zoom. Learn the five steps to winning novel with the award-winning journalist and author, Florio. For more information visit northvalleylibrary.org

This year The 2020 Festival of Trees will be from November 27th through Dec 6th at 9 downtown locations. $1,000 Tree designs and packages will be raffled off to the public— to find out more, look under the events section of missouladowntown.com

February 2021

Could you use some art? On Saturday, February 20th there’s the Annual Art Auction at the Missoula Art Museum, this year it will take place virtually. The deadline for artists to submit an art piece is December 15th, find out more at missoulartmuseum.org

Missoula County’s Election Center online can provide voter and election services Elections Center staff can help with all voter services, including registration, requesting an absentee ballot, address changes, retrieving undeliverable ballots and issuing replacement ballots. Voters can check their ward, registration status and polling place location at www.missoulavotes.com.

The Poverello Center serves some of our most at-risk neighbors. And they are seeking Donations of Food & Cleaning Supplies: They will be happy to meet you outside to collect your donation. Just call (406) 529-5643 and a staff person will come outside and meet you. You can donate online and ask volunteer questions.

Do you or someone you know need help paying for childcare? Many families struggle to pay for childcare because it is often the most expensive item in a family’s budget next to rent or mortgage.  Contact Child Care Resources to see if you qualify for a scholarship at 406-728-6446 or go online to childcareresources.org.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America‘s Helpline is open seven days a week to answer questions about caregiving during the Coronavirus outbreak, ways to keep your loved one safe, what to do at home and more. Call 866-232-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org to connect with a licensed social worker. 

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