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FAST Opportunity!

Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 9:00am to 11:00am

In 2012, Montana State University adopted a new strategic plan, with one of the three main goals emphasizing Engagement.  In early 2013, the Office of Activities and Engagement developed Faculty Administration and Staff Teamwork for service, or FAST.  FAST is the fulfillment our University's assertion that the sharing of intellectual and human assets has a powerful impact on both the Campus Community and the Bozeman and surrounding communities, and is simply the right thing to do. 

Join our FAST Service Program! Once per month, Faculty, Administration, and Staff from across the campus join forces to engage in service projects and make a difference in our community.  With only one commitment per month, this is a great way to fit service into your busy schedule! 

You are invited to join us in volunteering at the Warming Center on October 26 from 9:00am - 11:00am. The Warming Center is located at 2104 Industrial Drive.

The Warming Center is a seasonal shelter offering an alternative to the cold Montana winter nights.  Created in partnership with the Greater Gallatin Homeless Action Coalition the Warming Center is a part of the Human Resource Development Council's Housing First Program and has been an important part of our community since 2010.  The Warming Center offers a warm, safe place to sleep to anyone in need.  Families with children, youth, single adults and couples are welcome.  Separate sleeping areas are provided.

Volunteers who join us on October 26th will help to clean, organize, and maintain the property.  Activities will include windows weatherization, light door trim work, and organization of the bunk beds.  Volunteers are also invited to help clearout the garage area on the property to help make room for the Bozeman Bike Kitchen to move in for the winter months. This will involve moving some furniture and commercial kitchen equipment.  The stored furniture will be donated to needy local families and volunteers will help load furniture into a moving truck.  Detail-oriented volunteers may also enjoy helping to give the Warming Center a final cleanup before occupation, including helping to organize donated blankets and dry goods. 

With this service project, there is an opportunity for every person and ability to participate - no experience necessary!

If volunteers wish to help further, the Warming Center happily accepts cash donations, as well as the following items:

  • pillow cases
  • toilet paper
  • hand sanitizer
  • tissues
  • hand soap
  • coffee and coffee cups
  • cleaning supplies
  • laundry soap
  • dryer sheets
  • brushes 

If volunteers wish to make a cash donation, they can consider purchasing a quilt square for our Community Quilt Project.  We have several different sizes for sale and people can write their name or a message on the quilt square, which will then be sewn into one of several quilts by local senior citizens which will be displayed at the Warming Center and around the community.

Please email Robin Mayer at or 994-2837 by Friday, October 18 if you are willing and able to lend a hand. We hope to see you on Saturday, October 26th. 

Sponsored by the Office of Activites and Engagement.


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