Wednesday, November 17, 2010

All Souls Ale

Want to make a difference? Buy a bottle or two of All Souls Ale.

Seriously! This past summer our friends at All Souls Missoula approached the good folks at Big Sky Brewing Co. and said, "Hey, we'd like you to brew an amazing beer, and donate all the profits to Imagine Missoula."

They were intrigued ("We've never had a church ask us to brew a beer before!"), and then enthusiastic ("Wow, we love what Imagine Missoula is all about!"). And All Souls Ale was born. It's a limited edition, hand-bottled Imperial Saison that is one of the best holiday seasonals we've ever tasted. It goes on sale at the Big Sky taproom the day after Thanksgiving (Nov 26), and all the profits will go to help Imagine Missoula meet real needs right here in Missoula.

We think it's pretty special, and we're pretty sure you'll agree! So how can you get in on the action? Ah, glad you asked!
  1. Visit All Souls Ale on facebook, become a fan, and start telling your friends! Please help us spread the word!
  2. You might want to reserve yours ahead of time (even though it doesn't go on sale until late November, we're accepting pre-orders, and 25% is already gone!)
  3. As if that's not enough, we're throwing a release party on Sunday, Dec 5 from 4-8 PM - let us know if you'd like to come!
More soon! Prost!

Who We Are

Imagine Missoula is a curious little non-profit. We're not trying to change the world (at least not all at once) - we're simply trying to foster community, to make Missoula even better than it already is. How do we aim to do that? By helping people help each other. We are ordinary people, doing ordinary things, that make an extraordinary difference for our neighbors in need.

Put simply, there are many people in Missoula whose community is 'thin' - single parents, at-risk youth, working poor, the elderly. These folks work hard just to survive; if something goes wrong, they often lack the resources or relationships to get by.

Imagine Missoula exists to help create a community of friends that is there to help - to fix a window, to build a fence, to paint a house, to plant a garden. To lend a helping hand or a listening ear. To make a difference right here in Missoula by meeting real needs and helping people live more beautifully. Simply by being good friends.

Because we believe that fosters deep community. Missoula gets better. We all win.

Case Studies

Wondering what this "helping people help each other" thing actually looks like? Here are a couple of case studies that might help flesh things out...

Case Study #1 - This past summer we learned of a young woman I'll call "Lucy." She's a single mom, with two kids in a small trailer home. Her bathroom floor is beginning to buckle - there's a slow leak somewhere in the wall behind the sink. She works hard for a local non-profit, but she doesn't make much money. She doesn't have family in town; she can't afford a professional plumber or carpenter.

What's someone like Lucy supposed to do? This is why we exist. Within a few hours, Imagine Missoula was able to locate two volunteers with home repair skills. By the end of the week - and a mere forty dollars in materials - Lucy's floor was fixed, everyone involved went away encouraged.

Case Study #2 - Here's another example. A few weeks ago we met "Janine." Imagine how she felt when she told her boyfriend she was pregnant and he packed up and left her. Imagine how she felt when she discovered that she wasn't just pregnant, but was carrying twins! Imagine how she felt when she moved to Missoula because that was the only place she had a friend (just one!). Imagine how she felt after her delivery: exhausted, happy, yet incredibly alone and unsure of what to do next.

By partnering with a local church, Imagine Missoula is helping to provide meals for Janine and her two beautiful babies. We're also working to find her a used dresser and basic household supplies. A local photographer has volunteered to shoot free portraits of her with her children. One of our volunteers has offered to stop by regularly just to see if she can run errands for her.

In all of this Janine is not merely getting the opportunity to experience community - these are the things friends do for one another! - she's also getting the invitation to become a contributer to the community, to give back by helping others down the road. And she is incredibly excited at that prospect.

Sound interesting? Why not learn how you can get involved...