Saturday, April 9, 2011

Ways to Help This Week

Hi Friends!
First of all, I'd like to take a minute to introduce myself! I am Nina Alviar, the new Outreach Coordinator for Imagine Missoula. I am now your contact person for all things - from reporting a job that you did, requesting more info about posted work and I am the person to bring needs to. I visit the folks before this list is posted, unless the work involves something that I need a skilled person to check out. I will be gathering supplies whenever possible for the jobs so that you hit the ground running when you show up. One of my goals is to make volunteering for Imagine Missoula easier and more enjoyable for volunteers.
Now it's your turn! Shoot me an email ( and tell me who you are, what kinds of skills you have/what you like to do, and anything else you'd like me to know about you. We are planning a party soon so that I can meet and celebrate all of you face to face. Stay tuned!
This week, I have been having a blast meeting the folks who call us for help, and I'd like to introduce you to them now, along with what they need:

1. Dorothy: She needs a simple raking job done around her trailer. Would take two or three volunteers about two hours tops. Call Nina 405-546-4697 to help.

2. Charlie : He is an 81 year old man who could really use a helping hand installing a 45' section of chain link fence. He has all the materials, posts will be in place. We really just need 4-5 guys who can help stretch the fence and install it. Should only take about 2 hours max. A great Saturday project! Call Nina 405-546-4697 to help

3. Terry: This one needs to be made very clear. She lives in a dirty, run down trailer with mold and water damage. She has had cats who have been ill in her home and some of the rooms are simply "closed." She has asked us for nothing more than to bag up trash inside the trailer, and make piles and put into bins the books and other belongings which are filling her living room. She does not want us to clean, nor do any repairs (she is in dispute with her landlord about these things, and does not want to pawn off responsibility.) Terry has been ill and unable to keep up with her home and her cats and want to make her trailer as live-able as possible again. This job requires folk who are not pregnant or becoming pregnant soon because the cats have been ill. It requires wearing masks to protect from mold (provided my I.M.) and the commitment to help her requires that she does some prep and clean up before we arrive. It requires alimited amount of time (two hours tops) and she as agreed. Anything we can do to help this woman who is living, right here in Missoula, in such unbearable conditions would be the real meaning of Mercy. Call Nina 405-546-4697 to help

4. Annaleis: Her husband walked out on her and her 12 year old daughter. And he left them with a leaky bathtub faucet, a leaky kitchen sink and a door that needs a new knob and hardware. Ryan checked it out with me and here's what we determined: One person with plumbing skills could prob. finish the kitchen and the bathtub in about an hour and a half each. Would not need to do both at once. If you are interested in this project and would like more details, please contact Ryan at 624-9619. Annaleis is going to Home Resource to try to match the hardware she needs for the door. For this task, call Nina 546-4697.

Last week, we turned on water in a woman's trailer, we helped an elderly lady pack a u-haul, and we made Macy's windows shine so beautifully the art displayed in them looked amazing for First Friday.
Let's see what we can do, together, this week, to make Missoula a more wonderful place - one person at a time.
Thank you for all you do!