Tuesday, June 28, 2011

How to Help This Week!

Hi all,
Marlene, who we helped with her garden this weekend after her husband went into a nursing home, wanted to "send a big thank you!" to everyone who helped: Jill and Nick T., Krista and Russ H. and their two sons Alden and Ezra worked on Saturday and Catherine worked on Sunday. They weeded, planted starts (some of which were pepper plants donated by a local flood victim who we have been helping, Laura H.!) and made the garden beautiful for her during this hard time in her life.
If anyone wants to join Catherine and Penny to work in Marlene's garden throughout the summer, let me know (Marlene would love the help, and the company!)


And thank you to Angie for working in Barb's yard! She is so grateful that she has found helpful friends through Imagine Missoula, she hasn't had this kind of community in almost 17 years!

Here's what we have this week:

Lillian (a lovely elderly lady with an impressive teapot collection!) needs her yard mowed regularly and has no mower. If you can bring yours to her place, perfect! If you want to help but need me to help you work out how to get a mower there, let me know.

Barb
needs someone to lay new plywood on her mother's wheelchair ramp.

Jeanine is a woman living with physical and mental disabilities who needs a couple folks to build a small fence for her dog (so he doesn't run into the road!) She also needs yard work, and she would love some window boxes to help her feel the beauty of Summer.

Next Wednesday, July 6th, the weather has finally said YES! and we are going to be staining the fence with the Superheroes of Kindness for Sharon at 5:30! Feel free to wear a cape (if you don't have one, one will be provided!)

And finally,

Thank you to Tara I. for volunteering (with her friend) to staff the table at Farmer's Market on Saturday, July 9th for the Receding Waters Blend Coffee Fundraiser! The proceeds from the sale of the coffee go to assist the local Missoula flood victims. City Brew Coffee, Untied Way of Missoula County and Imagine Missoula are working hard together to get them some relief! Here's where we need YOU: We need two more volunteers to staff the Carousel Sunday Market on the 10th from 10-3 (Missoula Marathon day! We should sell a boatload of coffee!!!) If you haven't heard, you can pre-order the bags of coffee on the Receding Waters page on fb. This is SO COOL!

I can't tell you how many amazed folks are that we do what we do. "Why would you help me?" is a common question I hear, and, "I have never had so many caring people in my life." Let's keep amazing our neighbors, right here in Missoula, by doing the little things - selling bags of coffee, mowing a yard, planting a flower - that make the biggest difference in how people live in our beautiful town.

Thank you,
Nina
546-4697

Nina Alviar
Outreach Coordinator for IMAGINE MISSOULA

Friday, June 24, 2011

This just in. . .

I normally post things like this on the Monday Update, but maybe someone has time this weekend:
Marlene just had to place her dear husband into a nursing home on hospice and she and her husband’s dog are feeling very sad right now. Marlene adores having a garden and just before her husband had to move into assisted care he had the garden tilled up to make it ready for planting. Needless to say he will not be able to put in his wife’s garden this year. Marlene would love to have someone go to her house and plant her garden so she can enjoy it “one last time”. I would so appreciate if you could find volunteers to help her get her wish. I doubt that anything other than elbow grease will be needed. - Missoula Aging Services
Anyone?
Let me know 546-4697
Thanks!

This just in. . .

I normally post things like this on the Monday Update, but maybe someone has time this weekend:
Marlene just had to place her dear husband into a nursing home on hospice and she and her husband’s dog are feeling very sad right now. Marlene adores having a garden and just before her husband had to move into assisted care he had the garden tilled up to make it ready for planting. Needless to say he will not be able to put in his wife’s garden this year. Marlene would love to have someone go to her house and plant her garden so she can enjoy it “one last time”. I would so appreciate if you could find volunteers to help her get her wish. I doubt that anything other than elbow grease will be needed. - Missoula Aging Services
Anyone?
Let me know 546-4697
Thanks!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Community Business!

I just learned about an amazing donation last week from the Missoula Home Depot! They have donated hundreds of dollars worth of bug spray to the flood areas and thousands of dollars of sand! Wow! And just because "it was the right thing to do!" Thank you Home Depot! Add them to the thank you list of amazing donations from Missoula businesses.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sandbagging help TOMORROW 6/22

Hey there! Hard to believe in this lovely weather, but we need help sandbagging tomorrow at 1pm on Mallard way off of Mulllan. If you can help, give me a call, 546-4697 for directions to save this property. Spread the word if you can't make it! Thank you! (I think sandbagging IS "business as usual" these days :) - see previous post)
Nina
(Outreach Coordinator for Imagine Missoula)

How to Help This Week!

Hi Friends!
This week is a little more "business as usual" after our flooding adventures! Still, let's keep on "stand by" in case the waters rise again (when the snow melts, we could be in for it!)
There are some projects on hold because the weather is a little temperamental - like staining the fence for Sharon. But never fear! The Superheroes of Kindness are giving her flowers for being so patient. :)
On the list today:

Barb, who you may remember is the woman who has been a caretaker for her aging parents for seventeen years, has some needs around her home. She needs us to trim (and tame!) the hedge and wack the weeds. Please bring your own hedge trimmer (and an extension cord) and your own weed-wacker. And she needs new plywood on the wheelchair ramp that her mother uses.

Debra, who lives with brain injuries, needs someone to do some minor repairs around her house - like putting in a shelf for her microwave to sit on. Handy-person skills a must.

Also, some exciting news!! City Brew Coffee, United Way of Missoula County and Imagine Missoula are teaming up to present Receding Waters Blend Coffee! The proceeds from the sale of the coffee will go to a fund to assist Missoula flood victims and to provide supplies for volunteers (like food, water and other sandbagging supplies.) We will be selling the bags at a table at the Saturday Market on July 9th, and we need volunteers to staff it! We need four volunteers from set up to take down (set up at 8:00 am and take down at noon.)
Go to Receding Waters Blend on facebook to pre-order your bags, and spread the word! Also, listen to Cherry Creek Radio stations and check out the Missoulian the week before the 9th for more details!

So much, and on so many levels, Imagine Missoula is growing. In all the fun and excitement, all the folks we are helping, the truth remains - without our volunteers and all the heart you put into your work, we couldn't do what we do. Thank you.

Call Nina at 406-546-4697 to help with any of the needs above!

Enjoy the sunshine today,
Nina

Nina Alviar
Outreach Coordinator for IMAGINE MISSOULA

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Need This Weekend

Hi volunteers!
I received a call this evening from a woman through Hospice of Missoula. She needs help moving a couple of items for her mother into a new home (where she can get the kind of care that she needs.) We are moving a 5 1/2 foot long dresser, the mirror that attaches to the dresser, and a nightstand. We need about 2 strong folks with a truck, and we need the help this weekend.
Please call me or email asap if you can help!
Thank you,
Nina


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Nina Alviar
Outreach Coordinator for IMAGINE MISSOULA
www.imaginemissoula.org
406-546-4697

Saturday, June 11, 2011

All is Quiet, for Now

Latest call from Ruth out at Tower this morning - all is quiet. Rest up, think dry thoughts, and add Nick Caras from Caras Nursery and Kevin Noland from Damage Control to our thank you list for hauling truckloads of sandbags to Clinton. The snow will melt and the river is only barely predictable, so keep yourselves healthy and ready for more. Have a great Saturday! You are the most amazing people.
Check out Shawn Polen's awesome photos of the efforts. Beautiful, sad and inspiring. Thank you, Shawn!
https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.169245606471303.45962.106898326039365
With much admiration,
Nina

Friday, June 10, 2011

Flooding Update and Good News!!!

Hey Volunteers!
I spoke with Ruth out at Tower Road and she reports that with the surges of volunteers set up for today, the area is stabilized for now! What an AMAZING effort everyone made! Many homes were lost, but the ones that could be saved were saved because of the quick delivery of sand and bags from Public Works and County Roads, the coordination of Missoula 211, the traffic control from the Sheriff's department, the fantastic folks at the hot line, Kurt and others at United Way, Missoula 911, Missoula County, the Army Corps of Engineers and - most importantly - the sandbagging power of volunteers! You did something that has made our community closer and stronger, and the appreciation of the folks there can never be expressed in words.

Here's a shout out to businesses in Missoula who have donated food and supplies for the relief so far:
Rosauers
The Good Food Store
Wheat Montana
Starbucks
Ace Hardware Eastgate
Ace Hardware Trempers
Boyce Lumber
Pro Build

The story isn't over yet. . . If you would like to volunteer at the Mullan site that is flooding and any other flood sites currently in need of hands and backs, please call Kurt at 406-544-4076 today. Tower is as good as can be, but the flood danger is still in force for others. (If anything changes on Tower, I will post an update right away.)

Thank you for all you have done and are doing to make Missoula a better place, one sandbag at a time!

Nina Alviar


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Nina Alviar
Outreach Coordinator for IMAGINE MISSOULA

406-546-4697

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sandbagging on Tower (URGENT NEED)

Hey folks, we have received an urgent request for help! As you probably know, the river is rising fast with rain and snowmelt over the past couple of days. Some folks have had to leave their homes already, and the forecast is for the river to rise another two feet by this time tomorrow! Yowza.

The Sheriffs / County are working on the situation, but they could use extra manpower.
  1. If you'd like to help out, grab your boots (and maybe a friend or two!) and take 3rd St west past Reserve - turn right on Tower Road and you'll see folks working.
  2. We've created an event on facebook - please SHARE this event on your profile and INVITE your friends to attend. Help us spread the word!
  3. Please check the Imagine Missoula facebook page for updates (or to post progress reports).
  4. Questions, call Nina at 546-4697.
Thanks!
Christian

Time To Bag Some Sand!

Good morning,
I got a call last night from residents on Tower Rd, asking for help this morning and throughout today making and placing sandbags. The river has swollen (some folks have had to leave their homes already) and . . .
The forecast is for the river to rise another two feet! Wow!
If you can help, grab your boots (and maybe a friend or two - why not make it a party?) and take 3rd st to the west through Reserve St and make a right on Tower Rd. You'll see folks working.
Shoot me an email if you can head out there, and also when you get back to let me know how it's going!
Thank you,
Nina

Monday, June 6, 2011

This week. . .

Hi all,
This week, although the river is still swelling, it's finally a little quiet for Imagine Missoula. Let's take a breather! When the weather warms up (and dries up!) we will re-schedule to stain the fence for Sharon with the Superheroes of Kindness, and there's more out-in-the-sun fence painting/mending and gardening jobs in the queue.

Thank you to Katrina D., her two sons, and her boyfriend for bagging sand on Tower Rd. this past weekend! She said there is definitely more to do out there, so head out when you can to bag more. Audrey said to bring a shovel of your own if you can since they are low on tools. I will send out alerts this rainy week if the Clark Fork decides to get a little too friendly, so be ready!

Thanks to Trempers Ace hardware for donating ALL of the supplies to stain Sharon's fence!

And remember to check out the Spring ReVamp classes at Home Resource and tell them Imagine Missoula sent you - http://www.homeresource.org/revamp.

Have a good week and stay dry!
Nina

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Can You Bag Some Sand?

Call this morning for folks to fill more bags on Tower Rd. so the folks there can place them in a hurry if need be. If you can do it, take 3rd St west across Reserve and make a right on Tower Rd. You'll see a big pile of sand and folks working. Thanks!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Tonight. . .

Happy rainy Thursday! Wanna cheer it up and do something fun tonight? You have a choice! Some folks will be attending a very interesting and important film at the Wilma - check out the Missoulian ad:

From Place to Place

“From Place to Place,” a film about Missoula youth who have aged out of the foster care system, will be shown at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, at the Wilma Theater. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance (available at Rockin Rudy’s, or $8 the day of the event.)

OR you can come on down for a beer and a burger at the Central at 6 and chill out with other Imagine Missoula volunteers and friends.

Meet the movie goers at the Wilma in the alcove around 6:30 so you can sit together, and if you are going to the bar, well, I will just be there enjoying a beer, so join me!

Remember your umbrellas!

Nina

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

This is why we do it. . .

Here are some letters from people Imagine Missoula helped recently. I wanted to share the joy of hearing from these wonderful folks who have benefited from our little non-profit:

All done, yay!! they even helped me pick up the replacement bed!! Nice guys, very quick and efficient, so glad to have it done so my brother can have a decent place to come home to. Thanks!!!- Jeanine

* All done, yay!! they even helped me pick up the replacement bed!! Nice guys, very quick and efficient, so glad to have it done so my brother can have a decent place to come home to. T
I am writing to express my appreciation for a wonderful lady and
gentleman from Able Tree Service who came to my house yesterday to take away a big tree that had fallen against my roof. I am so happy to know that, there are beautiful giving people in the world, at least in Missoula! Two people came and helped an 80 year old woman to feel safer, and all this was done with such good humor and pleasant attitude. They handled this huge job as though they had come to pick up a leaf on the ground. It took a big truck a ladder, a chain saw and a lot of elbow grease to cut down, haul, and chew up the whole mess. That is not all, they swept, raked and left my driveway looking better than when they came. I found these angels by contacting a great organization called Imagine Missoula, a wonderful free help-line. Nina, a goddess who works there, came to my house to assess the problem, then, within two days she had me connected with Able Tree Service.

Enormous thanks to you all. There are other services available at Imagine Missoula. I hope to volunteer in some capacity to try to pay forward the great help I've received.

Sincerely,
Renee

Thank you Nina, You guys are wonderful and I am so glad I can refer people to you knowing you will be professional and quick responders. YOU ROCK!!!

Sara Orbe
Respite Case Manager
Missoula Aging Services
* Thank you Nina, You guys are wonderful and I am so glad I can refer people to you knowing you will be professional and quick responders. YOU ROCK!!!

Sara Orbe
Respite Case Manager
Missoula Aging Services
Volunteers, I get notes, calls and letters like this all the time. I will continue to post them here, so that you know what a profound effect you are having on our city. Thank you!