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Fight For Hope and Freedom: Human Trafficking, Montana & the World

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: University of Montana Mansfield Center Conference on Human Trafficking: “Fight for Hope & Freedom – Human Trafficking, Montana and the World” April 16th and 17th  at the University Center – FREE ADMISSION         Human Trafficking is modern day slavery exploiting an estimated 30 million people worldwide. More people are living in slavery… Read more »

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Reflections On Race and Reading

When I was a kid I loved to read so much that my mom would ground me from reading the way other parents would ground their kids from TV. I had to have a book EVERYWHERE I went, even the supermarket. This reading addiction, while not always beneficial to social interaction, was beneficial for my… Read more »

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Pet Advocates Ease Transition for Domestic Violence Survivors

Samantha and Roxy had been the best of friends since Roxy was little.  Everywhere Samantha went, Roxy went.  Everything Samantha did, Roxy did.  Samantha would confide in Roxy, cuddle with Roxy, and enjoy comfort and support from Roxy.  Roxy was Samantha’s 70lb black lab whom she had raised since she was a puppy.  Roxy was… Read more »

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A Tribe Called Red

Last night, while I was hanging out with some friends, one of them asked me if I had ever heard the electronic dance music (EDM) group called “A Tribe Called Red.” “A tribe called what?” I asked.  My friend shook his head and put on this song. The first thing that ran through my mind was,… Read more »

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Finding Your Voice

I was immediately drawn to Molly.  She was quiet, painfully shy, and very hesitant.  It’s not often that people like her stick out in a crowd, especially in a lunch room filled with middle school students.  I noticed her before she even started attending our GUTS! group when I first visited the lunch room at C.S. Porter Middle School to recruit girls… Read more »

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Crossing the Line

This blog post was really hard to write. And when I say hard, I mean it’s 3 a.m. and I’m rewriting this for the fourth time because I still can’t get it right. In this post, I wanted to talk about something that’s been bothering me since I started my job as a racial justice… Read more »

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Uncover Missoula Fails to Recognize the True History of Missoula

According to an article in “Uncover Missoula, “a publication of the Missoulian newspaper the city’s history began in 1860 with a settlement known as Hell Gate. The standard article included in the past two editions failed to recognize important events relating to American Indians and their deep historical connection to Missoula. According to the Flathead… Read more »

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Advocate Training– An Insider’s Perspective

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” These words spoken by Maya Angelou, clearly align with the work of an advocate, as advocates help survivors validate their feelings, discover their strengths, learn to choose for themselves, and… Read more »

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VISTAs Collect 862 Toiletry Items for Women and Families

As AmeriCorps VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America), we are expected to participate in any and all National Service Days to help give back to the community directly – Sept. 11 being one of them. The purpose of 9/11 Day of Service is to honor the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks in America through a… Read more »

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New AmeriCorps Volunteers Ready to Fight Poverty in Missoula!

Hey there! My name is Miranda, and I am the new AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) in the Transitional Housing Program at YWCA Missoula. I am originally from Napa, Calif., but I moved up to Missoula for my undergraduate studies in Psychology and Communications. I started out volunteering at the front desk about two years… Read more »