Covid-19 Community and Program Resources

Note from our CEO

Hello Bigs, Littles, families, Board Members, curious folks,

This year has been a bit of a rollercoaster, we at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Big Sky Country have been working hard to keep our participants, staff and community safe and thriving.

As COVID numbers continue growing in Montana--including Gallatin and Park Counties-- we have some updates on BBBS measures to help keep participants, staff, and our wider community safe.

 

  • Don’t meet if one of you or someone in your household doesn’t feel well. Each person in the match needs to assess his/her own health before each meeting and discuss with each other if the meeting should be in-person or virtual;

  • Conduct outdoor meetings when possible, where there are not people in close proximity. View our list for ideas (see below).

  • Bigs and Littles should maintain a distance between each other and others of six (6) feet or more.

  • Wash hands or use a sanitizer frequently and keep hands away from face.

  • Wear a face mask during the meeting.

  • In cars, Bigs and Littles shall each wear a face mask and Littles shall sit in the rear passenger side seat. If it seems best to avoid transporting the Little, the Big should consider meetings in the child’s neighborhood or nearby park.

 

Please reach out if you have ANY questions.

Below are some resources and updates for our community and site based matches.

Take care of each other.

 

In love and gratitude,

Lander


 

Office Updates

BBBS staff is working remotely, however they are still available to connect digitally. We understand that this is a challenging time, please feel free to reach out to us for any reason. 

Program Updates

We are still accepting applications for Bigs and Littles! We will conduct match interviews and other enrollment steps via video conference.

Wellbeing Resources

Healthy Gallatin: Mental Wellness Resources

Mental Health Crisis/Emergency

How to Care for Yourself While Practicing Social Distancing

How do I know if someone is experiencing anxiety or depression?

How to help someone experiencing anxiety or depression during the Covid-19 crisis

How to support a loved one going through a tough time during Covid-19

HAVEN's 24 hour Crisis Hotline for domestic violence (Gallatin County): 406-586-4111

Aspen- Abuse Support and Prevention (Meagher, Park, and Sweet Grass Counties): 24 hour support line 406-222-8154

Montana's statewide hotline to report possible child abuse or neglect: (open 24/7) 1-866-820-KIDS (1-866-820-5437)
 

Community Resources - Food

Gallatin Valley Food Bank- Food pickup available 1-4 pm Monday-Friday

Bozeman Resaurant Delivery Options

Livingston Food Resource Center

Big Sky Food Bank

Gallatin Valley School Meals

Ennis Food Bank - 406-682-7844

 

Community Resources - Financial

HRDC has a rental assistance program

MTREP has a Crisis Fund if you are a Person of Color, LGBTQIA+, person with disabilities, and/or person who is undocumented

Filing for unemployment in Montana here or 406-444-2840

Montana SBA office

SBA disaster assistance

 

Local Info re Coronavirus

Healthy Gallatin Coronavirus Updates

Park County Community Foundation Covid19 Resources

 

Educational Activities

NPR tips for homeschooling during coronavirus

Free online Ivy League courses: Coursera and Class Central

 

General Activities

BBBS list of outdoor and virtual activities

Livingston Recreation Department Facebook page - includes activities kids can do with simple household items or with their families.

mybluprint.com - FREE online quilting, drawing, knitting, cooking classes and more

Smithsonian 68 Aerial America episodes

TIME for Kids - Free Digital Library

Disney Imagineering Activities

Google Earth Tours

Code.Org Computer Science Activities

Collection of Mentoring Activites from BBBS

 

Mentoring Resources

Building Developmental Relationships During Covid19

Mentoring When the World is On Fire

Contacts

Lander Bachert

CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters of Big Sky Country

lander@bbbs-bigskycountry.org / 406.813.0291

General Inquiry

hello@bbbs-bigskycountry.org

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