Notes from the Field

Montana Mutual Aid and Support Resources

March 19, 2020

We here at Forward Montana are concerned about keeping our friends, neighbors, and loved ones safe, and it’s okay to be worried about COVID-19 because it’s a public health threat unlike any we’ve faced in a long time. AND we can’t let our fear distract us from the truth about how to fight it: We all have to come together, locally in our community and in our state, nationally and even internationally and all do our part to stop it’s spread.

We have compiled the following list of resources for aid and support from across the state. As new resources come up, the list will be updated. If you know of any additional resources, not listed, please contact Terry, our Development Manager, at to have it added. 



Local News and Updates:

Yellowstone County Health Department



Aid and Support: 

Bozeman COVID-19 Mutual Aid Google Form

Bozeman Salvation Army Sack Lunches

For those parents who will be trying to figure out extra meals for their homebound kids due to spring break and school closures, The Salvation Army has free sack lunches Monday through Friday 9:00AM – 12:0 PM and 1:00PM – 3:00PM. We also have hygiene supplies, cleaning supplies, and some toilet paper. Address: 32 S. Rouse Avenue 59715

HRDC Volunteer Opportunities

Gallatin Valley United Way Volunteer Opportunities

Local News and Updates: 

Gallatin County Health Department



Aid and Support: 

Missoula COVID-19 Mutual Aid Organizing Facebook Group

Local News and Updates:

Missoula City-County Health Department


Great Falls 

Aid and Support:

Periodic “Seniors Only” Shopping Hours at Target, Smiths, and Albertsons

Double Barrel Coffee House Cafe

Offering free sack lunch to all children from 11 am to 2 pm until further notice. 

Local News and Updates: 

Cascade City-County Health Department


Hill/Blaine/Liberty County area: 

HRDC District 4 is lifting up their domestic violence hotline, as social distancing and quarantine can put some folks at risk. The number is: 406-265-2222



Aid and Support: 

Montana Works Unemployment

If a person cannot work because their employer has temporarily closed or decreased services (such as a restaurant only providing take-out or drive-through), you can receive unemployment benefits. A person does not need to quit their job in order to receive benefits due to the impact of COVID-19. Contact the Montana Department of Labor at 406-444-2840 and they can help file a claim or go here to file.

Online AA Meetings 

Montana 211 Volunteer Opportunities

Black Student Academic Fund- COVID-19 Crisis Request Form

Due to the outbreak of COVID19 and the cancelation of universities throughout the state, The Montana Racial Equity Project will be offering resources from their Black Student Academic Fund as long as funds are available. Disclaimer – the funds that are they able to send you may not be all that you need.

Haven 24-hr support line: 406-586-4111

News and Updates: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Department of Public Health and Human Services



Aid and Support:

COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Communities

24hr National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 or online chat at

24hr National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233,  text LOVEIS to 22522, or online chat at