How do you really know the issues your neighbors are facing? Simple—you talk to them. The Missoula Interfaith Collaborative (MIC) is partnering with congregations, nonprofits, and community organizations to assess and address the needs of Missoula residents during the current COVID-19 health crisis.
“It’s all about neighbors connecting with each other,” says Rebecca Pettit, development director for MIC. “We work with 150 citizen leaders to provide a source of on-the-ground reporting of needs from the community; organizations and the community then make quick, strategic decisions to help as many people as possible.”
Together, the volunteers:
- staff and support a community warehouse and telephone hotline
- deliver food and necessities to those in need
- offer emergency shelter and childcare through local congregations
- provide technology hubs to help residents search for jobs and housing, or apply for unemployment
The coalition’s 35 partner organizations serve seven Missoula neighborhoods, creating new relationships and greater social connection, even during this time of social distancing, Pettit says.
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