Sober Streets Billings “Gratitude in Action”

Ignatia’s House with their non-profit foundation “Gratitude in Action” has recently launched “Sober Streets” a program to help the homeless get off the streets of Billings. Their mission is to fund Recovery and Sober Living by creating a Community that empowers Men and Women with the opportunity to become self-supporting. They believe that together we can change our communities one life at a time. Your help is effective immediately, it is used to help provide a life changing opportunity to the suffering found on our streets. It is a hand up from the despair of addiction and homelessness. It is also sustainable because each resident becomes self sufficient through employment and life skills. The cost is nominal and each resident can accept assistance only once, then they are responsible to take care of their own responsibilities.

How can you help fund Sober Streets?

  • All Donations are used locally. 100% goes to the cause.
    • One month’s fee’s cost $500.00. However, many of our residents cannot afford this amount in spite of a real desire to take action to receive the help they need.
    • Other ways to help:
      • $25.00 gift cards for undergarments and socks
      • 10 pack bus pass
      • $25.00 gift card for groceries
      • Winter coats hats, gloves and scarves
      • $150.00 scholarships 1 person/ 1 week
      • $10 gift card for hygiene
      • New Twin Bedding

Gratitude In Action: 135 Monarch Billings, MT 59101. Call them at 406-696-8704.


The Billings Food Bank will be serving a free Holiday Dinner on Christmas Day from Noon until 3pm, at Fortin Culinary Center, 2112 4th Avenue North.

They will also deliver meals to individuals and families unable to leave their homes. To request a delivered meal, please call 259-2856.

Volunteer drivers are also needed. If you can help, please call the Billings Food Bank – 259-2856.


BILLINGS, MT – Are you interested in acquiring new skills and helping people in the Community. Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity? Consider becoming a part of the HRDC  Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Team.

Through this program you will become an IRS certified tax preparer and receive no-cost training from IRS tax professionals. Once you have completed your training, you can assist individuals and families in your community with free tax preparation services. VITA targets low to moderate-income earners making less than $55,000.  As a volunteer, you will not only learn how to prepare individual tax returns, but will receive cutting-edge instruction on new tax requirements, tax credits, rates, and deductions.  In 2017, our VITA team was able to secure over $2.9 million in refunds going back into the community.  The VITA program saved taxpayers over a half million dollars in tax preparation fees.

If this sounds interesting and you would like to learn more, go to or find us on Facebook at VITA HRDC7. If tax preparation is not your thing, HRDC and VITA have other volunteer opportunities.

Taco John’s Nachos Navidad Fundraiser for Boys & Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County Area

The Taco John’s® in Billings and Laurel will hold its annual Nachos Navidad® fundraiser benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County from now through December 25, 2018.   


Every year Taco John’s in Billings and Laurel partners with a charity during its festive Nachos Navidad® holiday promotion with a portion of each Nachos Navidad purchase dedicated to a local charity.  In 2018, Taco John’s in Billings and Laurel will partner with the Boys & Girls Club where over 700 kids visit the Yellowstone County Boys and Girls Clubs every day. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County serves kids in need at five locations staffed with caring adults. Kids can turn to the clubs for a safe place to study, play and be fed after school and all summer long.

For the sixth year, Taco John’s has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County.  In 2017, the Boys & Girls Clubs served over 166,000 healthy snacks and meals to kids in our community, provided scholarships to over 50% of registered Club members and offered engaging programs that ensured members were on track to advance grade levels on time. The valuable funds from the Nachos Navidad fundraiser will assist the Boys & Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County in providing youth with opportunities to become the person they want to be and achieve a Great Future.

Between December 1 and December 25, Taco John’s four Billings locations and Laurel will donate a portion of each Nachos Navidad purchase and will also collect change. “Thank you to the residents of Billings, Laurel and the surrounding area for their continued support of our fundraisers,” said Brian Simmons, District Manager with Taco John’s.

Pack The Patrol Car!

The 4th Annual Pack the Patrol Car for Toys for Tots is this Saturday, December 1st, at Stockman Bank, 2700 King Ave. West, from 10a-4p.

Give hope to less fortunate children in Yellowstone County when you donate a new, unwrapped toy!

Pack the Patrol Car is part of the Marine Corps Reserve Billings Toys For Tots program in partnership with the Montana Highway Patrol, Stockman Bank, The Avitus Group, and Connoisseur Media!

Billings Breakfast Optimist Club Christmas Trees

Going on now, The Billings Breakfast Optimist Club are selling Christmas Trees in the Parking Lot of Kings Ace Hardware on Zimmerman. Three different types of trees are being sold: Douglas, Balsam and Frazier Fur.

Open 7 days a week until the trees are sold out, M-F: 1:00p – 7:00p, Saturday: 9:00a – 7:00p, Sunday: 9:00a – 6:00p. Help a local youth by purchasing a Christmas Tree!

Billings Food Bank Needs Volunteers For Thanksgiving

The Billings Food Bank needs your help this Thanksgiving Day. Drivers are needed to deliver meals to hungry Billings individuals and families.

Volunteers are also neede to help dish food in the kitchen. Drivers are needed beginning at 11:45am Thanksgiving Day. Kitchen helpers are needed beginning at 10:30am.

If you can help, please call the Billings Food Bank at 259-2856 to sign-up!

Veterans Day at Perkins Family Restaurants of Billings

It’s Perkins Family Restaurants of Billings, Love Billings and Connoisseur Media’s  Salute to our Veterans, Sunday, November 11th for Veterans Day.

From 6a-12 midnight, the Perkins Family Resturants in Billings will be serving up the all American Breakfast and All American Burger free of Charge to Veterans. This is just one way to thank the over 100,000 Veterans in the State of Montana , which has the second highest per capta of Veterans in the United States.

The 2nd Annual “Waves of Pink” Walk

It’s the 2nd Annual “Waves of Pink” Walk Saturday October 27th  beginning at 10am  to increase awareness of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

No fees or timing – not a race. Just time together to honor and remember those affected by breast cancer and to increase awareness. Each person that sees our banner as they drive by might think of someone …

Each person that walks receives a set of pink gloves and can wave to all proudly as they walk the route beginning at Shiloh/Grand.