Teachers, principals and counselors in Missoula’s public schools see kids every day without winter coats, boots, school supplies and even enough food. Missoula’s schools don’t have the resources to help every child in need, but Missoula Organization of REALTORS®’s (MOR) nonprofit organization, MOR4Kids, can help fill that gap.
Since its creation in 2011, MOR4Kids has provided $33,975 in direct contributions to Missoula’s schools. The money goes to school resource rooms to provide funding for food, milk, clothing, and gas to help parents get their kids to school. MOR also has a room with a “store” in their office building filled with school supplies, toiletries, winter coats, boots, gym shoes, snow pants, and clothing. The MOR Store is available to school counselors and teachers to “shop” free of charge for kids in need.
Paxson Elementary School has used MOR4Kids funding and the MOR Store to provide clothing, gift cards for groceries, gas and phone, according to Principal Kelly Chumrau. They have even used the funds to purchase a YMCA membership for a family and dance classes for a talented student without the means to pay for lessons.
“The money makes a real difference in people’s lives,” Chumrau says. “We appreciate being able to stop by the office to pick up shoes and toiletries for the kids.”
MOR4Kids was created after members of MOR recognized a growing need in Missoula’s school system.
“Kids are going to school hungry, without school supplies, and even without the proper clothing,” says REALTOR Judy Gudgel and one of the MOR4Kids founders. “These kids live in our neighborhoods and are friends with our children.”
MOR funds have been raised primarily through two major events each year: A golf tournament in June and a charity auction called Denim & Diamonds in November of which members of MOR generously volunteer their time to organize. Tax-deductible donations can also be made via MOR’s website at http://www.missoularealestate.com/mor4kids or by mailing them to MOR4Kids, 1610 S. 3rd St. West, Suite 201, Missoula, MT 59801.
The Missoula Organization of REALTORS® is a trade association dedicated to providing valuable programs, products and services to members, to affiliate members and the community. Find out more at www.MissoulaRealEstate.com