The responsibilities of parents almost seem unimaginable. It is one of the most important jobs in the world and as is often pointed out, there is no instruction manual. For parents, advice, instincts and things learned in their own upbringing can make the path to good parenting seem like a maze.
Two years ago Ashley and Zach Favor had an idea – they could turn worry into information. The Facebook group Gallatin Canyon Road Conditions was created. As they pack and prepare to move away, they can take pride in knowing they left this area better than how they found it.
Those trusted with the community’s children want to make sure they are being as effective as possible in meeting program needs.
Big Sky Ski Education Foundation (BSSEF) is hosting its Annual Ski Ball fundraiser on Feb. 14 – the nonprofit’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The Ski Ball is going virtual, but the organization has creatively come up with ways for attendees to be engaged while socially distanced.
Huge progress has been made on the groundbreaking project between Habitat for Humanity of Gallatin Valley and the Big Sky School District thanks to dedicated volunteers. Still, there is work to be done. The project is meant to increase teacher retention by providing affordable teacher housing on school grounds.
At the end of World War II, Montanans looked to the vast wilderness of the Treasure State and felt the urge to protect it. The nonprofit Keep Montana Green has focused on preventing humancaused wildfires with a big push toward education for the last 75 years.
Lee Winters circumnavigated the globe solo on a 39-foot sailboat called Jargo, named after the horse that saved his grandparents during a flash flood. The consummate entrepreneur, his pursuits have ranged from inventions, to farming, to soy protein packing and now to real estate investment with Spanish Moss Home Buyers in Savannah, Ga.
Stepping into the spotlight can be a frightening proposition, no matter one’s age. When the call to volunteer for the Spanish Peaks Community Foundation Facebook Live video drawing came, three-year-old Trip Effler answered without much hesitation, saying with his actions: “Step aside, older humans. I have a job to do.”
Boards of organizations in Big Sky make things happen – they wield a lot of power in the unincorporated community. Board members have the onus of furthering organizational goals while remaining accountable to the community.
When humans head to the wilderness, things can happen quickly. Weather shifts, lightning strikes, animals attack. This is not to say that nature has antipathy for humans, but more apathy. That might even be part of the appeal for outdoor enthusiasts – a thrill.