Two non-profits in Helena each get $50K grant

Posted at 1:47 PM, Aug 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-16 15:47:16-04

(HELENA) Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Montana on Wednesday announced a combined S100,000 in grants for two non-profit agencies.

The Montana Conservation Corps and the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program each received $50,000 from the healthcare insurer.

Montana Conservation Corps, whose goal is to get youth outdoors, and teach them environmental stewardship, will use the grant to create academic success and increase mental and physical health.

Montana Conservation Corps has plans to reach 266 children through outdoor training expeditions in 2018.

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies helps Montana families with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies says “Up to 25 percent of mothers and 10-25 percent of fathers will experience depression or anxiety after the birth of a child.”

The organization plans to use their grant to expand services to other Montana towns.

This is the second year both programs have received this grant.

Brie Oliver, executive director for Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, said, “We’re really excited to move forward and and we had so many people just waiting to know if we could keep working on this. This is so, means so much, not just for our organization, but for all the communities that we’ve been working with in. Guess it gives me the confidence to continue to go forward.”

Blue Cross-Blue Shield’s ‘Healthy Kids Healthy Families’ grant invests in nonprofits that offer measurable programs for children and their families.