Over summer break, My Student In Need nearly doubled in size.
At the end of June, 70 schools statewide participated in the nonprofit. Two months later, there are 130 schools participating, and My Student In Need executive director Kim Wombolt is being called to speak on the national level.
Since September 2013, My Student In Need has served as an intermediary between need requests and anonymous donors. It was born of My Neighbor In Need, founded in Great Falls by Dave Snuggs, a way for people to “ask for help with dignity,” Wombolt said.
“Nothing really seemed to be moving,” Wombolt said of My Student’s growth.
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My Neighbor in Need fulfilled its 1st need on March 21, 2012. After 4 years, we have, through the generosity of our community fulfilled over 6,600 Neighbor in Need requests and over 1,400 Student in Need Requests. Founder, Dave Snuggs originally hoped to fulfill about 200 need requests per year.
A Special “Super-Duper” You Rock Award goes to the employees at DA Davidson who raised $750 last Friday during their Jeans Day promotion. In addition to their financial support, several employees also donated coats, gloves, hats and more winter apparel to help our Students in Need! Thank you goes out to the team members at DA Davidson.
Thank You To the kindness and generosity of Calumet Lubricants for their donation to My Student in Need matching the generous donation of the employees from JH Kelly.
Friday, October 2nd will kick-off the Christmas season at Electric City Coffee (319 Central Avenue) from 5:00 – 9:00 pm at the First Friday Art Walk.
From October 2nd until Christmas, folks can come into Electric City to donate children’s mittens or gloves. My Student In Need will distribute these mittens to children at various schools in Great Falls. You may also give a donation of any amount for My Student In Need to purchase mittens.
On Friday, tables will be set for children of all ages to decorate a pair of mittens to display on the walls of Electric City. Sequins, beads and yarn will be provided! These decorated mittens will be hung on the brick walls of Electric City until Christmas.
Ceramic coffee mugs will also be sold with embossed mittens with drip coffee included. All proceeds will go directly to My Student in Need to purchase more mittens.
Stop in anytime to drop off your mittens, purchase a pottery mitten mug or give funds to purchase mittens.
Join us this Friday at the First Friday Art Walk to begin your Christmas spirit.
Call Kim Wombolt at My Student In Need at (406) 750-2542 or Event Volunteer Becky Nelson (406) 899-8642 for more information. Below is a photo of the Mitten Mugs being sold at Electric City Coffee
Last year’s Community Coat Drive collected more than 600 winter coats for kids in need when organizer Cyndi Baker said she was only hoping for 200.
“It was amazing,” she said. “But they’re gone.”
Baker and other businesses are partnering with My Neighbor in Need’s Student in Need program once again not just to provide coats, but other winter goods like boots, hats, gloves and snowpants in all sizes to outfit kids and keep them warm this winter.
“Lots of times we can have a coat on a kid within the day,” said Kim Wombolt, executive director of My Neighbor in Need.