Here is a list of past events we have held at Gulch Distillers.
The reality of the holiday season is that not every family gets to experience a happy one. The Merry Market was born from a community with a heart to come alongside these families and be a part of them having a beautiful, memorable, Christmas! Partnership with children centered organizations allows us to identify and invite these families to our free Market! Local organizations and businesses rally together to provide: gifts, gift wrapping, live music, a Christmas photo wall, family activities, free childcare, and more!
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Our organization provides safe and affordable housing to families that are in need in the Helena area.
For the past two years, our organization has been able to provide housing for six different families. We are still in the process of building the six houses for 2019, with the help of our partner families and community volunteers.
The Fall Art Walk is an annual event organized by Downtown Helena, Inc. and co-sponsored by the Business Improvement District which draws hundreds of people downtown for a fun and vibrant night.
Stop in Gulch Distillers to view Dale Livezey’s majestic “Evening’s Flight” oil painting hung proudly behind our bar. This mammoth painting depicts Freezeout Lake on the Rocky Mountain Front.
The Big Sky Film Institute offers non-profit fiscal sponsorship, mentorship, and consulting to selected independent film projects each year. The program allows filmmakers the opportunity to accept foundation support and tax-deductible donations to fund their projects.
Daughter of a Lost Bird is one of five these projects. Join us for a special Community Cocktails event in support of Big Sky Film Institute and an opportunity to see scenes from this documentary.
About the film: What does blood have to do with identity? Kendra Mylnechuk, an adult Native adoptee, born in 1980 at the cusp of the enactment of the Indian Child Welfare Act, is on a journey to reconnect with her birth family and discover her Lummi heritage.
Take part in Helena College STEAM month with a class on Amaro! We love amaro so much that we drove ourselves to create America’s top craft spirit. And while a tremendous amount of experimentation, trial and error, and refinement went into the development of our Fernet, the basic process of making amaro is really quite simple. Join us and Helena College for a class on Amaro basics and how to make and enjoy your own bitter liqueur.
Register here to reserve your free seat at the bar!
Perpetuity Gin is back on the shelves! This small batch gin celebrates Montana’s open spaces with Montana-grown grains, juniper, wildcrafted sage, and other carefully selected botanicals. Perpetuity Gin honors the ongoing conservation efforts of the Montana Land Reliance. Join us for a special event to toast Montana heritage and landscape. A portion of all drink and bottle sales will go directly towards the all-important work of the Montana Land Reliance.
The Myrna Loy shows independent films each day and presents two full seasons of live performances each year. The Myrna Loy features a full concession stand with beer and wine available during films and performances, and an art gallery displaying the work of local and regional artists. The Myrna Loy is a nonprofit organization and thanks its nearly 700 members and 30 local business sponsors for their generous support of our mission.
The mission of the Myrna Loy is to inspire Helena by presenting culturally enriching arts experiences of all disciplines; to support local and regional artists in their work; and to foster a lifelong love of the arts through educational projects and experiences.
The Myrna Loy brings artists to Helena who wouldn’t otherwise visit our relatively remote location. We present diverse, thoughtful, passionate voices, that inspire our audiences. We also present workshops by our visiting artists to area students to help foster a lifelong love of the arts.
Montana Shares is a partnership of Montana-based nonprofit groups devoted to improving the quality of life in communities throughout Montana.
What we do is make philanthropic giving easy for three groups of people- donors, employers and member nonprofits. We raise about $300,000 each year for about 40 member nonprofits, from about 100 workplaces and about 5000 donors.
Montana Wildlife Federation works in Montana to enhance public access to public lands, to ensure the health and vibrancy of wildlife, and to provide quality habitat for said wildlife.
Their work helps to provide a wide variety of public land recreation opportunities, as well as educate and engage outdoorsmen and women.
The mission of Helena Young Professionals is to bring together young professionals in the Helena area through civic engagement, social networking, and professional development, to build each other up and help shape the future of Helena.
Our vision is a vibrant community in which young professionals from across work sectors and social circles engage and interact with ease.
We strive to make everyone feel welcome and included in our events, and our members have said that our events and presence have made their entry into the Helena community easier and more accessible. Especially given our regular event scheduling and variety of topics, we appeal to a wide audience, and we are able to partner with many local organizations to introduce people to all that Helena has to offer.
Helena Community Gardens(HCG) builds gardens, provides the tools and knowledge to grow food, and increases access to healthy and affordable food. Our most visible projects are our gardens themselves. Each year around 200 gardeners in 9 community gardens produce food for themselves and for Helena Food Share customers. (Helena Food Share provides food to 1500 families per month, and partners with HCG and others to eliminate hunger in the Helena area). HCG currently manages 9 gardens located throughout the city, with the goal of all residents being within walking distance of a garden. Additionally, many HCG gardens include handicap accessible garden beds and pathways. HCG also provides several annual workshops on gardening, composting, and food preservation in order to increase sustainability, production, and yield for our gardeners and other community members.
Queen City Ballet Company’s purpose is to stimulate and promote many forms of artistic dance at a professional level. QCBC seeks opportunities for community outreach and education including granting scholarships to attend workshops, providing demonstrations, performances, programs for the community and purchasing tickets to performances for underprivileged and financially handicapped families.
We assist survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking with a broad variety of emergency and transitional support services.
We aim to help victims of abuse break the cycle and live lives free from violence. We also educate our community members about these social problems with the hope of preventing them in future generations.
The Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument is a Helena-based 501(c)(3) non-profit established in 2001 to support the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument – where the wild and scenic Missouri River flows through nearly half-a-million acres of central Montana prairies and badlands. Our mission is to protect and preserve the Monument by educating the public, advocating for responsible access and environmentally responsible uses, and to support groups and agencies that protect and restore the Monument.
The Friends work with the Bureau of Land Management to create meaningful stewardship and volunteer events that directly benefit the Monument, and thus all who recreate on it. The Monument stretches from the town of Fort Benton all the way to the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, following a 150-mile stretch of the Missouri River and 375,000 acres of public land. Every year, we organize and oversee volunteer events such as cottonwood cuttings, plantings, and waterings as well as river-cleanups, ultimately geared toward protecting and preserving the Monument’s wild features.
Rich in ecological and cultural history, the Monument is a prime destination for outdoor recreational activities, including hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, and boating. However, few Montanans are aware of all the Monument has to offer. We believe that every Montanan deserves to know about and visit one of Montana’s national treasures. We provide information about how to recreate on the Monument safely and responsibly, and encourage everyone to help be a steward of one of Montana’s most protected areas of land.
Help us celebrate our recent recognition! Burrone Fernet won Gold, Best in Class, and Best in Show at the 2019 American Craft Spirits Competition.
Visit the Gulch Tasting Room on Tuesday, April 2, for a new selection of Fernet cocktails, Burrone-inspired sweet treats, and dinner specials from Bad Betty’s Barbecue.
We are a “by the skaters, for the skaters” grassroots, female-managed, non-profit, athletic organization. Our main goal is to inspire women, young and old, to form healthy body image, live active lifestyles, and gain empowerment through learning the sport of roller derby in a safe and supportive environment. We are committed to our community by skating local, buying local, and supporting local business and community organizations. Above all, we are mothers, grandmothers, daughters, wives, and friends, and the passions we bring from these areas of our lives will make us sisters in derby.
Hel’z Belles is committed to keeping roller derby alive and well in the Helena community by recruiting new skaters, refs, and fans. We also hope to be healthy and positive role models in our community.
We are the only roller derby league in Helena! Four times a year we host Helena’s only roller derby bouts against teams from all over Montana. Our league focuses on empowering Helena women to become strong confident athletes. We also like providing fans a great show at our bouts!
Our mission is to prevent homelessness, provide safe and supportive housing for women and children experiencing homelessness, and provide services that restore hope, self-sufficiency, and happy and healthy lives.
YWCA is committed to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
We work with women who are exiting jail, prison, or drug treatment or have involvement with Child Protective Services. We focus on helping women in the tri-county area, but will work with anyone who needs help, no matter where they are from.
Our residential sober living facility provides wrap-around services to the previously mentioned women and their children, if they have children. There is a huge need for facilities like ours due to the increased flow of methamphetamine and heroin coming through Montana. We have seen devastating effects on the women, their children, and their families. Our staff is tasked with trying to help these women rebuild their lives. We do that by providing case management, group therapy, chemical addiction treatment, classes on parenting and developing healthy intimate relationships. We help them get a job or enrolled in school. Women graduate from the WINGS (Women Initiating New Growth and Stability) program once they have completed all of the programming requirements, are working, are sober, and able to find safe and affordable housing. The average length of stay for women in the WINGS program is roughly a year.
The Montana History Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation that preserves the rich legacy of Montana’s past – one story, one community, one project at a time. We do this by granting funds to communities and organizations for history-related projects across the state of Montana. Thanks to the generosity of donors, we have been able to help communities preserve historic buildings, restore cemeteries and other sacred sites, collect oral histories, install new exhibits, and create history education programs.
Since 2012, the Montana History Foundation has granted over $12,100 to history projects in the Helena area. Projects have included restoring windows at the Montana Club, repairing graveside fences at the Silver City Cemetery, locating unmarked burials in the East Helena Cemetery, digitizing historic records at the City of Helena, stabilizing the Beehive Kiln at the Archie Bray Foundation, digitizing records at the Montana Historical Society and more.
Let’s celebrate another year of Gulch Distillers! Join us Nov 13 for our annual anniversary party. We’ll be offering $5 cocktail specials and 10% off bottle purchases.
mILp’s professional staff of Independent Living (IL) Specialists provides people living with disabilities with instruction and training to live, work, and recreate as independently as they desire. IL simply means having equal access to the same opportunities as the rest of society and as specified by the Americans With Disabilities Act. mILp provides Information & Referral Services, Independent Living Skills Training, Individual & Systems Advocacy, Peer Counseling, and Transition Services.
mILp provides learning opportunities for Daily Living Skills, Community Resource Acquisition (our staff assists consumers in researching and applying for community resources such as Medicaid services and waivers, Medicare benefits, food stamps, energy assistance and Meals on Wheels services), and access to Support and Recreational Groups.
Our programs include Self-Directed Personal Assistance Services to aid consumers in recruiting, hiring, training and managing their own personal care attendants, and Orientation & Mobility (O & M) Skills. O & M skill instruction teaches individuals with low vision or blindness to identify their surroundings and to independently navigate around their homes, schools, and communities.
Musikanten Montana brings Early Music to Life through our presentations of Early Music on period instruments. The Instrumentalists and vocalists travel from all over the United States to sing and play with us. We are a membership of about 25. We rehearse at the Helena Cathedral Annex and perform there in January with an additional 15-20 instrumentalists and vocalists. Many of the extras we bring are teachers and Master teachers who love to perform with Kerry Krebill, our Master Director. This one event costs us about $40,000 to present as we travel to Bozeman, Butte, Missoula and the final concert is in Helena. We perform 2-3 other concerts during the year locally.
Imagine spending the formative part of your young adulthood in a safe environment where you are mentored, strengthened, and allowed to grow into the person you want to be. A place where you have an outer circle of loving people who speak truth into your life. A place where you are challenged to serve and commit to living with integrity and purpose.
Where young adults own their future and find ‘home.’
Join The Montana Land Reliance and Gulch Distillers to launch the 2018 run of Perpetuity Gin and for a community night to benefit open space conservation in Montana!
One dollar from each drink sold and a portion of sales from each bottle will support MLR in its mission to partner with Montana’s landowners to protect agricultural lands, fish and wildlife habitat, and open space.
Gulch Distillers created Perpetuity Gin in 2017 to celebrate the landscape that defines Montana, and the landowners who have chosen to over 1,000,000 of its acres with MLR.
The Montana Innocence Project (MTIP) was founded in June 2008 by a committed group of public officials, attorneys, journalists and professors. MTIP is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to exonerating the innocent and preventing wrongful convictions.
We provide charitable legal and investigative assistance to Montana prisoners who pass our rigorous screening. While physical evidence such as DNA is used to advance many claims, MTIP also accepts cases where DNA evidence is not available. In addition to MTIP’s casework, we advocate for public policy reforms that will prevent wrongful convictions.
Our small staff and dedicated volunteers screen, investigate and litigate innocence claims through the Innocence Clinic, which we operate in affiliation with the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana and the University of Montana School of Journalism. Through this interdisciplinary clinic, law, journalism, paralegal and criminology students assist our casework while gaining hands-on training, a wide range of skills, and a strong understanding of our justice system.
CSSM provides for works of advocacy, compassion, pastoral outreach, education, and social justice.
We are primarily an adoption agency, but we provide a variety of services to the community, regardless of an individual’s religion. Basically, CSSM provides free diapers, wipes, baby clothes, and other items to parents in need. Our social workers around the state offer free services to any pregnant woman considering placing her child for adoption.
We provide free diapers and wipes to any parent in need. Everyday, we have multiple requests for diapers and wipes. Last year, we served hundreds of families who would not have been able to afford diapers, wipes, baby clothes. We have helped mothers in the community who wished to place their unborn or infant child up for adoption. We have matched foster kids in the Helena community with pre-adoptive parents.
Helena’s Got Your 6 provides our local disabled heroes with an opportunity to restore a healthy, active lifestyle despite having suffered debilitating injuries while serving our country. We will be hosting local fundraisers of all types to meet our goal of making sure that every Veteran in Helena is given the opportunity to connect with nature through outdoor pursuits such as fishing, hiking, camping, and outdoor picnics. Our trips and outings provide a sense of healing, personal accomplishment and bonding for heroes, caregivers, family and friends. It is our mission to assists our heroes in creating a sense of empowerment that impacts their daily life and overall well-being with a goal in sight of TOTAL RESET.
Outdoor excursions and outings
Facility to reset the body and soul with massage, acupuncture, chiropractic healing and oxygen bar
Passionately pursue meeting financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families. We strive to raise awareness of their sacrifices and provide a safety net to ensure every military family is treated with honor and dignity.
Offer assistance and resources to military service members, veterans and their families in regards to mental health services, other financial assistance, and VA claim and processes
The Lost & Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization made up primarily of musicians volunteering their time, talent, and effort to help those in need. Founded in 1995, the mission of the Lost & Foundation is “To raise and distribute financial resources for public benefit through the power of music.” Twice each year, The Lost & Foundation organizes benefit concerts featuring many of the areas best and most talented musicians to help a community cause. Generally, this is an individual or family who is faced with a dire need due to illness, catastrophe or other financially debilitating situation. The Lost & Foundation has raised and given away over $290,000 through its more than 24 major events and other efforts.
Besides raising funds through our benefits, the Lost & Foundation also provides guidance, use of materials and financial management assistance to other groups who independently organize benefits for worthy causes.
The Lost & Foundation is led by its board and supported by literally hundreds of volunteers, area businesses, musicians, artists, and people like YOU!
The Holter Museum of Art fuels artistic creativity and imagination in Montana through exceptional contemporary art exhibitions, collections, and educational programming.
Embracing the belief that art vitalizes and strengthens community, the Holter Museum of Art seeks to stimulate creativity, curiosity, and collaboration through the visual arts. Our mission is not just exhibiting art—we interpret it, teach it, help create it, preserve it, and build community through it. We capture the imagination of both the young and the grown through exciting exhibitions and powerful art education. We fuel our community’s curiosity and vision by exploring diverse perspectives and cultures—including contemporary Indian culture—within Montana, beyond the state, and from abroad. We honor the uniqueness of our community, of Helena and of Montana, by celebrating contemporary regional artists in our collection and, through our collection, we seek to preserve for future generations the record of our own time and place in history. Community is at the core of the Holter mission, and we strive to share the richness of the visual arts as a benefit for all.
The Holter Museum of Art serves Montana and neighboring states with a quality visual arts exhibition program that includes all media; brings national and international exhibitions into the region; provides a much-needed venue for local and regional artists; and collects, preserves, and interprets significant contemporary Northwest art. The Holter is committed to promoting participation by diverse audiences through outreach, innovative educational programming, and collaboration with other organizations. Increasing and promoting a strong cultural awareness to the broadest possible audience is a guiding factor to our operations.
United Way’s mission is to increase the organized capacity for people to care for one another in Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, and Jefferson counties. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be educated, engaged, prosperous, and healthy. We invest in improving the health, prosperity, and education of all people in the community- the building blocks of a good quality of life.
United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area partners with 40 other nonprofits in the tri-county area that focus on health and human services programs and needs. Our team not only fundraises for these nonprofits, but…
Gulch Distillers is pleased to host ceramic artist Joanna Powell for the Spring Art Walk on Friday, May 4. A former Archie Bray resident, Joanna’s work is vibrant, challenging, and playful. She writes:
What I find beautiful tends to be awkward and irregular and at times the opposite of what is considered the social norm of beauty. The work allows me a place of asylum, a fictional culture where everything and everyone is ok to exist. I want the viewer forget about an objects function and call attention to its possibilities as pure matter with its own intentions and encourage questions about what is happening with the objects. The paintings and objects have become married into installations, re-contextualizing them to function as three-dimensional paintings. My work lives in this twilight zone between painting and sculpture. I am continually searching for the sensation of something coming into focus. The objects I create are colloquialisms of my own making that reference ancient and current civilization. I believe an object can anchor the values of a culture acting as an artifact of its time.
Gulch Distillers is releasing a limited bottling of Smoothbore Rum, a single-barrel, copper pot distilled, two-year aged rum. This lovely spirit has aromas of cinnamon, hazelnut, vanilla, and notes of nutty toffee, orange cream, and dark caramel. Join Gulch Distillers and Bad Betty’s BBQ for a release party featuring special cocktails and Caribbean barbeque.
Montana Supporting Soldiers is now doing business as MT Supporting Military. We send care packages throughout the year to Airmen, Soldiers, Marines and Sailors deployed around the globe. Since 2003 we have sent thousands of care packages to troops in 19 countries, and on several Navy ships. When troops we support are wounded we support them and their families in the hospital. When they return home, we help with a variety of needs. We support Montana military families in various ways during their loved one’s deployment. We partner with several local schools, retirement homes and individuals to make handmade cards to send troops.
Gulch Distillers’ Guardian Reserve Gin won an award from the American Distilling Institute! Help us celebrate this national recognition on Friday, April 20 from 4-8pm. We’ll have cocktails specials featuring the Guardian Reserve Gin and 750ml bottles of the Reserve will be on sale for $33.
Learn more about what the ADI judges said about Guardian Reserve.
Good Samaritan Ministries, motivated by Catholic social teaching, works in our community to advance family life, human dignity and the common good. We provide services to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and families of all faiths, especially those most in need.
We are a local non-profit organization that serves the community by providing financial and in-store assistance on an emergency basis. In addition we operate a Thrift Store which helps the Helena community fill their needs in an economical way.
Planned Parenthood of Montana empowers all people to make private reproductive health care decisions by providing quality health care, medically accurate education, and advocacy for individual rights.
Within the state of Montana, Planned Parenthood is devoted to serving patients in the Helena, Billings, Great Falls and Missoula communities.
PPMT specializes in providing many various health care services for the Helena community. We offer reproductive health care, including breast, cervical, and testicular cancer screenings, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, family planning services including a variety of contraception methods, limited primary care such as routine physicals, sports physicals, treatment for minor illnesses, and screenings for chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension. PPMT also provides services to transgender people in and around Helena.
The Friendship Center is the only shelter in Lewis and Clark, Jefferson, and Broadwater Counties that provides a safe haven and a broad range of support services at no charge for anyone who has experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence or stalking. Our mission is to help individuals and families who have experienced domestic and sexual violence gain access to community services and resources which provide the assistance they need to resolve their crisis and begin to rebuild their lives.
The Lewis & Clark Literacy Council helps adults, young adults and often their families, acquire the reading, writing, basic math, English language, American culture and work-based literacy skills, so that they may reach their full potential within their families, at work and in our community. We accomplish this mission by providing trained volunteer tutor/teachers, many of whom are certified educators who work one-to-one or in small groups with their students. We offer individualized instruction. All of our services, training and materials are FREE of charge. While most of our students are English language learners, many are also those that dropped out of high school and now want to prepare for the GED (HiSet) or just improve their employability skills by improving their reading, writing and basic math.
We believe no one should go hungry.
We believe access to food is a basic human right.
We believe nutritious food is a building block for healthy communities.
We believe in the spirit of human kindness.
We believe that working together we accomplish more.
We believe every gift is significant.
We believe by sharing food, we share hope.
Road to Recovery’s mission is to provide veterans; those struggling with illnesses, whether physical, mental or emotional; and domestic violence and cancer survivors a safe, supportive environment to practice yoga regardless of the ability to pay.
Road to Recovery currently works with the VA. Veterans who are going through the PTSD program come to the studio as part of their treatment. They also work with St. Peter’s. Cancer patients come to the studio for free.
Road to Recovery is here to help anyone who would like to seek yoga as a treatment.
To celebrate No Shave November Ten Mile Creek Brewery and Gulch Distillers will host the first annual No Shave Facial Hair Competition.
On December 1st at 6:30pm awards will be given in four categories at Ten Mile Creek Brewery.
Best Styled Facial Hair
Best Craft Beard (Make your best beard out of anything!)
Medalists will recieve a plaque and a small prize bundle.
All Medalists in each category will be eligible for the Best In Show prize which will be given out on December 2nd (6:30pm) at Gulch Distillers.
Best In Show winner will recieve the Grand Prize!
It’s our anniversary! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 14th to celebrate with us. We’ve made a number of developments over the past year that we want to share with you, including a new bar, a remodeled tasting room, two new gins, and half-size bottles.
Join us any time between 4pm and 8pm to enjoy a selection of discounted cocktails, snacks, and bottle basket specials, all in the comfortable atmosphere of our new tasting room.
The Mission of the Lewis and Clark Humane Society is to provide shelter and advocacy for animals on the pathway to their forever home. Locally, we serve Lewis & Clark, Broadwater and Jefferson counties by educating the communities regarding animal welfare and ending pet overpopulation. In addition, we actively participate in rescue efforts and crisis situations both statewide and nationally.
Gulch Distillers is proud to host ceramic artist Robert Harrison for Downtown Helena’s Fall Art Walk.
Well known for his large scale architectural sculpture, Robert Harrison continues to evolve and exhibit smaller scale studio works. His interests in history and world cultures have provided numerous opportunities to work and travel abroad. His work is represented in many public and private collections, nationally and internationally.
Since 1984, the Montana Learning Center (previously Canyon Ferry Limnological Institute) has been proudly serving students and teachers in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Mathematics (STEAM) in a unique-lakeside environment. We are a non-profit organization providing educational enrichment through critical thinking with the goal to inspire the next generation to do extraordinary things for the betterment of society, a goal mainly served via the provision of day-camps, overnight camps, and weekend workshops onsite at our Canyon Ferry facility. We also do community outreach at science fairs and local trade shows and would like to develop more ongoing training for the rural teachers who attend our workshops.
We have exciting news at the Gulch. This Thursday we release our Neighborhood Apple Edition Brandy, which has been in the works for over a year. Last fall we gathered and pressed a variety of apples from Helena’s neighborhoods. After a slow ferment and deliberate distillation in a copper pot still we laid the spirit to rest in American white oak casks.
This non-chill filtered brandy has a big apple nose with honey, caramel, and cinnamon notes that give it a very pleasing balance.
It is bottled at 86 proof in 375mL bottles. This is an extremely limited release, and at $19 per bottle they won’t last long!
Helena YMCA Camp Child offers a gorgeous mountain setting complete with blue birds, fox, moose, and eagles. During our week of camp, we will literally learn to climb mountains, both real and perceived. Through a series of carefully planned challenges campers will face down fears and overcome them on their own personal journey of growth and development. Camp Child is committed to providing a safe, healthy and fun environment for Children and families to connect and be themselves.
Camp Child serves Children from all over the country primarily those in Montana. We partner with schools, youth organizations to recruit campers from diverse financial and cultural backgrounds. We also partner with Local Doctors and pharmacists to teach children with asthma and allergies how to manage being active with health complications.
Since 1989, The Angel Fund has helped children in need by purchasing school clothing, shoes, winter outerwear, school supplies, backpacks, classroom project supplies and field trip fees to approximately 800 kids each school year. Angel Fund also awards Montana post-secondary scholarships to CHS, HHS and PAL graduates based on financial need, academic success and a commitment to give back to their community.
Students in the Helena School District that qualify for free/reduced lunch are assisted by Angel Fund. We also coordinate Stuff the Bus each summer whereby we help all children needing school supplies in Helena and the surrounding smaller schools.
Each year, Angel Fund helps approximately 800 children that would otherwise go without the required supplies needed to be successful or clothing and warm coats. Families depend on Angel Fund each school year because of the cost of supplies and clothing. We have helped their self-esteem and have leveled the playing field for all students. Scholarships help students break the cycle of poverty by attending college within family units and will “pay it forward” to others in the future. We are changing the world, one child at a time.
The MBG has a dual mission: (1) to improve, build, and foster Montana’s bicycling community to include the development and promotion of bike riding and community resources in both Helena and Montana, as a whole. And: (2) to produce world-class mountain bike races in Montana and the surrounding region. We aim to promote and expand cycling opportunities within our local community of Helena, as well as around the state through trail advocacy and maintenance, community partnerships and collaboration, and state-wide race series development.
The MBG target audience might be best described as the “bike enthusiast” or anyone who may be interested to learn about cycling in the Helena community, and in Montana. Specifically, with Shannon as our newest board member and outreach coordinator, the MBG is making a concerted effort to promote additional activities and initiatives to entice and advocate for more women to participate in the sport of cycling.
The MBG service area at this point is mainly in the Helena area. Essentially the purpose of our work is to promote Helena and Montana as a “bike-friendly” place to live, visit, and conduct business. The Montana Enduro Series (the MBG sponsored race series) is also an effort to promote cycling and stimulate additional local economies. Each year the MES race series varies in schedule but every year includes Montana locations such as Missoula, Great Falls, Big Sky, Bozeman, Red Lodge, and of course of beloved hometown of Helena. In addition, we schedule races in the neighboring communities of Alta, Wyoming at Grand Targhee and in Kellogg, Idaho at Silver Mountain Resort.
The MBG is proactively and effectively helping to raise the profile of Helena as a biking community therefore aiding and stimulating our local economy. We have development meaningful partnerships with PPLT and Bike Helena in which the MBG is an instrument for trails advocacy and cycling development initiatives within the community. In addition, the MBG is currently working on a cost-share agreement with the US Forest Service to contract trail maintenance in the Helena area.
The Montana Innocence Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to exonerating innocent Montana inmates and preventing future wrongful convictions. We provide the legal and investigative assistance necessary to identify and advance credible claims of innocence. We also advocate for public policy reforms to improve the criminal justice system, and work to educate Montanans throughout the state.
Join The Montana Land Reliance and Gulch Distillers to celebrate the launch of Perpetuity Gin!
Perpetuity Gin was born of a pride in Montana heritage – a heritage seated in Montana’s wide open landscapes and agricultural traditions. Montana’s unique character originates in the landscape: its space, beauty, the wealth of its natural resources, working lands, wildlife habitats, and outdoor recreation.
Gulch Distillers has generously chosen to give back to the generations of Montanans who have worked to preserve that character. Perpetuity Gin is distilled from Montana-grown grains. It celebrates Montana’s open spaces with juniper, sage, and other carefully selected botanicals.
A portion of all sales of Perpetuity Gin will contribute to open space conservation in Montana through The Montana Land Reliance. The Montana Land Reliance has protected 1,000,000 acres in Montana from inappropriate development since 1978.
Gulch Distillers will also donate a portion of all drink sales during Community Cocktails on August 2nd to The Montana Land Reliance.
Treat yourself to a refreshing cocktail and to the satisfaction of helping conserve Montana’s unique character!
The Dancing Lotus Center Foundation Scholarship provides free classes and scholarships for series and workshops to Veterans, Domestic Violence and Cancer survivors in a safe and qualified environment.
We offer this scholarship to remove financial barriers and to make space for these incredible survivors to heal.
The scholarship is for a 3 month membership for qualifying applicants. This allows the scholarship recipients to then attend up to 3 classes a week of any of the “ongoing classes.”
We provide classes of a wide variety, some of which include yoga, dance, movement therapy, Nia, Oula, and meditation. We also have massage therapists and counseling therapists that work with a wide variety of people: individuals, couples, kids, and adults.
Our mission is to support, serve, and enhance our affiliate members in their efforts to increase postsecondary participation and completion for all Montanans. MCAN is an innovative collective impact approach for promoting statewide college access and success through cross-sector collaboration and communication. MCAN and the collaboration of affiliates believe that college degrees and certificates can improve everyone’s lives, and consequently Montana.
Save The Brain – Helena is concussion awareness and educational organization in Helena. We are a 100% voluntary group of medical providers who have a passion for keeping our medical community current in concussion assessment and treatment as well as making Helena a safer place to live and play.
Free pre-season concussion baseline testing for area youth sports. Since August 2016, we have screened Helena youth football, hockey, lacrosse, Bighorn hockey, and will screen youth soccer at the end of February.
We have given free presentations to groups including Helena EMTs, Carroll College nursing, Boulder school, and White Sulphur Springs school and medical staff.
Concussion assessment and management standards are changing rapidly. It is one of our missions is to educate our local area medical practitioners, parents, coaches, and athletes on the most current concussion research, safety, and treatments.
Archie Bray, Sr.’s, original vision for the Archie Bray Foundation, and our mission statement, is “to make available to all who are seriously and sincerely interested in any of the branches of ceramic art, a fine place to work”. The idea of people and place central to this mission encompasses a broad range of people and activities. The hub, focus and central “nexus” of all activity at the Bray is our artist-in-residence program. For 65 years, ceramic artists at all stages of their career – from students to established professionals – have come to the Bray to pursue their creative and professional growth in a supportive environment distinguished by state-of-the-art facilities and a dynamic community of other artists. Likewise, artists and students in the local community have the chance to build fundamental skills, experiment with new techniques and explore their own creativity in year-round sessions of classes taught by the resident artists. Moreover, visitors from the local area and around the world experience the latest work being done in the field of ceramics through the Bray’s annual schedule of exhibitions, which are always free and open to the public. Finally, a series of free, public lectures in the summertime give guests an insider’s look into the experiences, influences and interests of contemporary artists from around the world.
Montana Supporting Soldiers is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt volunteer organization based in Helena, Montana. We also have volunteer members in other cities. We send care packages throughout the year to deployed troops, military working dogs, and wounded troops in combat field hospitals. We send care packages to Montana wounded warriors and their families at military hospitals in the U.S. We also help the warriors and their families in various ways when the warriors return home from the hospital. Several of our volunteer members provide home-cooked dinners to residents at the Willis Cruse House, a transitional house for homeless veterans.
When Special Forces soldiers from out-of-state are in Helena for training, we provide potluck dinners and warm Montana hospitality.
Our continued success and ability to support our troops, wounded warriors and veterans is made possible by donations of items, monetary donations, sponsors, dedicated volunteers, generous businesses, caring individuals, referrals from government and military personnel, and support from our families. Thank you everyone!
Gulch Distillers is releasing our limited edition Guardian Reserve Gin!
This barreled gin pays tribute to Helena’s iconic landmark, the “Guardian of the Gulch.” We distill our gin in small batches of only 148 bottles from a base of Montana grains. Its simple botanical structure, including juniper and coriander, take on additional depth in Sauvignon Blanc barrels from the Russian River Valley in California. Light citrus notes, lime zest, and subtle flavors of dried apricot round out the character of our Guardian Reserve Gin.
Join us May 2 and pick up your two bottles. Only 148 are available and only in our Front Street Tasting Room.
We are a non-profit organization that focuses on building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. We provide a hand-up to local people in need by performing critical home repairs and putting home ownership with in reach. Examples of some of our current projects include a home remodel for a woman and her three children who are looking for some permanence and security after fleeing a domestic violence situation. We are also remodeling a bathroom to make it more accessible and safe for a current homeowner with disabilities, and we just insulated the trailer of a local man so that he would be able to remain in his home for the winter.
Helena has one of the most expensive markets in the state for both renting and buying homes. There are just under 500 families currently on the Helena Housing Authority waitlist. Helena Area Habitat is the only organization that is actively building affordable housing in our community. There is obviously a tremendous amount of need for this kind of work and we need the support of the entire community to build more homes and impact more families. Since our founding, we have built 32 homes and renovated many more. We are driven to increase our capacity and put more families in safe, decent and affordable housing.
The Foundation for Animals (formerly The Mikal Kellner Foundation for Animals) is a unique nonprofit foundation dedicated to addressing the critical needs of animals, both domestic and wild. The foundationprovides financial assistance to well-managed projects that promote animal welfare, prevent animalsuffering, and provide clear and explicit improvements for animals.
The Foundation For Animals (FFA) is dedicated to addressing critical needs of animals, both domestic and wild, by assisting projects in the Helena area that promote animal welfare, prevent animal suffering and provide needed improvements for animals.
The Foundation sponsors a free SPAY Montana clinic in Helena each year for pets of low income pet owners and helps those pet owners who need assistance with emergency veterinary care. On the wild side, FFA was the leading fundraising organization to help Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks develop the Montana Wildlife Center adjacent to Spring Meadow Lake State Park in Helena. Since the opening of the center in 2002, FFA has continued to raise funds for ongoing improvements at the wildlife rehabilitation facility. The most recent project being the completion of a raptor flight barn to rehabilitate wing injuries of eagles, owls and hawks.
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, The Montana Coalition Inc. is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization formed in 1984. The organization’s vision is that there will be a safe and healthy beginning for all babies in Montana. HMHB endeavors to improve the health, safety, and well-being of Montana families by supporting mothers and babies, age zero to three. We provide educational resources to families in Montana on healthy pregnancy, parenting, and maternal and family health. We also provide car seats and cribs to families in need through our Safe Seats for Baby and Safe Sleep for Baby programs.
We provide outreach and resources to communities all throughout Montana. Through our network of county health departments and nonprofits throughout the state we aim to reach all Montana families.
We work a great deal with the Helena community through our educational programs and Safe Sleep and Safe Seats program. Our relationship with Lewis and Clark County Health and St. Peter’s hospital allows us to tap into local issues and pilot projects here in Helena.
To provide safe and supportive housing for women and children experiencing homelessness, while initiating accessibility to services that restore hope, self-sufficiency, and happy and healthy lives.
Together with YWCA USA and YWCAs across the country, we are dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
YWCA Helena served 57 women in 2016 and 17 children and held a 60% success rate of transition into permanent housing that she can sustain.
The Shop University teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults in our community. The classroom is entirely donation based so all funds raised will be used to purchase learning and teaching materials and pay for utilities and rent on our classroom space. Funds will be used to purchase textbooks and new technology for the classroom. As well as help us pay the heat and other utility bills as the colder weather approaches.
One-in-five Helena youth will develop a mental illness. Anxiety disorders and depression are especially prevalent. Unfortunately, only a third of our communality’s kids, teenagers, and young adults will receive proper treatment. The greatest deterrent to treatment is cost. Mental health care services remain expensive and underinsured.
If a young person in the Helena area is looking for care, cost should never be a barrier. Working together with partners and community leaders, the Awareness Network is dedicated to covering all out-of-pocket costs for anyone in need of treatment.
Most behavioral disorders are highly treatable, if diagnosed and treated early. That’s why the Awareness Network focuses on our developing population.
In addition to covering the cost of mental health care services, the Awareness Network aims to educate the public, as well as end stigma in order to promote the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression.
Africa Yoga Project, AYP was created in 2007 to train youth and build the wellness industry so that previously un- or under-employed youth from marginalized communities earn a self-sustaining income as community leaders who have the ability to build healthy, wellness-promoting communities. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, AYP serves diverse, marginalized and/or vulnerable communities. Through partnerships with previously marginalized youth who are now yoga teachers, AYP currently provides more than 300 free classes per week to more than 6000 community members. Since starting in 2007, AYP has trained more than 200 yoga teachers in Kenya to serve across Kenya and beyond.
Learn how to warm up at your home bar in a cold winter. We will lead participants through classic hot cocktails including the Chinook, our own Hot Buttered Rum. This one-hour class begins at noon. The class is free but space is limited. Click the picture to register or click here.
The Original Governor’s Mansion Restoration Society (OGMRS) exists to support the ongoing historic preservation and restoration of the Original Governor’s Mansion. Through our preservation work and educational programs, future generations can relive the past, discover history, and experience Montana’s rich cultural heritage.
Our restoration and preservation efforts are focused on Montana’s Original Governor’s Mansion. We also have educational materials that are sent out each year in trunks to Montana schools. These trunks include lesson plans and historic items and documents related in Montana history.
In addition to the restoration and preservation of the Original Governor’s Mansion and educational materials for schools the OGMRS also puts on local events each year for the community. The events are the Secret Garden Tour in July, the Historic Helena Halloween Walking Tour in October, and the Holiday Home Tour in December.
Learn the secrets of Helena’s Best Bloody Mary. Also learn how to fat wash spirits to draw coveted savory flavors from bacon, olive oil, and other fats into your cocktails. This one-hour class begins at noon. The class is free but space is limited. Click the picture to register or click here.
The Mission of The Montana Budget and Policy Center (MBPC) is to advance responsible tax, budget, and economic policies through credible research and analysis in order to promote opportunity and fairness for all Montanans. MBPC fulfills this mission by providing credible research and analysis on state fiscal issues to legislators, tribal leaders, advocates, the public and the media.
MBPC is based in Helena, but our work is statewide. MBPC also conducts its research with a particular lens on issues impacting American Indians and Indian Country.
After completing the successful campaign to expand health care coverage to low-income Montanans, MBPC will be turning it’s work to other policies to help working families, including paid family leave and a state earned income credit.
“Helping Children and Their Families Overcoming Homelessness.”
Family Promise has helped 187 children and parents attain sustainable independence since 2012. In fact, 82% of our program graduates are still independent today. They are renting or buying housing and adequately employed. These families are stronger today and so is our community.
Calling all spirit enthusiasts! You are invited to a Brand Re-Opening Party at Gulch Distillers!
Help us celebrate our new name and new products. Enjoy discounted cocktails, giveaways, and special refreshments. Join us on Tuesday, November 15 from 4-8pm.
Featuring our four classic house tonics for $5!
Stop in at the Gulch during Downtown Helena’s Fall Art Walk. Have a cocktail and enjoy the powerful work of our featured artist and Gulch bartender Jamie Bates Slone:
The focus and significance of my work lies in the state of the human condition, the delicacy and fragility of the human construct in an emotional and physical sense. Through conjured memory, I revisit my family’s history with illness and premature death focusing primarily on our history with cancer. My current work is a reflection of those memories with an emphasis on the relationship between human biology and human emotion.
By using the figure as a metaphor for the cancer itself I am able to convey the emotions often correlated with the disease. My surface choices are derived from high-color contrast scans of bodies and cancerous tissues and their inherently grotesque but psychedelic appearance. My intent is for one to imagine the surface of the skin as a reflection of the disease hidden within.
The RMDC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) human resource development council serving Jefferson, Lewis & Clark and Broadwater Counties here in Montana. They have numerous programs serving families and individuals of all ages. They are committed to improving the quality of life for all community members, especially for those who face poverty or for whom mental illness, isolation or age puts them at unusual risk.
Participate in the NEA Big Read and join the book discussion on A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin. Discuss your favorite mixes of adult beverages and the wizarding medicinals of Earthsea. Free and open to the public.
Need some updates for your fall wardrobe? Come down to Gulch Distillers this Thursday and browse the great selection at Fiona’s Mobile Boutique! She’ll be parked out front from 5pm-8pm on Thursday, October 20.