NONPROFIT: Start friendships with foreign exchange students

2010-07-12T00:00:00Z NONPROFIT: Start friendships with foreign exchange studentsBy the Missoulian
July 12, 2010 12:00 am  • 

The Missoula International Friendship Program needs volunteer families, couples and single people to become "community friends" to incoming foreign university students and scholars.

The students and scholars do not reside in community friends' home and community friends have no financial or legal responsibilities for them. Community friends are asked to meet with their international student or scholar once a month for the first two semesters of their university experience. Throughout the friendship match, the student and their community friend learn much about each other's culture while sharing leisure and family activities.

Interested individuals should complete an application to make the best match possible. Applications are available at (click on "Forms") or through the University of Montana's Foreign Student and Scholar Services at 243-2226.

Completed applications should be received by Aug. 27 to be available for matching for fall semester.

The Hamilton Skatepark working group is looking for people willing to support the creation of a skatepark in Ravalli County.

The group meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month in Hamilton City Hall. It is looking for people to take on a manageable task of their choice, contact potential donors, solicit local support, engage in conversation with local business, network with local skaters and expand county awareness.

The group currently has a core of committed individuals, city and county employees, private citizens and nonprofit organizations, but needs more help.

To learn more, attend the next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, at Hamilton City Hall, or call Tom Kresan at 375-9996.

Teresa Nygaard, executive director of the Parenting Place, will present a best-practice parenting curriculum training July 29-30 and Aug. 12-13.

The training is twofold: with the goal of understanding the philosophy of the Nurturing Program and learning to be an effective facilitator.

The usual cost for training is $200 per person, but if 10 to 12 people attend, the cost will be $100 per person.

For more information or to register for a training session, call Teresa at the Parenting Place 728-5437.

City Life Community Center is having a fundraising garage sale to benefit camps and youth events it hosts.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at City Life, 1515 Fairview Ave. Donations of good, sellable items are being accepted and may be dropped of at the center from 1 p.m. Thursday, July 15, to 5 p.m. Friday, July 16.

The center is also hosting a car wash on Saturday, July 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Holiday Station on corner of South Avenue West and South Reserve Street.

Money raised will benefit students going to Los Angeles in August for a surf camp.

For more information, call Lona Grover at 532-1555.


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