HRDC offers a number of ways to get involved and give the gift of time.
Interested in volunteering? Contact us for more information!
Harmony House Transitional Living Program: teach life skills classes, mentor a young mom, paint the living room and bedrooms of Harmony House.
Alternative Education: provide tutoring to students working toward their HiSET.
Youth Employment and Training: Teach life skills classes on a variety of topics, be part of a mock interview panel.
Contact Stephanie by email or call (406) 247-4788 for more information.
Work Experience Sites
Work Experience Programs provide participants with work opportunities to develop skills, knowledge, and work behaviors to increase their employability. Participating businesses provide mentoring, supervision and on-the-job training. Contact the Employment and Training staff at (406) 247-4732. The paperwork is minimal and takes only a few minutes to complete.
Youth Employment Work Experience Sites provide participants with work opportunities to develop skills, knowledge, and work behaviors to increase their employability. Youth can work for a government, nonprofit, or for-profit employer. Contact Youth Program Staff at (406) 247-4732. The paperwork is minimal and takes only a few minutes to complete.
HRDC’s Annual Play Date at the Zoo
In June HRDC hosts its annual Play Date at the Zoo event at ZooMontana from 1:00-7:00 pm. HRDC staff will be on hand to share information about their programs and services available to families. Numerous other community resources will also be on site providing information and activities.
Around 5,000 people join in for this fun, family day. The event offers face painting, games, scavenger hunt, obstacle course, snacks, and more. The event is free to the public and includes free admission to ZooMontana. Volunteering includes helping with set up/tear down, activities/games, distributing snacks & water, and miscellaneous items as needed. Volunteers are asked to sign up for 2 hour shifts.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free income tax return preparation and electronic filing for individuals and families who make less than $56,000 a year. Every volunteer tax preparer receives free IRS-designed tax training courses and will pass certification tests. In addition, the IRS requires every volunteer to complete an ethics training course to ensure the highest ethical standards are being met by our site. We will help you through training and be available for any support you need along the way. For more information contact Annie by email or call (406) 206-2710.
United Way Day of Caring at HRDC
The United Way Day of Caring at HRDC is a great way for volunteers to help HRDC tackle large and small projects that otherwise may not get accomplished. This unique service opportunity provides volunteers the chance to share their skills and creative spirit while making an impact on the services provided by HRDC. United Way Day of Caring is held annually in September. Watch for HRDC’s listing at United Way of Yellowstone County.
Homeless Count – Point in Time Survey
Each winter HRDC leads the homeless persons count for Billings. In 2018 our volunteers interviewed over 450 homeless. We do the survey in partnership with a host of other nonprofits and the City of Billings. During the survey, bags of food and water are given to the people we come into contact with. A simple training is involved prior to the night of the count. To learn more contact Stephanie by email or call (406) 247-4788.