Project Hope

Contact Name:  Marcia Spano


Phone:  401-322-8537

Mailing address:  PO Box 1443

City, State, Zip:  Columbus, MT 59019

Tax ID:  81-0534238

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1.  What is the organization's mission? 

To Sow Seeds of Hope in Stillwater County.

2. What is organization's motto?

Neighbors helping neighbors.

3. Provide description of your organization including services, who you serve, serve area, main events, etc.

Project Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was founded in 2000 as a food bank and thrift store. Over the years our services have been expanded, all in keeping with the purpose of serving Stillwater County residents in need.  Emergency financial assistance (for gasoline, utilities, rent, medical expenses, and burial expenses) is another part of our outreach. 

Project Hope’s food bank provides an average of 75 food boxes per month, plus close to 100 holiday food boxes in November and December.  We’re in the third year of a partnership with Beartooth Ford, called Stillwater Backpacks, which is a supplementary food program for school children.  With the help of local principals in five towns, weekend food supplies are placed discretely in the lockers of 95 children each Friday.  

Also in December, we offer a “Kids’ Shopping Day” and an Angel Tree program.  For Valentine’s Day, we send handmade Valentine’s cards made by local children to area seniors and shut-ins.  We surprise this population again with the personal delivery of a May Day basket on the 1st of May.  As summer comes to a close, we gear up to meet children’s school-related needs.  School supplies have become very expensive, and those who can’t afford them are able to come to Project Hope for a new backpack stuffed with required supplies and physical ed. sneakers.  We also provide new winter coats, hats, gloves and boots to children who need them. 

The Project Hope Thrift store serves 75-100 customers daily and is stocked with donated clothing, household items, furniture and children’s books and toys.  Items are not priced and individuals pay whatever they can afford to purchase them.  In 2006, we opened a sister store called Laughing Ladies where we sell consigned items and donated vintage and antique items that are priced to reflect their market value. 

Project Hope is a volunteer-based organization with a small, part-time staff.  Our organization is funded by the proceeds from our two stores, donations from our generous community, charitable foundation funds and grants, an annual fundraiser and rent from the apartments on our 2nd floor. 

4. How will funds raised through be utilized in your organization?

The funds will be used to purchase groceries for our food bank.