UM Community Invited to Adopt a Family, Veteran

October 31, 2014

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Office for Civic Engagement will team up with the Salvation Army, the Poverello Center and Valor House this holiday season for the 18th annual Adopt-A-Family and sixth annual Adopt-A-Veteran programs.

The programs, which kick off on Monday, Nov.10,  assist people who cannot afford to provide for themselves and their families during the holiday season in an effort to ensure everyone in the Missoula area is able to celebrate the holidays.

UM departments, student groups and individuals are encouraged to adopt an area family or to help a veteran through Valor House, the Poverello Center’s transitional facility for homeless veterans. 

Adopt-A-Family and Adopt-A-Veteran participants can select families and veterans in need to provide gifts, food and other requested items. Last year, UM participants were able to meet the needs of 30 families and 14 veterans in the Missoula community. 

The Bookstore at UM will host a free gift-wrapping party for participants from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10.

To sign up to adopt a family or a veteran, email OCE Volunteer Coordinator Shelby Stormer at beginning Nov. 10. For more information about the programs visit

OCE is a department of the Davidson Honors College that serves as UM’s primary agent of community activism and civic responsibility.


Contact: Shelby Stormer, volunteer and events coordinator, UM Office for Civic Engagement, 406-243-5531,