UM Office for Civic Engagement Opens Adopt-A-Family/Veteran Program

November 06, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Office for Civic Engagement will team up with the Salvation Army Tuesday, Nov. 10, for the 19th annual Adopt-A-Family program, as well as coordinate the seventh annual Adopt-A-Veteran program with the Valor House.   

The purpose of the Adopt-A-Family/Veteran project is to ensure that everyone in the Missoula area is able to celebrate the holidays by assisting people who cannot afford to provide for themselves or their families. Each year, about 30 to 40 families and 15 veterans are adopted through the program.

UM departments, student groups and individuals are encouraged to adopt a family, a veteran or both. Interested participants can email OCE Pathways and Events Coordinator Shelby Stormer at after Nov. 10. Once they have selected families and/or veterans and purchased gifts, the UM Bookstore will host a gift-wrapping party from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. 

UM’s OCE, part of the Davidson Honors College, focuses on growth in civic competency, collaboration and service through curricular and community-based experiences.

The Salvation Army is an international organization with the mission to feed, clothe, comfort and care.

The Valor House provides a transitional housing facility for homeless veterans and is a part of the Povarello Center, Missoula’s local soup kitchen and homeless emergency center.  This year also will be the first time the Poverello’s Housing Montana Heroes wing will participate in the Adopt-A-Veteran portion of the event.

For more information about the Adopt-a-Family/Veteran project and UM’s Office for Civic Engagement, please visit

Contact: Shelby Stormer, UM Office for Civic Engagement pathways and events coordinator,