UM Holiday Programs Benefit Dozens of Local Families, Veterans

December 23, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana community donated enough food, gifts and other items to benefit more than 40 local families and 20 veterans through the Office of Civic Engagement’s 2015 Adopt-A-Family and Adopt-A-Veteran programs. UM wrapped up the project with a gift-wrapping party Dec. 17 at The Bookstore at UM.

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. UM departments, student groups and individuals adopted a family, a veteran or both. This year’s donations helped a total of 168 people.

“The Office for Civic Engagement would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all those members of the UM community who participated in the Adopt-A-Family and Adopt-A-Veteran programs,” said Shelby Stormer, OCE pathways and events coordinator. “Your efforts have truly made a difference in the lives of hundreds of Missoula residents during this past holiday season. We also wish to thank The Bookstore for their generosity in hosting the wrapping party and providing all the necessary materials.”

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 office coordinates the project with the help of the Salvation Army and Valor House.

For more information about the Adopt-a-Family/Veteran project and UM’s Office for Civic Engagement, call 406-243-5531 or visit

Contact: UM Office for Civic Engagement, 406-243-5531,