UM Programs Support Local Families, Veterans This Holiday Season

December 19, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana brightened up the holiday season for more than 200 people in need this year with its 20th annual “Adopt-A-Family” program and its sixth annual “Adopt-A-Veteran” program.

Each year, interested members of the University community are paired with local families or veterans to ensure that every Missoula family is able to celebrate the holiday season.

This year, the spirit of generosity was overwhelming. UM provided food, gifts and other items for 41 families and 25 veterans, totaling 204 people. The Davidson Honors College hosted a holiday celebration and gift drop-off event for participants in the programs.  

 “The Office for Civic Engagement would like to extend a 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 Holter Bailey, volunteer and event coordinator for the UM Office for Civic Engagement. “Your efforts have truly made a difference in the lives of hundreds of Missoula residents during this past holiday season.”

For more information about Adopt-A-Family, Adopt-A-Veteran or other programs offered by OCE, visit the office on the UM campus in Davidson Honors College Room 20.


Contact: Holter Bailey, volunteer and event coordinator, UM Office for Civic Engagement, 406-565-7010,