The Billings Blueinitiative was designed by a Billings Metro VISTA member, Erica Zutz, in 2014 to benefit local military families through the expansion of services and resources. The project goal is to support military service members by celebrating and showing appreciation for their service and expand and enhance supportive services for those in need.
Billings Mayor Hanel proclaimed November 2014 "Active Military Family Support Month." See the signed proclamation here.
A partnership was developed with Veterans of Foreign Wars (V.F.W.) Post 1634 to raise funds for and create a childcare scholarship fund for military families in need. Families interested in applying for childcare scholarships can download an application packet for submission.
A complete list of organizations committed to assisting local service members is available for download here.