Coins for a Cause
The Downtown Safety Coalition, including NeighborWorks Great Falls, the Great Falls Police Department, the Business Improvement District, Downtown Great Falls Association and Farmer’s Insurance and others, are sponsoring a new program, Coins for a Cause, as an alternative to panhandling. Homelessness is an issue that affects everyone in our community. Giving your spare change to panhandlers is only a short-term remedy that can propagate the poverty cycle and does not create a long-term solution.
Donations collected from containers set up in various downtown businesses will be given to local organizations that provide direct services and resources to people in need. This year, the Coalition selected the Great Falls Rescue Mission as the donation recipient.
Material explaining the program can be found at each location, including cards donors can give to panhandlers instead of their spare change. These cards encourage panhandlers to use other alternatives for obtaining assistance by providing the contact information of local direct service organizations, such as the Salvation Army and Rescue Mission.
Donating your spare change to Coins for a Cause will help curb panhandling, support local organizations, and provide assistance to those in need. These changes will help make our downtown safer and more vibrant for everyone who lives, works, plays or visits here.
Your tax-deductible contribution, made out to the Business Improvement District, the fiscal sponsor, will help make a real change in someone’s life. To find out more about the program, schedule an informational session with your employees or nonprofit organization or learn how you can host a donation jar, contact Carol Bronson at 406-761-5861.
BRIC Officer Tad Kimmet: "Coins for a Cause is a great way to both help out those in need in our community while addressing panhandling and not perpetuating the cycle of poverty."
Coins for A Cause Press
New businesses and direct service agencies have information about Coins for a Cause. For a copy of the latest location of donation containers or agencies that have information, click here.
Panhandling and Homelessness
For more information about the complex relationship between panhandling and homelessness, click here. The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services developed the publication.
Donation containers can be found at the following downtown businesses:
Dragonfly Dry Goods, 504 Central Ave.
Great Falls Farmer's Market
NeighborWorks Great Falls, 509 1st Ave. S
Mountain Title, 17 5th St. N
Amazing Toys, 515 Central Ave.
Gallery 16, 608 Central Ave.
Taco Del Sol, 16 - 6th St. S
Feather Your Nest, 301 Central
Ferrin’s Furniture, 308 – 1st Ave. S
Brighten Up Shop, 618 Central
Know Dice, 8 5th St. S
Kenny's Downtown, 528 Central Ave
Sutherland's, 18 4thS t. N.
State Farm, 725 1st Ave. N
Bert and Ernie's, 300 1st Ave. S
Kaufman's, 411 Central Ave.
5th Street Diner, 500 Central Ave.