And the winners are…

Us!

Turns out that when people like Bob Johnson, our Volunteer of the Year (pictured with Katie last Friday), Rhiannon Roos, our youth-intern-turned-employee whose moving comments compelled banquet attendees to dig deep, the incredible artists and artisans who compete at SponCon and make our auction so unique, and people from all across the community come together in so many ways to support our mission, it’s Home ReSource who wins. Thank you to everyone who helped make our 7th Annual Banquet & Benefit Auction an unqualified success. From staff to former and current board members to donors, customers, and volunteers, we are grateful for your every contribution (including photographer Jonathan Qualben!).

Curious about our SponCon Grand Prize Winners? Each year at our annual Banquet & Benefit Auction, we announce the Grand Prize winner from SponCon. This year we had three! Find out who they were.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to our 2017-2018 Energy Corps service member, Katie Anderson. Katie has been quietly cranking away amidst all the auction hubbub since she started early last month and has already made great strides in her service. Read Katie’s blog post to find out what she’s been up to, which includes coordinating our new Zero Waste partnership with Missoula County Public Schools! Also, check out our ZWAP! 2017 Report to hear about how ZWAP! 2017 went and how we plan to improve it for 2018. Welcome, Katie! We feel like we won with you, too!

A more vibrant and sustainable local economy.

We’re committed to building a more vibrant and sustainable local economy. It’s our mission.

That’s why after ten years of incubation, we have set our Deconstruction Services free. Home ReSource Deconstruction Manager Jason Nuckolls has struck out on his own with a for-profit business, Montana Deconstruction Services (MDS). While it’s a big change for us, the community will continue to have access to the same quality deconstruction services and same affordable materials thanks to a close partnership between MDS and Home ReSource. Congratulations Jason! Read more in this Missoulian article.

Last year, Sean Doty learned first-hand about Missoula’s need to accelerate the transition to Zero Waste as Energy Corps service member with the City of Missoula working on ZERO by FIFTY. So what did he decide to do? Start Missoula’s first residential & commercial curbside collection service for food scraps, that’s what! AND Missoula Compost Collection will donate 10% off collection service sign-up fees to Home ReSource between now and our Benefit Auction! It’s a Zero Waste double whammy! Go Sean! Read more in this Missoula Independent article.

ZERO by FIFTY update!

Last night in our Community Room we hosted an open house to reveal the draft plan for ZERO by FIFTY – Missoula’s Pathway to Zero Waste. Many folks came out to review and provide feedback on the four paths – Access, Infrastructure, Education, and Policy – and key strategies. Public comment period remains open until Friday, October 27. You can review the draft plan and comment online at ZeroByFiftyMissoula.com. Thanks to Amy Cilimburg, Zero Waste Advisory Committee member and Climate Smart Missoula director, for the photo!

Lights! Action! Painting!

We hope to see you tonight the Benefit Auction Item Preview & SponCon 2017 Teams High Five Party at the Florence Lobby from 5 – 8 p.m. If you are a member of the Missoula Federal Credit Union, visit a branch to see SponCon items on display over the next month. Team Wunderkind’s Light Cascade fountain is currently installed at the Downtown branch. We’ll be bringing other pieces to the Russell, Reserve, and Brooks branches next week!

Swing on by next Friday, October 13th for a live painting event! Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. in our Community Room, artist/lover of reuse B. Martinez will paint a portrait of the Merc on Merc wood before your very eyes! If you miss out, you can see it at The Wilma on Friday, November 3 at our 7th Annual Banquet & Benefit Auction. Tickets are available online or at the store.

Drum roll please…

Please join us for the Benefit Auction Item Preview & SponCon 2017 Teams High Five Party at the Florence Lobby next Friday, October 6. RSVP on Facebook. With so many items headed for the auction, we will be displaying some of them at other locations across town. Stay tuned to find out where!

Tickets are available online or at the store for our 7th Annual Banquet & Benefit Auction – Celebrating Reuse, Building Community – at The Wilma on Friday, November 3. Hand-crafted items in the live and silent auction include pieces from the SponCon building contest & Paint-a-Door activity, a Doodad table by Deb Scott, a painting of the Merc on Merc wood by B. Martinez (to be painted “live” at Home ReSource on 10/13), and many, many more!

What’s next?

SponCon the 13th was a tremendous success thanks to the efforts of so many people. The teams knocked it out of the park! Their creations are playful, inspired, imaginative, exhibiting craft, precision, and vision. All together they are a joyfully exuberant endorsement of the possibilities of creative reuse.

Our 7th Annual Banquet & Benefit Auction – Celebrating Reuse, Building Community – returns to The Wilma on Friday, November 3Get your tickets online or at the store.

Please join us for the SponCon 2017 Top Teams High Five Party & Benefit Auction Item Preview at the Florence Lobby on Friday, October 6RSVP on Facebook.

Make it rain.

Calling all lovers of fun, creativity, competition, community gatherings, local music, local food, and local beer! We ask you to pray, dance, howl, chant, or whatever else you can do to scrub our air of smoke before next Saturday – preferably sooner! If we prevail, we invite you to join us for a collective deep breath at SponCon on Saturday, September 16. Team slots are full, but we’re still seeking SponCon volunteers. Sign up!

In case you haven’t heard, Haz Waste Days aren’t happening this year. Missoula County is focusing on building a permanent haz waste facility for year-round collection of household hazardous waste. Having a local haz waste facility will be a great step forward on Missoula’s pathway to Zero Waste, which calls for reducing the toxicity as well as the quantity of our waste stream. We take good latex paint every day!