Home ReSource Top Ten of 2019

Thanks for another great year of reuse, Missoula.

Here’s our top ten highlights from 2019 (+1)…

Surviving Russell Street Construction (the +1)
Circle of Excellence Award
Murdock Grant & Programs Director
Growing our Awesome Team
ZWAP! Expansion
Zero Waste Pilot School
Western Montana Fair Embraces Zero Waste
Open AIR
Tackling C&D Waste
zerobyfiftymissoula.com & Fixit Clinics
15th SponCon and our Biggest Auction Yet

We survived the Russell Street Construction…again!
First it was the digging and the pounding, then it was the Wyoming St. signal and Milwaukee Trail underpass. Now we are more accessible than ever! We dream about the day that the bridge is complete.

We received the prestigious Circle of Excellence Award.
The Missoula Chamber of Commerce honored Home ReSource with the distinction of being the first nonprofit organization to receive their annual award for best business of the year, meeting their high standards of community involvement and social responsibility.

We were awarded a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.
This highly competitive, capacity building, multi-year grant has enabled us to hire a Programs Director to help align all of our programs for maximum mission impact. Tim Bohrer, our new Programs Director, started in October. That’s him in the panda sweater during our MCAT holiday greeting.

Our awesome team continues to grow.
Speaking of staff members, new positions like Facilities Coordinator and an Americorps VISTA volunteer coordinator are helping us be more efficient and effective. We hired a new Assistant Store Manager, promoted existing staff into Yard and Pick-ups Coordinator positions, and hired several new Reuse Specialists. And we’re hiring for a Zero Waste Systems Manager, too!

We began expanding ZWAP!
2019 was the first year we hit 100 percent participation from MCPS fifth grade classes and it was our biggest year yet. We also hosted a ZWAP! Camp as a part of the ZACC’s summer camps and we worked with the MCPS sixth grade science team to develop a follow-up waste unit set to pilot in spring 2020. Check out our 2019 ZWAP! report.

We implemented a Zero Waste School pilot program.
Speaking of pilots, in January we met with Christina Stevens, principal at Jeannette Rankin Elementary School, and started planning Missoula’s first Zero Waste pilot program at her school. By the start of the 2019-2010 school year, we had in place a cafeteria sorting system and signage students in all grades could understand. With a food rescue component and Missoula Compost Collection donating their fantastic compost pick-up service for the entire pilot year, the amount of cafeteria discards going to the landfill has decreased significantly.

We helped the Western Montana Fair move toward Zero Waste.
At the behest of the Missoula County Commissioners, the Western Montana Fair adopted the ZERO by FIFTY goal this year. Fair staff reached out to ask us for help and we worked with them to create Zero Waste stations, educate vendors, and coordinate volunteers to help educate fairgoers.

We were a host site for the launch of Open AIR.
We have hosted a small handful of artists-in-residence at Home ReSource over the past five years thanks to UM Art faculty member MaryAnn Bonjourni. This year we partnered with Western Montana Creative Initiatives to host two phenomenal artists–one local, one from Brooklyn, NY–as part of Open AIR. We were one of four spring & summer artist residency opportunities and are thrilled to have begun this new partnership.

We brought folks together around tackling building sector waste.
On April 4, thirty-two participants – including contractors, builders, architects, developers, lenders, deconstruction and disposal service providers, and city officials – gathered together and shared valuable insights regarding their motivations, possible solutions, and potential barriers to reduce construction and demolition (C&D) waste in Missoula. Our Zero Waste Systems Manager will help carry this work forward into concrete, practical actions that will help further reduce our communities waste footprint.

We created more ways to engage the community in Zero Waste.
We worked with community members to develop and launch Missoula’s online resource for all things Zero Waste, zerobyfiftymissoula.com. Teaming up with our friends at MUD, the Local Indigeneous Network Collective and the Missoula Public Library Makerspace, we hosted four Fixit Clinics where 15 coaches helped 31 participants fix 26 items. In the process we reduced waste, lightened the load on the planet, and built community. We hope to see you at the next Fixit Clinic on Sunday, January 12.

We celebrated 15 years of SponCon & had our biggest Auction yet.
Hard to believe our festival of creative reinvention turned 15 this year…. Thanks to you and the generosity of our community, we raised more funds than ever to support our growing programs and to make an even greater impact in our community’s sustainability. Photos by Kayla McCormick.

Thanks again, Missoula. You made all this possible.

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