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Helena Industries Discontinues Big Sky E-Recycling Program

by Helena Industries

  • Posted on November 1, 2017

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Effective immediately, Helena Industries will no longer provide the collection of electronics through its recently developed Big Sky E-Recycling program. While the program developed well-organized processes and offered opportunities for employment, it was still requiring investment outlay from the company. The Board of Directors made a difficult decision looking at the uncertainty in the future…



State budget cuts would be devastating to persons with disabilities, eliminate Helena Industries, and cost our communities.

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  • Posted on October 19, 2017

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Helena Industries is a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to empowering persons with disabilities to lead productive and fulfilling lives in their communities. We reach our objective by providing training, work opportunities, and case management services to over 900 persons statewide. For over 45 years, Helena Industries has partnered with local business owners and government agencies…



Community Recycling Collection & Data Destruction Drive Thursday August 31st

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  • Posted on August 24, 2017

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Community E-Recycling Collection, Shred, & Data Destruction Event Thursday, August 31, from 7:45am to 5pm @ NorthWestern Energy’s customer service office 1313 N. Last Chance Gulch *Collection of outdated or unwanted electronics including cell phones, tablets, computers, laptops, computer accessories, printers, scanners, game systems, stereo systems, monitors and televisions. A $20 donation is suggested for older…



Helena Industries Mail & Fulfillment Center Highlights Services

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  • Posted on July 24, 2017

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Helena Industries Mail and Fulfillment employs 20 amazing people with disabilities that are eager to work for you by taking care of your mailing, assembly, and fulfillment needs. From labeling your company or nonprofit’s newsletter to packaging your products, we provide high-quality affordable services. The best part? When you choose Helena Industries, you help provide…



In Their Words: Interviews with Helena Industries Employees

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  • Posted on July 12, 2017

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Helena Civic Television (HCTV) partnered with Helena Industries to produce a series of interviews, featuring Helena Industries team members. Every day, the Helena Industries team is committed to providing opportunities that help everyone  shine. In our work we strive to generate opportunities for people with disabilities to realize their career goals, treat  everyone with dignity…



Helena Industries Wishlist

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  • Posted on July 11, 2017

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We depend on the generosity of the community to achieve our mission. We are thankful for the community’s enduring support. Here is a wishlist of items that will help us improve and sustain what we do. Perhaps you even have it in your shed or basement! Heavy Duty Shelving Chairs without wheels and preferably arms…



Opportunity Bank of Montana to hold Electronics Recycling Collection Drive

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  • Posted on June 20, 2017

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Opportunity Bank is the June sponsor of Helena Industries’ Big Sky E-Recycling Program! Helena Industries in conjunction with Opportunity Bank of Montana will be hosting a community electronic waste collection drive from June 26 to June 30 at Opportunity Bank of Montana’s main location at 1400 Prospect Ave. during banking hours (9AM-4PM Monday thru Thursday…



Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Pam Moore of Lewis and Clark County

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  • Posted on June 16, 2017

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This press release was published by U.S. Senator Steve Daines on his website, which can be accessed here.  U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Pam Moore, the Benchmark Plant Manager in Lewis and Clark County. Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here.  Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each…



A Place of Opportunity

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  • Posted on June 12, 2017

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“Helena Industries is first and foremost a place of opportunity.” Hear from Helena Industries Director of Community Programs, Ona Lepard, about the role job coaches play in the lives of people with disabilities in our community. To learn more about Community Programs, contact Ona Lepard via email at [email protected] or call 406-442-8632 today.



Opportunity Bank Sponsors Big Sky E-Recycling Program

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  • Posted on June 9, 2017

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Helena Industries is proud to announce Opportunity Bank of Montana is the first premiere monthly sponsor of our Big Sky E-Recycling Program.   Big Sky E-Recycling helps keep electronic waste out of our landfill by creating employment and training opportunities in our community.   Big Sky E-Recycling depends on the generous support of local partners like…



Donations to Thrift Store Fuel Mission

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  • Posted on June 5, 2017

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The Helena Industries Thrift Store depends on generous contributions from community members to stock the shelves with affordable necessities and unique treasures. Every month, select special items are featured in our Silent Auction. The Silent Auction runs for approximately three weeks, and offers the opportunity to bid on exclusive, fun, and funky items. The June…



Helena Middle School Students Volunteer, Spruce Up Helena Industries

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  • Posted on June 1, 2017

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Eleven eighth graders from Mr. Franzen’s classroom volunteered at Helena Industries on Wednesday, May 31 as part of a school-wide effort to engage students in volunteerism. The students took a tour of Helena Industries to learn about our nonprofit mission and business lines, got dirty weeding, and employed their artistic skills to paint a display showcasing…



A Story of a Computer and Opportunity

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  • Posted on May 26, 2017

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Robert C. was the recipient of a refurbished laptop from Helena Industries Big Sky E-Recycling Program and Old Town Computers in May 2017. Robert has struggled with homelessness for 40 years and made the decision to write his memoirs from all his experiences as a homeless veteran.   However, he did not have regular access…



Shred-A-Box (or two!)

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  • Posted on May 18, 2017

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It is definitely spring out there, which means its time for spring cleaning! Helena Industries is partnering with Farmer’s Insurance Agent, Roger Mathis, to host a community shredding event on Thursday, May 25 at Mathis Insurance, located at 1030 N. Montana Ave. The event will run from 1pm to 6pm.  Cut the clutter at your home by shredding…



Decades of Service to People with Disabilities

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  • Posted on May 5, 2017

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Yesterday, we thanked and congratulated Lois Ciske on her retirement. Lois has been with Helena Industries for 38 years in the Mail Center. That’s right. She has been with Helena Industries for nearly 40 years, starting in the fall of 1978 when the cost of a regular postage stamp was only fifteen cents. Some things…



5 Things You Might Not Know About Helena Industries

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  • Posted on May 4, 2017

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For over 45 years Helena Industries has provided vocational and rehabilitative opportunities to empower people with disabilities in our community. Generating and providing meaningful opportunities is what we do, but here are 5 things that you might not know about Helena Industries! We… (1) Operate a Community Placement Program.We employ a team of talented and…



A Day of Community Philanthropy: Greater Helena Gives

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  • Posted on May 1, 2017

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Helena Industries will participate in Greater Helena Gives on Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5, 2017.  Greater Helena Gives is a 24-hour online giving initiative that provides the opportunity for community members to come together and give back to Greater Helena! When you donate to Helena Industries you help us generate meaningful vocational and…



Beer + Yoga for a Good Cause

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  • Posted on April 18, 2017

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Join us at Ten Mile Creek Brewing for Downdogs and Draughts as well as Brew a Better Community on Sunday, April 23.  Here’s the scoop: Downdogs and Draughts Downdogs and Draughts is a one-hour yoga class hosted by Loft Studios at Ten Mile Creek Brewing, starting at 11am. The class costs $10 and includes a free…



Helena Industries Joins Gallatin County for Free E-Waste Recycling Event

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  • Posted on April 5, 2017

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Logan, MT – Gallatin Solid Waste Management District (GSWMD) is gearing up to host their 7th annual free electronic waste collection event on Saturday, April 22 at Logan Landfill. The normal fee to recycle e-waste will be waived for this event in celebration of Earth Day, and collected material will be sent to Helena Industries’…



Thankful for chance to e-recycle and e-reuse

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  • Posted on March 31, 2017

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This op-ed appeared in the Helena Independent Record and was written by Don Skaar, Great Divide Ski Patrol Director.  It is imperative for the Great Divide Volunteer Ski Patrol to maintain high quality equipment to respond to emergencies on the ski mountain. Patrollers can often face cold temperatures in steep terrain. Using proper training techniques,…



Helena Industries 2016 Annual Update

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  • Posted on March 22, 2017

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In 2016, Helena Industries served approximately 900 people with disabilities in the Helena area and throughout southwestern and south central Montana. Our team provided case management, job coaching and rehabilitative services, as well as vocational and training opportunities. Your support helps us sustain and grow our efforts to generate meaningful employment opportunities for our neighbors…



2017 World Down Syndrome Awareness Day

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  • Posted on March 16, 2017

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Article by Dept. of Public Health and Human Services Public Information Officer, Jon Ebelt. View the article as published in the Helena Independent Record on March 15, 2017. The Montana State Capitol is about to get ‘All Shook Up’ on March 21, 2017. That’s when the West Mont Cheer Squad and a certain local Elvis…



Helena Exchange Club Awards Funding to Helena Industries

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  • Posted on March 6, 2017

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Helena Industries is pleased to announce the Helena Exchange Club has awarded the nonprofit organization with a grant to provide a yearbook for the approximately 90 people with disabilities who work at the organization’s Helena vocational campus and Thrift Store. Helena Industries requested the funding as a way to recognize and thank the people with disabilities…



Free Tax Help Clinics at Helena Industries

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  • Posted on March 3, 2017

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Rural Dynamics, Inc. , a Great Falls-based nonprofit, will host a free tax help clinic at Helena Industries main vocational campus (1325 Helena Ave.) on Tuesday, March 14 from 3pm to 8pm. The tax help clinic is open to the public and IRS-certified volunteers will be on-hand to complete basic tax returns, helping people complete…



Support Funding for Disability Services

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  • Posted on February 20, 2017

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Read this piece by Eve Franklin, Advocacy Director, Montana Association of Community Disability Providers as it appeared in the Helena Independent Record on February 16, 2017.  In 1902, Thomas McAloney, the Superintendent of the “Insane Asylum” at Warm Springs, asked the Montana Legislature to open a state institution for the “feeble-minded.” He believed that in…



Creating Better Businesses: SourceAmerica Engineers Enhance Workplaces for People with Disabilities

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  • Posted on February 13, 2017

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Creating Better Businesses: SourceAmerica Engineers Enhance Workplaces for People with Disabilities By Theresa O’Neill (from SourceAmerica) SourceAmerica Senior Productivity Engineer Paul Nishman loves his job. In his role, he’s a teacher, advisor and engineer, showing businesses employing people with disabilities how small tweaks in work environments can produce remarkable results. Nishman’s innovative, adaptive solutions are…



Gianforte Family Foundation Helps Helena Industries Build Capacity

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  • Posted on January 16, 2017

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Helena Industries is proud to announce we received a $25,000 grant from the Gianforte Family Foundation. The capacity building grant will help us grow our capacity by improving our very antiquated technology infrastructure. Just like any business, nonprofits like Helena Industries need adequate and appropriate technology to ensure efficiency in what we do (i.e. not…



A Focus on the Future: Helena Industries program provides relevant job skills

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  • Posted on December 19, 2016

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John is a United States Army veteran and a Helena Industries employee. He  agreed to share his story. John was deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. During his time in the army, he was a Mobile Transportation Operator, responsible for moving troops, equipment, rations, and more. Like many other veterans, after leaving the…



Big Sky E-Recycling Program Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

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  • Posted on December 15, 2016

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Today, December 15, Helena Industries’ Big Sky E-Recycling Program is celebrating its one-year anniversary. The program was officially launched one year ago today, and has grown to employ eight people, including veterans and people with disabilities, and has responsibly collected over 100 tons of electronic waste. The program is a win-win-win for the Greater Helena…



Workplace Innovations Work

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  • Posted on December 6, 2016

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At Helena Industries, we believe that everyone has talents and abilities, and when people with disabilities work alongside people without disabilities, everyone benefits.   At our vocational campus, our unique program, Work First, embraces the philosophy that everyone can engage in meaningful work. Work First is where our team members with the most significant disabilities…



Intermountain’s Festival of Trees: Utick Law Firm Partners with Helena Industries

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  • Posted on December 2, 2016

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Helena Industries is proud to participate in the 2016 Intermountain Festival of Trees. Andrea Fox, Helena Industries Board President and attorney at Utick Law Firm, was the mastermind behind the Law Firm’s tree. The 2016 tree is themed I’m a Lumberjack and I’m OK.  The theme received the festival’s most creative theme designation.  Fox reached out to Helena…



Helena Industries Community Placement Program: finding meaningful work

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  • Posted on November 30, 2016

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Helena Industries Community Placement Program Meet Martha and Lisa, two Helena community members and Helena Industries team members. Both have worked at Helena Industries and out in the community for nearly a quarter of a century. Helena Industries Community Placement program works with over 60 local employers from McDonalds to Good Samaritan Ministries and Thrift…



Recycling is an Investment in our Community: 2016 America Recycles Day

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  • Posted on November 17, 2016

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Today, Nov. 15, is America Recycles Day, a day to celebrate the economic, environmental, and community benefits of recycling! At Helena Industries, our mission is to provide vocational and rehabilitative opportunities to empower people with disabilities in our community. The 3 Rs of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle help us provide job and training opportunities, offer…



PunkinFutz: Designed to Empower

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  • Posted on November 3, 2016

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In the spring of 2016 we received a phone call from a woman named Lisa Radcliffe. Lisa lives in Brooklyn, New York, which is over 2,500 miles from Helena. Lisa is the founder of a new company, PunkinFutz, and she was seeking a partner to help her produce her company’s products. The company creates products…



Funding needed to responsibly care for people with developmental disabilities

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  • Posted on October 17, 2016

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The US Census reports that over 3 percent of the population experiences a severe developmental or intellectual disability. These disabilities are characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which impacts the ability of these individuals to perform conceptual, social, and practical skills necessary for everyday life. The disability may be…



Helena Industries Receives Pride the Patch Award from Farm in the Dell International

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  • Posted on October 11, 2016

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Farm in the Dell International has awarded Helena Industries with the 2016 Pride of the Patch award. Lowell and Susan Bartels, co-founders of Farm in the Dell International, were on hand at the first-ever Cowboy Cowgirl Up fundraising gala for Helena Industries on Saturday, October 8 to present the award to Helena Industries President and CEO,…



Meet Toni Broadbent, Director of Development

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  • Posted on September 13, 2016

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Meet Toni Broadbent! As the Director of Development, Toni is the newest member of the Helena Industries team. Toni formally owned Allegra Marketing Print and Mail for thirty years with her husband Clark. The business, now located in the old Grimes Motors building grew into a nationally recognized and award winning company for sales growth, employee retention,…



A Crafty Partnership: Helena Industries and Local Breweries

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  • Posted on August 24, 2016

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Montanans love craft beer According to Steve Lozar, Montana beer guru and beer historian, “craft brewing has been around in Montana since 1859- 17 years before Custer’s Last Stand…having a brewery meant you had a stable town…it was part of the economic fabric and was tied to industries like logging and mining that produced ‘thirsty…



Spreading the Word: Helena Industries hosts Business after Hours

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  • Posted on August 24, 2016

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Helena Industries hosted the Helena Chamber of Commerce’s Business after Hours on Thursday, August 18, 2016. With a turnout of over 90 business leaders, we were able to provide tours of our headquarters, feature our programs and services, highlight products made at our vocational campus, and share our mission to: provide vocational and rehabilitative services…



Helena Industries Recognizes Outstanding Employees, Community Partners

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  • Posted on August 10, 2016

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Every year, Helena Industries presents service awards to outstanding employees and community partners. Through a nomination and selection process, employees and partners who have gone above and beyond to support the mission of Helena Industries are recognized for their exceptional work. Congratulations and thank you to the 2016 Service Recognition Awardees! Helena Industries Team Members…



Helena Industries Visits our Nation’s Capitol

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  • Posted on July 21, 2016

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Thanks to Source America, Helena Industries’ Big Sky E-Recycling Director, Matt, Ray, Self-Advocate, and Dory, Helena Industries Mail Center Supervisor, attended the 2016 Grassroots Advocacy Conference in Washington DC.  Throughout the week, the Helena Industries team was empowered to tell their stories and embrace their role as active participants in shaping policies that affect the employment of…



New Staff at Helena Industries

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  • Posted on July 18, 2016

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Helena Industries announces the recent hire of Carolyn Belling, Executive Assistant and Development Director, and Katie Gallagher, Marketing Director. A recent Carroll College graduate with a BA in Psychology, Belling completed an internship with Disability Rights Montana as an advocate and comes to the local nonprofit with experience in both advertising and finance. Gallagher brings over…