Roundup for Safety Supports Continued Safety at the Abbie Shelter

Roundup Report: Abbie Shelter

Roundup for Safety Supports Continued Safety at the Abbie Shelter

Recently, the Abbie Shelter received $7,442 in Roundup for Safety funding towards updates to the shelter’s security system. The Abbie Shelter is a longtime Flathead Valley nonprofit, initially formed in 1976 as a volunteer-led, 24-hour Helpline supporting intimate partner violence survivors. Over the years, the Helpline has expanded and now offers survivors assistance with shelter, counseling, support, safety planning, and court advocacy.

In her presentation to the Board, Executive Director Hilary Shaw noted, “the entire mission of our organization is grounded in safety for the victims we serve.” The Abbie Shelter has 5 bedrooms and serves approximately 100 adults and children annually. The shelter is open to survivors of domestic violence of all genders, colors, and creeds.

Shaw explained that the shelter’s security system is out of date, including the panel controlling smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, intruder detectors, and panic buttons which immediately summon law enforcement. The Roundup for Safety Board noted the Abbie Shelter also receives funding from the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, the Montana Board of Crime Control, the Whitefish Community Foundation, various local foundations, and individual donors in the community.

Other Projects Funded

  • Stillwater Christian School – Medical cache system first aid kits $6,075
  • Ruder Elementary – Safety tiles for accessible playground $10,000
  • Hope Family Resource Center – Electrical outlet safety $99
  • Senior Mobile Home Repair – Assorted life safety repairs $10,000
  • Backpack Assistance Program – Security system, cart, doors, installation $2,695
  • Logan Health – Bike helmets $9,924
  • Montana Kayak Academy – PFDs and whitewater helmets $1,865
  • Girls on the Run – Safety flags, vests, AED $2,600
  • Ravenwood Outdoor Learning Center – Food / bear safety equipment $3,500
  • North Valley Music School – AED, CPR/AED training, choking device $2,350
  • Flathead Wildlife, Inc – 1,000 hunter orange vests $5,300
  • Lions Bitterroot Youth Camp – Playground safety upgrade project $5,000

Roundup for Safety

Roundup for Safety is a voluntary program for Co-op members who round up their electric bills to the next dollar. This money is managed by an independent board and goes into a fund for community safety projects.
If your nonprofit is interested in applying for community safety funds, visit our Roundup for Safety page or call the Roundup for Safety Board Liason:

Flathead Electric Cooperative

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