Family Support Network
The Family Support Network was established in 1997 to recognize that children are the foundation of the future and that the family, as a basic unit of society, is the natural environment for the growth and development of all its members. The agency seeks to provide intervention, support and assistance to children at risk for abuse or neglect. The Family Support Network recognizes the importance of parents in the lives of their children and seeks to help them access appropriate support and services to educate them in appropriate and nurturing parenting techniques.
A $10,000 donation was used to purchase safe and reliable automobiles for Family Support Network to use for the transportation of children in foster care to and from visitations with their parent(s). Additionally, Western Security Bank employees held a toy drive to enable Family Support Network to give toys to the children they serve
St. Vincent de Paul
St. Vincent de Paul provides emergency assistance to Yellowstone County residents that are in need. This includes food, clothing, furniture, household items, medical and travel expenses, as well as rent and utility assistance. The St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores are supported by donations of used items from the community. These items are available to families in need at no charge with a voucher from the Charity Office.
Western Security Bank donated $10,000 to St. Vincent de Paul in order for a ramp to be constructed at the entrance of the Downtown Thrift Store which allowed individuals with disabilities to access the store. Remaining dollars were put towards a general fund to continue providing emergency assistance. Western Security Bank employees also held a Spring Cleaning Drive where household items and clothing were collected on behalf of St. Vincent de Paul.
Dress for Success
The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged, low-income women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in the work place. This assistance helps the women gain employment and become economically self-sufficient. Dignity and respect are the cornerstone of Dress for Success.
A donation of $10,000 was used to purchase clothing, shoes and accessories. In addition Western Security Bank held a clothing drive to support Dress for Success in meeting their mission.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County proudly state that their goal is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Boys and Girls Clubs accomplish this mission by providing members with a safe place to have fun where they can learn to become responsible for their future success.
A $10,000 donation from Western Security Bank was combined with several others to make dreams come true for the Lockwood Boys and Girls Club as a new Art Lab, Technology Lab and Education Center were built to enhance and expand the services and opportunities provided.
The mission of Yellowstone CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is to provide volunteer court appointed advocates who work on behalf of abused and neglected children in the 13th Judicial District in Yellowstone County. Advocates work to support and promote the best interests of children through the health, safety and welfare of the children.
Western Security Bank donated $5,000 towards Yellowstone CASA's annual fundraising event and supplied employees to assist on the day of the event.
Angel Fund (Billings Public Schools Student Need Fund)
The Angel Fun provides basic necessities for junior high and high school students in School District 2 in order to help them remain in and succeed in school. Basic necessities include food, clothes, dental work, school supplies, bus passes and fees for summer or night classes.
A $5,000 donation was made to Angel Fund to replenish their general fund in order to continue providing services to students throughout the year.