Missoula YWCA receives $19,000 check to help fund Meadowlark project

Posted at 5:12 PM, Feb 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 16:22:53-05

MISSOULA — Construction on the YWCA’s Meadowlark project continues, and so does the organization's fundraising efforts to reach their $8 million goal.

YWCA Missoula received a special donation of $19,000 from the Missoula Organization of Realtors and the Missoula Building Industry Association on Friday to help them reach that goal -- but $751,000 is still needed.

Once completed, the YWCA's Meadowlark building will help homeless families in Missoula and victims of domestic violence by providing housing and programming to help families and people in need.

The $19,000 donated Friday was raised at the annual Denim and Diamonds charity event and every year the Missoula Organization of Realtors and MBIA choose an organization to receive the money.

Both organizations choose the YWCA this year and MBIA board president Jared Kuehn says it would be tough to find a better fit.

"We’re kind of building industry focused we want to support the community and the building industry, so this was just the perfect fit,” Kuehn said.

“You know, obviously with the new building being constructed -- and you know, it’s just a great program for our community. So, it was just kind of a natural fit for us," he added.

YWCA development director Julie Maturen says construction on the Meadowlark project is moving along and crews have almost completed the concrete foundation.

The check presentation was held at the opening of the 2020 MBIA Home Show.