Stand Up For Students was founded in 2014 after the Great Falls Association of REALTORS® heard a presentation from the GFPS Foundation about homeless students in Great Falls. We knew we had to do something to raise awareness and help out.
Every summer we host a toiletry drive at locations throughout Great Falls and have donated more than 21,000 of these items since we started, with over 11,000 collected in 2019! Pick up a bucket from GFAR to collect your own donations, or swing by one of the businesses listed here to make a donation. Building on the success of each year, we hosting events at with various restaurants and continue to add to our growing total of almost $35,000 donated to the Foundation.
This year our Eats & Essentials: Food Truck Frenzy happened on July 23rd from 11am - 2pm. The event was held in the parking lot at 2525 10th Ave S. where the community could shop from local food and vendor trucks who gave back to the cause and many people brought essential items to donate to the at-risk youth in our community. Vendors this year included Brian's Top Notch Cafe, Last Straw Bistro, LuLaRoe by Katie Parchen, Nourish, PurpleGold, Serendipity Boutique, and T's Cocina.
Essential items that were donated, and are continuing to be accepted include but are not limited to: new & unopened toiletry items, clothing, jackets, socks, gift cards, bus passes, etc. Think about what it takes to get you from AM to PM each day and help our students conquer their days with some of the same conveniences.
Next up, on October 10th, join us as we honor World Homeless Day by wearing purple and supporting local businesses who are giving back. Details on these events will be coming soon.
There are 500+ homeless students in Great Falls. These students are classified as not having consistent housing, including those who lack a fixed, regular and adequate residence. They may live in vehicles, makeshift housing, shelters, motels, or in a crowded residence with other families. Their housing situations are unstable and often changing. Help us keep kids in school, provide a support system, raise awareness and find solutions to the problems.
For more information and other ways you can participate, visit: www.facebook.com/standupforstudentsgf