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Neighbors, Colleagues, and Friends Participate in NeighborWorks’ CommUNITY Cleanup

Last week, NeighborWorks Great Falls hosted their annual CommUNITY Cleanup, starting with a free community shred day sponsored by Montana Credit Union. From 10 am – 2 pm, neighbors throughout the community stopped by Montana Credit Union’s shred day drive thru to confidentially dispose of personal papers. Over 16,000 pounds of personal information was shredded and disposed of from our community. Steve King, President of Montana Credit Union, stated, “At Montana Credit Union, one of our core values is dedication to our community, whether that’s through financial, professional, or personal means. If we can share with the community the importance of securely shredding their personal information in the interest of protecting them against fraud and identity theft, while also offering a means to do so that’s free and easy to access, we can effectively live out our values in the community. Credit unions are here to serve people, and our free shred day is just one of the ways we do that.”

Despite the fluctuating weather forecast, 24 sites around Great Falls were cleaned up by 15 teams of volunteers with the Malmstrom AFB Dirt Boyz picking up rubbish along 56 miles of roadways. Vision Net’s Vanessa Hayden stated, “We care about the communities we live and work in so we’re always looking for opportunities to make our community better.” Vision Net’s team of volunteers spent several hours on Friday picking up debris along the River’s Edge Trail, a place cherished and frequented by so many of our neighbors.

NeighborWorks’ CommUNITY Cleanup was sponsored by the following local businesses: Vision Net, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana Credit Union, Republic Services, Burger Bunker, Wipfli, Electric City Coffee, Wheat Montana, and Speaking Socially.

Teams of volunteers from Vision Net, First Interstate Bank, Malmstrom AFB, PayneWest Insurance, Embark Credit Union, Wells Fargo, Lion’s Club, Neighborhood Councils 5 and 7, Black Eagle Civic Club, NeighborWorks Great Falls, City Public Works, and other volunteer teams participated in the CommUNITY Cleanup on May 7-8th. Nine teams of businesses, volunteer groups, and Neighborhood Councils decided to postpone their cleanup efforts until later in May or early June due to the inclement weather.

Clean, engaged neighborhoods are strong and safe neighborhoods. That’s why NeighborWorks Great Falls invests in providing opportunities like the annual CommUNITY Cleanup to fulfill their mission in creating strong neighborhoods and successful homeowners. To learn more about NeighborWorks CommUNITY Cleanup, visit

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