By Lisa Beczkiewicz WIA Executive Director

Women in Action is a nonprofit in
Big Sky whose mission is to enrich
the lives of children and families in
the community. Through volunteer
activism and fundraising, we aim to
assist in providing our underserved
rural community with access to
affordable health, family and educational
services. Our programs cover
a spectrum of interests, needs and
demographics.
In October, 65 individuals received
free flu shots during our annual Flu
Shot Clinic at the Big Sky Medical
Clinic. Our Winter Camp Scholarship
program is now accepting financial
assistance applications from Big
Sky families for children ages 3-14 to
attend a multi-week ski or snowboard
camp at Big Sky or Moonlight Basin
Resorts. Last winter, 30 kids received
scholarships that otherwise wouldn’t
have been able to participate in camp.
In March 2012, applications will be
available for WIA’s Summer Camp
Scholarship.
Our Community Counseling program
is a partnership with the MSU/
Human Development Clinic, which
provides year round low-cost confidential
mental health counseling for
Big Sky adults, adolescents, children,
couples and families. Clinic staff can
help with anxiety, depression, anger,
stress, grief, substance use and self esteem,
as well as relationship, work
or academic concerns. Counseling is
provided in a discrete location and the
initial appointment is free.
Our School Counseling program
is based on a school/community
partnership, allowing Ophir students
and families to receive in-classroom,
curriculum based prevention activities
and individual, group and family
counseling services, when needed.
The program helps foster an emotionally
healthy academic environment
and is cost-free for students and
families.
This January, WIA will implement a
Big Sky Community Health Survey,
to learn more about health and quality
of life in our community. The results
will help to identify our most pressing
community health problems and find
solutions to build community health
supports.
For more information or to make a
donation contact Lisa Beczkiewicz at
info@wiabigsky.org or (406) 209-7098.