There is nothing Lee Griffiths does that is not well thought-out. His move to Big Sky years ago was quite researched and intentional. He knew he wanted to escape the rat race of the East Coast and settle in a ski community out west, so he spent an entire season visiting many resort areas.
Across Montana folks are loading up their “go bags” and heading to the airport. They are deploying to California to assist with cleanup efforts after the wildfires, and to Alaska to help after the earthquake.
I asked Sarah “Sippi” Sipe to sit down with me, delay the comfort of her home and cuddles with her cat –Tom Newberry – and to share stories of her abundant volunteer work. We spoke at end of day in the conference room of her accounting office when most people were gone – the faintest tapping of keys on one lonely computer could be heard.
It kills Big Sky Community Food Bank Operations Manager Sarah Gaither to throw away food. After all, the items she receives are donated with the hope each will go to good use for hungry Big Sky residents.
It’s not just adults out there making a difference–Big Sky’s local Boy Scouts, ages eight and nine, recently headed to the intersection of Highways 287 and 87 west of Quake Lake near the Madison River to remove old ranch fence along a major wildlife corridor.
Along the short drive from Durnam Meadows in the Gallatin Canyon south to Big Sky there are at least 15 white crosses dotting the roadway, often on sharp corners and straightaways with no turnouts. These crosses mark the spot where a traffic fatality occurred—there are now more than 2,000 of them next to Montana highways.
Ever heard of “Fortnight”? It’s an online multiplayer survival game where players cooperate on mapped-out missions, helping survivors of a storm and battling zombie-like creatures. The game, released in 2017, now has more than a million users—a number of Big Sky’s youth included.
Calling all Bigs! There are Littles out there looking for a match. So says Jolene Clark, branch coordinator for the Big Sky Chapter of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program—adult mentors for the BBBS Community Program are always needed.
The countdown is on for the fourth annual Give Big Gallatin Valley event, a 24-hour online and in-person donation celebration on May 3 and 4 put on by the Bozeman Area Community Foundation. The goal? To inspire 4,000 people to raise $1 million for charities from around the region.
For Big Sky Sotheby’s International Broker Tallie Lancey, there’s always a way to shave out some time to give back to the community. Most recently she helped out with the Arts Council of Big Sky’s annual Auction for the Arts, envisioning and bringing the colorful decorations for the event to life.