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Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | 378 | 0


Ethan Heverly
eheverly@safemt.gov or (406) 544-8287

P.O. Box 7224 | Helena, MT, 59604-7224 Kidschanceofmontana.org


KCMT is a Non-Profit Providing Scholarships for Higher Education to the Dependents of Workers Injured or Killed on the Job

HELENA, MT—Governor Greg Gianforte has proclaimed November 13-17 as Kids' Chance Awareness Week. The proclamation, issued on Monday, states:

"Whereas, the catastrophic injury or death of a parent or guardian can have a devasting emotional and financial impact on families..."

This is why Kids' Chance of Montana (KCMT) was founded in 2017. A branch of Kids' Chance of America, KCMT exists to lessen the financial impact a workplace injury can force upon a family—sometimes for generations. Kids' Chance exists in all 50 states.

KCMT President, Leah Tietz, had the following to say about the organization and the proclamation: "I am grateful to Governor Gianforte for waving the Kids' Chance banner and helping bring awareness to our important mission. The facts are, Montana workers are the best in the country and while we want each of them to return home safely at the end of each day, many do not. The entire goal of Kids' Chance is to help take a potentially devastating situation and make it just a little better."


State of Montana - Governor Proclamation


KCMT was founded in 2017 and has assisted nearly 30 Montana students with their aspirations of higher education. Having raised more than $365,000, KCMT has also formed an endowment to aid its existence well into the future.

This summer, KCMT received a matching funds donation from Montana State Fund, Montana's not-for-profit workers' compensation carrier, of up-to $150,000 over five years. If met, the non-profit can unlock $30,000 for the program each year through 2027.

"We hope the Governor's proclamation will help not only raise awareness of our mission, but also assist our goal of meeting our $30,000 match in 2024," said Tietz.

To learn more about Kids' Chance of Montana, visit www.kidschanceofmontana.org for more information or to donate. ###