Monday, March 25, 2013

Another Successful Sunday Sweeper!

A big thanks to the Nonprofit Leadership Student Association, the Mortar Board Honor Society, and Enjoying Life Sober for their hard work at this Sunday Sweeper!  This is the first time we've been able to cover the entire University District from 4th Street down to South, so this was a very exciting Sunday Sweeper, and we are grateful for all of the wonderful volunteers who helped out!  

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Neighborhood Ambassador Profile: Hannah Rees

Meet Ambassador #9, Hannah Rees!

Hi, I'm Hannah Rees, and I'm originally from Whitefish, Montana. Among the places I've lived have also been Buena Vista, Salida, and Monarch Pass, all in Colorado and Hood River, Oregon.  I graduated high school in Hood River and am excited to add Missoula to the list of towns where I have been lucky enough to live! I am studying to be a Counseling Psychologist at the University of Montana, and I am working to earn a minor in Women's and Gender Studies as well. 

As a result of living in so many outdoor-oriented towns, I love to be outside!  I enjoy walking, hiking, biking, swimming, camping, kayaking and much more. Missoula is the perfect place for me to be because of all the awesome activities the area offers. One of my favorite things about living in Missoula, besides the awesome education opportunities and beautiful location, is the rich community involvement. Missoulians are proud of their University, and I think that students are proud to be a part of such a close knit community. Many students show their appreciation and take advantage of community opportunities by volunteering, and participating in community sponsored events. Missoula is home away from home to so many out of state students, and it quickly becomes just as beloved as their original hometowns. 

I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to be a Neighborhood Ambassador, and look forward to enriching the lives of students and community members by helping to work on neighborhood relationships as well as organizing and participating in many community events! It is my goal to help bridge the gap between home owners and renters by encouraging positive communication and relationships and lending my abilities as a student to help create understanding among members of this great community. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ambassadors to host Final Sunday Sweepers Cleanup After this weekend's Forester's Ball

This Sunday the Neighborhood Ambassadors are hosting their fourth and final Sunday Sweepers event of the season! That's right -  the neighborhood cleanups are not just limited to football season, but were designed to take place when the neighborhood most needs them. We will be out Sunday March 24th to pick up any trash that was left in neighborhood after the annual Forester's Ball celebrations that will be taking place on Saturday evening. Neighborhood Ambassadors will also be removing unwanted graffiti present in the neighborhood and have partnered with the anti-graffiti task force to take on this task.

 The Ambassadors will be partnering with various UM student groups who signed up to lend a hand. Residents are welcome to participate in the cleanup efforts: meet us at the Griz statue at the West end of the Oval at 11:00am. We have plenty of trash bags and gloves to go around. See you there!

Neighborhood Ambassadors to Host Casino Night on Thursday march 21st!

         The Neighborhood Ambassadors are hosting a Casino Night at the UM FLAT on Thursday March 21st from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Attendees will have a chance test their luck during this night full of card games and maybe even win some prizes! Residents of the University District neighborhood (both students and permanent residents) are welcome to come for this fun night of fun. Additionally, the invitation is extended to all those living in our additional Neighborhood Ambassador areas located within the Lower Rattlesnake and Kiwanis Park areas. Don't miss out on this opportunity to meet your ambassadors, mingle with your neighbors, and and maybe even win big!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Is Your Rental is Up to Safety Code? Sign Up for an Inspection Today!

Post by Brad Dusenbery

Are you missing a fire detector in your bedroom or does that water stain on your ceiling keep growing ever so slowly? If these or other things in your apartment or rental house are happening, then your place might not be up to code and you may be putting your health or the health of or others at risk. You might be wondering right now how you can tell if the place that you’re living in is a safe place to reside. A cheap and easy way to find out is to sign up for an inspection through the City’s Voluntary Residential Inspection Program. If you’re a resident of Missoula an inspection would only cost you fifteen dollars and a call to City hall, which might sound like an expensive dinner for one and time consuming. However, it is worth the investment because you or your roommates might be living in a place that really isn’t worth the $500 to $1,500 a month you pay in rent especially if it’s putting your health at risk. Though if you’re a student at the University of Montana this service is provided free of charge through the ASUM Off-Campus Renter Center. All a student has to do is stop by the Renter Center office located in the University Center within the ASUM offices and set up an appoint with our awesome Renter Center director, Katherine Brady, to get the ball rolling. If there is a chance that your rental isn’t up to code, sign up for an inspection today: because, you shouldn’t risk your or other people’s health by residing in a place with unlivable conditions.