Blackfoot is celebrating National Cooperative Month this October, along with 40,000 other cooperative businesses serving more than 120 million people nationwide. As member-owned and member-controlled businesses, cooperatives commit to meeting the needs of their members and communities. Learn more about Blackfoot Cooperative Membership Benefits >
Plus, join us every Wednesday in October, at our headquarters in Missoula, to celebrate National Cooperative Month! Check out the schedule of events below.
Cooperative Month Events
Besides our event on 10/3, the following events will be held at Blackfoot’s headquarters at 1221 North Russell St. in Missoula.
October 3: 4:30 – 6:30 pm in Seeley Lake!
Join Blackfoot to kick off Cooperative Month at a community happy hour in Seeley Lake! Join us at the Double Arrow Lodge for pizza and beer. All are welcome! This event will take place directly after our Easy Access computer class.
October 4: 8:30 – 10:30 am
Join us for delicious muffins from our neighborhood bakery and Blackfoot customer Black Cat Bake Shop.
October 11: 8:30 – 10:30 am
Come in for some scrumptious pumpkin and apple baked treats from Great Harvest Bread Company. We are proud to provide service to Great Harvest.
October 18: 11 am – 2 pm
Stop by for popcorn and soda and watch Blackfoot’s brand movie!
October 25: 11 am – 2 pm
We invite you to join us for cake to celebrate Cooperative Month with our neighbors from Missoula Electric Cooperative.
“Cooperatives Commit” is the theme of this year’s celebration. Here are some ways Blackfoot is committed to you, our customers, member-owners and communities:
Blackfoot Commits to Education
Blackfoot is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for all ages. That’s why we annually contribute over $100,000 to educational endeavors. Here are some ways we’re committed to education: academic student scholarship awards; teacher scholarships to attend August Institute, an annual technology conference; and Foundation for Rural Services Youth Tour and library grants. Plus, we are a proud partner and donor at the new Missoula College. Each fall, Blackfoot also provides free Easy Access computer classes throughout our cooperative communities for members. Learn more about how Blackfoot commits to education >
Blackfoot Commits to Community
The seventh cooperative principle is Concern for Community. Our motto is “Giving back. Looking ahead.” Blackfoot looks for ways to invest in the long-term success of our communities. We actively support programs, projects and events that enhance the civic, educational, environmental and cultural well-being of the communities we serve. Learn more about how Blackfoot commits to community >
Blackfoot Commits to Each Other
We are committed to our fellow cooperatives. Blackfoot regularly partners with our friends at Missoula Electric Cooperative to support our shared communities. We deliver annual support for schools together through the EEE Program. We also step up to address community concerns together, such as helping with new grandstands for the Helmville Rodeo, or providing support for our neighbors who were impacted by the 2017 fire season.
Blackfoot Commits to Our Vision
Our vision is to enrich the lives of our customers, owners and employees. We fulfill this through our educational and community efforts, and by delivering advanced technology throughout Western Montana. In September 2016, we launched our largest construction project in Blackfoot’s 64-year history. Starting in St. Ignatius, we embarked on a major network equipment upgrade to improve our customers’ experiences. This is part of Blackfoot’s multi-year plan to invest over $4.5 million in substantial upgrades to our broadband network throughout our communities.