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Sunburst Foundation Beginnings

In 1994 four friends in Eureka decided there were things the town could use – like more social services that didn’t require driving to Libby or a professional concert series that didn’t require driving to Whitefish.

So the idea of the Sunburst Community Service Foundation was born. And it grew - starting with Families in Partnership, a mentoring program and Faith in Action. And it grew... bringing in Shakespeare in the Parks, Missoula Children’s Theater and concerts that always have an outreach component to the schools. And it continues to grow.

Today Sunburst is in eight locations in western Montana with over eighty-five people on staff providing mental health services, family support, community education and arts. In the Tobacco Valley, Sunburst continues to thrive with activities ranging from their annual Toast of the Town to live music weekly at the farmers market. It offers parent education, mental health services and GED/HiSET classes. It helps manage the Kootenai Rails-to-Trails and brings in numerous cultural events from Montana Repertory Theater to the New Old Time Chautauqua. The energy and enthusiasm that began this organization is very much in existence today with support from the community, businesses and volunteers. Sunburst makes this fantastic valley an even better place to live.

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VisitNWMontana.com is all about inspiring, promoting and helping to build and sustain NW Montana through stories, blogs, photos and fun – one person, one business and one experience at a time.

Northwestern Montana is a charming area of quaint towns, millions of acres of state and federal land, hiking, camping, waterfalls, rock climbing, fishing and hunting, skiing and snowmobiling. We offer an impressive collection of shops, art galleries, golf courses, bed and breakfasts, spas, and restaurants not to mention annual events such as the Bull Thing, the Ten Lakes Snowmobile Fun Run, and the Eureka Montana Quilt Show. Enjoy the outdoors and the small town spirit that makes you feel right at home. Stay for a short trip, or meet with a realtor to find out about owning your own little piece of Montana real estate.

Where are we and how do you get here? Fly into Glacier National Park Airport (FCA) or Spokane International Airport (GEG). Eureka is 7 miles from the Canadian (Roosville) Border and 67 miles east of Libby or 51 miles north of Whitefish.

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