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The Montana Advocates Good Samaritan: Great Falls VIPS

At The Advocates, we consider ourselves lucky to be part of Montana communities who prioritize working together and helping each other. That’s why we’re proud to partner with Nonstop Local to recognize Good Samaritans in our communities every month. For April 2023, our Good Samaritan is the Great Falls VIPS program.

What Is the VIPS Program?

VIPS stands for Volunteers in Policing Service. The VIPS assist the Great Falls Police Department in a number of ways, from enforcing abandoned vehicle ordinances to helping at community events. They may serve as bike patrol, help with evidence lockers, and even aid in criminal investigations.

The purpose of the program is to lighten the load for local law enforcement officers, so they can devote more time and energy to some of the more serious aspects of their work.

The Great Falls VIPS program started in 2013. At any given time, there are around 30 VIPS. In 2021, those volunteers worked more than 3,000 hours. Many of the volunteers with the program are retirees who are looking for ways to contribute to their community.

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The Advocates Injury Attorneys and Nonstop Local are grateful to the volunteers with the VIPS program and are thrilled to recognize them for the work they do. 

How Can I Get Involved?

To serve in the VIPS program, you must be at least 18 years or older and be able to pass a background check. Interested individuals should fill out an application.

If you are unable to work with the VIPS but would still like the opportunity to serve the Great Falls community, there are many other volunteer positions throughout the city. You can volunteer with the animal shelter, public library, Parks and Recreation Department, and more.

How Can I Nominate a Good Samaritan?

If you know an individual or organization who deserves to be recognized for their service to their community, you can nominate them on Nonstop Local’s website. We celebrate good works all across the state of Montana.

Good Samaritan winners are recognized with a news story at 5:00 pm on the last Monday of each month.

The Advocates Injury Attorneys Are Here for You

If you’ve been injured in an accident in Montana, The Advocates can help. We have decades of experience representing victims of car accidents, dog bites, slip-and-fall injuries, product liability cases, and more.

We will be by your side throughout the entirety of your case. We will listen to your story, answer your questions, and help you understand the next steps in your claim. From accessing the medical care you need to communicating with your employer regarding your accident, The Advocates have your back.

Consultations are always free. Contact us today to get started on the road to recovery. You deserve a Good Samaritan after your accident. You deserve an Advocate.