Nonprofit banks on fear of goat

By KATIE HURST/ Staff Writer

HELENA — Aaron’s Staff, a nonprofit organization in Helena, is getting many people’s goat this month by threatening to deliver an unruly goat to their front door. The goat giveaway is a fundraiser for the organization where unless participants buy fictional goat insurance, their name will be entered into a raffle to win a goat — whether wanted or not.

Aaron’s Staff assistant director Marilyn Shultz said the fundraiser is a fun and different way to raise money for a good cause.

Aaron’s Staff provides respite care for children with disabilities and special needs, she said. The organization gives a break to the children’s caregivers, allowing them time for themselves.

“I was blessed with a healthy child and I know how much it meant to have time for myself even then,” Shultz said. “It’s a 24/7 job caring for these children, it never let up. We’re here to give the parents a break.”

Money raised through the goat insurance will go directly to meet program needs, Shultz said. Much of it will supply snack food, art supplies and funding for special projects for the children.

Shultz said the goat fundraiser has been popular among participants who are eager to add their friends and family members to the drawing. Anyone can add anyone else’s name to the drawing to win the goat, she said. When a name is added to the drawing, the person entered is mailed a letter offering goat insurance.

A $5 goat insurance policy takes a name out of the drawing one time. However, people can be entered into the drawing more than once.  A premium policy for $10 takes out all entries into the drawing.

“It’s more of a fun-raiser than a fundraiser,” Schultz said.

The goat to be given away was donated from a family in Helena, Schultz said. Its name is Molly and has been known to wreak havoc on yards and gardens and eat almost anything.

Molly will be given away Nov. 5 when an unlucky name is drawn from the raffle, Shultz said. The organization will continue to accept names for the raffle until that date.

“If you want someone to be goated, we’d love to do that for you,” she said.

To enter a name in the drawing, call Aaron’s Staff at 620-5004. To learn more about the organization visit Aaronsstaffrespite.com.