Program & Projects

Arlee Community Development Corporation

  • Arlee Youth Connection
  • Imagination Library
  • Community Gardens/Food Sustainability
  • Small Business Entrepreneurship
  • Town Square Beautification
  • Jocko Valley Farmers Market

Arlee Youth Connection

Our mission is to cultivate mental and physical health for the youth in our community by providing drug/alcohol free events in a safe environment.



Imagination Library

Inspire the love of reading with the IMAGINATION LIBRARY! Join TODAY for FREE!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write Dolly started her Imagination Library in 1995 for the children within her home county. Today, her program spans four countries and mails over 1 million free books each month to children around the world.

“When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are children in your community with their own dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor or an inventor or a minister. Who knows, maybe there is a little girl whose dream is to be a writer and singer.

The seeds of these dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world.”

By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

Town Square Projects

Please Join Arlee High School National Honor Society Member, Noelle and the Arlee Community, for the “Town Square” & Community Beautification project!

Noelle is entering her senior year at Arlee High School.  She is a member of the Arlee Community Development Corporation and will be leading the Town Square project  to fulfill her community service hours for the National Honor Society.


1. A layout of the landscape squares along the north bound lane of Highway 93 will be drawn up.

2. “Squares” along Highway 93 through town will be assigned to community groups and area families.

3. Each group will be responsible for cleaning out their square and maintaining the beauty of the square throughout the season.

4. A walking tour of Arlee will be scheduled in August. Community  members will VOTE on their favorite Square and prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners.


To participate, please contact Noelle at or (406)544-6716     

Arlee Farmer’s Market


Where: Highway 93 North, Arlee MT

When: Every Wednesday. May 30-September 26, 2018 from 4-7:00pm

For More Information, Contact: Patty Tiensvold (406) 240-7175

Fiscal Agent Services

Did you know the Arlee CDC serves as a fiscal agent for individuals or groups providing services to our community?   As a fiscal agent we can act as a 501(c)(3) to help you qualify for grants, provide fiscal management services, and where requested, provide project management support.   


TEDxArlee   In May 2015 Arlee became the smallest community in the country to have a licensed TED event.   Our topic was the importance of cross cultural understanding and we had 15 TED talks by members of our community, including High School Students.   To hear the talks go to:

Event coordinator Anna Baldwin has this to say about her experience with the Arlee CDC:  “When I began planning the TEDxArlee event, I knew I would need a fiscal agent. This agent would need tax-exempt status, the ability to take deposits and cut checks and record-keeping capabaility.   The Arlee CDC served all of these functions perfectly. I could not have asked for a more capable and convenient fiscal agent for my event.”

STIPN CULTURE CAMP   Each summer Salish Elder Steven Small Salmon provides a cultural camp experience for youth.   The Arlee CDC, has served as fiscal agent for this important camp for several years now providing grants management, bookkeeping and year end tax reporting based on the camp budget provided by the leadership team.

ARLEE CLUB UNITY   This local youth group started in 2014 to provide opportunities for youth on Fridays when there is no school in Arlee.   Tribal Council Representative Shelly Fyant established the group and Rose Gurule and Buck Morigeau volunteered to provide culturally informed services for youth each Friday afternoon.   In December 2014 the Arlee CDC became a partner and fiscal agent, providing mentoring and grant writing services. We are pleased to report Club Unity has received two grants to begin an expanded program from June 1, 2015 to May 30, 2016.

JOCKO VALLEY LIBRARY   Since 2003 the Arlee CDC has served as a fiscal agent for the Jocko Valley Library when it writes grants to funding organizations requiring a 501(c)(3) organization.  Our ongoing partnership with the Library also includes Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (see Youth Programs for details).