Our Why

Justin “Bucket” Cummins was lost to suicide on November 11, 2016.  Justin left behind his mother, father, children and many friends. 

Myself, Kim Cummins, and my husband Doug lost our son; our grandchildren lost their father.  The mother of Justin’s children, Maranda Parker, and I decided to start the non-profit organization, Buckets of Love, located in Missoula, Montana.  Maranda and I were helping Justin’s children find the resources they needed to help them deal with their loss and knew that others were out there that needed help.

Our goal is to help anyone struggling with mental health gain access to services through grants to help them pay for services.  We are there to help those who do not have health insurance, are under-insured, do not have mental health coverage and having high deductibles preventing them from receiving the needed services. Our hope is to help them learn to deal with life’s adventures in a healthy way, before their reach the crisis state. 

Applications for grants are available on our website, Bucketsoflove.net.   Our phone number is 1 (406) 272-5522.  We are also on Facebook and Instagram.

If you have depression, suicidal thoughts or any other mental health issues, please don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask for help.  We need you here with us! 

Maranda Parker

Founder/Executive Director

Married to Jakob with three kids, Riley 18, Olivia 16, and Gharett 14

Paralegal and Insurance Client Account Manager. Currently – License Specialist with Philips

Member of Montana Nonprofit Association and the Montana Notary Commission

Founded Buckets of Love, Inc. 

Degree in Paralegal Studies, Mental Health and Suicide Trainings

Missoula Food Bank, American Cancer Society

Notary Public

HOBBIES – Reading, true crime documentaries, spending time my family, games and movies with my husband. 

WHY BOL – I chose to found Buckets of Love with my former mother-in-law, Kim Cummins after the loss of my children’s father began to overtake their own mental health. I knew that when crisis occurred, my children were like so many others and were going to need a resource that they could depend on.

 


Kim Cummins

Co-Executive Director

Married to Doug for 23 years, 3 grandchildren, 3 dogs & 3 cats

Previous history: Payroll/Accounts Payable Director, Office Manager at Podiatry office, Financial Counselor at Medical clinic, Owned Ma & Bucket Cleaning Specialists. Currently:  Licensed Insurance Agent/Account Manager with an underwriting company

Member of NAMI

Wonderful Marriage, Conquered Timidity and fear of the unknown, Started Buckets of Love, Inc. with my Daughter-in-Law

Mental Health courses, Suicide Prevention Courses

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES – Buckets of Love, Inc

HOBBIES –  My grandchildren and my animals

WHY BOL – Doug and I lost our son, Justin “Bucket” Cummins, father of our grandchildren and friend to so many, to suicide on November 11, 2016. Through the journey of helping his children find the resources they needed to help them deal with their loss, their mother, Maranda Parker and I decided to start the non-profit organization, Buckets of Love


Amber Nealey

Chair of the Board, Board Member, Fundraising Team Member, School Relations Coordinator

Married to Donny. We have one child together, a daughter, Paislee. Two step-sons who live full time with us, Adam & Zane. And one step-son, Bradlee, who lives full time with his mom and other siblings in Billings. 

I have had an array of jobs in my time. I have worked service industry, customer service, management, and banking. I am currently a Billing Account Specialist for Compliance Monitoring Systems & also work as a Receptionist/Dispatcher for Brown’s Towing INC. 

Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Marketing, Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management 

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES -Served on the Board for Habitat for Humanity for 8 years. In high school, I completed my senior project on their structure and activities. I have been involved with Buckets of Love for just over a year. I served as Secretary for a Family Readiness Group (FRG) for a local National Guard unit. 

HOBBIES –My hobbies include reading, writing, crafting, anything outdoorsy, and spending time with my family. 

WHY BOL-My passion for being a part of the Buckets team comes from the personal loss of a loved one to suicide. I was very young and I didn’t fully understand it. I want our youth to know that things get easier, that there are better days ahead, and that we are here. I want them to know that life is beautiful and messy. 


Chris Stobb

Vice Chair, Secretary

Married to Randy for 22 years with two sons, Tyler and Marcus

Worked 22 years as a Workers’ Compensation Adjuster

PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS – With a friend, founded Sewciety Sisters of Montana

ORGANIZATIONS – Member of the Missoula Quilters Guild, Member of Boy Scouts of America

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES – Boy Scouts of America, I make and donate quilts for Comfort Quilts and Child Protective Services

HOBBIES – quilting, drives in the mountain, volleyball, kayaking, spending time with family

WHY BOL –When asked to join by Maranda Parker, I was not sure what I was doing or where we were going with this. I have learned that mental health is a large problem in society. BOL was started to help youth access mental health providers. As we have grown, it is not just children that we desire to help. I now understand that I can help. We have a great group of people and look forward to adding more as we continue to grow our mission. We all have the love and passion to help those in need and I am honored to be a part of it. 


Mark and Michelle Oberhofer

Fundraising Committee Member, Merchandise Team (Michelle), Volunteer Outreach Coordinator (Michelle),Community Outreach Coordinator (Mark)

Married with two daughters. Mark and Michelle will forever call Montana their home.  They were both born and raised in Missoula.  

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES – Mark is also a Board Member with 5 Valley Off-Roaders and a Coach for Missoula Youth Football (MYF). Michelle helps when able to. 

HOBBIES – They enjoy their camping trips, family vacations, Off-Road Racing, 4 Wheeling and spending time with their friends and Family  

WHY BOL – Due to their own personal experiences, they are a part of Buckets of Love.  Through their passion, they hope to make a difference so that no one else has to experience the same situations they have gone through. They have a commitment to doing good for the whole and helping those who need it.


Doug Cummins

Addiction Research Liaison

Married to Kim Cummins for 23 years,  3 grandchildren, 3 dogs & 3 cats

Mental Health courses, Suicide Prevention Courses

ORGANIZATIONS – Buckets of Love, Inc.

PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS – Great Marriage, Education

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES – Buckets of Love, Inc.

WHY BOL – Kim and I lost our son, Justin “Bucket” Cummins, father of our grandchildren and friend to so many, to suicide on November 11, 2016. 


Tony Lerback 

Board Member, Fundraising Committee Member, Community Outreach Coordinator

Married to Karrie for four years and we have two children. A son, Colin, who is 14 and a daughter, Harley who is 11.

Auto Body and Paint for 19 years

3 years of College 

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES – Buckets of Love, Coach for Missoula Youth Football (MYF)

HOBBIES – Riding dirt bikes, snowmobiling, drag racing, golfing, wood working and playing the drums. 

WHY BOL– I joined because it tore my heart out seeing the devastation that untreated mental health has on families. 


Austin Alt

Board Member, Merchandise Team, and Fundraising Committee

I grew up in the Missoula Valley and have spent the majority of my life here.  I am married and we have 2 kids, one in high school and the other in elementary school.  

I have held a variety of positions in my life most of which have been centered around customer service and I currently work for a local business that works in Community Corrections as the Billing Account Supervisor.

I graduated high school in Missoula in 2004 and I graduated college with a degree in Early Childhood Development in 2014.  

HOBBIES – I have several hobbies, but most of all of them fall on the crafting side of things.  I enjoy sewing, crafting and playing with my Cricut.  

WHY BOL – I was drawn to Buckets of Love because I grew up in a home where Mental Health was not something that you talked about, but my mother came from a long line of mental health problems.  We endured a lot of mental and emotional abuse growing up and that meant that as an adult I had several issues that I needed to address in counseling.  Seeing how much of an effect my childhood had on my adult life and how it affected the relationships in my life made me really passionate about helping children navigate those things before they reached adult life to maybe help them avoid years of turmoil.