2014 ServeMontana Symposium

Symposium 2014 logo2National Service Participants Gather for ServeMontana Symposium

Service Focused Conference March 12th through March 14th

HELENA, MT- AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Senior Corps participants from across Montana will gather for the annual ServeMontana Symposium on March 12th through March 14th at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel in Helena, MT. Hosted by the Governor’s Office of Community Service, this conference will focus on providing training and resources for National Service programs.

“The ServeMontana Symposium is an excellent training and networking opportunity for National Service volunteers around the state,” said Dan Ritter, Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Service. “This year’s theme, the Power of Human Action, will highlight the dedication of National Service participants in enriching Montana communities and making a difference through service.”

What: ServeMontana Symposium: the Power of Human Action
When: Wednesday, March 12 through Friday, March 14
Where: Red Lion Colonial Hotel, Helena, MT
Who: AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Senior Corps

The ServeMontana Symposium will begin at 1:00 pm on March 12th with an address from Governor Steve Bullock to National Service participants in the Capitol Rotunda in Helena. National Service participants will then participate in city-wide service projects at the following locations: Montana Wild Center, Habitat for Humanity, Lewis and Clark Humane Society, Intermountain Youth Home, Helena Indian Alliance, YWCA, YMCA, Good Samaritan, Florence Crittenton, and School Age Child Care (SACC). Partnering with the Helena Fire Department and the Tri-County FireSafe Council, members will also canvass Helena neighborhoods, distributing information on wildfire preparedness in advance of this year’s fast approaching fire season.

Dr. Paul Gordon Lauren, University of Montana Regents Professor, will be the keynote speaker on the evening of Thursday, March 13th. Dr. Lauren is an internationally-recognized teacher and scholar on international human rights, diplomacy, and international relations. Professor Lauren has presented many lectures across the United States and throughout the world, including before the Smithsonian Institute, United Nations, and the Nobel Peace Institute.

Montana State University President, Dr. Waded Cruzado, and Montana Supreme Court Justice, Justice Beth Baker, will also speak at the Symposium. Other events include breakout sessions highlighting strategies for meeting needs in Montana, and skill-building sessions on volunteer management, civic engagement, philanthropy and more.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes National Service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.

Visit serve.mt.gov.

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Marissa Perry
Outreach Coordinator
Governor’s Office of Community Service
Phone: (406) 444-9077
Email: mperry@mt.gov

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