2016 MLK Day of Service Opportunities

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"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?" - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The MLK National Day of Service on January 18, 2016 is considered a "day on, not a day off." AmeriCorps State and VISTA members, and Senior Corps are hosting volunteer projects across the state by reading MLK themed books in the classroom, weatherizing homes, hosting community dinners, and more to honor the legacy of Dr. King on this holiday.

Read for Peace

AmeriCorps members, Senior Corps, and community volunteers will read books about Dr. King and lead activities related to MLK Day in schools in the following communities:

  • Billings
  • Bozeman
  • Butte
  • Glendive
  • Havre
  • Helena
  • Livingston
  • Missoula
  • Polson
  • Red Lodge

*To participate in a Read for Peace activity near you, or to find out more information about a particular project, contact Lacy Fiore, Montana Campus Compact VISTA leader, fiore@mtcompact.org, 406-243-5671

Read more about MLK Day Read for Peace

MLK Weatherization Event

Energy Corps members will weatherize approximately 30 homes in the Billings/Red Lodge area on from Sunday, January 17-Tuesday, January 19. With each weatherization, service recipients will receive education on how they save more energy in their homes.

Healthy Breakfast Food Drive

AmeriCorps VISTA members in the Helena area are collecting healthy breakfast items to donate to the Helena Food Share starting on MLK Day and through the end of January. Food drop-off locations can be found at Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services buildings and in the Governor's Office.

*Contact AmeriCorps VISTA members, Kami Kirchberg, kkirchberg@mt.gov, or Colin Wethered, cwethered@mt.gov, for questions about the food drive and drop-off locations.

Family Community Dinner

The MT No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps member in Kalispell is hosting a free family friendly community dinner at the Gateway Community Center on January 18, 2016 from 5:00-7:00p. The dinner will include a baked potato bar with sides of fruits and veggies. There will also be a small raffle benefitting the Backpack Program sponsored by the Flathead Food Bank.

*To volunteer at or attend the Family Community Dinner, contact Jessica Ferretti, MT NKH AmeriCorps member, jferretti@mt.gov, 406-885-5349

Boulder Food Drive

FoodCorps is teaming up with Boulder Elementary School's 21st Century Learning Program to host a food drive for non-perishable items to benefit the Boulder community.

Project Homeless Connect

Project Homeless Connect -- a one-day one-stop service event for people who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless -- events will take place in Missoula, Great Falls, and Kalispell on January 29, 2016 from 10a-3p. More than 75 service providers will be on hand in each community to provide approximately 400 clients with tangible services throughout the day.

*For more information, visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/463071003904155/

Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity

Billings Metro VISTA Project members will be helping at the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Billings on MLK Day. Volunteers will work as sorters/cleaners/pricers, donation pick-up drivers and unloaders, cashiers, and sales assistants.

*For more information, contact Ari Denson, VISTA leader, vista8@ci.billings.mt.us or 406-237-6131


Questions? Comments? Looking to get involved with any of the events above? Contact the Governor's Office of Community Service at serve@mt.gov or 406-444-9077.

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