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Governor Bullock Announces over $680,000 in AmeriCorps Grants

Montana ranks 6th in the nation for enrolling AmeriCorps members

 

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana has received $688,526 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to fund three AmeriCorps state programs.

“AmeriCorps members are critical to the fabric of our communities,” said Governor Bullock. “I know these leaders will strive to do good for others and make a meaningful difference in the lives of Montanans. I look forward to all they will accomplish for this great state.”

The Governor’s Office of Community Service will receive the funding, then distribute it through grants to the following organizations:

  • 100 Fold Corps $109,370; 22 members; $89,998 in matching funds

100 Fold Corps is a nonprofit architecture firm that trains architecture graduates to provide innovative and affordable services to charitable organizations around the world. Members will serve by providing nonprofits with conceptual designs, drawings, construction documents and more for facility improvement meant to help improve efficiency and save money. www.100foldstudio.org

  • Montana Campus Compact AmeriCorps $373,006; 66 members; $132,652 in matching funds

AmeriCorps members serving with Montana Campus Compact help low income and first-generation Montanans navigate their way through higher education. Members assist with managing finances, applications, and more, while also engaging volunteers and community leaders in projects that support college readiness. www.mtcompact.org

  • Community in Action Corps $206,150; 14 members; $147,075 in matching funds

The Community in Action Corps addresses needs in Eastern Montana communities affected by the oil boom. Specifically, the program focuses on workforce development, access to healthy food, and mental health issues like suicide prevention by engaging partners in the community and encouraging local volunteerism to increase collaboration and promote a better quality of life in Eastern Montana. http://www.richland.org/index.aspx?nid=320

Together, the three AmeriCorps programs receiving funding through this formula grant cycle will engage 102 members who will serve over 81,000 hours cumulatively in Montana. They will also garner at least $369,725 in local support to supplement their programs. The AmeriCorps members serving with these three programs will also be eligible to receive $284,278 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards.

Last week, it was announced that Montana ranks sixth in the nation for enrolling AmeriCorps members per capita. 

In June, Governor Bullock and Senator Tester announced over $3 million in AmeriCorps funding to support five sponsoring programs in Montana through the 2018 AmeriCorps competitive grants.

Since 1994, more than 10,000 AmeriCorps members in Montana have served over 9.1 million hours, qualifying for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards worth more than a combined $21.7 million.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes National Service and community volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in diverse service activities meant to benefit people and landscapes. To learn more, visit serve.mt.gov.

 


The Governor’s Office of Community Service Seeks Statewide Input on Community Needs

Montanans asked to take assessment regarding critical issues facing the state

 

HELENA, MT – The Governor’s Office of Community Service (OCS) is asking Montanans to take a Community Needs Assessment survey regarding statewide critical needs and how AmeriCorps can play a role in addressing those needs. 

Results from the Community Needs Assessment survey will be used to determine how AmeriCorps members and community volunteers can address some of the most pressing needs in Montana. The survey confidentially captures personal and relevant opinions of what Montanans believe to be the most critical issues facing our state today. Issues are divided into seven areas: Environmental Stewardship; Education; Economic Opportunity; Healthy Futures; Veterans and Military Families; American Indian Affairs; and Montanans Age 55 and Up.

The Community Needs Assessment is at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OCSCommunityNeeds2018. Montanans are encouraged to take the Community Needs Assessment by Friday, August 31, 2018. The assessment takes approximately ten minutes to complete and requests basic demographic information in addition to asking questions on critical community needs. Individuals of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to take the assessment including those representing nonprofits, faith-based organizations, local, state, or federal government, tribal members, or those identifying as themselves.

“National Service members and community volunteers play a very important role in providing critical services to our underserved populations in addition to forming valuable partnerships throughout Montana,” said Dan Ritter, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Service. “The results will help distinguish how we can continue our current efforts and what we can do better to improve the quality of life for all Montanans.”

Since 1994, more than 10,000 AmeriCorps members have served 8.5 million hours in Montana. In 2015, approximately 264,800 Montanans volunteered a total of 29.54 million hours of service to the state.

Along with OCS, the Montana Commission on Community Service is currently drafting the 2019-2021 State Service Plan which serves as the framework for service and volunteerism in the state. This plan is based in State Statute and is a requirement of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Input from the Community Needs Assessment will be included in the State Service Plan as a way to determine key goals and develop rural, tribal, and underserved targets.

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The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes national service and community volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service. Visit serve.mt.gov.

 


Montana Ranks #6 for Producing AmeriCorps Members

New data shows more AmeriCorps members come from Montana than other states

 

Montana — When it comes to enrolling in AmeriCorps, Montana residents rank sixth among states, according to new data released today by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers the AmeriCorps program and leads the nation’s national service and volunteer programs.

In Montana, State AmeriCorps programs are implemented by the Governor’s Office of Community Service. State AmeriCorps programs in Montana include Montana Conservation Corps, Montana Campus Compact, Montana State Parks AmeriCorps, Justice for Montanans AmeriCorps, Energy Corps, Big Sky Watershed, FoodCorps, 100 Fold Studio, and Community in Action Corps. Other AmeriCorps programs in the state include AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps National Direct in Montana, AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region, and Senior Corps.

“Montana is excited to be back in the top 10 for AmeriStates. The Montana Commission on Community Service is grateful for the spirit of service that is represented by all Montanans who welcome our AmeriCorps State programs into their communities to continue to address critical needs through national service,” said Dan Ritter, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Service.

Since AmeriCorps was formed nearly 25 years ago, thousands of Montanans have served their country—4,700 in the last year alone—and received more than $22.7 million in scholarships. This year, CNCS will invest more than $5 million in national service projects in the state, including funding for more than 900 AmeriCorps members.

“Congratulations to Montana and all our 2018 AmeriStates and AmeriCities” said Chester Spellman, director of AmeriCorps. “By taking the AmeriCorps pledge, Montana citizens are building a brighter tomorrow. Their service as AmeriCorps members exemplifies what it means to be an American. I salute every AmeriCorps member for their dedication and determination to ‘get things done’ and encourage other Americans to make the same commitment.”

Every year, 75,000 AmeriCorps members serve through 21,600 schools, nonprofits, and community and faith-based organizations across the country. These citizens have played a critical role in the recovery of communities affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. They also tutor and mentor young people, connect veterans to jobs, care for seniors, reduce crime and revive cities, fight the opioid epidemic, and meet other critical needs.

The rankings were determined by associating the permanent address of AmeriCorps members’ to a U.S. designated place and state, including the District of Columbia. The analysis looked exclusively at members who served in program year 2016. For this analysis, a small city was defined as any place with a population greater than or equal to 100,000 people and less than 250,000 people. A large-sized city was defined as any place with a population greater than or equal to 250,000.  States and cities listed produce the highest number of AmeriCorps members per capita.

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AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, and leads the nation’s volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.  The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes National Service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service. Visit serve.mt.gov.

 


ServeMontana accepting nominations for the second Abby M. Zent Recognition

Recognition honors AmeriCorps VISTA alums dedicated to service, others

 

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service, in partnership with Karen and Leroy Zent, is accepting nominations for the Abby M. Zent Recognition, the office announced today.

Provided in memory of Abby M. Zent, the recognition honors those who, like Abby, have dedicated their lives to service and volunteerism. Abby served two terms in AmeriCorps VISTA with the Prevention Resource Center, and volunteered with programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, and the Humane Society.

Montanans who have served with AmeriCorps VISTA, and continue to show a spirit of service throughout their lives, are eligible. To nominate an individual, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FLTCTGV.

Recognitions are provided to at least two Montanans, one of whom is over the age of 55. Well suited nominees are purposeful, mission-driven individuals who have demonstrated sustained service to others, and inspire others to make service part of their lives, particularly in the areas of safe & affordable housing, youth leadership development, and arts & culture.

Nominations are accepted through December 31, 2018, and individuals selected will be honored at the ServeMontana Symposium in Helena next March.

 


Senator Tester and Governor Bullock Announce over $5 Million in AmeriCorps Funds for Montana

Senator and Governor Secure Money to Address Community Needs through Service

(Montana)—U.S. Senator Jon Tester and Governor Steve Bullock announced today that Montana will receive a total of $5,258,327 in funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for AmeriCorps programs that support land and water conservation, state parks, energy efficiency, and access to justice.

 

“AmeriCorps volunteers work hard to protect our public lands, to strengthen our communities, and to stand up as public servants for those who are voiceless,” Tester said.  “These resources will help ensure that folks can continue to serve in Montana and keep our state the Last Best Place.” 

 

“AmeriCorps members embody the strong spirit of service that runs deep in Montana and unite communities all across our state through the power of giving back,” Bullock said. “We’re grateful that their service can be continued through these resources as they make a lasting difference for generations to come.”

 

The 2018 AmeriCorps competitive grants will provide $3,080,514 to five sponsoring programs to support 429 AmeriCorps members who will be deployed into service across the state of Montana.

 

  • Big Sky Watershed Corps Montana, Montana Conservation Corps, Inc., $356,400, 27 members: Big Sky Watershed Corps members contribute innovation and skills within watershed organizations and mobilize volunteers to improve at-risk ecosystems at the headwaters of our nation’s greatest rivers. Big Sky Watershed Corps is made real through a partnership with the Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Montana, Montana Conservation Corps, and the Montana Watershed Coordination Council with host sites across Montana. mtcorps.org/join/big-sky-watershed-corps-member

 

  • Montana Conservation Corps, Inc., $1,994,000, 341 members. Montana Conservation Corps engages members to serve on outdoor conservation projects and to develop them as leaders and citizens. Montana’s largest AmeriCorps program, MCC has developed a versatile program that uses the power of service and the crew dynamic to mobilize a new generation while living, learning, and working outdoors to improve trails and habitats. mtcorps.org

 

  • Montana Energy Corps, National Center for Appropriate Technology, $242,477, 20 members: Montana Energy Corps engages members to provide weatherization services to low-income Montanans, and to design and conduct educational activities in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable practices throughout the state. energycorps.org

 

  • Montana State Parks AmeriCorps, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, $219,137, 21 members: Montana State Parks AmeriCorps members promote healthy, active, and environmentally aware communities by enhancing park land, enriching educational opportunities, building volunteer capacity, and strengthening community outreach in state parks. AmeriCorps members serving in this program develop a commitment to the stewardship of natural and cultural resources. stateparks.mt.gov/AmeriCorps

 

  • Justice for Montanans, Montana Legal Services Association, $268,500, 20 members: The Justice for Montanans AmeriCorps Project empowers low to moderate income Montanans to advocate for their legal rights and increase access to justice. Members expand intake, help attorneys with case management, develop outreach materials and presentations, help survivors of domestic violence access services, and more. justiceformontanans.org.

 

The Governor’s Office of Community Service will receive $688,526 to support three additional AmeriCorps programs across Montana through the 2018 AmeriCorps formula grants which will be awarded by late summer.

 

In addition to the nearly $4 million in grants, Tester and Bullock announced $1,489,288 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants. The members are given an Ed Award after they have completed their service to help pay for post-secondary education or pay down student loans.

 


ServeMontana announces 2018 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship

 

Scholarship benefits Montana high schoolers who serve their communities, want to attend school in-state.

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service, Reach Higher Montana, and Montana Campus Compact are pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship, the groups announced today.

The $1,000 scholarship is offered to 100 Montana students attending Montana Campus Compact member institutions who have demonstrated commitment to volunteerism and community service by volunteering at least 100 hours during the last year.

The application form, guidelines, and FAQs can be found online at Youth Serve Montana.

"These students have given so much to their communities, and I'm glad we can give them something back while helping to foster a lifelong commitment to service," Dan Ritter, Executive Director of the Office of Community Service, said. "Helping students stay in-state for school and continue making Montana a better place to live is something we can all be proud of."

Applications close January 31, 2018, and early submissions are highly encouraged.

The Governor's Office Community Service expands and promotes national servivce and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.  Montana Campus Compact is Montana's largest higher education network and works to improve community life by educating students for civic and social responsibility. Reach Higher Montana guides, prepares and supports Montana students in their efforts to reach their potential through higher education.


ServeMontana accepting nominations for inaugural Abby M. Zent Recognition

Recognition honors AmeriCorps VISTA alums dedicated to service others

HELENA, MT- The Governor's Office of Community Service, in partnership with Karen and Leroy Zent, is accepting nominations for the inaugural Abby M. Zent Recognition, the office announced today.

Provided in memory of Abby M. Zent, the recognition honors those who, like Abby, have dedicated their lives to service and volunteerism.  Abby served two terms in AmeriCorps VISTA with the Prevention Resource Center, and volunteered with programs like Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, and the Humane Society.

Montanans who have served with AmeriCorps VISTA, and continue to show a spirit of service throughout their lives, are eligible. To nominate an individual, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/abbymzent.

Recognitions are provided to at least two Montanans, one of whom is over the age of 55. Well suited nominees are purposeful, mission-driven individuals who have demonstrated sustained service to others, and inspire others to make service part of their lives, particularly in the areas of safe & affordable housing, youth leadership development, and arts & culture.

Nominations are accepted through December 31, 2017, and individuals selected will be honored at the ServeMontana Symposium in Helena next March.

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