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Governor's Office of Community Service awards 100 scholarships to Montana high school seniors

Youth Serve Montana Scholarship intended to recognize, encourage volunteer service

 

HELENA, MT – The Governor’s Office of Community Service, in partnership with Reach Higher Montana and Montana Campus Compact, awarded $1,000 scholarships to 100 Montana high school seniors, the agency announced today.

The Youth Serve Montana Scholarship recognizes students’ dedication to community service and helps students who wish to attend school in Montana. They are intended to promote volunteerism and encourage young leaders to further their learning.

“These 100 students have given their time and energy to those who need it most and made their communities and Montana a better place to live,” Dan Ritter, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Service, said.

The winners of the 2019 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship are:

Name

Hometown

School Selection

Carter A. Morley

Anaconda

MSU Bozeman

Seamus A. Hoolahan

Anaconda

MSU Bozeman

Trenton M. Wolfe

Anaconda

MSU Bozeman

Ruby C. Gawarkiewicz

Belgrade

MSU Bozeman

Kaylin J. Millsap

Billings

MSU Billings

Makayla Heiser

Billings

UM Missoula

Raegan D. Harper

Billings

Miles Community College

Robert W. Parker

Billings

UM Missoula

Alexa R. Calder

Bozeman

MSU Bozeman

Brocklynn A. Bohannon

Bozeman

MSU Bozeman

Clare J. Hendricks

Bozeman

MSU Bozeman

Daniel Gao

Bozeman

MSU Bozeman

Emma L. Christopher

Bozeman

MSU Bozeman

Gianna M. Connelly

Bozeman

Carroll College

Lexi A. Emeny

Bozeman

MSU Bozeman

Lillian V. Krach

Bozeman

UM Missoula

Ryan C. Lonergan

Bozeman

MSU Bozeman

Sara A. Hickok

Bridger

MSU Bozeman

Anna M. McEvers

Browning

UM Missoula

Sequoyah E. Osborne

Browning

Montana Western

Clint F. Connors

Butte

UM Missoula

Jaden S. Cleveland

Butte

Montana Tech

Payton J. Carver

Butte

MSU Bozeman

Taylor J. Huff

Butte

UM Missoula

Packer M. Pearson

Charlo

MSU Northern

Tyler J. Wanken

Chester

MSU Bozeman

Kourtney R. Hanson

Chinook

MSU Billings

Paxtin R. McCann

Chinook

Carroll College

Hanna E. Antonsen

Choteau

UM Missoula

Whitney R. Durocher

Choteau

Carroll College

Joseph R. Bennett

Clyde Park

MSU Bozeman

MaggieJo M. Widdicombe

Colstrip

Miles Community College

Nolan J. Nansel

Colstrip

MSU Bozeman

Genevieve DeLorme

Columbia Falls

MSU Bozeman

Karsen M. Marjerison

Columbus

MSU Bozeman

Ivy J. Semple

Corvallis

Montana Tech

Jace Z. Barcus

Corvallis

MSU Bozeman

Kaitlyn A. Logan

Deer Lodge

MSU Bozeman

Libien Becker

Fairfield

Montana Tech

Katie E. Friez

Forsyth

MSU Bozeman

Adrianna L. Rohrer

Fort Shaw

Montana Western

Caroline Roeder

Fort Shaw

MSU Bozeman

Maddison J. Stephens

Fort Smith

MSU Bozeman

Jesse C. Mecham

Frenchtown

UM Missoula

Oscar G. Dalling

Gardiner

MSU Bozeman

Brooke M. Westby

Glasgow

Carroll College

Garrett W. Lloyd

Glasgow

MSU Bozeman

Bailey M. Kortum

Glendive

Dawson Community College

Caimin H. Boland

Great Falls

UM Missoula

Molly I.E. Christiaens

Great Falls

MSU Bozeman

Thomas A. Rice

Great Falls

UM Missoula

Hayden A. Hunter

Hamilton

Bitterroot College UM

Jessica L. Delong

Hamilton

MSU Bozeman

Lauren Kimzey

Hamilton

Carroll College

Erika G. Hernandez Garcia

Hardin

MSU Bozeman

Skylee P. Dirden

Harlem

MSU Northern

Christian J. Swingley

Helena

UM Missoula

Isabelle B. Melton

Helena

UM Missoula

Justin A. Patten

Helena

Helena College UM

Lauren G. Helbling

Helena

MSU Bozeman

Treven M. Maharg

Helena

MSU Bozeman

Chaykota C. Christensen

Hinsdale

MSU Bozeman

Chloe R. Derks

Hobson

MSU Bozeman

Josilyn R. Kriskovich

Hobson

MSU Bozeman

Bailey N. Stroh

Huson

MSU Bozeman

Colton M. Whitney

Joliet

Montana Tech

Abigail G. Girardot

Kalispell

MSU Bozeman

Bethany C. Lyford

Kalispell

MSU Bozeman

Dylan L. Leese

Kalispell

UM Missoula

Reed H. Miller

Kalispell

UM Missoula

Auriel I. Krumwiede

Lewistown

Carroll College

Brooke M. Rector

Lewistown

MSU Billings

Tanner J. Trafton

Lewistown

MSU Bozeman

Melanie G. Watkins

Loring

MSU Billings

Lucca T. Wellenstein

Missoula

MSU Bozeman

Maclaren J. Marchioni

Missoula

MSU Bozeman

Ryan T. Tirrell

Missoula

UM Missoula

Tanner C. Terzo

Missoula

MSU Bozeman

Andee M. Baker

Park City

MSU Bozeman

Sydney A. Powell

Pinesdale

MSU Bozeman

Ashlee O. Howell

Polson

University of Providence

Savannah P. Houle

Polson

UM Missoula

Shea C. McGuinness

Polson

MSU Bozeman

Anna S. Dye

Red Lodge

MSU Bozeman

Savanna G. Wolff

Roundup

MSU Bozeman

McKenzie J. Mork

Sanders

MSU Bozeman

Brittany A. Hanson

Shelby

MSU Bozeman

Damon R. Irvin

Shelby

Montana Tech

Kaylee Appley

Shelby

Montana Tech

Kiana E. Jorata

Shelby

MSU Northern

Skyler F. Martin

Shelby

Montana Tech

Allison M. Delaney

St. Ignatius

MSU Bozeman

Tamara A. Hardy

Stevensville

Montana Western

Cody J. Hanson

Sunburst

MSU Bozeman

Tyson C. Racht

Townsend

Montana Western

Wayne C. Ascheman

Townsend

Montana Tech

Brian J. Henry

Trout Creek

Flathead Valley Community

Kennedy A. Grove

Whitefish

MSU Bozeman

Anna E. Slivka

Winifred

MSU Bozeman

Raina J. Blackman

Wolf Creek

MSU Bozeman

 

 


Governor and First Lady Bullock’s Youth Leadership Council Fight Childhood Hunger through Statewide Week of Events

 

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock and First Lady Lisa Bullock today kicked off the 5th annual statewide Fight Childhood Hunger Week in Montana. From April 8-14, over 40 projects and events will take place in 16 communities across the state. Projects are organized and led by 19 middle and high school students who serve on the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council.

“Nothing inspires me more than seeing students take the lead in fighting childhood hunger in their communities,” First Lady Bullock said today kicking off Fight Childhood Hunger Week. “Young people like Elaina and other members of the Youth Leadership Council are committing their time and energy to making a difference because they know firsthand when they have access to food, they can better focus on their most important job – learning.”

First Lady Bullock and Governor Bullock joined Youth Leadership Council member Elaina Patten at a luncheon at Montana’s State Capitol to kick off Fight Childhood Hunger Week. Attendees heard personal experiences with food insecurity in Montana, as well as information about childhood hunger in Montana and how to address it.

“Childhood hunger is a problem we can solve and it’s the work of these youth leaders that will help us in doing that,” said Governor Bullock. “Lisa and I are grateful for their efforts in shaping a world where every kid has the fuel they need to succeed.”

Projects are designed to increase awareness of the issue of childhood hunger, or to tackle childhood hunger in the state by starting new weekend backpack programs, school breakfast programs, or school food pantries, advocating to public and elected leaders about the importance of this issue, and coordinating volunteers to directly serve the community.

Fight Childhood Hunger Week projects include:

  • Billings: 24 Hour Walk-a-thon at Rimrock Mall
  • Bozeman: “Spring for Food” All Schools Food Drive
  • Charlo: Poverty Simulations for 6th-12th grade classes, Community Dinner and Community Movie Night
  • Glendive: 5K Color Run
  • Hardin: “Hunger, Let’s Talk About It” Awareness Event
  • Helena: Hunger Luncheon at the Capitol Rotunda and Hunger Dinner at Capitol High School
  • Trout Creek: Fun Run and Quilt Raffle

For a complete list of Fight Childhood Hunger Week projects, visit FightChildhoodHunger.com.

In addition to the projects hosted by the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council, Montana No Kid Hungry is encouraging Montanans to participate in Wear Orange Wednesday on April 10th and share photos on social media using the #WearOrangeWednesday and tagging @mtnokidhungry.

2018-2019 Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council members:

  • Brielle Aklestad, Grade 11, Shelby High School, Galata
  • Deidra Beads Don’t Mix, Grade 12, Hardin High School, Crow Agency
  • Elaina Patten, Grade 10, Capital High School, Helena
  • Elaina Keast, Grade 8, St. Ignatius Middle School, St. Ignatius
  • Erika Hernandez, Grade 12, Hardin High School, Hardin
  • Gabrielle Higbee, Grade 8, Washington Middle School, Glendive
  • Hank Rugg, Grade 11, Frenchtown High School, Missoula
  • Hattie Neesvig, Grade 7, Thompson Falls Junior High, Trout Creek
  • Jon Hertz, Grade 11, Billings West High School, Billings
  • Kaitlyn Miller, Grade 8, Nashua K-12 Public School, Nashua
  • Katie Kaiser, Grade 12, Glasgow High School, Glasgow
  • Kaylee Yeager, Grade 11, Custer County District High School, Miles City
  • Kelsyn Lohr, Grade 11, Shelby High School, Shelby
  • Leif Clark, Grade 12, Butte High School, Butte
  • Nina Friedman, Grade 11, Glacier High School, Whitefish
  • Riley Gilsdorf, Grade 10, Billings Senior High School, Billings
  • Ruby West, Grade 8, Sacajawea Middle School, Bozeman
  • Sidney DeLong, Grade 9, Hamilton High School, Hamilton
  • Taylor Olsen, Grade 12, Charlo Schools, Charlo

 

Full biographies and more information on the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council can be found at FightChildhoodHunger.com.

The First Interstate Bank Foundation is the presenting sponsor of the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council.

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

 


Over 300 AmeriCorps members collect food for Helena Food Share

5th Annual Doorsteps to Kid Packs city wide food drive kicks off with address from First Lady Lisa Bullock

 

HELENA, MT – Over 300 AmeriCorps State and VISTA members from across Montana collected food for the Doorsteps to Kid Packs citywide food drive today, the Governor’s Office of Community Service announced.

Members from across Montana spent the afternoon canvassing neighborhoods and grocery stores across Helena, picking up kid-friendly food donations for the Helena Food Share’s Kid Packs program, which provides afterschool and weekend food to over 1,100 students at 17 local schools each week.

“Doorsteps to Kid Packs engages our AmeriCorps members in collective service to benefit Helena Food Share as together we make an impact in alleviating childhood hunger” said Dan Ritter, Executive Director of the Office of Community Service.

Last year, members collected 10,078 pounds of food for Helena Food Share’s Kid Packs. The annual Doorsteps to Kid Packs event is the largest food drive for kid packs every year and strives to ensure that the program has enough food to provide weekend nutrition for children at risk of hunger for the rest of the school year.

First Lady Lisa Bullock addressed the members before the event, thanking them for their service and for helping to feed hungry kids.

“My family and I truly appreciate your service and what you are doing today for hungry kids in our community,” Bullock said.

Helena Food Share Director Bruce Day also thanked the members and noted that nearly 1 in 5 kids in Montana faces food insecurity. “Paired with the remarkable generosity of the Helena community, AmeriCorps increases our ability to serve children and families, thank you”

 


Montana AmeriCorps members organize statewide Read for Peace events

Dozens of volunteers statewide read books, lead projects in honor of King Holiday

 

HELENA, MT – In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Montana AmeriCorps State, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Senior Corps members organized Read for Peace events across the state this week, the Governor’s Office of Community Service announced today.

Ten communities in Montana participated or will participate in Read for Peace events across the state.

“Honoring Dr. King this way gives students a chance to reflect on diversity and togetherness, and gives citizens a chance to serve others,” Office of Community Service Director Dan Ritter said. “Sharing the timeless messages of Dr. King with our next generation of leaders is important as we strengthen our communities through service to others.”

In Missoula, dozens of AmeriCorps members and community volunteers read books about Dr. King to over 2,000 students through the efforts of Montana Campus Compact.

 In Helena, 20 citizens, including Lt. Governor Mike Cooney, read to over 230 students at Bryant Elementary School, and led students in activities like Inequality Through Coloring and reading peace poems. Director Dan Ritter will participate with a group at Shodair Children’s Hospital on Monday, January 21, to lead students in poetry and art projects that honor Dr. King.

“The future success of our students is dependent on positive and engaged adults who are committed to modeling peace and compassion for others,” said Mandy Countryman, a teacher at Shodair Children’s Hospital. “Martin Luther King Day and Read for Peace gives the students the opportunity to experience this feeling of pacifism through acts of service and volunteerism.”

Read for Peace is just one of a host of events honoring Dr. King’s message of peace, equality, and service nationwide – for more information visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday.

In recognition of Dr. King’s legacy of service, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a National Day of Service in 1994, and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers AmeriCorps, with leading the effort.


Youth Leadership Council to convene in Helena

20 middle and high school students convening to address childhood hunger in Montana

 

HELENA, MT – The 2018-2019 Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council will convene at the Capitol on Friday, November 30 to discuss ways to address childhood hunger, the Governor's Office of Community Service announced today. The 20 members represent middle and high schools in 19 different communities across Montana, from Billings and Bozeman to Trout Creek and Nashua. They will meet with First Lady Bullock, learn about food insecurity in Montana, and begin planning projects to address the issue.

“Childhood hunger is an important issue for my husband and me. Too many Montanans experience it firsthand,” First Lady Lisa Bullock said. “It’s inspiring to see young people like these students take the initiative to fight childhood hunger and ensure that kids in Montana get the food that they need to be healthy, happy, and successful.”

Now in its fifth year, the Youth Leadership Council will convene at the Capitol and culminate in projects addressing childhood hunger during Fight Childhood Hunger Week next April 8-14, 2019. Past projects have included “Fill the Freezer” campaigns, food drives, educational programs, and mobile applications.

2018-2019 Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council members:

  • Deidra Beads Don’t Mix, Crow Agency 12th grade
  • Erika Hernandez, Hardin, 12th grade
  • Katie Kaiser, Glasgow, 12th grade
  • Taylor Olsen, Charlo, 12th grade
  • Leif Clark, Butte, 12th grade
  • Brielle Aklestad, Galata, 11th grade
  • Kelsyn Lohr, Shelby, 11th grade
  • Hank Rugg, Missoula, 11th grade
  • Joh Hertz, Billings, 11th grade
  • Kaylee Yeager, Miles City, 11th grade
  • Nina Friedman, Whitefish, 11th grade
  • Riley Gilsdorf, Billings, 10th grade
  • Elaina Patten, Helena, 10th grade
  • Cheyenne Farris, Baker, 9th grade
  • Sidney DeLong, Hamilton, 9th grade
  • Ruby West, Bozeman, 8th grade
  • Elaina Keast, St. Ignatius, 8th grade
  • Gabrielle Higbee, Glendive, 8th grade
  • Kaitlyn Miller, Nashua, 8th grade
  • Hattie Neesvig, Trout Creek, 7th grade

More information can be found at www.fightchildhoodhunger.com.

 


ServeMontana announces 2019 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 2019 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 http://serve.mt.gov/ServeMT/youth-serve-montana-scholarships  

“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, 2019, and early submissions are highly encouraged.

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

 


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.