AmeriCorps members ServeMontana communities while gaining job skills and earning money for college. There are 15 different AmeriCorps programs and projects that place dedicated individuals in communities across the state to address local needs. Learn more about AmeriCorps State, AmeriCorps National, AmeriCorps VISTA, and AmeriCorps NCCC programs.
AmeriCorps State Programs in Montana
Big Sky Watershed Corps
Big Sky Watershed Corps AmeriCorps 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. https://www.mtcorps.org/joinmcc/individual-placement-programs/big-sky-watershed-corps.html [mtcorps.org].
Justice for Montanans Project
The Justice for Montanans AmeriCorps Project empowers low to moderate income Montanans to advocate for their legal rights and increase their access to justice. This project is a great opportunity for individuals to help others while gaining experience in the legal realm and building connections with other professionals across the state. Members perform a variety of duties including expanding intake processes, serving clients directly, providing legal information and referrals, helping attorneys with case management, and much more." justiceformontanans.org
Montana Campus Compact
Montana Campus Compact AmeriCorps connects over 50 college student AmeriCorps members with first generation and low-income Montanans, helping open the doors to postsecondary education. MTCC is an affiliate of the national Campus Compact movement, with eighteen Montana colleges and universities actively engaging in community partnerships, service-learning, and volunteerism. mtcompact.org/mtcc-americorps
Montana Conservation Corps
Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) weaves together leadership development, teamwork, and skills training with direct service to improve trails and habitat in some of America's most wild lands - places like Yellowstone, Glacier, the Bob Marshal Wilderness, and Missouri River Breaks. MCC helps members develop competencies for achieving success. Through service, AmeriCorps members experience the full measure of their character and discover their capacity to lead positive change in their lives and communities. Montana's largest AmeriCorps program, MCC is one of the nation's premier conservation corps. To find out more about MCC, visit: mtcorps.org. To find out more about positions and apply, visit:https://www.mtcorps.org/joinmcc/young-adult-opportunities/ [mtcorps.org].
Montana State Parks AmeriCorps
Montana State Parks AmeriCorps promotes 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 stewardship of natural and cultural resources. stateparks.mt.gov/AmeriCorps
Community in Action Corps
Sponsored by Richland County Health Department, Community in Action Corps addresses needs in Eastern Montana communities affected by the oil boom. Specifically, the program will implement best practices to encourage workforce development, access to healthy food, and mental health issues 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=448
AmeriCorps VISTA in Montana
Billings Metro VISTA Project
The Billings Metro VISTA Project seeks to give people in poverty the tools they need to help themselves. Billings MVPs build and enhance projects designed to ‘Fight Poverty With Passion’, focusing on areas such as financial education, college readiness, vocational training, and food security. ci.billings.mt.us.
Montana Campus Compact
The Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) AmeriCorps VISTA program, referred to as MTCC VISTA, is a statewide National Service program that connects campus resources with critical community needs. MTCC AmeriCorps VISTAs serve from Montana college campuses and in partnership with community-based organizations, nonprofits, schools, and faith-based organizations. MTCC VISTAs work closely with community groups to address local poverty problems involving housing, school performance, and hunger. Learn more at mtcompact.org.
Prevention Resource Center
The Prevention Resource Center VISTA Project connects Montana communities, the Interagency Coordinating Council for State Prevention Programs, and AmeriCorps VISTA throughout Montana. Hosted by the Department of Public Health and Human Services, the Prevention Resource Center strives to keep Montana children, communities and families strong and resilient against risks such as unintended and unhealthy pregnancies, child abuse and neglect, substance abuse, and crime and violence. prevention.mt.gov/VISTA
Rural Dynamics, Inc. (RDI)
Guided by the mission of RDI to bring financial security to all Montanans, Montana Economic Opportunity (MEO) VISTAs develop financial literacy programs, work to make affordable housing available, and strategize ways to help under-employed and unemployed Montanans find a stable and livable income. MEO VISTAs partner with local agencies to leverage poverty reduction resources and strengthen community volunteerism throughout Montana. ruraldynamics.org
AmeriCorps National Direct in Montana
Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest
The Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest AmeriCorps program members serve in communities throughout Montana. Some Montana members serve in rural towns to boost educational achievement among Native American children, while others serve in domestic violence shelters, mental health clinics, and a variety of other local settings. JVCNW serves those in need, but also examines and acts upon the causes of social and environmental injustice to promote peace and build a spirit of togetherness. jvcnorthwest.org.
FoodCorps connects kids to food and helps them grow up healthy. FoodCorps places 6 AmeriCorps members in Montana where they conduct hands-on food education and facilitate getting high-quality local food into public school cafeterias. mtfoodcorps.ncat.org
Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps
Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps members fulfill three goals: to "get things done" by building and renovating houses with low-come families; to strengthen communities by enabling the affiliate to utilize more volunteers more effectively; and to develop construction and leadership skills. With Habitat AmeriCorps, you have the opportunity to serve in your community or in one of our locations throughout the United States. Opportunities are available year-round, but most positions are posted in the spring and fall. habitat.org
AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region
AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps’ (NCCC) mission is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through team-based national service. NCCC engages teams of 9-12 members in 3-9 week service projects that address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban & rural development. The AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region Campus in Sacramento, California serves Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California, Wyoming, Montana, Hawaii, Alaska, Idaho, Utah, and the Pacific Territories. americorps.gov/nccc.
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