AmeriCorps in Montana
AmeriCorps members serve Montana 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 the AmeriCorps State, AmeriCorps National, AmeriCorps VISTA, and AmeriCorps NCCC programs that Serve Montana.
AmeriCorps State Programs in Montana
Big Sky Watershed Corps
The Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) invests in community solutions to protect and restore healthy watersheds and public waterways. BSWC AmeriCorps members lend innovation and skill within watershed organizations to improve at-risk ecosystems at the very headwaters of our nation’s greatest rivers and mobilize volunteers to restore America’s Great Outdoors. Big Sky Watershed Corps is offered through a partnership with the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana, Montana Conservation Corps, and the Montana Watershed Coordination Council with host sites across the state of Montana. Learn more at mtcorps.org/join/big-sky-watershed-corps-member.
The Energy Corps AmeriCorps project is an initiative of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) in cooperation with The Corporation for National and Community Service that was created to address unmet community energy needs by promoting sustainable energy consumption and education, fostering community sustainability and helping to mitigate the effects of global climate change. Learn more at energycorps.org.
FoodCorps is a nationwide team of leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy. FoodCorps places 10 leaders in limited-resource communities in Montana for a year of public service where they conduct hands-on food education, build and tend school gardens, and facilitate getting high-quality local food into public school cafeterias. Learn more at FoodCorps.org.
Justice for Montanans Project
The Justice for Montanans AmeriCorps program helps empower low to moderate income Montanans advocate for their legal rights and increase access to justice. Our program is a great opportunity for individuals to gain experience working in the legal realm and to gain connections with other professionals across the state. AmeriCorps members in our program serve with 4 different organizations and perform a variety of duties including working with clients and expanding intake, helping attorneys with case management, developing outreach materials and presentations, addressing consumer issues, helping survivors of domestic violence access services, and much more. Learn more at justiceformontanans.org.
Montana Campus Compact
The Montana Campus Compact AmeriCorps program connects college student AmeriCorps members with first generation college and low-income Montanans, helping open the doors to postsecondary education. Montana Campus Compact is an affiliate of the national Campus Compact movement, with seventeen colleges and universities actively engaging in community partnerships, service-learning, and volunteerism.
Learn more at mtcompact.org/mtcc-americorps
Montana Conservation Corps
Young people have a passion for improving the world and are seeking opportunities to contribute in meaningful ways. Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) brings young people together to work on outdoor conservation projects as a means of helping them develop as leaders and citizens. Over the past twenty years MCC has developed a versatile program that uses the power of service and the crew dynamic to mobilize a new generation. MCC AmeriCorps members perform substantial service that provides lasting benefit for public lands. MCC annually recruits 250 AmeriCorps members to live, learn, and work outdoors while improving trails and habitat. They also mobilize an additional 2,000 volunteers to work in their local communities. Young veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars also serve in AmeriCorps with MCC, helping to reduce risks of wildfires while gaining skills for land management careers. Learn more at mtcorps.org.
Montana No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps
In Montana, more than 1 in 5 children struggle with hunger. Montana No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps works to maximize awareness, availability and participation in Federal Nutrition Programs that ensure every kid has the fuel they need to lead healthy, happy, and productive lives. Montana No Kid Hungry, together with Governor and First Lady Bullock, are embarking on an ambitious campaign to increase statewide participation in school breakfast programs. Implementing large-scale changes such as Breakfast in the Classroom or universal free meal plans is often challenging for schools. AmeriCorps members provide on-the-ground support to ensure that new programs are successful and sustainable in key high-need communities. Members support students and educators, and build coalitions among local citizens and businesses to ensure that No Kid Hungry becomes a reality in Montana. Learn more at mt.nokidhungry.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 will develop a commitment to stewardship of natural and cultural resources. Learn more at stateparks.mt.gov/AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps State Planning Grants in Montana
100 Fold Studio is a nonprofit architecture firm founded in 2010 in Lakeside, Montana. 100 Fold trains architecture graduates to provide design services to increase the capacity of nonprofits to serve their communities. 100 Fold proposes to address the facility limitations of nonprofits and the limited access to qualified architectural professionals in Montana by establishing an AmeriCorps Program. The program will provide access to innovative and affordable architectural services for nonprofits, faith-based organizations and American Indian communities in Flathead and Lake Counties. AmeriCorps members will provide design services that include feasibility studies, conceptual designs, drawings and images for facilities improvements, fundraising, construction documents, assistance construction administration services. 100 Fold’s goal is a successful establishment of an AmeriCorps program that engages architects in service to local nonprofits, to advance the economic development of local communities, while providing a positive service experience that leads to a career in service to others. Learn more at: 100foldstudio.org
The Richland County Health Department, through its Communities in Action project (CIA), will plan for the implementation of an AmeriCorps program that will apply strategies to address needs in frontier and oil impacted areas of eastern Montana. Areas of most pressing need are: senior health and chronic disease issues, access to healthy foods, increased opportunities for physical activity, workforce development, early childhood education, suicide prevention and access to mental health services. The goal of the planning grant will be to negotiate new and strengthen current collaborations to create a system that will ensure the success of a future AmeriCorps program. Planned outcomes of the grant are increased collaboration across agencies and organizations, an inclusive process that is accessible to all community members and increased volunteerism. The project will plan for the implementation of sustainable best-practice programs that have a positive impact on the most pressing issues in our communities. Learn more at: richlandcountyhealth.org
Rural Dynamics, Inc., (RDI) created in 1968, is a financially stable nonprofit with statewide reach. It offers an array of anti-poverty services, and will use an AmeriCorps State planning grant in the focus area of Economic Opportunity. One RDI program, Tax Help Montana, which provides free tax-preparation aimed at low income families, needs help in extremely rural areas and on reservations. The grant will be used to help RDI assess the mechanics of using AmeriCorps State members to help expand its program across the state. Learn more about RDI at ruraldynamics.org
AmeriCorps National Programs in Montana
Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest
The Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest AmeriCorps program places members to serve in solidarity with underserved communities throughout Montana. More than half of the 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. The program seeks not only to serve those in need, but also to examine and act upon the causes of social and environmental injustice, to promote peace, and to build a spirit of togetherness. Learn more at jvcnorthwest.org.
Mental Health First Aid Corps
The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Corps is an innovative AmeriCorps program that engages the AHECs and other community based organizations to support widespread implementation of Youth Mental Health First Aid™ in communities across the nation. There is a sense of urgency in our nation to improve awareness, recognition and ability to respond to the needs of youth experiencing symptoms of mental illness. President Obama and other national, state and local leaders are calling for implementation of YMHFA™ to help communities improve their ability to respond to the mental health care needs of youth. The MHFA Corps places AmeriCorps members at community based agencies across the nation. During their one year service term AmeriCorps members are trained as YMHFA™ instructors and provide YMHFA™ certification classes for community members who work with youth. Learn more at health360.org/mental-health-ac.html
Student Conservation Association
Student Conservation Association (SCA) provides members with hands-on conservation service opportunities to learn from resource management professionals, gain tangible skills and experience, and make a substantial contribution to our natural and cultural treasures. Members serve in a full-time capacity for terms of service that range in length from 8 to 52 weeks, and new positions are available throughout the year. Choose a service position in conservation disciplines such as: wildlife management, GIS/GPS, fisheries, environmental education, restoration, fire/fuels management, invasive species removal, water quality, backcountry education, and trail building and maintenance. Learn more at theSCA.org.
AmeriCorps VISTA Projects in Montana
Billings Metro VISTA Project
The City of Billings has formed an AmeriCorps VISTA Project known as Billings Metro VISTA Project (MVP). AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) members work with passion and commitment to mobilize local resources and give people in poverty the tools they need to help themselves. Billings MVPs build and enhance projects designed to “Fight Poverty With Passion”. Learn more at 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 the Americorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) throughout the state of 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, crime and violence, and high school drop-outs. The VISTA Project works proactively in order to create and sustain conditions that reduce risk, as well as promote the safety, personal responsibility and well-being of all. Learn more at prevention.mt.gov.
Rural Dynamics Inc. (RDI)
State-wide project sponsored by Rural Dynamics, Inc. in Great Falls. 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 assist under-employed and unemployed persons find a stable and livable income. MEO VISTAs partner with local agencies to leverage poverty reduction resources and strengthen community volunteerism throughout Montana. Learn more at www.ruraldynamics.org
AmeriCorps NCCC in Montana
AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region
The mission of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through team-based national and community service. The AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region Campus is based in Sacramento, California and serves Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California, Wyoming, Montana, Hawaii, Alaska, Idaho, Utah, and the Pacific Territories. 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, & urban and rural development. Learn more at americorps.gov/nccc.