AmeriCorps in Montana
AmeriCorps members serve Montana communities while gaining job skills and earning money for college. There are 16 different AmeriCorps programs and project 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.
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AmeriCorps State Programs in Montana
Big Sky Watershed Corps
America’s headwaters are at-risk in Montana. The Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) invests in community solutions to protect and restore healthy watersheds and public waterways. AmeriCorps members will 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. Learn more at mtcorps.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
Justice for Montanans AmeriCorps members work to empower low to moderate income Montanans to advocate for their legal rights, increasing access to justice for Montana's poor. Established by the Montana Legal Services Association, in partnership with the Self-Help Program of the Montana Supreme Court Office of the Court Administrator and the Montana Attorney General Office of Consumer Protection & Victim Services, the project places 13 members throughout Montana that help provide and expand intake, legal information and referral services for Montana's low income residents seeking legal assistance. Learn more at justiceformontanans.org.
Montana Conservation Corps
Over the past twenty years, Montana Conservation Corps has developed a versatile program that uses the power of service and the crew dynamic to mobilize a new generation of land stewards to protect Montana's iconic landscape. This environment, however, is at-risk from catastrophic wildfires, invasive weeds, trails in disrepair, natural disasters, and poorly winterized homes. MCC annually recruits 245 AmeriCorps members to improve trails, restore parks and public lands, weatherize homes, and mobilize an additional 1,250 volunteers. Young veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars also serve in AmeriCorps, helping to reduce risks of wildfires while gaining skills for forestry jobs and productive civilian lives. Learn more at mtcorps.org.
Montana State Parks AmeriCorps
The Montana State Parks AmeriCorps program promotes healthy, active and environmentally aware communities by increasing volunteerism, enhancing educational opportunities, and improving community outreach in Montana 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 National Programs in Montana
Compact Service Corps
A regional collaboration between the Montana Campus Compact and Colorado Campus Compact, the Compact Service Corps is an AmeriCorps National Education Award Program (EAP) that connects students with communities through meaningful service-learning, civic engagement, and community service experiences. Each year, Compact Service Corps enables more than 5,000 college, university and high school students to serve throughout Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. AmeriCorps members serve in schools, healthcare settings, and government agencies. Learn more at cccompact.org.
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.
Equal Justice Works
The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps fellowship competition selects qualified and passionate lawyers who have developed new and innovative legal projects that can impact lives and serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance. The Montana Fellow, hosted by Montana Legal Services Association, carries a caseload providing services ranging from brief counsel to legal advice and representation on core legal issues affecting low-income Montanans, including public benefits, consumer, domestic violence, and housing issues. The Fellow is responsible for community outreach activities and recruiting and coordinating pro bono attorneys and law students to provide services to low-income clients. Learn more at equaljusticeworks.org.
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.
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.
Communities in Action
The Communities in Action (CIA) Project, administered by the Richland County Health Department, is implementing a sustainable community building process that combines all aspects of health and economic development to improve quality of life in eastern Montana. Learn more at richland.org.
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.
Montana Legal Services Association
AmeriCorps VISTA builds permanent infrastructure and capacity in non-profit organizations and communities. The Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) VISTA project is no exception. MLSA VISTA members serve for a year to help bring individuals and communities out of the cycle of poverty. Since the establishment of Volunteers In Service To America in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, VISTA members have actively served in low-income communities by mobilizing people, businesses, non-profits and organizations with the goal of creating sustainable change in communities. Learn more at mlsavista.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.
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.