There are many opportunities to get involved in your community. Consider participating in an upcoming service event.

There are two national service days in which everyone is encouraged to give back to their community:
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
  • 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance
You are also encouraged to participate in these service days and events:
  • Global Youth Service Day in April
  • National Volunteer Week in April
  • AmeriCorps Week in May
  • National Preparedness Month all of September
  • National Public Lands Day in September
  • Make a Difference Day in October
  • Disability Mentoring Day in October

   

MLK Day of Service — January 20th

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Start the year off by signing up to volunteer for one of the many statewide events commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr!

MLK National Day of Service is considered a "day on, not a day off." There are many ways to serve your neighbors and community on and around MLK Day of Service. Whether reading an MLK themed book in a classroom, commemorating service through Sunday Supper, or weatherizing homes, we have a way for your to get involved and make a difference.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

Use this interactive map below to find a project happening in your area:

9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

Wednesday

September 11th, 2013

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In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Each year, millions of volunteers across the nation spend the day helping others and participating in community service projects.

In honor of the September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance, National Service members and volunteers in Montana are teaming up to show their appreciation for the victims, survivors, and emergency responders of 9/11.

Here are some of the events happening in your area. We encourage you to get involved!

Billings

Banners of Thanks

Senior Corps' Foster Grandparent program will be making banners for the military at the Billings Educational Academy.
Time: 10am-11am, Wednesday, 9/11
Contact: Barb Brady at 406-237-3485

Bozeman

Blanket Drive

Senior Corps, the Human Resource Development Council, and the Gallatin Valley Food Bank will be stationed at the mall to collect clothes, blankets, and food for those in need.
When: Wednesday, 9/11
Where: Gallatin Valley Mall, 2825 W. Main St., Bozeman

Butte

Food Bank Gleaning

Senior Corps and Food Corps are teaming up to collect extra produce from community gardens and deliver to the Butte Emergency Food Bank.
Time: 9am-12pm, Wednesday, 9/11
Contact: Michele Brennick at 406-533-2508

Brush with Kindness

Campus and community volunteers will provide painting and minor home repair for local veterans.
Time: Wednesday, 9/11
Contact: RuthAnne Shope at 406-496-4693

Helena

Great Roll Out

AmeriCorps Vista members are hosting a toiletry drive. Donations will go to veterans at God's Love Homeless Shelther, Helena Veterans Affairs, and the YWCA.
Monday, September 2nd through Wednesday, September 11th, donation boxes will be placed at 7 Department of Public Health and Human Services buildlings.
From 3pm to 8pm on Wednesday, September 11th, donation boxes will be placed at Safeway, Albertsons on Fee Street, and Vans Thriftway.
Contact: Jessi Sheavea at 406-444-3925

Livingston

Heroes Lunch

Seniors Corps will be providing lunch at the Park County Senior Center to honor current military and fallen veterans, local law enforcement, fire departments and those in public service.
When: 12:30pm-1:30pm, Wednesday, 9/11
Contact: Shannon Burke at 406-222-2281 or Brooke Cottongim at 406-333-2276

Gifts for Service Men and Women

Seniors Corps will be collecting gifts to send to active military. Gift suggestions include: DVDs, games, small bug sprays, candy and treats, notepads, pens, stationary, prepaid phone cards, and hot chocolate mixes.
When: 9am-5pm, Monday, 9/9 to Friday, 9/13
Contact: Shannon Burke at 406-222-2281 or Brooke Cottongim at 406-333-2276

Miles City

Harvest for Seniors

Seniors Corps will be collecting extra garden produce to be donated to seniors in need.
When: Wednesday, 9/11
Contact: Betty Vail at 406-234-0505

Missoula

Great Roll Out

AmeriCorps VISTA members will be collecting toiletries and in-kind donations at various locations around town to benefit the YWCA of Missoula.
When: Wednesday, 9/11
Contact: Anne Genereux at genereux@mtcompact.org

Bike, Bus, Walk Week Celebration

Montana State Parks AmeriCorps will be celebrating healthy transportation in Missoula by hosting an overview of the park's proposed trail development followed by a short ranger-led walk down to the Bandmann Flats area of the park.
Where: Milltown State Park, 1353 Dear Creek Road, Missoula
When: 1pm-3pm, Wednesday, 9/11
Contact: Dan Shook at 406-990-0571

http://www.missoulainmotion.com/BikeWalkBusWeek

Ravalli County

Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Campaign

Senior Corps members, the Ravalli County Prevention Coalition, and volunteers will distribute magnets with the address of a prescription drug drop box to increase prescription drug abuse awareness among seniors.
When: Monday, 9/9 to Friday, 9/13
Contact: Sharon Bladen at 406-363-1102

Sidney

Harvest for Seniors

Senior Corps will be collecting extra garden produce to donate to seniors in need.
Where: Community Service Building
When: Wednesday, 9/11
Contact: Karen O'Dell at 406-433-4967

Veteran Stand Down

Veteran Organizations, Senior Corps, and various non-profits are putting on Veteran Stand Downs across the state. Organizations will be providing outreach, resources, and surplus gear to homeless veterans.

Helena-8am to 4pm on Friday, 9/6 at the Gateway Center 1710 National Ave.
Contact: Micky Brown at 406-457-7319

Hamilton-Wednesday, 9/11
Contact: Daniel Mayer at 406-360-5435

Poplar-Saturday, 9/14
Contact: Dan Hutchinson 406-653-6326

For a complete list of Veteran Stand Downs in Montana and around the U.S. visit http://www.va.gov/homeless/events.asp 

A full list of service events can be found on our website at http://serve.mt.gov/911-day-of-service-remembrance/ 

 

9/11 Day Open Call

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Greetings National Service Enthusiasts!

Please join us for an open conference call about the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.

9/11 Day Conference Call- Share your plans and find new opportunities!
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 1pm
Call in number: (641) 715-3620
Participant code: 937749#

This call is open to anyone involved with National Service and volunteering in Montana including AmeriCorps members, program staff, Senior Corps directors, host sites, and campuses. The purpose of this call is to share 9/11 Day plans and to find collaboration opportunities.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service will use the information shared to help network opportunities and to spread the word to the public and the media.

If possible, please RSVP by sending your name, program, email and phone number to serve@mt.gov. We will use this info to send out an update after the call. If you cannot join the call, but would like to share your plans, please add your project to the spreadsheet of planned events. You can access the Google spreadsheet at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApiCcypkPwxzdDlwaHJ0Y1FhTjZYWFgwajR0QlNEVkE&usp=sharing . If you cannot access Google Drive, please send the following information to serve@mt.gov

9/11 Day Plans:

  1. Organization Name
  2. Opportunity Title
  3. Project Description
  4. Special Requirements
  5. Website
  6. Location Name
  7. Location Address
  8. Location City
  9. Location State
  10. Lead Contact Name
  11. Contact Email
  12. Contact Phone
  13. Start Date
  14. End Date
  15. Time of Project
  16. Special Skills Needed
  17. Total Number of Volunteers

For more information about the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance check out http://www.serve.gov/sept11.asp. For project ideas visit http://www.serve.gov/toolkits.asp.

Questions?
Contact: Jim Auer, Grants Manager, Governor’s Office of Community Service
406-444-5547 or jauer2@mt.gov.

National Trails Day

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Saturday
June 1, 2013

National Trails Day is the country’s largest celebration of trails sponsored by the American Hiking Society. AmeriCorps members with Montana State Parks and the Montana Conservation Corps have helped plan events across the state encouraging Montanans to celebrate, maintain, and use our abundant network of trails and recreational areas. Get involved with an event in your area!

Billings

Pictograph Cave State Park

Join the Early Bird- Bird Walk with Ruth Vanderhorst from the Billings Audubon Nature Center. Come for an easy early morning walk in the park to learn about our seasonal aviary visitors. Learn about and enjoy the wrens, warblers, swallows White-throated Swifts, Towhees, Lazuli Buntings, Flickers and other species that have make our park their home. Time: 9am-10am Contact: Jarret Kostrba (406) 254-7342

Bozeman

Highland Boulevard

On Saturday, June 1, join the Gallatin Valley Land Trust and the Montana Conservation Corps in celebrating National Trails Day and help build and maintain a piece of the Main Street to the Mountains trail system. This year, through a partnership with Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, volunteers will construct 2 miles of new trail on hospital property east of Highland Boulevard. Time: 9am-2pm Contact: Chris Nesset (406) 586-0151

Drinking Horse Trail

The Montana Conservation Corp, Gallatin Valley Land Trust, and Montana Outdoor Science School will host a National Trails Day Event on Drinking Horse trail, located adjacent to the Fish Technology Center. Give back to this trail and enjoy its scenic beauty as a family- hike it, pick up trash, or put in some sweat equity maintaining this heavily used but treasured trail. Time: 10am-12pm Contact: Chris Nesset (406) 586-0151

Hyalite Canyon

Montana Conservation Corps is partnering with Wilderness and Recreation Partnership to celebrate National Trails Day in Hyalite Canyon. Montana Conservation Corps Leaders will be taking youth volunteers (ages 13-16) into Hyalite Canyon for a trails project followed by an overnight camping extravaganza. The evening will be full of trail knowledge, wilderness skills, games, fun, and food! This is a great opportunity to get to know Youth Crew Leaders, make friends, and give back to the community. Space is limited. Contact: Gia Petito (406) 586-0151 or bozemanyouth@mtcorps.com

Dillon

Bannack State Park

In celebration of National Trails Day  the staff at Bannack State Park are offering 2 guided hikes to demonstrate hiking opportunities around the park. Time: 10am-2pm Contact: Tom Lowe or Dale Carlson (406) 834-3413 This event is free to Montana residents, out of state registered vehicles pay $5.00 entrance fee. Hike 1 at 10am: Marysville and the Canyon: The hike departs from the Visitor Center and follows the road east down the canyon. We will visit the site of Marysville and view the site of the Gold Leaf mill as well as historic and current mining activity in the canyon.Level of Difficulty: Easy Length: 2.8 miles round trip Time 2-2.3 hours
Hike 2 at 2pm: A Bird’s Eye View: The hike departs from the Group Use area and follows the old stage road into the hills south of Bannack. This is a loop trail and there are opportunities for hikers to get a bird’s eye view of the town site, views of the surrounding country, views of historic mining activity, and hopefully the wild flowers will be in bloom. An optional side hike to Bannack Peak that affords great views is also offered.Level: Moderate Length: 1.5 mile loop Time: 2 hours

Great Falls

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park

Join a Montana State Parks ranger for a guided hike along First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park's 3.5 mile interpretive trail. During the hike you'll learn about the jump's history, geology, plants, animals and more. The hike will start and finish at the park's visitor center and includes a trip to the top of the jump. Time: 10am-12pm Contact: First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park 406-866-2217

Giant Springs State Park

Meet at Gibson Park for National Trails Day (Shuttle to North Shore Trails). Join our Park Ranger for a hike celebrating National Trails Day along the newest section of the River's Edge Trail on the north shore. The hike will follow the new beautiful section of trail near Cochrane Dam in the rugged canyon of the Missouri. This walk will be on a dirt and rocky 3.7 mile trail. Moderately strenuous. Bring water and a snack. Time: 10am-12:30pm Contact: Holli Langlieb (406) 791-7700 *Preregistration for this event is required. Call 406-791-7700 to RSVP.

Helena

Mount Helena

Join the Montana Conservation Corps, Prickly Pear Land Trust, and the City of Helena for a workday on the Mount Helena mainline trails. Meet at the 1906 trailhead at 9am. Bring gloves and water, refreshments will be provided. Time: 9am-2pm Contact: Tim Dwyer at (406) 495-9214

Kalispell

Lone Pine State Park

Join a fun volunteer work day and learning experience. See how trails are built and maintained, and participate in this fun event in the park. A BBQ will be held for volunteers after the event. Time: 9am-1pm Contact: Lone Pine State Park 406-755-2706 ext. 2

Great Bear Wilderness Trail

Join the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation and the Montana Conservation Corps to work on the popular day use trails of Stanton Lake #146 and Rescue Basin #326. These trials need some sprucing up before summer gets into full swing. Volunteers will be using pulaskis to repair tread, Cross cuts and saws to clear fallen trees and loppers to open up the trail corridor. After a day on the trail, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation invites all volunteers to a tailgate BBQ at the Hungry Horse Ranger Station from 4-6pm. Registration is required. Time: 8am-4:30pm Contact: (406) 387-3808 or program@bmwf.org

Wildhorse Island

Join Fish, Wildlife, and Parks and the Montana Conservation Corps for a workday on Wildhorse Island. Contact: Cliff Kipp (406) 755-3619

Herron Park

Help Foys to Blacktail Trails and the Montana Conservation Corps improve trails. Registration begins at 8:30 AM at the Foy’s Lake parking area before the turn for Lone Pine State Park (look for the blue tent). One volunteer crew will head to Herron Park, the other to Lone Pine State Park. Projects run from 9 AM to noon, with lunch provided by Daybreak Rotary at Lone Pine State Park. Later in the day (3 PM) anyone wanting a guided tour of the Foy’s to Blacktail Trails at Herron Park can join a guide for a walk or bike ride, approximately 1 to 2 hours in length depending on the ability of those who show up. To top it all off, Foy’s Fest begins at 5 PM. Farm to Market Pork is sponsoring this fundraiser for Foy’s to Blacktail Trails. Contact: Helen Birk at (207) 691-6740.

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Travelers' Rest State Park

To celebrate National Trails Day, volunteers are asked to join park staff to help remove fencing in preparation for a trail project later this year. Volunteers should check in at the registration tent between 8:30am and 9am. This is a great opportunity to help Travelers' Rest State Park as we expand the trail system within the park. There will be prize giveaways at noon. Volunteers should come prepared to work in the weather condition of the day. Gloves, long sleeved shirts and pants are recommended as we will be handling barbed wire and metal fence posts. Time: 9am-12pm Contact: Loren Flynn (406) 273-4253

Roundup

Riverwalk Trail

Join Field Crew Leaders with the Montana Conservation Corps for a weed pull at Riverwalk trail in Roundup. Time: 10am-2pm. Contact: Tauzha Grantham (406) 651-1311

Three Forks

Missouri Headwaters State Park

Missouri Headwaters State Park Commemorates National Trails Day! Volunteers will gather at 9 a.m. to clean park trails; highway ditches and marshes in the park; and the Headwaters Trail System from Missouri Headwaters State Park through the town of Three Forks. After the morning clean up, volunteers can enjoy a community barbecue with Dutch oven cooking and kite flying in the picnic area. Where: Volunteers and participants should meet at the Milwaukee Fishing Access Site, located on the frontage road (Highway 205), 1.5 miles from the town of Three Forks. Missouri Headwaters State Park is located at 1585 Trident Road, Three Forks, MT 59752--four miles north of Three Forks, just off of interstate 90. Time: 9am-11am Contact: Anne Ore (406) 285-3610 or (406) 581-5568

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

Join Us at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park for a weed-pulling event to help maintain our great trails and celebrate National Trails Day. Come out to the park, meet people, enjoy the outdoors and participate in a prize giveaway! Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park is located 15 miles east of Whitehall on Montana 2 and 19 miles west of Three Forks on Montana 2. The day will begin with registration at the Pavilion in the Park's campground area. Then, there will be a short presentation given by the Jefferson County Weed District representatives about noxious weeds and weed identification. After the presentation, volunteers will split up into groups and work on trail segments that are in need of weeding. The workday should last for two hours and volunteers will be entered into a raffle for door prizes. A complimentary lunch will be provided by the park. After lunch will be a raffle for door prizes such as, National Trails Day t-shirts, hats, first-aid supplies, a backpack, and other items. Registration is on the day of the event. All participants should be prepared for a day in the sun. Please wear appropriate clothing, put on sunscreen, and bring work gloves and water. Time: 9am-2pm Contact: Lynette Kemp or Briney Bischof (406) 287-3541

Whitefish

Whitefish Trail

Join the Whitefish Legacy Partners and the Montana Conservation Corps for a day of trail maintenance to celebrate National Trails Day on the Whitefish Trail. Volunteers will be working on seeding, drainage maintenance and tread work on Swift Creek Trail. Bring your own gloves, lunch, water and rain gear Meet at Whitefish Depot Park at 9:00am or at Swift Creek Trailhead at 9:30am. Volunteers must complete a volunteer form which can be found online at www.whitefishlegacy.org . Please email carla@whitefishlegacy.org or call 862-3880 for more information and to sign up.

Learn more:

Find more National Trails Day events at www.americanhiking.org.

Find all Montana State Parks events at stateparks.mt.gov/calendar.

GYSD Projects

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The Governor’s Office of Community Service and YSA are proud to support 17 Global Youth Service Projects across Montana. Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the world’s largest service event and the only one dedicated to celebrating the contributions of young people. Learn more about GYSD and register your project at www.gysd.org.

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Montana GYSD Events:

Anaconda: The Anaconda Little League team is having their 3rd Annual Marty May baseball field cleanup day on Saturday, 4/27. Players and parents will work on repairing and replacing sections of the surrounding fence. Contact Stephanie Galle at 406-691-0861 to learn more.

Bozeman: Participants of the HRDC Youth Development’s mentoring program, Segue, will be restoring the greenhouse at the Bridger Alternative School on Friday, 2/26 and Sunday, 4/28. Youth will clean and organize the greenhouse and start native plants and vegetables to be planted around the school. Contact Keely Holmes at 406-585-4874 to get involved.

Billings: Montana Conservation Corps AmeriCorps members are supporting the annual “Youth in Action” GYSD event with two projects at Lake Elmo State Park and Two Moon Park on Saturday, 4/27. Both sites will include trail maintenance work. Contact Molly Harrison at 406-651-1311 or register at yia.eventbrite.com.

Browning: Alternative education students will work with the Families in Transition program to assemble backpacks for homeless students on Friday, 4/26. Contact Nikki Hannon at 406-338-4380 to learn more.

Butte: TRIO/Upward Bound students of Butte High School will join East Middle School students in planting flowers and shrubs in “reclaimed” park areas around Butte on Saturday, 4/27. This is in partnership with Montana Tech and the Reclamation Department of Butte Silver Bow. Contact Theresa Rader at 406-491-1907 to learn more.

Fort Peck: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and 4-H members will be re-plumbing the restrooms at the Allies of Scouting Camp on Sunday, 4/28. Hardware store owner, Drew Markle, will be teaching the youth plumbing skills on Saturday, 4/27. Contact Roubie Younkin at 406-228-6241 to get involved.

Glasgow: The Tampicio Boys 4-H Club members are redecorating a room at the Valley View Nursing home on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 26-28, to show their appreciation for their elders. Contact Roubie Younkin at 406-228-6241 to learn more.

Havre: Youth of the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line are cleaning up around the club and planting flowerbeds on Friday, 4/26. Contact Mary Owens at 406-265-6206 to learn more.

Havre: Key Clubs students of Havre High School along with Opportunity Link and North Central Montana Transit, will be creating a community garden at the Transit Bus Barn on Saturday, 4/27. Part of the produce from this garden will be donated to the Community Food Bank. Contact Samantha Rybicki at 406-265-3699 to get involved.

Helena: Students for the Project for Alternative Learning and Helena Middle School’s Student Leadership Group will be beautifying the outdoor common area at the God’s Love Shelter on Friday, 4/26. They will be painting the gazebo, tables, and benches. Contact Gladys Walter at 954-305-4942 to learn more.

Helena: Students of the YMCA’s “You Got Served” afterschool program will cleaning kennels and making dog toys at the Lewis and Clark Humane Society on Friday, 4/26. Contact Ariana McElarth to learn more.

Helena: The All Nations Youth Council of the Helena Indian Alliance will be developing the community garden at the Helena Indian Alliance on Friday and Saturday, 4/26 and 4/27. Contact Jeremy Red Eagle at 406-422-9244 to get involved.

Helena: Fifth grade SACC students will be creating placemats focused on healthy eating with their younger peers enrolled in the after-school program at Four Georgians Elementary School on Friday, 4/26. Contact Stephanie Bleyendall at 406-324-2133 to learn more.

Kalispell: Youth of the Center for Restorative Youth Justice program will be assisting with the community garden expansion at Flathead Valley Community College on Saturday, 4/27. The day’s activities will include educational workshops, leadership games, and the creation of a youth mural. Contact Keara O’Neill at 406-257-7400 to get involved.

Kalispell: Montana Academy Students, Montana Conservation Corps members, and FoodCorps members will be helping with the community garden day at Flathead Valley Community College on Saturday, 4/27. Contact Katie Wheeler at 412-952-6719 to learn more.

Lewistown: Students of Lewistown schools are participating in an Earth Day poster contest sponsored by ROWL (Recycle Our Waste Lewistown) on Friday, 4/26. Winners from each grade level will receive a ROWL t-shirt. Contact Anne Knerr at 406-538-8435 to get involved.

Missoula: Youth residents of Mountain Home Montana will be doing a grounds cleanup and building a bike shelter at the home on Saturday, 4/27. Contact Kira Huck at 406-541-4663 to learn more.

 

April AmeriCorps Service Projects

Celebrating GYSD, Earth Day, and Arbor Day!

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April brings a variety of special days focused on the environment and service, and Montana AmeriCorps programs are celebrating across the state. Events related to Earth Day (April 22), National Volunteer Week (April 21-27), Global Youth Service Day-GYSD (April 26-28) and Arbor Day (April 26) have been planned by Montana Conservation Corps, Big Sky Watershed Corps, Montana State Parks AmeriCorps, Energy Corps, and Food Corps AmeriCorps members. Find a project in your community and get involved!

Billings

Big Sky Watershed Corps member Becca Mathias and the Audubon Conservation and Education Center are hosting an Earth Day Yellowstone River Volunteer Cleanup on April 20 at the Audubon Center in Billings. Contact Becca at 406-294-5099 to learn more.

Montana Conservation Corps Youth Crew Leaders are partnering with Riverstone Health and the United Way of Yellowstone County for two GYSD projects at Lake Elmo Park and Two Moon Park in Billings on April 27. Contact Tauzha Grantham at 406-651-1311 to learn more.

Montana State Parks AmeriCorps member Sarah Pepasky is working with the United Way to bring youth to the Pictograph Cave State Park outside of Billings for a GYSD project of invasive species removal and trail restoration on April 27. Advance registration is required through Youth in Service. Contact Sarah at 406-254-7342 to learn more.

Montana Conservation Corps members will be planting trees at Rose Park in Billings on May 17 with fourth grade students and the City of Billings Parks and Recreation Department to celebrate Arbor Day. Contact Tauzha Grantham at 406-651-1311 to learn more.

Bozeman

Montana Conservation Corps members will be helping with the Middle Creek Montessori Playground expansion on April 15 & 16 by constructing a new garden and a living willow house with fourth through six grade students in Bozeman. Contact Chris Nesset at 406-586-0151 to learn more.

Big Sky Watershed Corps member Emma Horton is teaching students about the environment in honor of Earth Day at Hawthorne Elementary School in Bozeman on April 19. Contact Emma at 406-522-7291 to learn more.

Montana Conservation Corps members will be celebrating Earth Day with the students at Monforton School in Bozeman with a school clean-up on , April 22. Contact Chris Nesset at 406-586-0151 to learn more.

Montana Conservation Corps members and Big Sky Watershed Corps members will be doing water quality testing in Bozeman during Global Youth Service Day on April 26. Contact Chris Nesset at 406-586-0151 to learn more.

Butte

Energy Corps staff and AmeriCorps VISTA member Zoe will be celebrating Earth Day with the student participants of the Little Diggers Days at Montana Tech in Butte on April 23 from 8:30am-3pm. Students will learn how to “Reuse, Recycle, and Grow.” Learn more at http://institute.mtech.edu/little-digger-day/.

Ennis

Food Corps member Natasha Hegmann is helping organize a school wide recycling drive for Earth Day on April 22 in Ennis. Email Natasha at Natasha.hegmann@foodcorps.org to learn more.

Hamilton

Big Sky Watershed Corps member Kalena Gravina and the Bitter Root Water Forum are holding an Earth Day stream restoration event on April 20 from 10am-2:30pm off French Basin Road outside of Hamilton. Call 406-375-2272 for directions.

Helena

Montana Conservation Corps members are celebrating GYSD on April 19 in Helena. From noon to 3:30pm they will be with PAL students doing trail work on Mount Helena. Then from 4pm to 7pm they will be partnering with Prickly Pear Land Trust for trail work at Davis Gulch with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the YMCA, and foreign exchange students. Contact Tim Dwyer at 406-495-9214 to learn more.

Kalispell

Montana State Parks AmeriCorps member Erin Koehler is hosting an Earth Day Celebration with games and a service project from 1-3pm on April 20 at Lone Pine State Park in Kalispell. Call Erin at 406-755-2706 ext 3 to learn more.

Montana Conservation Corps Youth Crew Leaders are supporting the annual Global Youth Service Day garden workday at the Flathead Valley Community College Community Garden in Kalispell on April 27. This garden day is supported by FoodCorps members, FVCC, Nourish the Flathead, and the Center for Restorative Youth Justice. Contact Cliff Kipp at 406-755-3619 to learn more.

Montana Conservation Corps Field Crew Leaders are also celebrating GYSD by helping create a youth activity center in the old Kalispell mall with the United Way and high school students on April 27. Contact Cliff Kipp at 406-755-3619 to learn more.

Manhattan

Big Sky Watershed Corps member Erin Wall and the Gallatin Conservation District are hosting an Earth Day event on April 27 at the Gallatin Conservation District Center in Manhattan planting pollinator gardens. Contact Erin at 406-282-4350 to learn more.

Montana Conservation Corps members and Big Sky Watershed Corps members will be helping volunteers and students with their community garden in Manhattan for GYSD on  April 27. Contact Chris Nesset at 406-586-0151 to learn more.

Missoula

Big Sky Watershed Corps member Clara Moulton and the Clark Fork Coalition are organizing an Earth Day Clark Fork River Volunteer Cleanup on April 20 in Missoula at Caras Park. Call Clara at 406-542-0539 to learn more.

Montana Conservation Corps Field Crew Leaders and Youth Crew Leaders in Missoula are partnering with the University of Montana to build a retaining wall beneath the “M” on April 22 for Earth Day. Contact Bobby Grillo at 406-728-2720 to learn more.

Montana Conservation Corps Youth Crew Leaders are working with teens to build a fence around the farm at the Tom Roy Youth Home in Missoula for Global Youth Service Day on April 26. Contact Bobby Grillo at 406-728-2720 to learn more.

Roundup

Big Sky Watershed Corps member David Scott and the Lower Musselshell Conservation District are organizing an Earth Day tree planting in Roundup on April 17 with the Boys and Girls Club. Contact David at 406-323-2103 to learn more.

Montana Conservation Corps Field Crew Leaders are helping youth and adult volunteers do fuel reduction work in Roundup for GYSD on April 27. Contact Tauzha Grantham at 406-651-1311 to learn more.

Big Sky Watershed Corps member David Stout and the Lower Musselshell Conservation District are hosting a GYSD project restoring the stream bank with local volunteers on April 27 in Roundup. Contact David at 406-323-2103 to learn more.

 

 

Mayors Day of Recognition

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To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors across the country will participate in the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on April 9, 2013. In Montana, 18 Mayors will join more than 660 of their peers across the county in highlight the value and impact of national service in our cities and towns. This effort is being led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the National League of Cities, Cities of Service, and Michael A. Nutter, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Montana Participants and Activities:

  1. Mayor John Engen – Missoula–  Point of contact:  Brian Christianson, MTTC VISTA Project Director (406-243-5427) working with Colleen Baldwin, Missoula Aging Services (406-728-7682).  Proclamation and other events
  2. Mayor James Smith – Helena – Point of contact:  Jackie Girard, CNCS (406-449-5404).  Proclamation.
  3. Mayor Sean Becker – Bozeman– Point of contact:  Margaret Mason, Bozeman RSVP Project Director (406-587-5444).  Proclamation and other events.
  4. Mayor Michael Winters - Great Falls – Point of contact:  Tina Lopez, Great Falls FGP/RSVP Project Supervisor (406-454-6992).  Proclamation.
  5. Mayor Thomas Hanel - Billings – Point of contact:  Aundi Hunter, Billings-Metro VISTA Project VISTA Leader.  Proclamation and photo with the Mayor Hanel
  6. Mayor Chris Grenz - Miles City – Point of contact:  Betty Vail, Miles City RSVP Director (406-234-0505).  Proclamation
  7. Mayor Tim Solomon – Havre – Point of contact:  Mayor Tim Solomon (406-265-6719).  Event TBA
  8. Mayor Jerry Jimison – Glendive – Point of contact:  Patty Atwell, Glendive RSVP Director (406-377-4716).  Proclamation
  9. Mayor Michael Wood- Superior – Point of contact:  Mary Jo Berry, Superior RSVP Project Coordinator (406-822-4800).  Proclamation and small reception
  10. Mayor Gene Mim Mack – Stevensville – Point of contact: Sharon Bladen, Hamilton RSVP Project Director (406-363-1102).  Proclamation and small reception
  11. Mayor Jerry Steele – Hamilton - Point of contact:  Sharon Bladen, Hamilton RSVP Project Director (406-363-1102).  Proclamation and small reception
  12. Mayor Ethel White – Eureka – Point of contact: Mary Duram, Eureka Town Clerk (406-297-2123).  Proclamation
  13. City Manager Ed Meece – Livingston - Point of contact:  Margaret Mason, Bozeman RSVP Project Director (406-587-5444).  Proclamation and other events.
  14. Mayor Kim Aipperspach – Ronan – Point of contact:  Maxine Garcia, Lake County RSVP Coordinator (406- 883-7284).  Proclamation and small reception
  15. Chief Executive Matt Vincent – Butte – Point of contact:  Kaleena Miller (406-533-6651).  Service Project
  16. Mayor John D. Evans – Wibaux – Point of contact: TBA Event:  TBA
  17. Mayor William Peterson- Cascade- Point of contact: TBA Event: TBA
  18. Mayor William Edwards - Roundup- Point of contact: TBA Event: TBA

Learn more about the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service here.

Post updated 4/4/13

Plan a GYSD Project

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Global Youth Service Day mini-grants are now available!

Global Youth Service Day, April 26-28, is the world’s largest service event, and the only one dedicated to recognizing the contributions that young people make to their communities every day of the year. In Montana, young people and adult champions are coming together to serve and celebrate on Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). Schools, community and faith-based organizations, student groups, and individuals are planning and participating in events across the state.

Plan an event in your area! GYSD mini-grants are available from the Governor’s Office of Community Service to help support youth-led service projects held April 26-28. At least 20 grants of $150 will be available to groups across the state. Applications are due April 8, so get your planning group together and submit an application today!

Find the GYSD mini-grant materials here.

Learn more about GYSD at www.gysd.org.

 

AmeriCorps Week

AmeriCorps Week 2013

AmeriCorps Week
March 9-17, 2013

AmeriCorps week is annual event to celebrate and recognize the impact AmeriCorps has on our communities. In Big Sky Country, AmeriCorps members build trails, mentor at-risk youth, weatherize homes, help students learn to read, assist with tax preparations, build homes for low-income families, recruit volunteers, help nonprofits achieve their mission, and so much more. Since 1994, more than 7,800 Montana residents have served more than 7.4 million hours with AmeriCorps.

AmeriCorps WeekParticipate in AmeriCorps Week Events

Montana AmeriCorps members are celebrating AmeriCorps week with service projects, potlucks, outreach events in schools, radio shows, and guest newspaper columns across the state.

Download the list of AmeriCorps week events.

Share your AmeriCorps Story

Share your AmeriCorps story with ServeMontana on Facebook.

Are you an AmeriCorps Alumnus? Connect with other Montana AmeriCorps Alumni on Facebook.

Proud of your AmeriCorps week event? Tell us about it by emailing serve@mt.gov.
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Join AmeriCorps!

Learn more about AmeriCorps programs in Montana.

Learn more about AmeriCorps programs across the nation at www.americorps.gov.

Facts about AmeriCorps in Montana

  • While serving our Montana community communities, AmeriCorps members gain job skill, earn money for college, and learn the importance of giving back.
  • There are more than 1,200 AmeriCorps members serving in Montana this year!
  • AmeriCorps members serve in Montana through 5 AmeriCorps State Programs, 5 AmeriCorps National Programs, 5 AmeriCorps VISTA projects, and 1 AmeriCorps NCCC team. That’s 16 different programs connecting AmeriCorps members to local community needs.
  • Since 1994, more than 7,800 Montana residents have served more than 7.4 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $16,980,000.
  • AmeriCorps members serve Montana by weatherizing homes, helping low-income Montanans access legal assistance, improving trails and public lands, educating citizens about energy conservation, recruiting and training volunteers, mentoring students, developing nonprofits capacity, increasing access to healthy food, and so much more!

Learn more about the impact of AmeriCorps and other National Service programs in Montana at nationalservice.gov.

 

MLK Day Celebrates Citizenship and Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2013
Contact: Julia Gustafson (406) 444-9077

MLK Day Celebrates Citizenship and Service

Montanans Volunteer in Honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service announced today that National Service Members and volunteers across Montana will honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy with service this January. AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers have organized MLK Day service opportunities in 18 communities throughout the state.

Governor Steve Bullock and Lt. Governor John Walsh will join the Read for Peace Project that places volunteers in schools to read books and create art about the life and work of Dr. King. On Thursday, January 17, at 8:45am, Governor Bullock will be reading to students at Kessler Elementary and Lt. Governor Walsh will be reading to students at Smith Elementary.

“Dr. King believed in the power of service and communities coming together to create lasting change,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “John and I look forward to helping teach the next generation about the power of service.”

Along with the Read for Peace Project, AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers have organized food drives, diversity and volunteer fairs, weatherization events, and emergency preparedness projects. Download a list of service events organized by these National Service members.

This year’s commemoration of the MLK Day of Service coincides with the 57th Presidential Inauguration, which will feature a special National Day of Service on January 19 with service projects organized in all 50 states. In Montana, projects are currently scheduled in Belgrade, Billings, Bozeman, Columbia Falls, Dillon, Kalispell, and Missoula. To learn more visit www.2013pic.org/service.

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. The Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, leads the annual MLK Day of Service, working with the King Center in Atlanta and thousands of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, and schools and businesses nationwide. For further information about the MLK Day of Service visit MLKday.gov.

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

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Julia Gustafson
Communications Manager
Governor’s Office of Community Service
Phone: (406) 444-9077
Email: jgustafson@mt.gov

 

 

MLK Day 2013

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January 21, 2013

Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off”. Americans across the country will honor Dr. King by helping their neighbors and communities with thousands of projects spread across all 50 states.

In Montana, National Service Programs, including AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Senior Corps programs, have been working hard to organize events that continue Dr. King’s legacy of peace and service. Highlights of this year’s activities are the “Read for Peace” projects in thirteen communities across the state. Volunteers will be reading books about Dr. King and his ideas of peace and understanding to elementary school students. Students will then make art pieces on their reflections from the books that will be displayed in the community.

Download the updated list of MLK Day projects organized by National Service Members.

The MLK Day of Service shines a spotlight on service as a powerful force to bridge economic and social divides – today and throughout the year. Learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the MLK Day of Service at mlkday.gov.

January 19 Day of Service

National Day of ServiceThis year’s commemoration of the MLK Day of Service coincides with the 57th Presidential Inauguration, which includes a special National Day of Service on January 19. Similar to the inauguration four years ago, this year's activities will kick off on Saturday, January 19th with the National Day of Service—a tradition started by the Obamas in 2009. In Montana, projects are currently scheduled in Belgrade, Billings, Bozeman, Columbia Falls, Dillon, Kalispell, and Missoula. Visit www.2013pic.org/service/serve to learn more and get involved.

 

9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

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History

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of an effort originally launched in 2002 by 9/11 family members and support groups, who worked to establish the charitable service day as a forward-looking way to honor 9/11 victims, survivors, and others who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with supporting this effort across the country. For the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 in 2011, 33 million people spent the day helping others and 700,000 people volunteered.

Learn more by reading “Why Serve on 9/11?” on the United We Serve blog.

9/11 Day in Montana

National Service (Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and AmeriCorps VISTA) programs in Montana have supported the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance starting in 2009 by encouraging Montanans to pledge to serve their communities to honor and remember. In 2010, National Service programs organized six service events including a “Big Roll Out” drive for the Montana Food Bank Network, a food collection drive for veterans, elderly, and disadvantaged youth, and a book collection for Head Starts and Daycares in Eastern Montana. In 2011, there were more than 35 events and service projects organized across the state in honor of 9/11 by National Service programs.

This year, National Service programs will continue the tradition of service in honor of September 11 with events across Montana.

National Service 9/11 Day Conference Call

The Governor’s Office of Community Service is hosting an open conference call on August 23 for National Service Programs to share their 9/11 Day plans.

9/11 Day in MT Conference Call
Thursday, August 23 at 10 am
Call in number: (641) 715-3620
Participant code: 937749#
RSVP to serve@mt.gov

This call is open to anyone involved with National Service and volunteering in Montana including AmeriCorps members, program staff, Senior Corps directors, host sites, and campuses. The purpose of this call is to share 9/11 Day plans and to find collaboration opportunities. The Governor’s Office of Community Service will use the information shared to help network opportunities and to spread the word to the public and the media. If possible, please RSVP by sending your name, program, email and phone number to serve@mt.gov.

9/11 Day Resources

  • Learn about the Corporation for National and Community Service’s plans for 9/11 Day.
  • Join the 9/11 Tribute Movement at www.911day.org.
  • Find teaching tools and service learning projects also at www.911day.org.
  • Find toolkits for all types of service projects at serve.gov.
  • Download 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance Logos from CNCS.

 

United We Serve - September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance

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Volunteer Opportunities with the “Moving Wall”
August 16-19

The “Moving Wall”, a one-half scale exact replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be on exhibit in Missoula from August 16 through August 19, 2012. This will be the “Moving Wall’s” only visit to Montana this year. The memorial’s four day visit is being sponsored and presented by Missoula’s American Legion Forgotten Warriors Post #101.

The site of the exhibit will be at “Memorial Park” on the UM campus, north of Adams Center and south of Jacob’s Island, near the Van Buren Street walking bridge. The exhibit will be open for visitation by the public, free of charge, 24 hours a day during the entire four day showing. Visitors will be able to make “rubbings” of the names of loved ones, comrades, or acquaintances that died in the Vietnam War. An information booth will be available to aid in the locating of the names of the wall.

Most people who come to The Moving Wall will be looking for one or a few very special names. Some can feel emotionally overwhelmed with the list of names and may be reluctant to speak for fear of breaking down or blurred vision from the tears in their eyes. It can be an unexpected surprise to discover that the names on the Wall are not in alphabetical order. It can cause some individuals to give up, leaving disappointed. However, YOU can make a difference by helping to locate the names following the guide sheet provided to volunteers.

Volunteer Opportunities

To volunteer or for questions on the project, contact Dan Krieg of the American Legion Post 101 at 406-240-4941 between NOON – 10 pm. Leave your name, phone number and job preference on his message machine if his line is busy. Your call will be returned.

  • Event Dates: August: 16 - 19, 2012
  • Location: “Memorial Park” on the UM campus, north of Adams Center and south of Jacob’s Island, near the Van Buren Street walking bridge.
  • Parking: Free- next to the Van Buren walking bridge
  • Weather: Dress for weather conditions of the day; high heat may be expected. Bring a light jacket, drinks and snacks.

Two Volunteer Opportunities to choose from:

1) Memorial Set Up: Lifting, building – heavy work - ability to work within a team setting, lift, carry, work with tools, lumber, equipment, etc.

  • Tuesday, August 14: set up the base on the – building and measuring
  • Wednesday, August 15: set up Walls of exhibit Information Booth: a table and chairs set under a tent.

2) Information booth: Welcome, greet and help visitors find names on the wall using a name directory. – volunteers with the ability to do extensive walking, work courteously with the public, provide information and maintain a calm, reassuring presence is desired. Help the public find the names (names are listed by the date of death) of relatives and friends on The Moving Wall (a guide map is provided to volunteers)

  • Dates: August: Thurs. 16, Fri. 17, Sat. 18, Sun. 19, 2012
  • Three hours shifts: 7- 10 am, 10am - 1pm, 1- 4 pm, 4-7 pm

Additional information:

  • The wall is manned 24 hours per day; some veterans are more comfortable coming at the night. Let Dan know if you are interested in a night shift.
  • Alert Dan if you want to help with TAKE DOWN of the display. Ability to ability to work within a team setting, lift, carry, move and work with some lumber, etc. is essential for the tasks involved.
  • Contact Dan Krieg of the American Legion Post 101 to volunteer for shifts and other questions: 406-240-4941

Learn more about the “Moving Wall.”

Global Youth Service Day in Montana

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25 Mini-Grants Awarded!

The Governor’s Office of Community Service is pleased to announce the 25 recipients of a Global Youth Service Day mini-grant. These organizations will be holding youth-driven service projects this Global Youth Service Day weekend, April 20-22, 2012.

Global Youth Service DayGlobal Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest and longest-running service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth. GYSD is celebrated each year in over 100 countries.

In Montana, we estimate that more than 1,400 youth and adult volunteers will serve during Global Youth Service Day with projects across the state. These projects include Earth Day celebrations, community garden workdays, clean-up and painting endeavors, recycling events, and artistic activities.

Learn more about Global Youth Service Day and register your project at gysd.org.

GYSD Mini-Grant Recipients

Contact a group in your area and ask how you can help!  Continue Reading

AmeriCorps Week

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AmeriCorps Week

March 10-18, 2012

AmeriCorps week is annual event to celebrate and recognize the impact AmeriCorps has on our communities. In Big Sky Country, AmeriCorps members build trails, mentor at-risk youth, weatherize homes, help students learn to read, assist with tax preparations, build homes for low-income families, recruit volunteers, help nonprofits achieve their mission, and so much more. Since 1994, more than 7,200 Montana residents have served more than 6.7 million hours with AmeriCorps.

“I thank all the AmeriCorps members serving in our Montana communities,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer, “These outstanding men and women are truly making a difference through their time, commitment and incredible energy.”

Participate in AmeriCorps Week Events

AmeriCorps Week events are happening around the state including service projects in Billings, Box Elder, Dillon, Hamilton, Havre, Kalispell, Missoula, and Pablo; AmeriCorps presentations for schools in Billings, Butte, Culbertson, Eureka, Great Falls, and Missoula; AmeriCorps Alumni gatherings in Billings, Missoula, and Poplar; public displays in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, and Missoula; and special AmeriCorps radio shows in Browning, Butte, Missoula, and Poplar. These events will allow community residents to learn about and participate in AmeriCorps programs.

Download the list of AmeriCorps week events here.

Share your AmeriCorps story

Share your AmeriCorps story with ServeMontana on Facebook.

Are you an AmeriCorps Alumnus? Connect with other AmeriCorps Alumni on Facebook.

Proud of your AmeriCorps week event? Tell us about and email serve@mt.gov. Continue Reading

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