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

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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.

2013 Wildfire Season Events & Activities

Organizations across the state are working hard to ensure that Montana residents and visitors know how to prevent wildfires, mitigate their homes and properties, and take action to prepare their neighbors and families.

Check out the map below to discover preparedness and mitigation events in your area or click here.

View 2013 Fire Season Event & Activity Map in a full screen map

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.
I Heart AmeriCorps

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.

 

Montanans Prepare during National Preparedness Month

The Governor’s Office of Community Service thanks all Montanans who participated in the 9th Annual National Preparedness Month. During the month of September, thousands of Montanans joined over 1.5 million people across the country, participating in nationwide efforts to prepare their businesses, families, and neighborhoods for all types of emergencies.

Highlights from Across the State

Yellowstone County

The Yellowstone County Local Emergency Planning Committee, the Phillips 66 refinery, first responders, and others hosted a large-scale emergency gas-leak disaster drill on September 26, 2012 in Billings. With the help of over 58 volunteers, the drill highlighted the importance of being ready for emergencies and allowed responders and response agencies to test emergency plans.

Check out their drill!

Malmstrom Air Force Base

To celebrate National Preparedness Month, the Malmstrom Air Force Base Unit of Emergency Management partnered with the American Red Cross of Montana to host a month-long Information Preparedness Fair, educating base residents on the importance of preparing their families and neighborhoods. Learn more about the Malmstrom Disaster Preparedness Fair!

Butte

AmeriCorps VISTA members distribute 72 hour Emergency Starter Kits at the Butte Community Disaster Preparedness Fair.

The Butte-Silver Bow Emergency Management Agency in partnership with AmeriCorps VISTA held the Butte Community Disaster Preparedness Fair on Saturday, September 29, 2012. Racetrack Volunteer Fire Department, Summit Air Ambulance, the Butte-Silver Bow Police and Fire Departments, the Montana Highway Patrol, St. James Hospital, and the American Red Cross of Montana were at the event to provide attendees with important disaster preparedness information.

Giant Springs State Park

Giant Springs State Park in conjunction with the AmeriCorps State Parks program hosted a 9/11 National Service Day on Saturday, September 15, 2012. To recognize National Preparedness Month, the event focused on preparing for disasters and knowing what it would take to survive in the unpredictable Montana wilderness. Read more about the Giant Springs State Park 9/11 Day of Service in the Great Falls Tribune.

September 11 Day of Service

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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.

Get involved with the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance by participating in a service project, thanking those who serve in your community, or finding a way you can volunteer at www.buildmontana.org.

National Service members including Senior Corps and AmeriCorps members across Montana will be participating in activities to honor the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, including:

  • AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps State, and Senior Corps programs are collecting toiletries, household items, and coffee for emergency shelters, veterans’ organizations, and food banks across the state. Find collection locations here.
  • The Billings Metro VISTA project is hosting a Garden Beautification Day at the Whitetail Run Community Garden on Tuesday, 9/11, between 12pm and 3pm. Contact Jessie Soye or Lauren Asmus at 406-237-1900.
  • Montana State Parks AmeriCorps members will be teaching Emergency and Outdoor Survival Skills at Giant Spring State Park in Great Falls on Saturday, 9/15. Contact Savanna Davenport at 406-454-5840.
  • Women’s Opportunity and Resource Development, Inc. (WORD) will be holding a necessity drive for women and families in poverty at the Orange Street Food Farm on Friday, 9/21, from 3pm to 7pm. Contact Robyn Hegland at 406-534-3550, ext. 231.
  • The Action for Eastern Montana Senior Companion program is collecting items and preparing care packages for National Guard Troops currently serving in Afghanistan. Contact Karen O’Dell at 800-227-0703.
  • Senior Corps programs from across Montana have created a tribute video thanking the military and first responders. The video can be viewed here.

Download the full list of 9/11 Day Projects:

Learn more about the September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance at serve.gov/sept11.

National Preparedness Month Events

Montanans are helping prepare their whole communities for emergencies and disasters by hosting Neighborhood Preparedness Parties, Map Your Neighborhood Trainings, and Preparedness Fairs. These events help Montanans learn how to prepare for disasters and emergencies like wildfires, flooding, and extreme weather.

Anaconda

MSU Deer Lodge County Extension is hosting the “1st 72 is on U” Event at the Anaconda High School Little Theater on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 6pm. The entire community is invited to attend to learn how to be a prepared and ready household. Contact Barbara Andreozzi, Extension Agent, at 406-563-4036 to get involved.

Ashland

An Ashland Community Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 8m 2012 at the St. Labre Indian School. Community members will learn about the Map Your Neighborhood Program and receive emergency supply starter kits. Contact Pat Dennis at 406-784-4500 to learn more.

Box Elder

Representatives from Stone Child College and the Rocky Boy Clinic will be providing preparedness materials during Native American Week on the Rocky Boy Reservation. Contact Janet Runnion at 406-395-4486 or Mary Gallegos at 406-395-4313 for more information.

Great Falls

Malmstrom Air Force Base Office of Emergency Management is hosting Preparedness Information Fairs at the Base Exchange throughout September. Stop by between 11am-1pm on September 11, 18, or 25 to receive materials and preparedness resources. Call Nathan Sisk at 406-731-6632 for details.

The Salvation Army of Great Falls is supporting the Veterans Stand Down at the Montana Expo Park on September 20-22, 2012 from 10am to 5pm. The Salvation Army will be distributing preparedness resources to participants and volunteers. Contact Jesse Oldham, Emergency and Disaster Services Coordinator, at 406-761-6506 to get involved.

Helena

Tri-County residents are invited to a Map Your Neighborhood Training at the Lewis and Clark Library on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 7pm. Contact DES Coordinator for Lewis and Clark County, Paul Spengler, at 406-447-8285 to learn more.

Members of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary members, and Sons of the American Legion are invited to a National Preparedness Month Celebration at the American Legion, Lewis and Clark Post #2, at 3095 Villard. The celebration is Thursday, September 20, from 7pm to 8:30pm. Contact Karen Semple at 406-443-3376 for more information.

Miles City

The Miles City Local Advisory Council on Mental Health, RSVP, Custer County Public Health, and the Custer County Community Health Clinic are hosting a Disaster Preparedness Party at the Developmental Education Assistance Program on October 25, 2012. Community members with mental illness or developmental disabilities and their group homes will be given disaster preparedness kits. Contact Antonia Klein, Community Program Officer with DPHHS, at 406-234-1866 to learn more.

Sidney

Butch Renders, DES Coordinator for Richland County, is hosting a Preparedness Conference for Local Emergency Planning Committees, Tribal Emergency Response Committees, and Tribal and County DES Coordinators September 25-27, 2012. Contact Butch Renders at 406-433-2220 for details.

These preparedness events are partially sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Community Service. Learn how you can hold a Neighborhood Preparedness Party in your community here.

September is National Preparedness Month

Host a Neighborhood Preparedness Party!

This September marks the ninth annual National Preparedness Month, a national campaign that encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses, and communities. National Preparedness Month is led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is sponsored by the Ready Campaign in partnership with the Citizen Corps and other state preparedness organizations.

Montanans can participate in National Preparedness Month by hosting a Neighborhood Preparedness Party! Bring your community together to learn about emergency preparedness and what to do in times of disaster. The Governor’s Office of Community Service can help support your event with emergency supply starter kits and emergency preparedness resources. Hosting a Neighborhood Preparedness Party is easy to do and it is a great way to get to know your neighbors while preparing your community for disasters and emergencies of all kinds.

Steps to Host a Neighborhood Preparedness Party
  1. Plan your party with your local community leaders and volunteers like Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinators, Red Cross Volunteers, Schools, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs, Fire Departments, Police Departments, and volunteer centers.
  2. Research a location, date, and estimated number of participants and gather your local resources.
  3. Submit a Supply Request to the Governor’s Office of Community Service at serve@mt.gov.
  4. The Governor’s Office of Community Service will send you emergency supply starter kit bags and Map Your Neighborhood resources.
  5. Promote your event. Make posters and consider inviting your local media. You can also register with the National Preparedness Coalition and Pledge to Prepare at Ready.gov.
  6. Host your event. Make sure to have participants sign in and don’t forget to take pictures!
  7. Send an Event Evaluation to the Governor’s Office of Community Service and celebrate that your community is prepared!
Resources to Get You Started
Forms/Templates
Questions?

Contact Katie Gallagher, Grants Coordinator, at 406-444-1718 or kgallagher@mt.gov.

 

Volunteer this September 11

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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.

Get involved this 9/11 Day by finding a volunteer opportunity in your community! Here a just a few opportunities across Montana and you can always find more ways to get involved at BuildMontana.org.

Billings

Join the Billings Metro VISTA project for a Garden Beautification Day at the Whitetail Run Community Garden at 335 Sioux Lane. On Tuesday, 9/11, come between 10am and 2pm to help with garden maintenance and educational projects. Contact Jessie Soye or Lauren Asmus at 406-237-1900 to learn more.

Bozeman

Help harvest produce that goes to those in need at the Anchor Ministries Produce Garden off East Cameron Bridge Road. Contact Dale McNikles at 406-548-1712 to schedule a time to volunteer anytime in September including on Tuesday, 9/11. Volunteers will be picking produce that is donated to the Gallatin County Food Bank.

Butte

Join in with the 9/11 Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Fair in Stodden Park in afternoon of Tuesday, 9/11. There will demonstrations and materials available about how to be prepared for emergencies in Butte-Silverbow County. Contact Emily White at 406-496-4692 to learn more.

Support “a Brush with Kindness” organized by the National Affordable Housing Network on Saturday, 9/8. Veterans, students, and community volunteers will be repairing and painting the home a disabled community member. Contact Jordan Backstrom at 218-831-3075 to learn more.

Great Falls

Learn Emergency and Outdoor Survival Skills at Giant Springs State Park on Saturday, 9/15. Educational sessions will be provided for youth and adults on orienteering and map reading, edible and medicinal plants, and other outdoor skills. Contact Savanna Davenport at 406-454-5840 to learn more.

Helena

Join the Helena Community Gardens’ Harvest and Work Day on Saturday, 9/8 from 9am to noon. Volunteers will meet at the Bausch Park Community Garden behind the YMCA then disburse to four community gardens to harvest produce for the Volunteer for Veggies program. Contact Caroline Wallace at 540-392-3847 to learn more.

Kalispell

Join the Montana Conservation Corps doing trail work in our great outdoors. Volunteers are welcome to join crews in the field the week of 9/10 but need to be able to hike long miles and do physical work in all weather conditions. Contact Clifford Kipp at 406-755-3619 to learn more.

Missoula

Home ReSource is providing a Disaster Preparedness course on Tuesday, 9/11, at 6pm at the Home ReSource ReVamp Shop at 1515 Wyoming Street. Participants are encouraged to donate $10 for the class that will be given to the Veterans Center in Missoula. Contact Hannah Kooistra at 406-541-8300 to learn more.

Statewide

AmeriCorps members in Helena, Missoula, Bozeman, Kalispell, Havre, Butte, and Great Falls are organizing “The Great Roll Out.” This collection drive of toiletries and coffee runs from 9/1 to 9/11 and donations will be distributed to Food Pantries and Veteran Centers across the state. Email Amanda Opitz at vistaleader@mtcompact.org to find the collection site near you.

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

Moving Wall- Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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.”

Senior Corps Week 2012

Making a Difference

5,316 Senior Corps Volunteers in Montana

Senior Corps Week May 7-11, 2012

The third annual Senior Corps Week is an opportunity to thank Senior Corps volunteers for their service and recognize their positive impact and value to our communities and nation. For more than four decades Senior Corps, and its three programs – RSVP, Senior Companions, and Foster Grandparents – have proven to be a highly effective way to engage Americans ages 55 and over in meeting national and community needs. Senior Corps volunteers last year provided more than 96.2 million hours of service, helping to improve the lives of our most vulnerable citizens, strengthen our educational system; protect our environment, provide independent living services, and contribute to our public safety. Senior Corps volunteers build capacity of organizations and communities by serving through more than 65,000 nonprofit, community, educational, and faith-based community groups nationwide. At a time of mounting social needs and growing interest in service by older Americans, there is an unprecedented opportunity to harness the talents of 55-plus volunteers to address community challenges. Service by older Americans helps volunteers by keeping them active, healthy, and engaged; helps our communities by solving local problems, and helps our nation by saving taxpayer dollars, reducing healthcare costs, and strengthening our democracy. Learn more about Senior Corps at www.getinvolved.gov. Continue Reading

Spring Preparedness Events

Montanans get prepared!

There are five great preparedness events coming up in Helena, Bozeman, West Yellowstone, Great Falls, and Billings this spring. These events, trainings, and fairs help Montanans learn how to prepared for disasters and emergencies like wildfires, extreme weather, flooding, and vehicular accidents. Join in to learn how to build an emergency supply kit, how to map your neighborhood, and who to contact in an emergency.

Helena

During the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day at the State Capitol on April 26 from 9am to 3pm, students will receive emergency supply starter kits. Contact Rian Miller at the Department of Revenue to get involved- rianmiller@mt.gov or 406-444-6966.

Bozeman

The Youth Leadership Emergency Preparedness Event will engage teens in emergency preparedness and leadership. This event at the Bozeman Public Library with Hopa Mountain and the Bozeman Fire Department, is Saturday May 5 from 10am to 12pm. Contact Laura Wilburn, the Youth Leadership Program Coordinator at Hopa Mountain to attend- wilburn.laura@gmail.com or (406) 586-2455.

West Yellowstone

The Hebgen Basin Rural Fire District is holding a Mass Causality Disaster Drill in West Yellowstone at the airport on May 22 starting at 8am. Contact Scott Waldron, Fire Chief, to volunteer as a patient- swaldron@hbrfd.com or 406-646-9094.

Great Falls

The Benefis ER and Trauma Services division of Benefis Health System are hosting their annual Saftey First Rally in the Central Park at the Montana ExpoPark on June 9 from 10am to 2pm. Children and families will learn safety tips for at home, camping, in the car and outside riding their bikes. Contact Marie Haynes, the Injury Prevention Coordinator at Benifis, to learn more about this free event- mariehaynes@benefis.org or (406)455-5212.

Billings

Participants of the annual Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Montana District Convention, June 11-14, will receive emergency supply starter kits. Contact Pastor Vern Sandersfeld to learn more- vsandds@gmail.com or 406-214-4290.

These preparedness events are partially sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Community Service. You can hold a Neighborhood Preparedness Party in your community. Learn more here.

 

Global Youth Service Day 2012

Global Youth Service Day

Youth will serve Montana for Global Youth Service Day and join with an estimated 2 million youth across the globe! There are Global Youth Service Day projects planned in 100 countries on six continents and in all 50 U.S. states!

Global 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.

In Montana, we estimate that more than 1,500 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 www.gysd.org.    Check out the official GYSD map of events here.

GYSD photos

GYSD Projects in Montana

Find a project in your area and ask how you can help!
  1. Anaconda: Jamie Roessler and Sue Konicek with the Anaconda Family Resource Center will have a community service fair, special service projects, and GYSD Rally at the Benny Goodman Park on 4/21/12. Contact: skonicek@anacondafrc.org or 406-563-7972.
  2. Anaconda: Terry Galle and Stephanie Galle with the Anaconda Little League are organizing a park cleanup at the Marty May Baseball Field on 4/21/12. Contact: sgalle@mt.gov 406-691-0861.
  3. Billings: Maggie Zaback and Tauzha Grantham of the Montana Conservation Corps are coordinating special work days at Lake Elmo State Park, Phipps Park, and the Audubon Center on 4/21/12. Contact: tauzha@mtcorps.org 406-651-1311.
  4. Billings: Heather Ristow and the Montana Audubon Conservation Education Center are hosting an Earth Day Celebration and Clean-up at the Audubon Conservation Education Center on 4/21/12. Contact: hristow@mtaudubon.org 406-294-5099.
  5. Billings: Molly Peterson and Nathan Stahley of the United Way of Yellowstone County are organizing a Youth in Action-mural painting project at the Shiloh Trail Underpass on 4/22/12. Contact: nathan.stahley@unitedway.org 406-252-3839 x38.
  6. Billings: Jill Washburn, Campus Corps Team Leader at Rocky Mountain College is coordinating Volunteer Leaders for the Youth in Action spectrum of events on 4/20 and 4/21. Contact: campuscorps@rocky.edu.
  7. Billings: Volunteers will be “taming the trail” at Pictograph State Park on 4/21 from 9am to 4pm. Contact: Jessie Hendrix at jessiehendrix8@gmail.com
  8. Boulder: Kaitlyn Sonsteng and Branna Giulio of the 21st Century Community Learning Center’s Service Learning Club are organizing a local food community dinner and art projects at Boulder Elementary School on 4/20/12. Contact: giuliobranna@gmail.com 406-202-4825.
  9. Bozeman: Rebekah McKeehan, Vanessa Skelton, and Girls for a Change with Thrive are hosting a water taste test at the Sustainability Show at Boget Park on 4/21/12. Contact: vskelton@allthrive.org 406-922-4249.
  10. Bozeman: Max Smith and Emerald LaFortune of 1,000 New Gardens are organizing “Dig Days” converting yards to gardens on 4/21 and 4/22. Meet at the City Hall Gardens. Contact: 1000newgardens@gmail.com 208-301-0535
  11. Bozeman: Girl Scouts in Bozeman will be improving the trail system around Chief Joseph Middle School on 4/21 from 10am to Noon.
  12. Bozeman: Campus Corps AmeriCorps members, the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, and the CJMS Leo Club will be doing trail work at the local Folf course at Rose Park on 4/21 from 10am to Noon. Contact: Alexandra Black at teamleader@montana.edu or 406-994-7571.
  13. Browning: Chyann Raining Bird and Kelly Sykora with the Browning Community Development Corporation are organizing a Family Fun Day and Gardening Event at Government Square on 4/21/12. Contact: vista@browningcdc.org 406-388-4015.
  14. Butte: Kelly Hancock is organizing a special volunteer weekend at the Science Mine on 4/21/12 and 4/22/12. Contact: director@sciencemine.org 406-221-7495.
  15. Dillon: The Beaverhead Recycling Committee and UMW Student Senate will be hosting an E-rase your E-Waste event at the Beaverhead County Fairground 4H building on 4/21 from 12-3pm and 4/22 from 10am-3pm. Contact: Leaf Magnuson at 406-683-1249.
  16. Fort Peck: Bethany Lacock and Roubie Younkin of the Valley County 4-H Council will be repainting the bathrooms at the Boy Scout Park on 4/21/12 and 4/22/12. Contact: kry@montana.edu 406-228-6241.
  17. Gallatin Gateway: Laura Axtman, a teacher at Gallatin Gateway School, is organizing the creation of a "Sunflower Learning Center" at the Gallatin Gateway School on 4/20/12. Contact: axtman@gallatingatewayschool.com 406-763-4415.
  18. Glasgow: Tee Aune and Roubie Younkin of the Tampico Boys 4-H Club will be painting the Horse Barns at the Valley County Fairgrounds on 4/21/12. Contact: kry@montana.edu 406-228-6241.
  19. Glendive: Tina Carter with the Boys & Girls Club of Dawson County is organizing a garden bed construction and potluck at the Boys and Girls Club on 4/22/12. Contact: bgc@midrivers.com 406-377-7999.
  20. Great Falls: Students at CMR High School are collecting food for their Food Pantry. Contact: dlewis@bridgemail.com
  21. Havre: Samantha Rybicki and Carrie Johnson at Opportunity Link, Inc. are hosting an UpCycle Clinic for youth at Pepin Park on 4/21/12. Contact: samantha@opportunitylinkmt.org 406-265-3699.
  22. Havre: Campus Corps AmeriCorps members are partnering with Hands on History Day for a history and up-cycling event on 4/21 from 1-5pm at the Atrium in Havre. Contact: Anna Brumley at ethos@buffalojump.org.
  23. Helena: Danielle Hamm and Emily McVey with Rocky Mountain Youth Resources will be building a garden at the Jan Shaw Youth Home on 4/21 from 10am-4pm. Contact: dhamm@rmdc.net 406-449-3038.
  24. Helena: Eric Walliman and Matt Elsaesser with the SAVE Foundation will have a recycling game at the Kids Spring Fest and Earth Jam Fair in Pioneer Park on 4/21/12. Contact: saverecycling@gmail.com 406-449-6088.
  25. Helena: The Helena Community Gardens and the Montana Conservation Corps will be hosting a work day at the new Selma Held Park Community Garden on 4/21 from 9am to 1pm. Contact: Gregg at greg@mtcorps.org or 406-495-9214.
  26. Kalispell: Anders Olson and Shareen Springer with the Center for Restorative Youth Justice will be making “seed bombs” at the Nourish the Flathead Community Garden on 4/20/12 and 4/21/12. Contact: shareen@restorativeyouthjustice.org 406-257-7400.
  27. Kalispell: Isabelle Mullen and Gretchen Boyer of Nourish the Flathead are hosting a garden workday with games and art at the Nourish Community Garden at FVCC on 4/21/12. Contact: gretchenb@montanaacademy.com 406-461-5569.
  28. Lima: Christopher Sutton and Jacqueline Sutton with the Beaverhead Stock N Stitch 4-H Club will be installing sod for the community area around the swimming pool at the Lima School on 4/20/12. Contact: 2jreds@3rivers.net 406-276-3534.
  29. Missoula: Shari Strachan and Troop 3252 of the Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming will be distributing re-useable shopping bags at the Orange Street Food Farm on 4/22/12. Contact: sharistrachan@gmail.com 406-544-2505.
  30. Missoula: Scarlet Kaplan and Lee Brown of the SAVE Club at Hellgate High School will be installing a water barrel and planters in the community garden at Hellgate High School on 4/21/12. Contact: leejbrown@gmail.com 406-728-2402.
  31. Missoula: Stacy Houge and Gypsy Ray at Mountain Home Montana are organizing a special volunteer day for young mothers at the River Road Community Garden on 4/21/12. Contact: exd@mountainhomemt.org 406-541-4663.
  32. Missoula: Jenifer Kerber and Karen Carreno with the Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre are presenting on the "Create" program Sat. April 21, an affordable dance performance at the Hellgate High School. Contact: rmbts@aol.com 406-549-5155.
  33. Missoula: Kalie Sauro and Julie Walsh with the Missoula Youth Philanthropy Club are hosting "The Trash Bash" at the downtown Earth Day Event in Caras Park on 4/22/12. Contact: walsh.julie.k@gmail.com 406-690-4863.
  34. Missoula: Max Smith and Emerald LaFortune of 1,000 New Gardens are organizing “Dig Days” converting yards to gardens on 4/21 and 4/22. Meet at Kiwanis Park. Contact: 1000newgardens@gmail.com 208-301-0535.
  35. Missoula: Volunteer with Golden Key are joining the Clark Fork Coalition for a Clark Fork River Cleanup at Caras Park on 4/21 from 10am to 1pm. Contact: Cassie Moog at kaleigh.best@umontana.edu.
  36. Plains: Students with the Trotter Youth Basketball Program are replanting a flower garden at the Wildhorse Elementary School on 4/20 from 10am-3pm. Contact: Jessica Hansen at j_bugz1994@rocketmail.com.
  37. Sunburst: Student with FCCLA will be doing a highway clean up and planting a tree at the school on 4/22. Contact: Nancy Linnell at brett_si2013@hotmail.com.
  38. Three Forks: Students with FCCLA will be cleaning up Bertagnolli Park on 4/21 from 10am to 2pm. Contact: Cathe Felz at fcclacathe@yahoo.com
Global Youth Service Day is organized by YSA (Youth Service America) and sponsored by partners such as State Farm and Sodexo. The Governor’s Office of Community Service is a 2012 Lead Agency for Global Youth Service Day.

 

 

Global Youth Service Day in Montana

GYSD photos

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

AmeriCorps members

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

AmeriCorps Week 2012

AMERICORPS WEEK 2012

Saturday, March 10 -Sunday, March 18

 

AmeriCorps Week Goals

  1. Connect AmeriCorps members and alums with each other so they feel they are a part of a nationwide effort.
  2. Communicate AmeriCorps’ powerful impact on critical problems and on the lives of its members and alums.

AmeriCorps in Montana (Facts to use)

  • 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 1,400 AmeriCorps members serving in Montana this year!
  • AmeriCorps members serve in Montana through 7 AmeriCorps State Programs, 4 AmeriCorps National Programs, and 5 AmeriCorps VISTA projects. That’s 16 different programs connecting AmeriCorps members to local community needs.
  • Since 1994, more than 7,200 Montanans have served with AmeriCorps.
  • Since 1995, more than $10.6 million dollars in AmeriCorps Education Awards has gone to Montana schools and institutions.
  • 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!

AmeriCorps Week Ideas

  • Host an AmeriCorps Roundtable with current members and Alumni- make sure to invite local officials and community stakeholders
  • Write a letter to the editor explaining what AmeriCorps does in your community
  • Host a service project that showcases AmeriCorps members in action- make sure to invite members from multiple programs
  • Hold an open house and explain how AmeriCorps benefits your nonprofit
  • Honor your AmeriCorps Alumni though a special event or in the local news
  • Don’t forget to invite the media to the events you have planned!

 AmeriCorps Week Resources

Spread the word through social media

2012 Award Recipients

Montanans Honored for Outstanding Volunteer Service!

The 2012 ServeMontana, ReadyMontana and First Lady Math & Science Awards will be presented at the ServeMontana Symposium award luncheon on Thursday, February 23 at noon at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel in Helena.

“We are proud to honor these individuals and organizations who represent the true spirit of civic engagement.” said Kim Miske, Chair of the Montana Commission on Community Service.

Lt. Governor John Bohlinger will first present six ReadyMontana Awards to outstanding community volunteers and organizations in the areas of disaster services, emergency preparedness and emergency response.

First Lady Nancy Schweitzer will present six First Lady’s Math & Science Awards to exceptional individuals, organizations, and groups for promoting in math and science education.

Lt. Governor John Bohlinger will finish with the presentation of the eight ServeMontana Awards to outstanding national service members, community volunteers and organizations in the social impact areas of humanities, education, healthy futures, environmental stewardship, veterans & military families and economic opportunity. Continue Reading

Photo Contest Winner!

Montana AmeriCorps Connection’s MLK Day Photo Contest Winner

Photo by Sean Cochrane, 1/16/12 “Butte children meet a firefighter in full bunker gear, so they won’t be scared by the man in the suit in the event they need to be rescued.” This photo was taken at the Stop, Drop and Read MLK Day event in Butte, MT that brought local schoolchildren to the fire station to learn about fire safety and read books with firefighters.

Meet the photographer!

Sean Cochrane is an AmeriCorps team leader with Montana Campus Corps and he service at Montana Tech in Butte. His favorite part about being an AmeriCorps member is working with driven and civically engaged college students to make positive change in their communities. In his free time, he likes hiking, reading, and enjoying football games. After AmeriCorps, he plans to enroll in Law School at the University of Virginia.

“AmeriCorps has helped be appreciated all the opportunities I have,” said Sean Cochrane. “And it has allowed me to see a part of the country I had never seen before.”

Learn more about AmeriCorps opportunities with Montana Campus Corps.

Learn more about how to connect with AmeriCorps Members in Montana with Montana AmeriCorps Connection.

MLK Day of Service

Volunteer in your community!

The Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday is a National Day of Service, and a time to re-commit ourselves to serving each other and our communities. On MLK Day, Americans across the country will honor Dr. King by helping their neighbors and communities. You can find volunteer opportunities in your community anytime at Build Montana.

“I hope Montanans will think of the MLK Day of Service as a ‘day on, not a day off’ and I encourage everyone to find a service opportunity in their community,” said Jan Lombardi, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Service. “There are lots of ways to help others, like making a donation to local food banks or by simply shoveling the sidewalk for a neighbor.”

You can join with Montana National Service Members including AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members in service events statewide.

Service Events on MLK Day:
  • Billings- The MLK Day Ceremony at the MSU Billings Campus will include a bell ringing and Dr. King program. The event is from 9:50am to 11am. Contact AmeriCorps Member Hazel Todd, 406-896-5815, to learn more.
  • Butte- Local schoolchildren will participate in a Stop, Drop, and Read event at two Butte fire stations. Firefighters will read books, educate on fire safety, and give tours of the fire station. The event is from 1:00-2:30pm. Contact RSVP Director Michele Brennick, 406-533-2508, to learn more.
  • Havre- Join with AmeriCorps members and renovate Havre’s Historic Courthouse and Post Office Building. Renovations work from 10am to 3pm with a community tour at noon. Contact Lisa Smith, 406-265-3699, to learn more.
  • Helena- A pancake breakfast at St Peter’s Cathedral will benefit Helena Food Share. This event from 8-11am also includes a DPHHS sponsored healthy breakfast items food drive. Contact AmeriCorps VISTA Jared Schmidt, 406-444-9655, to learn more.
  • Missoula- Donate clothing to benefit Project Homeless Connect at the MLK Day Rally sponsored by NCBI in Caras Park. Contact AmeriCorps Member Shanna Ungate, 406-243-5531, to learn more.
  • Sidney- The Boys and Girls Club of Richland County are hosting a carnival for local children and their families. Stop by between 3:30-7:00pm. Contact RSVP Director Idelle Badt, 406-433-2207, to learn more.

Download the list of all MLK Day activities organized by Senior Corps and AmeriCorps Members here.


Learn More about MLK Day related Projects throughout January:

ServeMontana Symposium Scholarship

ServeMontana Symposium Scholarship Opportunity

The Governor’s Office of Community Service (OCS) has limited funds available for scholarships to attend the 2012 ServeMontana Symposium. Scholarships are intended to support National Service staff and members, emergency preparedness leaders and volunteers with limited finances who are unable to pay the full cost of the Symposium. Scholarship applications must be returned to serve@mt.gov on or before February 1, 2012.

Scholarship Application Form

Eligibility

Individuals must be affiliated with a not-for-profit organization, government agency, or educational institution, and must have a need for financial assistance. Applicants must be able to attend both full days of the ServeMontana Symposium, February 23 and 24.

Process & Procedures

Scholarships funds are limited therefore we encourage everyone to apply early. Forms must be returned to serve@mt.gov on or before February 1, 2012. The public will be notified by e-mail and through serve.mt.gov, when scholarships are no longer available. Scholarships recipients will be notified on or before February 3, 2012 and will be paid as a reimbursement after the symposium.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service (OCS) will acknowledge receipt of scholarship application; if you have not received an e-mail confirming the application was received please call 406-444-1384. When scholarship recipients are notified they will be sent a W-9 and Mileage Reimbursement Form. The W-9 form should be submitted to OCS by February 17, 2012. If you work for a governmental agency or have received funds from our office within the last 6 months, you do not need to submit a W-9.

Registration Scholarship: $75 discount, recipient must pay $25.

Scholarship recipient will register themselves through the online registration system and pay the full registration fee ($100 – early registration). Scholarship recipients will be reimbursed $75 after the Symposium. Note: if your registration is dependent upon receiving a scholarship please do not register until you receive notice of the scholarship award.

Travel and Lodging Scholarship: up to $150 for hotel and mileage costs.

Scholarship recipient will make and pay for all travel arrangements. Scholarship recipients will be reimbursed for up to $150 of their travel costs after the Symposium. Note: if your attendance is dependent upon receiving a scholarship please do not book travel arrangements until you receive notice of the scholarship award.

Scholarship recipients must register for the Symposium on or before February 10, 2012 or their scholarship will be re-awarded to someone else. Scholarship recipients will be reimbursed after the conference; checks will be processed by the Department of Labor accounting office.

Scholarship recipients must submit the following documents to the Governor’s Office of Community Service before or during the Symposium:

Cancellation

The ServeMontana cancellation policy applies to all registrants, including those that have applied for a scholarship. The only exception is that scholarship recipients who cancel after 2/10/12 will only be responsible for the $25 registration fee. If you need to cancel please notify the Governor’s Office of Community Service as soon as possible so scholarship funds can be re-awarded.

Questions

If you any questions please contact: Governor’s Office of Community Service at serve@mt.gov or 406.444.1384

Mailing address:

Governor’s Office of Community Service

Attn: ServeMontana Symposium

P.O. Box 200801

Helena MT, 59620

Weatherization Events on Fort Belknap and Blackfeet Reservation

AmeriCorps members with the Montana Energy Corps program will be holding weatherization events on the Fort Belknap and Blackfeet Reservation this week as part of the Governor’s Warm Hearts Warm Homes Initiative.

Events

Lodge Pole- 12/15/11, 10am-12pm, Tribal Office

Hayes- 12/15/11, 1pm-3pm, Tribal Office

Browning- 12/17/11, 11am-2pm, Community Senior Center


Media Advisory

Contact: Todd Hunkler, 406-533-6651, National Center for Appropriate Technology
December 13, 1012
For Immediate Release

NCAT Energy Corps Provide Weatherization Assistance on the Fort Belknap and Blackfeet Reservations

Volunteers Roll Up Their Sleeves to Weatherize Homes and Distribute Materials

[BUTTE, MT]—Montana Energy Corps members will be holding three weatherization events on the Fort Belknap and Blackfeet reservations to reach those in need of weatherization assistance in the area.

The Butte-based National Center for Appropriate Technology’s (NCAT) Montana Energy Corps AmeriCorps program has planned three weatherization fairs in North central Montana to reach those in need of assistance with high home energy costs this winter. AmeriCorps members will be distributing weatherization kits to individuals at the events and will be signing up those that need help installing materials. Events will be held on Thursday December 15th from 10am – 12pm in Lodge Pole and 1-3pm in Hayes. Each of these events will take place at the community tribal offices. On Saturday December 17th from 11am – 2pm the Energy Corps will be holding a final weatherization event in Browning at the Community Senior Center.

Energy Corps members will also be providing hands on weatherization assistance to several area households on Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th. With the help of community volunteers including Blackfeet housing staff, the Energy Corps plans to weatherize close to 60 homes in the Browning area over the two day span. These projects have been planned with help from Energy Corps members and staff from Opportunity Link in Havre, Montana and serve as one example of the many projects that have been completed in the area by Energy Corps and Opportunity Link. Continue Reading

MLK Day 2012- Funding Available

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
January 16, 2012

Did you know that MLK Day is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service? In other words it is a "day on, not a day off."

Join with National Service Programs across Montana and organize a MLK Day Service Project in your community! The Governor’s Office of Community Service has funding available for projects that have disability inclusion as a focus.

Learn more about MLK day and get ideas for projects at mlkday.gov.

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Winter Ready Preparedness Party

Are you and your neighbors ready for winter?

Host a WinterReady Neighborhood Preparedness Party!

Prepare your community for winter and emergencies of all kinds by organizing a WinterReady Disaster Preparedness Party. By hosting an event, promoting local volunteerism, and sharing emergency preparedness information, you can help ensure your neighborhood and whole community are disaster ready. The Governor’s Office of Community Service can help sponsor your event! You can receive supplies to build emergency supply starter kits, resources to host a Map Your Neighborhood training, and meal reimbursements for participants.

10 Steps to hosting a Preparedness Party or Training
  1. Plan your party or training with local community leaders and volunteers (examples: DES Coordinators, local fire departments, Senior Corps programs, AmeriCorps Programs, Aging Services, schools, etc)
  2. Research location, date, and estimated number of participants
  3. Submit an Event Funding/Supply Request Form to the Governor’s Office of Community Service (OCS)
  4. If funding is requested and upon confirmation of funding from OCS, submit a signed Funding Agreement
  5. OCS will send you emergency supply starter kits supplies and Map Your Neighborhood resources
  6. Promote your event- post to Build Montana or contact OCS for assistance
  7. Host your event! Make sure to take pictures and have everyone sign in
  8. Submit your receipts for reimbursement with a signed and completed Training Final Report form
  9. Receive reimbursement (if applicable)
  10. Celebrate that your community is prepared! Continue Reading

Host a Preparedness Party!

Is your community ready for a disaster?National Preapredness Month

National Preparedness Month is coming to a close, but it is not too late to host a Neighborhood Preparedness Party in your town!

Over 20 organizations have hosted Preparedness Parties or Preparedness events in their towns as part of National Preparedness Month. Join in by holding a ReadyMontana Neighborhood Preparedness Party! By hosting an event, promoting volunteer programs, and sharing emergency preparedness information, you can help ensure your neighborhood and whole community are disaster ready.

Neighborhood Preparedness Party
  • Organize an emergency preparedness neighborhood workshop and training to “get a kit, make a plan, and be informed.” Use this as a time to recruit volunteers and introduce people to their neighbors.
  • Preference will be given to local organizations and leaders active in the community. These parties are a means to get neighborhood maps updated, bring neighbors together, and share information about possible local disasters.
  • The Governor’s Office of Community Service will sponsor the neighborhood preparedness party with meal reimbursements for participants, funds to order supplies, and resources on Map Your Neighborhood and Starter Emergency Kits.
  • The party should include training on both conducting a Map Your Neighborhood and building a Starter Emergency Kit. The Governor’s Office of Community Service will provide the necessary materials.
  • Please engage at least 30 people with the neighborhood preparedness party. To spread the word posters and newspaper advertising can be sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Community Service.
Want to get involved and plan a party?

Please fill out the event order form to request materials. Email the form to serve@mt.gov or mail it to the Governor's Office of Community Service, PO Box 200801, Helena, MT 59620.

  • Funding/Supplies Request Form
  • Funding Agreement
  • Final Report
Resources to get you startedMap Your Neighborhood Logo

Contact Jo Radtke at nradtke@mt.gov or 406-444-1718 with questions.

9/11 Day of Service

Volunteer and Serve Your Community!

9/11 Day of Service“To recognize the 10th anniversary of the attacks on September 11th we encourage Montanans to lend a helping hand in their communities,” said Jan Lombardi, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Service. “Those who volunteer and serve make a difference in Montana and we thank them for their service!”

Citizens can participate in the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance by participating in a service project, thanking those who serve in their community, or finding a way they can volunteer at www.buildmontana.org.

Participate in an Event

  • School Supply Drive and Annual Picnic in Butte on Wednesday 9/6/11 from 4pm-6pm at the World Museum of Mining- contact Michele Brennick at 406-533-2508
  • “Cup of Coffee for Montana’s Veterans” Coffee Supply Collection in Helena 9/1 to 9/9- contact Kayla Parker at 406-442-9830 ext 22
  • Ice Cream Social Honoring Veterans in Miles City on Thursday 9/8 from 9am to 4pm at the VA Medical Center- contact Betty Vail at 406-234-0505
  • “Great Falls Supports Our Soldiers” Care Package Collection in Great Falls 9/1 to 9/12- contact Stephanie Fenner at 406-454-5725
  • Toiletry Drive to benefit WORD in Missoula on Friday 9/9 from 3pm-7pm at the Orange Street Food Farm- contact Traci Kutzleb at 406-273-0142
  • Chokecherry Festival in Lewistown on Saturday 9/10 from 9am-4:30pm- look for the RSVP and Emergency Preparedness Booth- contact Shirlee Brillhart at 406-323-1403
  • Trails Day at Herron Park in Kalispell on Saturday 9/10 from 10am to 3:30pm- Contact the Montana Conservation Corps at 406-755-3619
  • Disaster Preparedness Fair in Butte on Sunday 9/11 starting at 1pm at Stodden Park- contact Ashley Makowski at 406-461-2132
  • Freedom Walk in Helena on Sunday 9/11 starting at 2pm at the North end of the Walking Mall- contact Liann Meyer at 406-227-8824
  • Disaster Preparedness Kit Creations in Havre on Monday 9/12 starting at 3:30pm at the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line- contact Samantha Hutchins at 406-265-6206
  • United Way Day of Caring in Billings on Thursday 9/15 at the United Way Center- Contact United Way of Yellowstone County at 406-252-3839
  • Veterans’ “Stand Down” Outreach in Sidney on Saturday 9/17- contact Idelle Badt at 406-443-2207
  • “A Tribute to Service” in Kalispell on Wednesday 9/21 starting at 4pm at Flathead Valley Community College- contact Sara Cowger at 406-758-5712

Full List of 9/11 Day of Service Events in Montana


Build MontanaVolunteer Opportunities can always be found at www.buildmontana.org.  


Share your service story on Facebook at ServeMontana or email serve@mt.gov.


Host a Neighborhood Preparedness Party!

September is National Preparedness Month

National Preapredness MonthNational Preparedness Month is an annual campaign to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses, and communities.

You can get involved by holding a ReadyMontana Neighborhood Preparedness Party! By hosting an event, promoting volunteer programs, and sharing emergency preparedness information, you can help ensure your neighborhood and whole community are disaster ready.

Neighborhood Preparedness Party
  • Organize an emergency preparedness neighborhood workshops and trainings to “get a kit, make a plan, and be informed.” Use this as a time to recruit volunteers and introduce people to their neighbors.
  • Preference will be given to local organizations and leaders active in the community. These parties are a means to get neighborhood maps updated, bring neighbors together, and share information about possible local disasters.
  • The Governor’s Office of Community Service will sponsor the neighborhood preparedness party with meal reimbursements for participants, funds to order supplies, and resources on Map Your Neighborhood and Starter Emergency Kits.
  • The party should include training on both conducting a Map Your Neighborhood and building a Starter Emergency Kit. The Governor’s Office of Community Service will provide the necessary materials.
  • Please engage at least 30 people with the neighborhood preparedness party. To spread the word posters and newspaper advertising can be sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Community Service.
Resources to get you startedMap Your Neighborhood Logo
Want to get involved and plan a party?

Contact Jo Radtke at nradtke@mt.gov or 406-444-1718 today to learn how you can receive resources from the Governor’s Office of Community Service.

AmeriCorps Week 2011

5th Annual AmeriCorps Week- May 14-21, 2011

AmeriCorps Montana LogoThe fifth annual AmeriCorps Week is a time for AmeriCorps members, alums, grantees, program partners, and friends to demonstrate AmeriCorps' impact on critical issues, bring more Americans into service, and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible. AmeriCorps Week shines a spotlight on AmeriCorps' impact in communities across the country in order to motivate more Americans to join AmeriCorps or volunteer in their communities.

Get Things Done!  Join AmeriCorps.  Go to AmeriCorps.govActivities celebrating AmeriCorps in Montana are happening every day of AmeriCorps Week all across the state. There are 1,215 AmeriCorps Members serving in Montana through both AmeriCorps State and AmeriCorps VISTA programs. AmeriCorps members in Montana serve our communities by mentoring children, weatherizing homes, volunteering in hospitals, restoring the natural environment, helping Montanans navigate the justice system, planting trees, collecting food for the hungry, training community volunteers, preparing community assessments, building homes for those in need, and so much more!

Find an AmeriCorps activity in your area and thank AmeriCorps members for their service! Download a list of all AmeriCorps Activities in Montana.

Signature AmeriCorps Week Activities- Public Encouraged to Attend!

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GYSD in Montana

Make a Difference in Montana!

Global Youth Serivce Day LogoGlobal Youth Service Day (GYSD) is coming up the weekend of April 15-17. There are projects planned all across the Montana. Find a project in your area at www.gysd.org or view the map below. Please note, the map below only shows projects that were funded with a mini-grant from the Governor's Office of Community Service.

GYSD is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. It’s the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth.

Find details about all GYSD Projects HERE.

 

 

Anaconda:

Imagine the Park Global Youth Service Day Clean Up
Sat, Apr 16
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Corner of Park Ave & 4th St.
Anaconda, MT 59711
Help clean up Benny Goodman park, ready the community garden beds, and stage a food drive.

Billings:

Global Youth Service Day at Lake Elmo State Park
Sat, Apr 16,
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2300 Lake Elmo Dr
Help restore the trail and pier at Lake Elmo State Park
Contact: Daniel Bassett, Montana Conservation Corps,  406-651-1311

Earth Day Celebration
Sat, April 16
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
7026 S. Billings Blvd
Join in stewardship projects to create and improve habitat for wildlife at the Audubon Center.
Contact: Darcie Vallant, Montana Audubon,  406-294-5099

Dillon:

Childrens Park and Playhouse Beautification Project
Sat, April 16
1:00pm-3:00pm
E. Center Street
Join with the Junior Girl Scouts to prepare the Childrens Park and Playhouse for tree and flower plantings.
Contact: Jennifer McKay, Troop Leader, 406-660-4824

Great Falls:

River’s Edge Trail Clean Up
Friday, April 15
River’s Edge Trail
Help pick up trash and celebrate youth service.
Contact: Sue Sargent, Holy Spirit Catholic School, 406-460-0214

“Building…One Can at a Time”
Friday, April 15
North Middle School
Stop by with your donations for the Food Pantry.
Contact: Debbie Lewis, North Middle School PSTA, 406-453-1204

Helena:

Global Youth Service Day Celebration
Sat, Apr 16, 2011
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Women’s Park and service sites around Helena
Come for the kick-off at 10:30, head out to one of six service sites, and return for lunch and a celebration at 1:00p.m.
Contact: Jordan Brown, Montana Legal Services Association: 585-727-7569

Kalispell

Nourish the FVCC Community Garden
Sat. Apr 16
777 Grandview Ave
Join with MCC and youth from across the valley to celebrate the opening of the Nourish-FVCC Community Garden! Projects will include: Planting, Local Food Education, Art Projects, Youth Mural, and garden landscaping. This community garden will provide raised beds to more than 40 community members - including seniors and youth. Join Nourish and the Stand Up. Dig In. Youth program to make a difference in your community!

Missoula:

Hellgate School Garden
Friday, April 15
900 South Higgins
Help construct vegetable raised beds at Hellgate High School.
Contact: Lee Brown, 406-728-2400

American Red Cross Month

Red Cross MonthMarch is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross is asking people to join them in helping those in need by volunteering their time, making a donation, taking a class, or giving blood.

For nearly 100 years, U.S. Presidents have called on people to support the American Red Cross and its humanitarian mission. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first to proclaim March as Red Cross Month in 1943. Since that time, President Obama and every president since have issued proclamations designating March as Red Cross Month.

The American Red Cross of Montana responded and provided assistance in 132 disasters last year. The chapter processed 787 emergency military calls, and trained over 17,761 Montanan's in first aid and water safety classes.

To learn more how to join or support the American Red Cross of Montana, please call

1-800-ARC-MONT (1-800-272-6668).


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Save-a-Life Saturday

Red Cross LogoThe American Red Cross was inspired by Gabrielle Giffords and the bravery of all those involved in the events of January 8.

The tragedy in Tucson is a reminder of the importance of making sure everyone has life-saving first aid and CPR training. As those events unfolded, several bystanders knew these vital skills, saving the lives of many victims, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

In that spirit, the Red Cross is pleased to host the Gabrielle Giffords Honorary Save-a-Life Saturday on March 19, 2011. In nearly 100 locations across the nation, the Red Cross will provide free instruction that includes hands-only CPR, wound care and how to treat a person from shock. In addition, the American Red Cross of Montana will provide instruction on how to prepare to respond to emergencies, such as disasters.

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GYSD Mini-Grants

Global Youth Serivce Day Logo

Mini-Grants Now Available for Global Youth Service Day Projects!

Deadline extended to Monday 3/28 at Noon!

The Governor’s Office of Community Service in partnership with  State Farm Companies Foundation and the Sodexo Foundation announced today the availability of $150 mini-grants for up to  35 community projects in Montana that engage youth in service during Global Youth Service Day on April 15-17, 2011. 

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GYSD 2011

Coming Soon!

Global Youth Serivce Day LogoGlobal 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 and service-learning. It's the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth.

Why Participate?

The work youth are doing around Montana is amazing! Use GYSD to tell the story of youth service in your community.

GYSD is an opportunity to recruit more volunteers, form new partnerships, secure additional funding, raise awareness of the issue you’re working to solve, and celebrate your achievements.

Learn More:

www.gysd.org

Download the GYSD Handout

Mini-grants from the Governor's Office of Community Service will be available in March.

MLK DAY: Send Tweets & Photos!

The Corporation for National and Communtiy Service is looking for E-Reporters and E-Photographers Needed in Montana to record happenings at MLK Day Events!

Those interested can sign up here:  http://mlkday.gov/share/ereporter.php

 e-Reporter:

On MLK Day (January 17, 2011), using your own mobile phone, send hourly text messages (Tweets) about the accomplishments of your MLK Day project.  You must send a minimum of 5 tweets. 

Reports might include:

  1. 50 volunteers have arrived to sort and pack food.
  2. 25 volunteers are serving meals.
  3. 100 people have been served meals.
  4. 40 families have picked up food. 200 meals have now been served. 

 

e-Photographer:

On MLK Day (January 17, 2011), using your own mobile phone and/or digital camera, take photographs of the actions taking place at your MLK Day project and email/upload them to Flickr. You will be expected to send photographs, with captions, on an hourly basis with a minimum of five photos. Please submit candid photos; rather than posed photos.

 Photos might include:

  1. Opening ceremony with guest speaker.
  2. Volunteers signing in.
  3. Volunteers in service: painting, reading to children, conducting health fair, etc.
  4. Closing ceremony activities.

MLK Day Projects in Montana

January 17, 2011 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.

Check out these MLK Day Projects happening across Montana!

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MLK Day Tips

Inclusive Recruitment Strategies

(From the MLKday.gov e-Action Update)

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MLK Day 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: January 17, 2011

What is the MLK Day of Service? Legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The federal holiday was first observed in 1986, making 2011 the 25th anniversary of the King federal holiday.

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

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Veterans Day 2010

Veterans Day is Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Consider how you will honor our military veterans and support our military families. Veterans Day is a great opportunity to get involved and thank veterans for their service. Many events are happening across Montana, here are just a few suggestions- Continue Reading

Make a Difference Day in Helena

Make a Difference Day is a "call to action" for a day of national community service.  How can you make a difference locally?

Please join volunteers in Helena to clean up the Center For Mental Health Care House Lot!

What: The future home of Care House is being cleaned (weeds, over-grown grass, and trash)
Where: 1809 and 1821 Butte Ave (cross street of Hanaford St.)
When: Saturday, Oct 23 from 10 am to 12 pm
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One Warm Coat Campaign

Join First Lady Nancy Schweitzer, First Interstate Bank and One Warm Coat to DONATE A COAT and help keep all Montanans and their families warm this winter.

Have an extra coat in your closet?

One Warm Coat Campaign

October 18 – 29, 2010

Donate a clean, gently used coat at the Montana State Capitol in Helena or First Interstate Bank locations across the state.

Coats will be distributed throughout Montana communities to families in need.

Winter Ready Coat Donation Flyer 

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10/10/10 Global Work Party

10/10/10 is a Global Work Party. Join 5,000 communities across the globe in celebrating climate solutions. Several events are happening in Montana, including a work party in Kalispell with Montana Conservation Corps. In Helena, volunteers will be preparing community gardens for winter and in Livingston volunteers will be planting trees. Thanks to all the AmeriCorps members who are helping plan these events across our state.

 To learn more about 10/10/10 Global Work Party and to find events near you, please visit www.350.org.

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Make a Difference Day

ALL HANDS ON DECK! 

Make a Difference Day is a "call to action" for a day of national community service.  How can you make a difference locally? 

Day treatment programs across the state recently changed to Community Recovery Centers.  The purpose of this is to move away from a "clubhouse model" to move toward a recovery model focusing on employment for people with severe mental illness. 

In Great Falls, the New Directions Center serves more than 1,200 people, and it's time for these white walls to LOOK like a recovery environment! For their Make a Difference Day project, volunteers will be painting over 22,000 square feet of walls in the center.

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Volunteer with Montana Conservation Corps!

Volunteer with Montana Conservation Corps for National Public Lands Day! Give back to the public lands that give us so much. Individuals, friends, families welcome!

Something for everyone!

Billings: 9/18 & 9/19 - Ft. Belknap, trails. 9/25 - Beartooth Mountains, trails.
Bozeman: 9/25 - Gallatin Valley Regional Parks, restoration.
Helena: 9/23 - Jefferson High School Community Garden.

Kalispell: 9/25 Foys Lake and Herron Park, rehabilitation, trails.
Missoula: 9/25 Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, trails.

Please contact Montana Conservation Corps for more information: 1.866.JOINMCC.

For more about National Public Lands Day, check out www.publiclandsday.org.

National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month! This awareness month is sponsored by the Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Ad Council. NPM is designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities.

For more resources on how you can be prepared, visit ready.gov!

Click here for the Fact Sheet  on National Preparedness Month in PDF format.

National Volunteer Week

National Volutneer Week

For more than two decades, Points of Light Institute has equipped nonprofit organizations to celebrate National Volunteer Week, providing visibility, thematic focus and resources to enable them to commemorate this signature week of volunteer recognition.
National Volunteer Week 2011 will take place April 10 - 16, 2011.
Through programs such as the President's Volunteer Service Award, Daily Point of Light Award and the Extra Mile - Points of Light Volunteer Pathway, Points of Light Institute recognizes volunteers and the tremendous impact they are making on our country's most critical challenges year-round.

  • To learn more about these recognition programs and how to nominate volunteers for awards, click here.
  • To tell us about the impact volunteers are having in your community or through your organization, click here.

If you have any questions about National Volunteer Week, please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Geckler at (404) 979-2941 or JGeckler@PointsOfLight.org.

AmeriCorps Week 2010

Fourth Annual AmeriCorps Week, May 8-15, 2010 

AmeriCorps Week provides an opportunity for us to recognize AmeriCorps members, alums, grantees, program partners, and friends for all the wonderful work they are doing across Montana and the nation.    

More than 8,300 people of all ages and backgrounds are helping to meet local needs, strengthen communities, and increase civic engagement through 47 national service projects across our state.  AmeriCorps members help students learn to read, mentor at-risk youth, respond to disasters, build homes for low-income families and help nonprofits recruit more volunteers and build nonprofit capacity.   

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GYSD 2010

Global Youth Service Day - April 23-25, 2010

Global 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 and service-learning. Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world with over 2,100 projects registered in all 50 states and 80 countries around the world!   

Learn more about Global Youth Service Day    

Find a Service Project in Montana!   

Grant Recipients: Post  your Volunteer Opportunity    

Evaluate your Service Project (Required for Grant Recipients)

>> Evaluation Form (word format) 

 GYSD 2011 will be April 15-17

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