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 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

 

 

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.”

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