Global Youth Service Day 2014

Youth Participate in Global Youth Service Day

April 11-13, 2014

Youth across Montana will serve their communities this weekend as part of Global Youth Service Day, the largest and longest running service event in the world and the only major service event dedicated to youth. Through support from the Governor’s Office of Community Service and Youth Service America, more than 600 Montana youth along with hundreds of adult volunteers will join millions of others around the globe in celebrating Global Youth Service Day.

The public is encouraged to volunteer with the youth in their community. Projects include community garden workdays, park clean-ups, trail maintenance, thank you card construction for veterans, and nursing home renovations, among others.

“Volunteering at a young age allows for leadership growth and better awareness of the community, which will set forth a positive attitude in the future of improving our society,” said Annie Lewis, a student at C.M. Russell High School in Great Falls.

Annie Lewis will be volunteering with over 100 youth in Great Falls during Fight Childhood Hunger Week, a series of events to raise awareness of the problem of childhood hunger in the community.  As part of Global Youth Service Day, Fight Childhood Hunger Week events include a Fun Run with First Lady Lisa Bullock, grocery store food drives, a recipe contest, and more. For information about Fight Childhood Hunger Week April 7-13, visit fightchildhoodhunger.com.

Global Youth Service Day projects are supported by a variety of organizations that involve youth, including the AmeriCorps programs, 4-H clubs, Boys and Girls clubs, community gardens, afterschool programs, nonprofit organizations, and youth homes.

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. Now in its 26th year, Global Youth Service Day is celebrated in more than 75 countries.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service was selected to serve as a Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency by Youth Service America, the founder and chief convener of Global Youth Service Day. In total, over 600 young people in Montana will participate in Global Youth Service Day activities. State Farm is the presenting sponsor of Global Youth Service Day in the United States.

Billings

Housing Authority Billings
Garden decorating and maintenance at the Whitetail Run Garden
When: Saturday, April 12th
Where: Whitetail Run Community Garden, 345 Sioux Lane
Contact: Bridget Johnson, 406-850-3129, bridgetj@billingsha.org

Montana Conservation Corps Repair a highly-used, recreational trail at Lake Elmo State park
When: Saturday, April 12th
Where: 2300 Lake Elmo Drive
Contact: Erin Murray, 406-651-1311, billingsyouth@mtcorps.org

Bozeman

Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Montana
Construct thank you cards for Montana veterans
When: Friday, April 11th
Where: 600 Bridger Drive
Contact: Shelby Tatarka, 406-587-8442

Butte

Montana Tech TRIO
Dig up flower beds, plant trees and shrubs, pick up trash in “reclaimed” areas
When: Saturday, April 12th
Where: various reclaimed areas in Butte
Contact: Riley Frey, 406-498-0701

Glasgow

Valley County 4-H
Plant trees and shrubs at the Beacon Bible Camp
When: Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th
Where: Frazer Richland Road
Contact: Roubie Younkin, 406-228-6241, kry@montana.edu

Tampico Boys 4-H Club
Take shingles off a gazebo and replace them with new ones, stain the wood, and pull weeds at Cowbell Park
When: Friday, April 11th, Saturday, April 12th, and Sunday, April 13th
Where: Cowbell Park
Contact: Gina Reyling, 406-228-8737, reyling@nemont.net

Tampico Boys 4-H Club
Renovate a room at the Valley View Nursing Home
When: Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th
Where:Valley View Nursing Home, 1225 Perry Lane
Contact: Tee Aune, 406-263-8786, teeaune@outlook.com

Great Falls

Fight Childhood Hunger Youth Coalition
Recipe contest, Fun Run with First Lady Lisa Bullock, food drives, and community swap meet to raise awareness of childhood hunger
When: Monday, April 7th-Sunday, April 13th
Where: various locations throughout Great Falls
Contact: Emily Weber, 406-217-4892, emilysparky@gmail.com
Website: fightchildhoodhunger.com

Havre

Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Line
Clean the grounds and plant vegetables at the Boys and Girls Club
When: Friday, April 11th
Where: 500 1st Avenue
Contact: Mark Douglass, 406-265-6206, markd@bgchi-line.com

Kalispell

Center for Restorative Youth Justice
Make donated items for animals at the Humane Society
When: Saturday, April 12th
Where: Christ Episcopal Church, 215 3rd Ave East
Contact: Keara O’Neill, 406-257-7400, vista@restorativeyouthjustice.org

Lewistown

Boys and Girls Club of Lewistown
Make “bread in a bag” for Meals on Wheels distribution
When: Friday, April 11th
Where: 134 Park St.
Contact: Laurie Fowler, 406-535-2257, lfowler@bgclublewistown.com

Miles City

Developmental Educational Assistance Program
Clean-up day at Miles City Community Garden
When: Saturday, April 12th
Where: 2600 Wilson Street
Contact: Dezerae Schwartzenberger, 406-234-0259

Missoula

Montana Conservation Corps
Repair a hiking trail with youth from Sussex School
When: Saturday, April 12th
Where: Cherry Gulch Loop Trail
Contact: Britney Barnett, 406-728-2720, missoulayouth@mtcorps.org

Mountain Home Montana
Community renewal at the Home’s site and surrounding area
When: Friday, April 11th
Where: 2606 South Avenue West
Contact: Stacy Houge, 406-541-4663, stacy@mountainhomemt.org

Kalispell

Farm Hands Nourish the Flathead
Prepare garden beds and participate in collaborative art project at Flathead Community Gardens
When: Saturday, April 19th
Where: Flathead Valley Community College, 777 Grandview Drive
Contact: Luisa Stainback, 406-261-5569, luisastainback@gmail.com

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