Montanans Honored for Outstanding Volunteer Service

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Governor Steve Bullock and First Lady Lisa Bullock Present Awards

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service and the Montana Commission on Community Service today announced the 2014 recipients of the ServeMontana and First Lady School Breakfast Champion awards. The ServeMontana awards are presented annually to outstanding community volunteers and organizations for their service to Montana.

The awards were presented at the ServeMontana Award Ceremony in the Montana Capitol Rotunda.

“Montanans’ commitment to service is one of the things that make this state great,” Governor Bullock Said. “These men and women have played an important role in strengthening their communities and supporting their neighbors and they deserve the respect and admiration of all Montanans”.

Along with Governor Steve Bullock and First Lady Lisa Bullock, Chair of the Montana Commission on Community Service, Karin Olsen Billings, presented six ServeMontana Awards to outstanding community volunteers and organizations in the social impact areas of education, healthy futures, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity and veterans & military families. In addition, Disaster and Emergency Services Administrator, Ed Tinsley, presented two ServeMontana Awards in the area of emergency preparedness and emergency response. A full list of award recipients is below.

First Lady Lisa Bullock presented the First Lady School Breakfast Champion Award to exceptional schools that promote successful outcomes among children through the initiation and support of school breakfast programs.

“Our students can’t do their best in school when they’re hungry,” First Lady Bullock said. “The schools we’re recognizing today understand this challenge and took innovative steps to overcome it.”

2014 ServeMontana Award Recipients:

  • James Thompson (Billings)- Founding member of the District 7 Human Resources Development Council
  • St. James Episcopal Church Wood Bank (Dillon)- Provides firewood for those in Southwest Montana who need help heating their homes in the winter
  • David Snuggs (Great Falls)- Created My Neighbor in Need, an online service site that fulfills community need requests by mobilizing volunteers and community partners
  • Downtown Chicks (Great Falls)- An ad hoc committee of the Downtown Great Falls Association to support the community
  • Malmstrom Air Force Base Office of Emergency Management- Educates the public on disaster preparedness
  • Sgt. Chuck Lewis (Ronan)- Walked across the U.S. to raise awareness and money for wounded and disabled veterans
  • Victoria Elliott (Seeley Lake)- Committed volunteer in a preschool classroom for ten years
  • Valerie Umphrey (St. Ignatius)- Volunteer EMT for the last twenty years

2014 First Lady School Breakfast Champion Recipients:

  • Fromberg School for the startup of a new school breakfast program
  • Corvallis High School for increased participation in an existing school breakfast program

For more information about the awards and for brief bios of the recipients, please visit serve.mt.gov.

The 2014 ServeMontana Award Ceremony is sponsored by Glacier Bank, Student Assistance Foundation, Montana Department of Commerce, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Montana’s Credit Unions, PPL Montana, Montana Office of Public Instruction, First Interstate Bank, and Plum Creek.

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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Marissa Perry
Outreach Coordinator
Governor’s Office of Community Service
Phone: (406) 444-9077
Email: mperry@mt.gov

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