Montanans Honored for Outstanding Volunteer Service

Montanans Honored for Outstanding Volunteer Service
Governor Steve Bullock, First Lady Lisa Bullock Present Awards

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HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service and the Montana Commission on Community Service today recognized the 2015 recipients of the ServeMontana and First Lady School Breakfast Champion awards. These awards are presented annually to outstanding community volunteers, organizations, and schools for their service to Montana.

The awards were presented in the Old Supreme Court Chambers at the Montana State Capitol.

“These awards represent the best in positive community change and demonstrate the impact Montanans can have in helping their neighbors,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “From small, rural towns to our largest city, the volunteers recognized today embody a cornerstone of our shared values, and as a whole, the spirit of service in this state. On behalf of all Montanans, it’s great to give these outstanding volunteers the respect and admiration they deserve.”

Along with Governor Steve Bullock and First Lady Lisa Bullock, Chair of the Montana Commission on Community Service, Karin Olsen Billings, and Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Service, Dan Ritter, presented seven ServeMontana Awards to outstanding community volunteers and organizations in the social impact areas of education, healthy futures, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, veterans and military families, and emergency response. A full list of award recipients is included below.

First Lady Lisa Bullock presented the First Lady School Breakfast Champion Awards to schools that promote successful outcomes among their students through the initiation and support of school breakfast programs. Ten other schools throughout Montana were also designated as School Breakfast Champions this year by the First Lady. Each school received a certificate and letter of appreciation for their commitment to school breakfast. The list of schools can be found at serve.mt.gov.

“These schools play a vital role in bringing us one step closer to ensuring no child goes hungry in Montana,” said First Lady Lisa Bullock. “This commitment to students does not go unnoticed and is nothing short of inspiring.”

2015 ServeMontana Award recipients:

  • William Snell (Billings) - Founder of the Pretty Shield Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides charitable and educational services to Montana American Indian communities.
  • Tom Meskimen (Martin City) - Volunteer with the Martin City Fire Department for over 20 years.
  • Big Sky Youth Empowerment (Bozeman) - Through the use of creative programs and outdoor activities, volunteers mentor at-risk youth and help them through difficult challenges.
  • Friends of the Montana Historical Society (Helena) - 130 members who together devote an average of 600 hours per month volunteering to preserve, protect, and promote Montana history.
  • Beth Morris (Ravalli County) - Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteer and statewide Duty Officer Supervisor for the American Red Cross.
  • Thompson Falls Student Council (Thompson Falls) - Student-led organization that organizes volunteer activities to care for the community.
  • Mary Olson (Missoula) - Certified State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) counselor and Medicare Classroom Aide through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).

2015 First Lady School Breakfast Champion recipients:

  • Power Public Schoolsfor the startup of a new school breakfast program.
  • Hardin Public Schoolsfor increased participation in an existing school breakfast program.
  • Winnett K-12 Schoolsfor the long-standing tradition of excellence in serving school breakfast.

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

The 2015 ServeMontana Award Ceremony was sponsored by the Montana Credit Union Network

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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