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ServeMontana announces 2018 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship

Scholarship benefits Montana high schoolers who serve their communities, want to attend school in-state

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service, Reach Higher Montana, and Montana Campus Compact are pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship, the groups announced today.

The $1,000 scholarship is offered to 100 Montana students attending Montana Campus Compact member institutions who have demonstrated commitment to volunteerism and community service by volunteering at least 100 hours during the last year.

The application form, guidelines, and FAQs can be found online at http://serve.mt.gov/youth-servemontana/.

“These students have given so much to their communities, and I’m glad we can give them something back while helping to foster a lifelong commitment to service,” Dan Ritter, Executive Director of the Office of Community Service, said. “Helping students stay in-state for school and continue making Montana a better place to live is something we can all be proud of.”

Applications close January 31, 2018, and early submissions are highly encouraged.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes national service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness. Montana Campus Compact Montana Campus Compact is Montana’s largest higher education network and works to improve community life by educating students for civic and social responsibility. Reach Higher Montana guides, prepares and supports Montana students in their efforts to reach their potential through higher education

ServeMontana accepting nominations for inaugural Abby M. Zent Recognition

Recognition honors AmeriCorps VISTA alums dedicated to service, others

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service, in partnership with Karen and Leroy Zent, is accepting nominations for the inaugural Abby M. Zent Recognition, the office announced today.

Provided in memory of Abby M. Zent, the recognition honors those who, like Abby, have dedicated their lives to service and volunteerism. Abby served two terms in AmeriCorps VISTA with the Prevention Resource Center, and volunteered with programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, and the Humane Society.

Montanans who have served with AmeriCorps VISTA, and continue to show a spirit of service throughout their lives, are eligible. To nominate an individual, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/abbymzent.

Recognitions are provided to at least two Montanans, one of whom is over the age of 55. Well suited nominees are purposeful, mission-driven individuals who have demonstrated sustained service to others, and inspire others to make service part of their lives, particularly in the areas of safe & affordable housing, youth leadership development, and arts & culture.

Nominations are accepted through December 31, 2017, and individuals selected will be honored at the ServeMontana Symposium in Helena next March.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes national service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.

Visit serve.mt.gov.

ShakeOut on Oct. 19

Montanans to “Drop, Cover, and Hold on”

Fourth annual earthquake drill to teach preparedness actions

HELENA, MT--On Oct. 19th at 10:19am, more than 1 out of 10 Montanans will simultaneously get under tables, desks, and random pieces of furniture.  These actions are part of the Great Montana ShakeOut, a statewide earthquake drill.  Each October, millions of people around the world participate in these ShakeOut drills as a way to prepare for earthquakes.  In Montana, more than 100,000 people will participate in the drill.

“Because earthquakes can happen at any time in Montana, it’s important for all of us to know what to do at school, home and work,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “Practicing emergency drills, such as the ShakeOut, is a great way to prepare for unexpected events.”

Taking part in the ShakeOut drill is easy and can be completed in 5 minutes at any location. The primary purpose of the drill is to encourage Montanans to practice these three steps before the ground starts to shake:

  • Drop to the ground
  • Take Cover under a table or desk and protect your head and neck
  • Hold on to the shelter for 30-60 seconds

In addition to participating in drills, some simple ways to prepare for earthquakes include:

  1. Check your home and office space for items that might fall during an earthquake (bookshelves, cabinets, appliances) and secure them to the wall.
  2. Create a communication plan with your friends and family.
  3. Keep an emergency supply kit in your home, car, and workplace.
  4. Encourage neighbors and friends to prepare.

Montana is located within the Intermountain Seismic Belt, an active earthquake region stretching along the Rocky Mountains.  While the Treasure State experiences fewer major quakes than our Western neighbors, there have been several large earthquakes in our history, including the magnitude 7.3 earthquake near Hebgen Lake in 1959.

To learn more about earthquake safety and to register for the ShakeOut drill, visit:  www.shakeout.org/montana.  Registration takes 5 minutes and participating on Oct. 19 ensures that your loved ones and your community are ready when disaster strikes.

Get Ready for Wildfire Season

For Immediate Release
Contact: Betsy Miller, Governor’s Office of Community Service
406-444-1718
bemiller@mt.gov

Montana Wildfire Awareness Month

Helena, MT – Governors from eight Western states have collaborated to issue a multi-state Wildfire Awareness Month Proclamation. Throughout the month of May, Montanans are encouraged to participate in wildfire preparedness activities.

“Montanans are once again reminded of the fire prone landscape where we live, work, and play. Wildfire Awareness Month should serve as an encouragement to us that when individuals and communities are prepared for wildfires, we can increase safety,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “I encourage Montanans to take preparedness actions during the month of May and beyond to reduce the risk to our homes and communities.”

Residents in areas with a potential for wildfires can lower the risk and severity of wildfires and reduce deaths, injuries and property losses through their preparedness efforts. Proactive actions from a single individual, or entire neighborhood, contribute to a safer community when wildfires happen.
Wildfire preparedness events are being spearheaded by local groups throughout Montana this spring and summer. Projects range from workshops and trainings to wildfire expos and appearances by Smokey the Bear.  For a full listing of events, visit www.keepgreen.org.

Become a local champion through committing a few hours to improving your property’s defensibility and in turn, contributing toward your community’s resiliency. Here are some simple ways to prevent and prepare for wildfires:

  • Clean out gutters, roofs and other areas where debris has settled
  • Avoid burning on windy days and never leave a burn pile unattended
  • Maintain equipment to reduce sparks and check that trailer chains do not drag
  • Create an evacuation plan and practice the route with family members
  • Practice campfire safety by ensuring your fire is cold to the touch before leaving the campsite
  • Ensure you have 100 feet of managed vegetation surrounding your house
  • Take action in your community by organizing a wildfire preparedness event

Wildfire Awareness Month is a collaborative effort by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Keep Montana Green, FireSafe Montana, and the Governor’s Office of Community Service.  For more information, please visit the following websites: www.keepgreen.org     www.ready.mt.gov       www.firesafemt.org

Photo: Governor Bullock and Lt. Governor Cooney

Photo: Governor Bullock, DNRC Director Tubbs and Lt. Governor Cooney

Photo: Wildfire Awareness Month Logo

Ready Montana Program Honored with National Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                                           September 14th, 2015

Contacts:

Betsy Miller, Ready Montana, (406) 444-1718
Marissa Perry, Governor’s Office of Community Service (406) 444-9077

Ready Montana Program Honored with National Award in Community Preparedness

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Helena, MTLast week, the Ready Montana Program was presented with the John D. Solomon Whole Community Preparedness Award at the 2015 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. Betsy Miller, the Ready Montana Program Coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of the Program on September 8, 2015.

The Ready Montana Program was nominated for the award this spring for conducting a Whole Community Disaster Simulation at the Serve Montana Symposium in 2014 and 2015. The Symposium is an annual, all-member gathering of AmeriCorps State and VISTA members hosted by the Montana Governor’s Office of Community Service. For the past two Symposiums, AmeriCorps State and VISTA members have participated in the Simulation designed to portray a whole community response to disaster and help participants gain a greater understanding of the importance of preparedness and how community volunteers may play a role in disasters.

The Ready Montana Program was one of 11 applicants to receive a 2015 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award out of more than 130 applicants.

To view the press release from FEMA announcing the 2015 nationwide winners, visit http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2015/09/03/fema-honors-achievements-community-preparedness. For more information on the award recipients, visit www.ready.gov/citizen-corps/citizen-corps-awards.

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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National Service Members Honor September 11th through Service

Contact: Marissa Perry (406) 444-9077
September 9th, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

National Service Members Honor September 11th through Service
AmeriCorps State and VISTA, and Senior Corps host projects across the state

Helena, MT – In honor of the September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance, National Service members serving with AmeriCorps State and VISTA, and Senior Corps are hosting seventeen events and service projects statewide to commemorate 9/11 victims, survivors, and emergency responders.

In communities across the state from Kalispell to Miles City and from Dillon to Havre, National Service participants are coordinating efforts with community organizations to host a variety of projects and events. Projects include a harvest for seniors in Miles City, free shredding events in Bozeman and Missoula, a service day at the Great Falls Community Food Bank, and a disaster response simulation at the University of Montana. National Service members are also assisting in efforts to thank local emergency responders and commemorate veterans.

A full list of service activities can be found at serve.mt.gov.

Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) AmeriCorps VISTA members are teaming up with children in the United Way after school program and the Children’s Museum to write thank you letters for local first responders. The letters, along with treats donated by a local donut shop, will be delivered to firefighters and police officers on 9/11 Day.

"We wanted children to learn about the firefighters' heroism on 9/11 as well as connect them with their own Bozeman firefighters by encouraging them to make thank you cards and pictures,” said the MTCC VISTA members serving with Blackstone Launchpad at Montana State University. “We'd like to thank all those who made this possible for helping us show our support as a community."

In Hamilton, a member of the Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) AmeriCorps program serving with the Bitter Root Water Forum is organizing a project along the Cameron River to combat high water temperatures. She is asking for help from community members.

"This is a great project to see restoration work in progress and where you can play a huge part in its success. We will plant around 500 plants along Cameron Creek - all of which need browse protection - every pair of boots on the ground helps," said Carolyn Prescott, the BSWC member.

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of efforts originally launched in 2002 by the 9/11 nonprofit MyGoodDeed with wide support by the 9/11 community and leading national service organizations. This effort first established the tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under bipartisan federal law, and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with helping to support this effort across the country.

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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Get Ready to ShakeOut on October 22nd

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Helena, October 21, 2014—At 10:22 a.m. on October 22, 2014, more than 150,000 Montanans will simultaneously “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in what has become the world’s largest earthquake drill. Joining millions of others across the United States and around the world, Montanans will practice the earthquake safety technique that is widely regarded as one of the best ways to protect against injury during major earthquakes.

“The Montana ShakeOut is a great and simple way to prepare for earthquakes.  These three steps— Drop, Cover, and Hold on— can save lives if the ground starts shaking,” Governor Steve Bullock said.  “The ShakeOut is one day a year when multiple groups across the state—schools, businesses, healthcare facilities, even state agencies—are simultaneously participating in an earthquake drill.  The widespread involvement is a testament to how much we value safety and preparedness in Montana.”

Participants can take part in the ShakeOut drill wherever they find themselves on October 22 at 10:22 AM—at home, at work or while traveling. Here is how “Drop, Cover and Hold On” works:

  • Drop to the ground
  • Take Cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and cover your head and neck.
  • Hold On to your shelter until the shaking stops. Be prepared for aftershocks.

To learn more and sign up for the Great Montana ShakeOut, go to http://www.shakeout.org/montana/. Registration takes only 5 minutes and will add your name to the growing number of registrations in Montana.  Find out who else is participating by visiting www.shakeout.org/montana/whoisparticipating. Sign up today!

The 2014 Great Montana ShakeOut is supported by the Governor’s Office of Community Service, State of Montana Disaster and Emergency Services, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, MT Department of Administration, MT Department of Public Health and Human Services, American Red Cross of Montana, and multiple partners across the state. At the national level, the drills are sponsored by the Earthquake Country Alliance whose members include the Federal Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross, and the United States Geological Survey.

20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps

Contact: Marissa Perry (406) 444-9077
September 10th, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps
Governor Bullock, AmeriCorps Members and Alumni Celebrate through Service

Helena, MTIn honor of the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps, the Governor’s Office of Community Service will be hosting a series of events statewide on Friday, September 12th to commemorate two decades of service to communities in Montana.

Since its inception in 1994, AmeriCorps has provided a cost-effective solution to some of the country’s toughest problems. In Montana, more than 7,900 individuals have served more than 7.4 million hours, and have qualified for more than $17,010,000 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards.

“Service is a Montana value. And for 20 years, AmeriCorps has been bringing that value to communities across our state,” Governor Steve Bullock said. “Whether they are working to improve education, combat childhood hunger, or better our public lands, AmeriCorps volunteers have played a pivotal role in ensuring our state’s future successes, and I look forward to all that they’ll accomplish over the next 20 years.”

AmeriCorps members and alumni, as well as the general public are encouraged to participate in the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps by joining in on the following community service projects and events taking place on Friday, September 12th:

  • Governor Steve Bullock, the Montana Commission on Community Service, and AmeriCorps members and alumni will be hosting a simultaneous swearing-in and celebration in the Governor’s Reception Room at the Montana State Capitol in Helena at 11:00am.
  • The Montana Conservation Corps and the Prickly Pear Land Trust are teaming up to build a bridge and do trail maintenance along Oro Fino Gulch and Arrastra Gulch in the Helena South Hills Trail System from 8:00am-10:30am. Governor Bullock will participate in the service project from 10:00am-10:30am.
  • The Montana Conservation Corps, the City of Billings, and the Billings Metro VISTA Project will be clearing out debris and trash, removing displaced soil, and laying down and staking erosion mats at Alkali Creek between Main Street and Aronson Avenue from 9:30am-12:00pm.
  • The Montana Conservation Corps and the City of Bozeman will be clearing out barb wire from the Story Mill Park from 3:00pm-6:00pm. The project will be followed by a celebration BBQ.
  • The Montana Conservation Corps, the Kalispell Downtown Business Association, and the City of Kalispell will be beautifying the parking lot and surrounding area of the Central School Museum from 10:00am-1:00pm.
  • The Big Sky Watershed Corps is hosting a buckthorn pull in Missoula behind the PEAS Farm where Mountain View Drive dead ends along Woodland Drive beginning at 1:00pm.
  • FoodCorps Montana and the Big Sky Watershed Corps will be constructing a shed at the Ennis Elementary School community garden beginning at 8:00am.
  • The Big Sky Watershed Corps, Broadwater Conservation District, and Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks will be doing a Eurasian Watermilfoil Weed Pull with other fun activities to follow at the Cottonwood Channel, North of Townsend in the Canyon Ferry Wildlife Management Area from 9:00am-12:00pm and a luncheon until 1:00pm.
  • More information on the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps service projects and events can be found at serve.mt.gov.

    There are currently seven AmeriCorps programs serving in Montana: Big Sky Watershed Corps, Energy Corps, FoodCorps Montana, Justice for Montanans Project, Montana Conservation Corps, Montana No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps, and Montana State Parks AmeriCorps.

    Montana Conservation Corps placed its first boots on the ground on September 12th, 1994, making it the longest running AmeriCorps program in Montana to date. Since 1994, members of the Montana Conservation Corps have built and maintained over 15,000 miles of trail. More information on the Montana Conservation Corps and other AmeriCorps programs in Montana can be found at serve.mt.gov/americorps-in-montana.

    Other states from coast to coast will also be hosting events to mark the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps, including an address from President Obama and Former President Clinton on the South Lawn of the White House to replicate the first pledge ceremony by President Clinton on September 12, 1994. These statewide events, organized by Governor-appointed state service commissions, will include elected officials, AmeriCorps members, alumni, and community partners. Many states, including Montana, are also hosting service projects in honor of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.

    The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes national service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.

    Visit us at serve.mt.gov.
    Connect with us on Facebook at ServeMontana.
    Follow us on Twitter @ServeMontana.

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

     

Global Youth Service Day 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2014
Contact: Marissa Perry (406) 444-9077

Youth Participate in Global Youth Service Day

April 11-13, 2014

HELENA, MT- 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.

For a complete list of Global Youth Service Day projects in Montana, visit serve.mt.gov. To view the official Global Youth Service Day map visit www.gysd.org.

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.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes national service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.

Visit serve.mt.gov.

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

Governor Bullock to Recognize Big Sky Honor Flight as Volunteer of the Game at Brawl of the Wild

CONTACT:

Mike Wessler, 444-9725, Governor’s Office
Katie Gallagher, 444-1718, Governor’s Office of Community Service

Governor Bullock to Recognize Big Sky Honor Flight as Volunteer of the Game at Brawl of the Wild

HELENA, MT- Governor Steve Bullock will recognize the Big Sky Honor Flight as the “Volunteer of the Game” during Saturday’s Brawl of the Wild, the annual football game between the Montana State University Bobcats and the University of Montana Grizzlies.

Who: Governor Steve Bullock
What: To Recognize the Big Sky Honor Flight as Volunteer of the Game
When: Saturday, November 23, 2013, at 11:35am
Where:
 Bobcat Stadium, Bozeman, Montana

The Big Sky Honor Flight recognizes American veterans for their sacrifices and achievements by flying them to Washington D.C. to see their memorials at no cost. Top priority is given to World War II and terminally ill veterans from all wars.

“While we can never fully repay Montana’s veterans for their service and sacrifice to our state and nation, the Big Sky Honor Flight is a great way that we can say ‘thanks’ to the men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform,” Bullock said. “It is an honor to recognize the Big Sky Honor Flight for all they do to support Montana’s veterans.”

To date, the Big Sky Honor Flight has made seven trips to Washington D.C. Approximately 600 Montana veterans have participated in the honor flight, visiting our nation’s capital to view the memorials and pay their respects to their fellow soldiers and America’s fallen heroes.

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Mike Wessler
Governor’s Office
Deputy Communications Director
Office- 406-444-9725
Cell – 406-461-7289

 

Michelle Cares Recognized as Volunteer of the Game

Contact: Katie Gallagher (406) 444-1718
For Immediate Release
October 25, 2013

Media Advisory

Michelle Cares  Recognized as Volunteer of the Game

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service will recognize Michelle Cares of Missoula as the “Volunteer of the Game” during Saturday’s Grizzly home game.

Who: Michelle Cares
What: Volunteer of the Game
When: Saturday, November 16, 2013, game starts at 12:00p.m. MST
Where: Washington-Grizzly Stadium, Missoula

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service will recognize Michelle Cares as the “Volunteer of the Game” during Saturday’s Griz home football game.

Michelle Cares is being recognized for her dedication to service in the Missoula community. A young, caring, and ambitious leader, Michelle is committed to serving her fellow Missoulians. Michelle is an AmeriCorps VISTA alumnus, serving two terms with the Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA). As an AmeriCorps VISTA with MLSA she worked at the YWCA Missoula, implementing a number of impactful community-based projects. Michelle spearheaded the Homeless Missoula Awareness Campaign as well as the YWCA Missoula’s Brown Bag Lecture Series, which continues to provide the community with a space to discover and exchange information about topics that pertain to women and those with diverse ethnic backgrounds. As an AmeriCorps VISTA leader, she continually assisted her fellow AmeriCorps members by providing resources, networking opportunities, and mentoring.

Today, Michelle gives back to the community through her employment at the Missoula Children’s Theater and by volunteering with nonprofit organizations, including the YWCA Missoula, Montana Giving Project, the River Road Neighborhood Council, and Missoula’s New Leaders Council. Michelle Cares is a committed volunteer dedicated to her community.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service is recognizing community volunteers at home games throughout the 2013 Griz football season.

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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Katie Gallagher
Grant Coordinator
Governor’s Office of Community Service
Phone: (406) 444-1718
Email: kgallagher@mt.gov

 

 

Bob Crowe Recognized as Volunteer of the Game

Contact: Katie Gallagher (406) 444-1718
For Immediate Release
October 25, 2013

Media Advisory

Bob Crowe  Recognized as Volunteer of the Game

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service will recognize Bob Crowe, of Miles City, as the “Volunteer of the Game” during Saturday’s Bobcat home football game.

Who: Bob Crowe
What: Volunteer of the Game
When: Saturday, November 16, 2013. Game starts at 4:05p.m. MST
Where: Bobcat Stadium, Bozeman
Note: Bob Crowe will be recognized at the game, but will not be in attendance.

Bob Crowe is being recognized for his volunteer contributions at the State Veterans’ Home in Miles City. A paratrooper in World War II, Bob made numerous jumps into combat situations. After his military service, he was a smokejumper with the U.S. Forest Service in Montana until 1949 and worked many years for the Montana State Forestry. Bob acted as the District Commander for District 10 of the American Legion of Montana and has volunteered at the Miles City Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Community Based Outreach Clinic and Nursing Home for over 18 years. In the past, Bob drove veterans from Eastern Montana over 700 miles roundtrip to their medical appointments at the Ft. Harrison Medical Center in Helena. He still walks daily to volunteer at the Veterans Home.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service is recognizing community volunteers at home games throughout the 2013 Bobcats’ football season.

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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Katie Gallagher
Grant Coordinator
Governor’s Office of Community Service
Phone: (406) 444-1718
Email: kgallagher@mt.gov

 

 

Diana Bennett Recognized as Volunteer of the Game

Contact: Katie Gallagher (406) 444-1718
For Immediate Release
October 25, 2013

 

Media Advisory

Diana Bennett Recognized as Volunteer of the Game

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service will recognize Diana Bennett as the “Volunteer of the Game” during Saturday’s Grizzly Military Appreciation Day home game.

Who: Diana Bennett
What: Volunteer of the Game
When: Saturday, October 26, 2013, game starts at 1:30p.m. MST
Where: Washington-Grizzly Stadium, Missoula

Diana Bennett, of Kalispell, is being recognized for her volunteer work at the Montana Veterans Home in Columbia Falls. Diana has worked at the Veteran’s Home for over six years, and is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VWF) Ladies Auxiliary. She currently serves as the Ladies Auxiliary President. With a smile always on her face and a kind word for the residents, her selfless contributions and time is truly appreciated the residents and Veteran’s Home staff alike.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service is recognizing community volunteers at home games throughout the 2013 Griz football season.

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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Katie Gallagher
Grant Coordinator
Governor’s Office of Community Service
Phone: (406) 444-1718
Email: kgallagher@mt.gov

 

 

Jane Foster- Volunteer of the Game

Contact: Katie Gallagher (406) 444-1718
For Immediate Release
October 25, 2013

 

Media Advisory

Jane Foster Recognized as Volunteer of the Game

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service will recognize Jane Foster, of Bozeman, as the “Volunteer of the Game” during Saturday’s Bobcat home football game.

Who: Jane Foster
What: Volunteer of the Game
When: Saturday October 26, 2013, starting at 2:05p.m. MST
Where: Bobcat Stadium, Bozeman

Jane Foster is being recognized for her dedication to the Bozeman community. Jane is currently the Chair of the Greater Gallatin United Way and has been involved with the United Way in various capacities in both the Billings and Bozeman area since 1981. In addition to her work at the United Way, she also has been involved with a number of other nonprofit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Gallatin Historical Society.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service is recognizing community volunteers at home games throughout the 2013 Bobcats’ football season.

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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Katie Gallagher
Grant Coordinator
Governor’s Office of Community Service
Phone: (406) 444-1718
Email: kgallagher@mt.gov

 

 

Over 92,000 Montanans to Participate in Statewide Earthquake Drill Today

Contact: Katie Gallagher, Governor’s Office of Community Service
For Immediate Release
October 23, 2013

Over 92,000 Montanans to Participate in Statewide Earthquake Drill Today

The geologic forces that created the Rocky Mountain peaks and valleys of Montana make the state seismically active, which means that a major earthquake may occur at any time. It is important that all Montanans know what to do when the ground begins to shake: drop, cover, and hold on.

This year, Montanans join over 24 million people from around the globe by taking part in a ShakeOut, a simple earthquake drill. On October 23, 2013 at 10:23AM over 92,000 Montanans will practice what to do in the event of an earthquake by participating in the 2013 Rocky Mountain ShakeOut, the first statewide earthquake drill.

Participants will take part in the drill where they work, recreate, and live. “The Rocky Mountain ShakeOut is a great way to prepare for this type of emergency,” Governor Steve Bullock said. “We are thrilled by the turnout for Montana’s first statewide earthquake drill. The participation shows that Montanans take our safety and the safety of our friends, family, coworkers and neighbors very seriously.”

According to State of Montana Disaster and Emergency Services Administrator, Ed Tinsley, “Montana is one of the most seismically active states in the United States. The Rocky Mountain ShakeOut is an excellent opportunity for all Montanans to learn what to do in case of an earthquake: drop, cover, and hold on. Preparedness is the key and learning is the ultimate goal.”

The 2013 Rocky Mountain ShakeOut in Montana is supported by the following: Governor’s Office of Community Service, State of Montana Disaster and Emergency Services, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, American Red Cross of Montana, and local partners across the state. At the national level, the drills are sponsored by the Earthquake Country Alliance whose members include the Federal Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross, and the United States Geological Survey.

Registration is still open and a list of participants is available. For more information on the 2013 Rocky Mountain ShakeOut and to learn how to register and participate, visit www.shakeout.org/rockymountain.

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Contact:
Katie Gallagher
Governor’s Office of Community Service
Phone: 406-444-1718
Email: ready@mt.gov

 

 

 

George Tipp- Volunteer of the Game

 

Contact: Katie Gallagher (406) 444-1718
For Immediate Release
October 19, 2013

Media Advisory

George Tipp Recognized as Volunteer of the Game

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service will recognize George Tipp of Missoula as the “Volunteer of the Game” during Saturday’s Grizzly home game.

Who: George Tipp
What: Volunteer of the Game
When: Saturday, October 19, 2013, game starts at 1:30pm
Where: Washington-Grizzly Stadium, Missoula
 
HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service will recognize George Tipp as the “Volunteer of the Game” during Saturday’s Griz home football game.
 
George Tipp is being recognized for his volunteer efforts as a Volunteer Income Assistance Tax (VITA) preparer in the Missoula community. As an Internal Revenue Service certified VITA volunteer, George volunteers countless hours every tax season to provide free basic preparation and quality review services for low to moderate income area residents. He has provided these important services for over one decade at AARP and most recently at Montana Credit Unions for Community Development VITA sites. To learn more about the VITA program and to find a location near you, visit irs.treasury/freetaxprep/
 
The Governor’s Office of Community Service is recognizing community volunteers at home games throughout the 2013 Griz football season.
 
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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Katie Gallagher
Grant Coordinator
Governor’s Office of Community Service
Phone: (406) 444-1718
Email: kgallagher@mt.gov

Public Asked to Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer

Annual Awards Recognize Volunteer Service in Montana

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service and the Montana Commission on Community Service is now accepting nominations for the 2014 ServeMontana Awards.

Presented in February, these annual awards recognize outstanding Montana individuals, organizations and national service members committed to community and volunteer service.

“Montanans deserve to be recognized for the impactful work they are doing in local communities,” said Dan Ritter, Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Service. “The ServeMontana Awards provide an opportunity for volunteers to share their stories and inspire others.”

The ServeMontana Awards are for service and volunteer work in the areas of education, healthy futures, environmental stewardship, veterans & military families, economic opportunity, disaster services, emergency preparedness, and emergency response.

The nomination form is available to download at serve.mt.gov

All nominations for the 2014 awards must be submitted to the Governor’s Office of Community Service by December 2, 2013.

The awards will be presented during a ServeMontana Award ceremony open to the public in February 2014 in Helena.

The public is encouraged to nominate individuals of all ages and backgrounds, organizations, and groups. All services must be performed in Montana or by Montanans.

The Governor-appointed Montana Commission on Community Service was created in 1993 to renew the ethic of civic responsibility in the state and to encourage citizens, regardless of age and income, to engage in service.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes national service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.

Visit us at serve.mt.gov.
Connect with us on Facebook at ServeMontana.
Follow us on Twitter @ServeMontana

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

 

Volunteer of the Game- Calvin Burr

Contact: Katie Gallagher (406) 444-1718
For Immediate Release
October 4, 2013

Media Advisory

Calvin Burr Recognized as Volunteer of the Game

The Governor’s Office of Community Service will recognize Calvin Burr, of Havre, as the “Volunteer of the Game” during Saturday’s Grizzly home game.

Who: Calvin Burr
What: Volunteer of the Game
When: Saturday, October 5, 2013 - Game starts at 1:30pm
Where: Washington-Grizzly Stadium, Missoula
Note: Calvin Burr will be recognized at the game, but will not be in attendance.

Calvin Burr is being recognized for his decades of service to the Havre community. A dedicated member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Honor Guard since 1960, he has placed over 900 name plaques on the VFW memorial. In addition, he has taught the VFW rifle club for over forty years. Calvin has served as a Representative, Vice Chairman, and Chairman of the Montana State Legislative Board for the Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen for fifteen years and is a committed husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service is recognizing community volunteers at home games throughout the 2013 Griz football season.

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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Katie Gallagher
Grant Coordinator
Governor’s Office of Community Service
Phone: (406) 444-1718
Email: kgallagher@mt.gov

 

Volunteer of the Game- Rocky Infanger

Contact: Katie Gallagher (406) 444-1718
For Immediate Release
October 4, 2013

Media Advisory

Rocky Infanger Recognized as Volunteer of the Game

The Governor’s Office of Community Service will recognize Rocky Infanger as the “Volunteer of the Game” during Saturday’s Bobcat home football game.

Who: Rocky Infanger
What: Volunteer of the Game
When: Saturday, October 5, 2013 - Game starts at 2:05 PM
Where: Bobcat Stadium, Bozeman

Rocky Infanger of Wolf Creek is being recognized for his commitment as a volunteer emergency responder and community preparedness leader. Rocky is the volunteer Fire Chief for the Wolf Creek/Craig Fire Service Area. Rocky is also the Chairman of the Tri-County FireSafe Working Group and sits on the board of FireSafe Montana, a statewide nonprofit organization that helps Montanans prepare their homes, neighborhoods, and communities for wildfire season. Rocky has dedicated countless hours to community-based organizations, protecting Montanan's lives and property.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service is recognizing community volunteers at home games throughout the 2013 Bobcats’ football season.

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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Katie Gallagher
Grant Coordinator
Governor’s Office of Community Service
Phone: (406) 444-1718
Email: kgallagher@mt.gov

 

September is National Preparedness Month

Contact: Katie Gallagher (406) 444-1718
For Immediate Release
September 13, 2013

HELENA, MT- September is National Preparedness Month and the Governor’s Office of Community Service encourages all Montanans to take time to make sure that their families, neighborhoods, and communities are prepared for disasters and emergencies of all types. The initiative, now in its ninth year, is a month-long effort hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps.

Preparing can start with four important, easy steps:

1. Build an emergency supply kit that can sustain your family for at least three days.
2. Make an emergency and communications plan for your family.
3. Be informed about emergencies that may happen in your community and identify sources of information that will be helpful before, during, and after an emergency.
4. Get involved by locating volunteer opportunities and identifying ways that you are able to help those in need during and after a disaster.

Preparedness is both a personal and shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. According to Governor Steve Bullock, “Montana is a great place to live, but we’re not immune from unpredictable weather and other challenges. Montana families should be prepared, so that in the event of an emergency we’re able to pull together and overcome anything that comes our way.”

Montanans can participate in National Preparedness Month by hosting a Neighborhood Preparedness Party in their area. By hosting a Neighborhood Preparedness Party, you can bring together your neighbors to ensure that everyone is disaster ready.

Emergency supply starter kits along with additional emergency preparedness resources are available from the Governor’s Office of Community Service. To learn more about how to host a Neighborhood Preparedness Party, visit ready.mt.gov. To learn about additional preparedness training opportunities through the American Red Cross of Montana, visit www.redcross.org/montana or call 1-800-ARC-MONT.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes national service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.

Visit us at serve.mt.gov.
Connect with us on Facebook at ServeMontana.
Follow us on Twitter @ServeMontana.

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Katie Gallagher
Ready Montana Coordinator
Governor’s Office of Community Service
Phone: (406) 444-1718
Email: kgallagher@mt.gov

 

Volunteer of the Game-Beverley McDougal

Contact: Katie Gallagher (406) 444-1718
For Immediate Release
September 13, 2013

Media Advisory

Beverley McDougal Recognized as Volunteer of the Game

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service will recognize Beverley McDougal as the “Volunteer of the Game” during Saturday’s Bobcat home football game.
Who: Beverley McDougal
What: Volunteer of the Game
When: Saturday, September 14, 2013 game starts at 1:05PM
Where: Bobcat Stadium, Bozeman

Beverley McDougal, of Dillon, is being recognized for her dedication to helping Montana military families impacted by an emergency or disaster. As a American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Caseworker, Beverley links military families during emergencies and connects families with local community resources. With a compassionate heart and an attentive ear, she guides military personnel and their families to appropriate resources to help with the recovery process. As a volunteer, she is always willing to take shifts and never hesitates to go the extra mile for those that the American Red Cross of Montana serves. To learn more about the American Red Cross of Montana, visit www.redcross.org/montana.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service is recognizing community volunteers at home games throughout the 2013 Bobcats’ football season.

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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Katie Gallagher
Grant Coordinator
Governor’s Office of Community Service
Phone: (406) 444-1718
Email: kgallagher@mt.gov

9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

Contact: Marissa Perry (406) 444-9077
September 9th, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                               

9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

Montanans Commemorate through Volunteerism

 

Helena, MT – In honor of the September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance, the Governor’s Office of Community Service encourages Montanans to join statewide  efforts to commemorate 9/11 victims, survivors, and emergency responders.

Citizens are encouraged to participate in the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance by thanking those who served, helping a neighbor in need, or joining a community service project.

“Throughout Montana’s history, we have been blessed with patriots, men and women willing to give of themselves so that this nation, and the freedom upon which it was founded, might live on,” said Lieutenant Governor John Walsh. “Montanans don’t need a reason to serve-- they do it every day and in a variety of ways.  I am truly encouraged to see all of the service events scheduled around our wonderful state, but I am certainly not surprised.”

National Service members in Montana including AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA and Senior Corps have organized service projects across the state to honor the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance and invite citizens to participate. Events include:

  • Senior Corps and Food Corps are teaming up in Butte to collect extra produce from community gardens and deliver it to the Butte Emergency Food Bank on Wednesday, 9/11, between 9am and 12pm. Contact Michele Brennick at 406-533-2508.
  • Senior Corps is hosting a Harvest for Seniors in Miles City and Sidney to collect extra produce and provide it to seniors in need on Wednesday, 9/11. Contact Betty Vail (Miles City) at 406-234-0505 or Karen O’Dell (Sidney) at 406-433-4967.
  • AmeriCorps VISTA members are holding a toiletry drive in Helena from 3pm to 8pm on Wednesday, 9/11 at Safeway, Albertsons on Fee Street, and Vans Thriftway grocery stores. Contact Jessi Sheava at 406-444-3925.
  • Senior Corps is providing a Heroes Lunch at Park County Senior Center in Livingston to honor current military and fallen veterans, local law enforcement, fire departments and those in public service from 12:30pm to 1:30pm on Wednesday, 9/11. They will also be collecting gifts for service men and women. Contact Shannon Burke at 406-222-2281 or Brooke Cottongim at 406-333-2276.
  • AmeriCorps VISTA members are collecting toiletries at grocery stores across town to benefit the YWCA in Missoula on Wednesday, 9/11.
  • Senior Corps, Human Resource Development Council, and the Gallatin Valley Food Bank are hosting a joint Blanket Drive at the mall in Bozeman on Wednesday, 9/11.
  • A full list of service activities can be found here or at serve.mt.gov.

    The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of efforts originally launched in 2002 by the 9/11 nonprofit MyGoodDeed with wide support by the 9/11 community and leading national service organizations. This effort first established the tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

    In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under bipartisan federal law, and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with helping to support this effort across the country.

    The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes national service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.

    Visit us at serve.mt.gov.
    Connect with us on Facebook at ServeMontana.
    Follow us on Twitter @ServeMontana.

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

     

    Harold Baldwin- Volunteer of the Game

    Contact: Katie Gallagher (406) 444-1718
    For Immediate Release
    August 28, 2013

     Media Advisory

    Harold Baldwin Recognized as Volunteer of the Game

    HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service will recognize Harold Baldwin as the “Volunteer of the Game” during Saturday’s Grizzly home season opener game.

    Who: Harold “Butch” Baldwin

    What: Volunteer of the Game

    When: Saturday, August 31, 2013, game starts at 7:00PM, presentation will be at half-time.

    Where: Washington-Grizzly Stadium, Missoula

    HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service will recognize Harold “Butch” Baldwin as the “Volunteer of the Game” during Saturday’s Griz home football game.

    Harold “Butch” Baldwin is being recognized for his dedication and service to the Missoula community. Butch is a dedicated volunteer with the Missoula Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). As a Vietnam veteran, Butch dedicates countless hours as the Veteran Liaison on the RSVP task force and volunteers at the annual Missoula Veterans Stand Down. Just a few of his other activities include delivering gift packages for meals and wheels recipients, building emergency supply kits for those with special needs, organizing clothing drives for Montana for soldiers, and more! This everyday hero truly harnesses the volunteer spirit and energy of giving.

    The Governor’s Office of Community Service is recognizing community volunteers at home games throughout the 2013 Griz football season.

    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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    Katie Gallagher
    Grant Coordinator
    Governor’s Office of Community Service
    Phone: (406) 444-1718
    Email: kgallagher@mt.gov

     

    Beverly Townsend- Volunteer of the Game

    Contact: Katie Gallagher (406) 444-1718

    For Immediate Release

    August 28, 2013

    Media Advisory

    Beverly Townsend Recognized as Volunteer of the Game

    HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service will recognize Beverly Townsend as the “Volunteer of the Game” during Thursday’s Bobcat home season opener football game.

    Who: Beverly Townsend

    What: Volunteer of the Game

    When: Thursday, August 29, 2013, game starts at 7:05PM

    Where: Bobcat Stadium, Bozeman

     Beverly Townsend is being recognized for her volunteerism in the Bozeman community.  For the past 35 years, she has given her talents to her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi and contributes time weekly at the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter where she performs much needed office work to support the staff. In addition, she often serves as a host for Family Promise program participants while they are residing at her church, St. James Episcopal. Beverly has also served Montana State University as a member of the Board of Directors for the Alumni Association and Friends of the Library. Beverly Townsend strongly believes in and embodies the power and importance of volunteerism.

    The Governor’s Office of Community Service is recognizing community volunteers at home games throughout the 2013 Bobcats’ football season.

    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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    Katie Gallagher
    Grant Coordinator
    Governor’s Office of Community Service
    Phone: (406) 444-1718
    Email: kgallagher@mt.gov

    Governor Bullock Encourages Montanans to be Safe over the Fourth

    NEWS RELEASE
    GOVERNOR STEVE BULLOCK
    STATE OF MONTANA
    FOR RELEASE: July 2, 2013
    CONTACT: Ivie English, 444-5536

     

    Governor Bullock Encourages Montanans to be Safe over the Fourth

    HELENA – Today Governor Steve Bullock encouraged Montanans to take common-sense precautions with fireworks, campfires and other outdoor activities during their July Fourth celebrations this year.

    “While the recent precipitation has lowered fire danger across the state, we’ve now entered a heat wave with forecast temperatures in the low to mid-90s for at least the next week,” Bullock said. “Fire conditions may change quickly, so please heed any local fire restrictions when you head outdoors.”

    Recreationists are reminded to never leave a campfire or barbecue unattended, and to remember that vehicles parked in or driven through tall vegetation can start a fire. Bullock also noted that fireworks are prohibited on all state and federal lands in Montana.

    “Let’s celebrate our independence and be fire-safe,” Bullock said. He also encouraged Montanans to contact their local fire department for information on any local fire restrictions before striking a match. For more details and information on area fire restrictions, visit http://firerestrictions.us/.

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    Montana Wildfire Awareness Week

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Keep Montana Green & DNRC, Crystal Beckman, 406.370.8755
    FireSafe Montana, Jennifer LaManna, 406.431.8718
    Governor’s Office of Community Service, Kathryn Gallagher 406.444.1718

     

    BE AWARE. PREPARE. DO!
    Montana Wildfire Awareness Week June 3 - 9

    Montana, May 26, 2013 –Join in as communities around the state “Be Aware. Prepare. Do!” for Wildfire Awareness Week. FireSafe Montana, Keep Montana Green, the Governor’s Office of Community Service, and the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation have teamed up to raise awareness about wildland fire safety, preparedness, and prevention. Wildfire Awareness Week is set for June 3 – 9, 2013.

    Taking the steps now to protect your home and property from wildfire and knowing how you can prevent wildfires can make all the difference. Whether you are preparing for wildfire around your home, debris burning, or out camping, being aware and preparing for wildfires is key to being safe. From the homeowner who creates defensible space around their property, to the builders and forestry contractors who help mitigate hazardous fuels on private property, to the fire chief who directs the firefighters during a wildland fire, to the fire warden who helps their community develop community evacuation plans – we all need to work together to keep Montana fire safe!

    Here are a few preparedness tips you can do around your homes before fire season starts:

    • Trim and prune trees and shrubs around your home and buildings.
    • Check your rain gutters, roof crevices, and eaves. Make sure all debris is cleared leaving no place for a fire ember to land and start a fire.
    • If you have ornamental shrubs and trees touching your home or wood chips surrounding the base consider trimming the shrubs and trees so they are at least 3 feet from the home. Replace any flammable landscape decorations with nonflammable materials like stones or brick.
    • Create a family evacuation plan. Make sure you and your family have a strategy before a wildfire comes into your backyard.
    • Create a defensible space around your home. Keep the vegetation around your home well watered, well-trimmed, and clean of excess dead or flammable plant materials. Remember defensible space needs to be maintained throughout the summer to ensure that your home remains defensible.

    For more information go to www.firesafemt.org

    Here are a few prevention tips to keep you safe and prevent wildfires this summer:

    • When burning be sure to never leave your burn piles unattended, do not burn when it is windy, have plenty of water and check with your local fire department for burn permits and safety tips.
    • Make sure all mechanical outdoor equipment (tractors, chainsaws, off-road vehicles, etc.) are equipped with properly-working mufflers, bearings, spark arrestors and chains that do not drag.
    • Before starting a camp fire make sure you have an area cleared of debris, a fire ring made from nonflammable material like rocks or metal and when you leave the fire make sure it is completely out. Add water, stir, and be sure it is cool to the touch.
    • It is important to remember that it only takes one spark to start a wildfire during hot, windy and dry summer days. Please use caution when using lawn mowers, tractors, or other equipment in dry grass. Rocks and spinning blades or other metal can produce sparks.

    For more information visit www.keepgreen.org

    Don’t wait until the dry, hot days of summer are here and the flames are coming over the hill. Firefighters can’t do it without your help! Please join the state wide effort to help make yourself, family, and community safe by preventing fires and prepareing your home from wildfire. For more information on upcoming events and how you can get involved contact Jennifer LaManna, Executive Director, FireSafe Montana, execdir@firesafemt.org, 406.431.8718, or visit www.firesafemt.org

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    84 Students Awarded Youth Serve Montana Scholarship

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    May 15, 2013
    Contact: Julia Gustafson (406) 444-9077

     

    84 Students Awarded Youth Serve Montana Scholarship
    Students earn $1,000 for college by giving 100 volunteer hours

    HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service, Montana Campus Compact, and Student Assistance Foundation announced today that 84 Montana high school seniors from 59 schools are receiving $1,000 Youth Serve Montana Scholarships. These scholarships recognize each student’s commitment to volunteering over 100 hours in the last year.

    “These young volunteers are an asset to Montana,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “I am proud to recognize their efforts and I look forward to seeing how they continue to serve the state as they further their education at Montana’s colleges and universities.”

    Visit serve.mt.gov for the full list of scholarship recipients.

    These $1,000 Youth Serve Montana Scholarships are for continued education at one of Montana Campus Compact’s two-year, four-year, public, tribal, private, or community colleges and universities.

    “MSU and all of the Campus Compact institutions place a high value on service to community, and we are excited to grant these awards to our future leaders of Montana,” said Dr. Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University and Board Member, Montana Campus Compact.

    To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants needed to volunteer at least 100 hours in the last year. Many students volunteered more than this and in total, the 84 scholarship recipients contributed 14,396 volunteer hours to Montana. Students helped their communities by mentoring their younger peers, coaching sports teams, serving as classroom assistants, supporting Special Olympics, serving as summer camp counselors, helping with community emergency responses after disasters, organizing park clean-ups, participating in 4-H service events, and so much more.

    The 2013 Youth Serve Montana Scholarships have been made possible through support from the Governor’s Office of Community Service, Montana Campus Compact, and Student Assistance Foundation.

    The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes national service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness. Visit serve.mt.gov.

    Montana Campus Compact is Montana’s largest higher-education network and works to improve community life by educating students for civic and social responsibility. Visit www.mtcompact.org.

    Student Assistance Foundation is a nonprofit Montana corporation that provides students with knowledge and tools to pursue and fund their postsecondary education. Funds generated by SAF are returned to Montanans in the form of education grants, scholarships and public benefit programs. Visit www.safmt.org or www.SmartAboutCollege.org.

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    Julia Gustafson
    Communications Manager
    Governor’s Office of Community Service
    Phone: (406) 444-9077
    Email: jgustafson@mt.gov

    Kids volunteer for Global Youth Service Day

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    April 24, 2013
    Contact: Julia Gustafson (406) 444-9077

     

    Kids volunteer for Global Youth Service Day
    April 26-28, 2013

    HELENA, MT- 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 YSA, more than 600 Montana youth will join millions of others around the globe in celebrating Global Youth Service Day (GYSD).

    The public is encouraged to volunteer with the children and youth in their community. Projects include camp repairs, community garden workdays, park clean-up and painting endeavors, recycling events, and artistic activities.

    For a list of Global Youth Service Day projects in Montana, visit serve.mt.gov. To view the official Global Youth Service Day map visit www.gysd.org.

    Global Youth Service Day projects are supported by a variety of organizations that involve youth, including the Boy Scouts, community gardens, AmeriCorps programs, 4-H clubs, Boys and Girls clubs, afterschool programs, United Ways, Little League clubs, the YMCA, and community nonprofits.

    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 25th year, GYSD is celebrated in more than 100 countries.

    The Governor’s Office of Community Service was selected to serve as a Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency by YSA (Youth Service America), the founder and chief convener of GYSD. In total, an estimated 630 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.

    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

     

    AmeriCorps Members Gather for Service Blitz

    MEDIA ADVISORY
    Wednesday, February 27, 2013
    Contact: Julia Gustafson 406-444-9077

     

    AmeriCorps Members Gather for Service Blitz
    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

    AmeriCorps members from across Montana will be joining together in Helena today, Wednesday, February 27 for service projects throughout the community. More than 100 AmeriCorps members will be participating in one of fifteen projects that benefit the community. This massive service project gathering kicks off the fourth annual ServeMontana Symposium, a two-day conference focused on providing training and resources for national service programs, nonprofits, and volunteer organizations.

    Who: AmeriCorps National Service Members

    What: Helena-wide Service Projects

    When: TODAY, February 27, 2013 from 2:00-5:00pm

    Where: 15 locations around town, see  project location details, kick-off at the Myrna Loy Center at 2pm

    AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages more than 1,200 dedicated citizens in intensive service each year at more than 130 locations including nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across Montana. AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and other programs.

    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
    Governor’s Office of Community Service
    Phone: (406) 444-9077
    Email: jgustafson@mt.gov

     

     

     

    Montanans Honored for Outstanding Volunteer Service

     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    February 26, 2013
    Contact: Julia Gustafson (406) 444-9077

     

    Montanans Honored for Outstanding Volunteer Service

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

    Lt. Governor John Walsh to Present Awards

    HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service and the Montana Commission on Community Service announced today the 2013 recipients of the ServeMontana and ReadyMontana Awards. Theses annual awards are presented to outstanding community volunteers and organizations for their service to Montana.

    The awards will be presented at the ServeMontana Symposium luncheon ceremony on Thursday, February 28 at the Great Northern Hotel ballroom in Helena at 11:30am.

    “I look forward to recognizing these dedicated Montanans,” said Lt. Governor John Walsh. “It’s the passion and commitment of volunteers that make our state great.”

    Lt. Governor John Walsh will first present three ReadyMontana Awards to outstanding community volunteers and organizations in the areas of disaster services, emergency preparedness and emergency response. Following will be the presentation of eight 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. See the award recipient list below.

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

    Thursday’s awards ceremony luncheon will be part of the 2013 ServeMontana Symposium, a two-day conference focused on providing training and resources for national service programs, nonprofits, and organizations who use and support volunteers.

    2013 ReadyMontana Award Recipients (in alphabetical order by location):

    • Ashland, MT: Pat Dennis- Fire Chief of the St. Labre Volunteer Fire Department
    • Billings, MT: Yellowstone County Disaster Action Team, American Red Cross of Montana- volunteer disaster response group
    • Glasgow, MT: Robert Hanson- Fire Chief of the Long Run Volunteer Fire Department

    2013 ServeMontana Award Recipients (in alphabetical order by location):

    • Billings, MT: Laura Kennedy-volunteer committed to youth and charities
    • Bozeman, MT: Scott Carpenter- mentor with Thrive’s Child Advancement Project
    • Butte, MT: Christopher Doyle- AmeriCorps Alumni and volunteer with the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program
    • Corvallis, MT: Wendi Fawns- community educator and director of Community Cooking Connections
    • Lewistown, MT: Recycle Our Waste Lewistown- volunteer group hosting monthly plastic recycling drives
    • Libby, MT: Roland Childs- lifelong volunteer with the VFW Post 1548
    • Miles City, MT: Miles City Soup Kitchen- volunteer-run soup kitchen
    • Missoula, MT: Danielle Gornick- youth founder of the “Sleep Tight Missoula” project

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

    The 2013 ServeMontana Symposium is sponsored by the Washington Corporation, Glacier Bank, Youth Service America, the Office of Public Instruction, the Department of Agriculture, NorthWestern Energy and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Learn more and download the agenda at serve.mt.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 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

     

     

    Public Asked to Nominate Exceptional Volunteers

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    November 27, 2012
    Contact: Julia Gustafson (406) 444-9077

     

    Public Asked to Nominate Exceptional Volunteers

    Annual Awards Recognize Volunteer Service in Montana

    HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service and the Montana Commission on Community Service are accepting nominations for the 2013 ServeMontana Awards and ReadyMontana Awards. Presented in February, these annual awards recognize outstanding Montana individuals, organizations and national service members committed to community and volunteer service.

    “Montanans truly are making a difference in their hometowns by volunteering their time and skills,” said Kim Miske, Chair of the Montana Commission on Community Service. “We ask the public to share their stories and help us recognize these inspiring volunteers.”

    • The ServeMontana Awards are for service and volunteer work in the areas of education, healthy futures, environmental stewardship, veterans & military families, and economic opportunity.
    • The ReadyMontana Awards are for service specifically related to disaster services, emergency preparedness and emergency response.

    The nomination form is available to download at serve.mt.gov.

    All nominations for the 2013 awards must be to the Governor’s Office of Community Service by December 18, 2012.

    The Montana Commission on Community Service will present the awards during the fourth annual ServeMontana Symposium on February 28, 2013 in Helena. There will be more than one award presented in each category.

    The public is encouraged to nominate individuals of all ages and backgrounds, organizations, and groups. All services must be performed in Montana and individual nominees may not be salaried for the services performed.

    The Governor-appointed Montana Commission on Community Service was created in 1993 to renew the ethic of civic responsibility in the state and to encourage citizens, regardless of age and income, to engage in service.

    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

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