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Governor Bullock Announces AmeriCorps Funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2016

Governor Bullock Announces over $3.4 Million in AmeriCorps Grants to Benefit Montana Organizations

Over 450 AmeriCorps members to address community needs through service

HELENA, MT- Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana has received $3,403,759.00 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

The total funding amount will be granted to the Montana Commission on Community Service, the Governor-appointed state service commission, which in turn will award the grants to nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the state.

“AmeriCorps continues to provide innovative solutions to our state’s toughest challenges, especially when it comes to improving the lives of Montanans across the state and ensuring that our children will have access to a strong education and quality of life,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “From strengthening our environment through hands-on conservation, to connecting kids to healthy foods and increasing access to justice, I am proud of these Montana organizations – and the AmeriCorps members who serve with them – for giving back to our state every day.”

The 2016 AmeriCorps competitive grants will provide $2,749,636 to Montana to support 389 AmeriCorps members who will be deployed into service across the state by five sponsoring organizations. Later this summer, $654,123 in funding will be provided to the Montana Commission on Community Service to support additional AmeriCorps grants and AmeriCorps members to Montana.

The following Montana organizations were successful in receiving grant funding through the 2016 AmeriCorps competitive cycle:

• Big Sky Watershed Corps, Montana Conservation Corps, Inc., $356,400.00, 27 members: The Big Sky Watershed Corps engages members to make measurable contributions in environmental stewardship of America's headwaters in the northern Rocky Mountains and improve at-risk ecosystems critical to the health of Montana's communities.

• FoodCorps, Inc., FoodCorps Montana, $127,130.00, 11 members: AmeriCorps members connect children to healthy food through nutrition education, school gardens, and improved school lunch offerings resulting in children’s improved attitudes toward trying new fruits and vegetables.

• Montana Conservation Corps, Inc., $1,872,000.00, 313 members: Montana Conservation Corps engages members in versatile 21st Century Conservation Service Corps model intervention that mobilizes young Americans and veterans to protect at-risk ecosystems, improve natural resources, and engage in leadership development.

• Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Montana State Parks AmeriCorps, $167,161.00, 20 members: AmeriCorps members promote healthy, active and environmentally aware communities by improving the condition of state park lands, enriching educational opportunities, building volunteer capacity, and strengthening community outreach through service in state parks across Montana.

• Montana Legal Services Association, Justice for Montanans Project, $226,945.00, 18 members: AmeriCorps members serve as navigators of the justice system to help low income residents of Montana find the legal information and resources needed to resolve legal problems. Members also recruit and support volunteers who serve income eligible citizens through representation and information in order to increase access to justice.

CNCS will make available $1,317,472 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an Ed Award of $5,775 that they can use to pay for college or to pay off qualified student loans.

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at more than 21,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.

In Montana, more than 9,000 AmeriCorps members have served more than 8.8 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $20,940,000 since 1994. In April 2015, CNCS announced that Montana tops the nation in producing AmeriCorps members. More Montanans enroll in AmeriCorps per capita than residents of any other state.

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.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. Visit serve.mt.gov.

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100 Students across Montana Awarded Youth Serve Montana Scholarships

Students to receive $1,000 for college in state by giving 100 volunteer hours

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service, Montana Campus Compact, and Student Assistance Foundation today announced that 100 high school seniors from 58 schools across Montana were awarded $1,000 Youth Serve Montana Scholarships. These scholarships recognize each student’s commitment to volunteering 100 hours or more.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants volunteered at least 100 hours over the last year. Many students volunteered more than this and in total, the 100 scholarship recipients contributed more than 17,000 volunteer hours to Montana. Students helped their communities by mentoring their younger peers, assisting seniors in retirement homes, participating in school and community service events, serving as summer camp counselors, volunteering with organizations such as 4-H, National Honor Society, and Key Club, and many more.

“Congratulations to the students who were awarded with a Youth Serve Montana Scholarship to help further their learning in our state,” said Dan Ritter, Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Service. “We hope these students will continue to apply this passion of making a difference for others at Montana’s institutions of higher education and down the road as they enter the workforce.”

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.

The 2016 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. This is the eleventh year that this scholarship opportunity has been made available for Montana students.

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. Thirteen MTCC campuses match the AmeriCorps Education Award. 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. Visit www.safmt.org  or www.SmartAboutCollege.org.

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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

Governor and First Lady Bullock’s Youth Leadership Council to Fight Childhood Hunger through Statewide Week of Events

HELENA, MT- April 11-17, 2016 marks the second annual statewide Fight Childhood Hunger Week in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day. Over 30 projects and events will take place in 16 different communities stretching across the state. Projects are organized and led by 20 middle and high school students who serve on the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council.

Projects are designed to increase awareness of the issue of childhood hunger, to start new weekend backpack programs, school breakfast programs, or school food pantries, to advocate to public and elected leaders about the importance of this issue, and to coordinate volunteers to directly serve the community.

“From Rocky Boy to Lima and from Glasgow to Kalispell, these students are giving their talents and passion back to the community and showing that they can make a difference when it comes to hunger,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “I look forward to joining these students during Fight Childhood Hunger Week in raising awareness of this important issue. It’s truly incredible to see the positive impact that youth can have on those around them.”

“It takes a whole community effort to ensure that we can end childhood hunger in Montana, and with these students at the helm, I am confident we will make great strides this week for our state’s youngest learners.” said First Lady Lisa Bullock. “These youth leaders see this issue firsthand when they go to school and see friends or classmates who start the day hungry. They also know that together, childhood hunger is an issue we can solve.”

Fight Childhood Hunger Week signature events include:

Kalispell: Launch of the MontanaEats application for Android by Governor Bullock on Tuesday, April 12 at 2:00pm at the ImagineIF Library. MontanaEats was coded by Youth Leadership Council member, Sophia Skwarchuk, to consolidate hunger resources in Montana.
Frenchtown: Miles for Meals 5k run on Sunday, April 17 at 10:00am at Frenchtown Elementary School. Proceeds will support a new weekend backpack program. Governor Bullock and his family will participate in the run.
Browning: Set up of a new school food pantry and weeklong food collections at Browning Middle School and Browning High School.
Glasgow: City-wide food drive to collect items from community members on Saturday, April 9 for a new weekend “snack pack” program at the elementary school.
Lima: Community Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday, April 14 at 6:00pm at Lima Public Schools to raise funds to support the weekend backpack program and to bring community members together to discuss implementing a new breakfast in the classroom program.
Livingston: A showing of the documentary “A Place at the Table” on Wednesday, April 13 at 6:00pm at the Shane Lalani Center. Proceeds will support Livingston’s summer meals program.
Hamilton: Hamilton Middle School assembly on Monday, April 11 from 11:20am to 12:30pm to raise awareness of the issue of childhood hunger.
Havre: Presentation on solutions to childhood hunger in the Havre community on Friday, April 15 at 4:00pm at the Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Line.
Helena: The Montana State Capitol will be lit in orange for Wear Orange Wednesday, April 13. Helena High School students, along with First Lady Bullock, will volunteer at the Helena Food Share on Wednesday, April 13 from 4:00-7:00pm.

For a complete list of Fight Childhood Hunger Week projects, visit FightChildhoodHunger.com.

2015-2016 Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council members:
• Drew Briggs, Helena Middle School, Helena, 8th grade
• Emily Brurud, Havre High School, Havre, 11th grade
• Morgan Guttenberg, Glasgow High School, Fort Peck, 11th grade
• Seamus Hoolahan, Anaconda High School, Anaconda, 9th grade
• Abby Jones, Helena High School, East Helena, 12th grade
• Duncan MacDonald, White Sulphur Springs High School, White Sulphur Springs, 10th grade
• Shania Patacsil, Rocky Boy Jr/Sr High School, Box Elder, 11th grade
• Hank Rugg, Frenchtown Junior High School, Missoula, 8th grade
• Tessa Sawyer, Beaverhead County High School, Dillon, 11th grade
• Kaitlyn Sharp, Browning High School, Browning, 11th grade
• Rachael Skiera, Shelby High School, Shelby, 11th grade
• Sophia Skwarchuk, Flathead High School, Kalispell, 11th grade
• Mackenzie Spence, Alberton High School, Alberton, 11th grade
• Allison Stevens, Park High School, Livingston, 12th grade
• Katelynn Sutton, Lima High School, Dell, 10th grade
• Jillian TopSky, Rocky Boy Jr/Sr High School, Box Elder, 10th grade
• Garrett Turner, Hamilton Middle School, Hamilton, 7th grade
• Emily Weber, C.M. Russell High School, Great Falls, 10th grade
• Stephanie Woodland, Flathead High School, Kalispell, 11th grade
• Keshawna Yazzie, Browning High School, Browning, 12th grade

Full biographies and more information on the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council can be found at FightChildhoodHunger.com.
The First Interstate Bank Foundation is the presenting sponsor of the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council.

Fight Childhood Hunger Week events are held in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). GYSD 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 28th year, GYSD is celebrated in more than 110 countries.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service was selected to serve as a GYSD Lead Agency by Youth Service America, the founder and chief convener of GYSD. In total, over 750 young people in Montana will participate in GYSD activities this year. State Farm is the presenting sponsor of GYSD 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.

Montana Joins Nationwide Effort to Support National Service on Mayor, County, and Tribal Day of Recognition

HELENA, MT- Today marks the annual Mayor, County, and Tribal Day of Recognition for National Service. Montana is participating in the nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of National Service. Over 70 elected officials in Montana, including three officials representing Montana’s Tribal Nations, are registered to support this effort.

Across the nation, county officials and mayors are participating in a variety of activities, including visiting National Service programs, hosting roundtables, issuing proclamations, and communicating about National Service through social media. The day is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and Cities of Service.

For more information including background and a list of participating county officials and mayors, visit NationalService.gov/RecognitionDay.

“I am proud to be working with local leaders to strengthen Montanan communities through National Service,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps and Senior Corps and leads Mayor, County, and Tribal Recognition Day.  “County officials and mayors are leaders who get things done. They know first-hand the value of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps in tackling local problems. I commend all the Montana mayors, county officials, and tribal leaders for their participation in this day and thank them for their ongoing support of the AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers working to ‘get things done’ for Montana.”

By shining the spotlight on the impact of service and thanking those who serve, local officials hope to inspire more residents to get involved in their communities. Mayor, County, and Tribal Day of Recognition serves as an opportunity for the community to thank AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other National Service members for their commitment and impact.

Given the many social needs facing communities, county, city, and tribal leaders are increasingly turning to National Service as a cost-effective strategy to meet local needs.  More than 5,900 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers serve at more than 860 locations throughout the state.

As the federal agency for service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages millions of Americans in service at more than 50,000 locations through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs.  National Service participants address the most pressing challenges facing our counties and nation, from educating students for the jobs of the 21st century and supporting veterans and military families to preserving the environment and helping communities recover from natural disasters.

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.

AmeriCorps State, VISTA Members to Gather for ServeMontana Symposium

Over 250 AmeriCorps members to participate in city-wide food drive and service conference

HELENA, MT- Coinciding with AmeriCorps Week, over 250 AmeriCorps State and VISTA members who are currently serving throughout Montana will convene in Helena for the ServeMontana Symposium at Carroll College from March 9 through March 11, 2016.

Hosted by the Governor’s Office of Community Service, the seventh annual ServeMontana Symposium, “Service Frontier: Exploring National Service in Montana,” includes a city-wide food drive in partnership with Helena Food Share, welcome address from Governor Steve Bullock, breakout sessions, and a disaster simulation.

2016 ServeMontana Symposium signature events:

  • Doorsteps to Backpacks community-wide food drive: Wednesday, March 9, 1:30pm, Montana State Capitol Rotunda
    • First Lady Lisa Bullock and Bruce Day, Executive Director of Helena Food Share, will launch Doorsteps to Backpacks. Symposium participants will collect kid-friendly food items from the doorsteps of approximately 15,000 homes in Helena and East Helena to benefit the Helena Food Share’s Kid Packs. Participants will also be stationed at all grocery stores to collect items.
  • Symposium Welcome: Thursday, March 10, 9:00am, Carroll College All Saints Hall
    • Governor Steve Bullock and Dr. Tom Evans, President of Carroll College, will address Symposium participants.
  • Symposium Keynote: Thursday, March 10, 6:30pm, Carroll College All Saints Hall
    • Shannon Stober, Verve Exchange CEO and AmeriCorps alum, will present the keynote address. Lt. Governor Mike Cooney will give the introduction.
  • Whole Community Disaster Simulation: Friday, March 11, 10:00am-12:30pm, Carroll College All Saints Hall
    • AmeriCorps State and VISTA members will participate in the award-winning Whole Community Disaster Simulation to gain a greater understanding of personal preparedness and how community volunteers may play a role in disasters.

For more information about the annual ServeMontana Symposium, please visit 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.

Montanans Honored for Outstanding Volunteer Service, School Breakfast Programs

Governor and First Lady Bullock Present Awards at Annual Ceremony

HELENA, MT- Governor Steve Bullock, First Lady Lisa Bullock, and the Montana Commission on Community Service today recognized the 2016 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.

“Growing up in Montana, I’ve been fortunate to witness firsthand the willingness of Montanans to lend a helping hand to those in need and make a difference in our communities,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “Today I’m honored to recognize these extraordinary Montanans for their daily acts of kindness and years of contributions that have greatly benefitted others. These volunteers embody a strong spirit of service that runs deep in this state.”

Joining Governor and First Lady Lisa Bullock was Karin Olsen Billings, Chair of the Montana Commission on Community Service, and Dan Ritter, Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Service. They presented seven ServeMontana Awards to outstanding community volunteers and organizations who, through their dedication and commitment to service, have greatly enhanced civic life in Montana. Over 60 individuals and organizations were nominated by the public in the fall of 2015 to receive a 2016 ServeMontana Award. Award recipients were selected by the Montana Commission on Community Service through a review process.

Additionally, First Lady Lisa Bullock presented the First Lady School Breakfast Champion Awards to schools that encourage success for all students in Montana through the initiation and continued support of school breakfast programs. Recipients were selected in partnership with Montana No Kid Hungry, Montana Office of Public Instruction, and the Governor’s Office.

“As a mother of three school-aged children and as a parent concerned with all kids in our Montana schools, I am honored to present these awards to five Montana schools who are committed to their students’ success,” First Lady Lisa Bullock said. “My hope is that other schools in Montana will follow in their footsteps, and that soon, every student in Montana will have access to a healthy breakfast at the beginning of their school day, leading to a bright academic future.”

2016 ServeMontana Award recipients:

Dick and Linda Juvik (Helena): The Juviks have dedicated countless hours bringing awareness to Montana’s 55 POW/MIA. Through their advocacy, they designated US 287 as the POW/MIA Memorial Highway, planned the annual Montana Ride to Remember, helped establish the Montana POW/MIA Awareness Association, and more.

Carla Parks (Thompson Falls): Carla has transformed Thompson Falls by leading the town on a path toward economic recovery, enhanced recreation through trails and parks, and historical preservation. In addition to serving as mayor from 2010-2015, Carla is involved with the Fort Thompson Playground Committee, High Bridge Historic Restoration Project, and the Montana Main Street Program.

Crowley Fleck, PLLP (statewide): Crowley Fleck, one of the oldest and largest law firms in Montana, has a notable commitment to corporate social responsibility through its statewide in-house pro bono program that represents low income Montanans. Attorneys with Crowley Fleck have contributed over 4000 hours of services and have raised awareness of access to justice issues across the state for 20 years.

Lily’s Lovebirds (Missoula): 10-year-old Montanan, Lily Miller, sews fabric-scrap lovebirds to help girls go to school in Nepal and around the world. With help from her younger sister, Maizy, family, and friends, Lily’s Lovebirds has raised over $4,000 to help send 25 girls to school for a year in Nepal and fund scholarship opportunities.

Schylar Canfield-Baber (Butte): As a former foster care youth, Schylar has spent most of his adult life advocating for foster care students in Montana and nationwide. As an articulate spokesman for others in the system, Schylar served as the President of the Board of Directors of Montana CASA, and currently serves on boards for FosterClub, Childwise Institute, Protect Montana’s Kids Commission, and more.

St. Peter’s Hospital Volunteer Department (Helena): More than 150 volunteers serve at St. Peter’s Hospital Volunteer Department, performing essential roles each day. Volunteers with the No One Dies Alone (NODA) program accompany patients in their last hours, while volunteers with the Cancer Treatment Center offer support to people going through treatment. Additionally, volunteers deliver flowers, fold laundry, and manage the front desk.

RuthAnn Hutcheson (Glasgow): For the past 25 years, RuthAnn has planned, organized, and run the Valley County Thanksgiving Day Dinner to serve meals to 150 people each year. RuthAnn is known for always jumping in to help others by serving with the Booster Club, feeding the football team every week, and visiting people in the hospital.

2016 First Lady School Breakfast Champion recipients:

Miles City Public Schools: Startup of a new school breakfast program.
Billings Senior High School: Increased participation in an existing school breakfast program.
Browning Public Schools: Increased participation in existing school breakfast programs.
Fairfield School District: Long-standing tradition of excellence in serving school breakfast.
Roosevelt Elementary School: Food Service Staff of the Year.

For awardee descriptions and photos, please visit serve.mt.gov.

The 2016 ServeMontana and First Lady School Breakfast Champion awards were 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.

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

DC award

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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Governor Bullock Announces AmeriCorps Grants to Montana Organizations

340 AmeriCorps members to meet local and state needs

HELENA, MT- Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana has received $2,993,256 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

The total funding amount will be granted to the Montana Commission on Community Service, the Governor-appointed state service commission, which in turn will award the grants to nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the state.

“AmeriCorps members serve as dedicated leaders throughout Montana and remain part of the solution to many of the challenges facing our state,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “I look forward to the work of these outstanding organizations in meeting local needs and strengthening communities by increasing access to justice, connecting kids to healthy food, serving as stewards of the land through hands-on conservation, enriching educational opportunities, and much, much more.”

The 2015 AmeriCorps competitive grants will support 340 AmeriCorps members who will be deployed into service across the state by four sponsoring organizations:

    • FoodCorps, Inc., FoodCorps Montana, $127,130.00, 11 members: AmeriCorps members will connect children to healthy food through nutrition education, school gardens, and improved school lunch offerings resulting in children’s improved attitudes towards trying new fruits and vegetables. The program will serve multiple communities in Montana
    • Montana Conservation Corps, Inc., $1,872,000.00, 291 members: AmeriCorps members will protect at-risk ecosystems and improve natural resources on public lands and in communities across Montana, and connected ecosystems in Idaho, Wyoming, North and South Dakota.
    • Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Montana State Parks AmeriCorps, $167,161.00, 20 members: AmeriCorps members will promote healthy, active and environmentally aware communities by improving the condition of state park lands, enriching educational opportunities, building volunteer capacity, and strengthening community outreach through service in state parks across Montana.
    • Montana Legal Services Association, Justice for Montanans Project, $226,965.00, 18 members: AmeriCorps members will serve as navigators of the justice system to help low income residents of Montana find the legal information and resources needed to resolve legal problems. Members will recruit and support volunteers to gain knowledge of the legal system and know and exercise their legal rights and responsibilities resulting in low income citizens receiving the intended benefits of our laws. The members will be located in the cities of Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula, but will provide services statewide through circuit rides, telephone and web based services.

CNCS will make available $1,122,409 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an award of $5,730 that they can use to pay for college or to pay off qualified student loans.

Included in the total, is $600,000 in funding to the Montana Commission on Community Service to support additional AmeriCorps grants to organizations in Montana being made later this summer.

The current year’s AmeriCorps grant cycle was highly competitive, due to the strong demand by organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources. The 2015 competition prioritized investments in economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, education, veterans and military families, and disaster services.

AmeriCorps engages 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 25,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.

Since 1994, more than 900,000 Americans have provided more than 1 billion hours of service addressing critical challenges from poverty and hunger to disasters and the dropout crisis.  In Montana, more than 8,800 AmeriCorps members have served 8.5 million hours and earned more than $20,020,000 in education 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. Visit serve.mt.gov.

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.

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Students Receive YSM Scholarships

98 Students Awarded Youth Serve Montana Scholarships

Students receive $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 today announced that 98 Montana high school seniors from 71 schools stretching from Eureka to Wibaux were awarded $1,000 Youth Serve Montana Scholarships. These scholarships recognize each student’s commitment to volunteering over 100 hours in the last year.

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 98 scholarship recipients contributed more than 18,000 volunteer hours to Montana. Students helped their communities by mentoring their younger peers, coaching sports teams, assisting seniors in hospitals, participating in 4-H service events, serving as summer camp counselors, hosting donation drives, organizing park clean-ups, and so much more.

“These students instill a commitment to serve their communities that they will bring with them as they begin their next phase in life at a Montana institution of higher education,” said Lt. Governor Angela McLean. “These recipients are well-deserving of this scholarship award for their hard-work and service, and for the lasting impact they’ve had on those around them and on the people of Montana.”

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.

The 2015 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 - to date totaling more than $29.6 million.  Visit www.safmt.org  or www.SmartAboutCollege.org.

Montanans Join Together to Fight Childhood Hunger with Statewide Events

Projects Led by the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council

HELENA, MT- Members of the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council will serve their communities by leading projects during Fight Childhood Hunger Week, a Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) project, April 13-19, 2015.

Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest and longest running service event in the world and the only major service occasion dedicated to empowering youth. The Governor’s Office of Community Service has tasked the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council with taking the lead on GYSD in Montana by engaging their peers and communities in service through projects and events aligned with addressing childhood hunger.

“The dedicated middle and high school students who make up the Youth Leadership Council are serving as leaders in their community by working toward solutions to childhood hunger,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “Fight Childhood Hunger Week shows that it takes a whole community effort to ensure that children in Montana know where their next meal will come from, and that youth can serve on the forefront of combatting this important problem.”

“These student leaders see firsthand the impact hunger can have on their peers when they start the school day hungry,” said First Lady Lisa Bullock. “I am truly impressed by the amazing things they accomplished to raise awareness of the childhood hunger issue in their schools and communities. I’m honored to help them with their efforts and look forward to joining them for some of their projects during Fight Childhood Hunger Week.”

During Fight Childhood Hunger Week, 35 projects will take place in 12 communities stretching from Kalispell to Miles City. Projects are designed to increase awareness of the issue of childhood hunger, to raise funds and food to donate to food banks that provide resources to food insecure children, to advocate to public and elected leaders about the importance of this issue, and to coordinate volunteers to directly serve the community. Events include:

    • Boulder: School assembly and classroom demonstrations at Jefferson High School on Tuesday, April 14th.
    • Deer Lodge: Community dodgeball tournament to collect canned food items on Wednesday, April 15th.
    • Dell: Community spaghetti dinner on Thursday, April 16th to raise funds to start a weekend backpack program.
    • Great Falls: 5K Fun Run, kids’ activities, and vendor fair at the C.M. Russell High School with First Lady Lisa Bullock on Saturday, April 18th, 10:00am.
    • Helena: School assembly at Helena Middle School with First Lady Lisa Bullock to launch a new school food pantry, Monday, April 13th, 1:50pm.
    • Missoula: Hike to End Hunger with local businesses donating money to the Missoula Food Bank for each individual who hikes up the ‘M’ on Saturday, April 18th.
    • Polson: A showing of the documentary, A Place at the Table, at the local library on the evening of Thursday, April 16th.
    • Volborg: The launch of a new school food pantry at the local elementary school on Friday, April 17th to provide weekend backpacks filled with food. For a complete list of Fight Childhood Hunger Week projects, visit FightChildhoodHunger.com.

Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council members:

  • Holter Bailey, Jefferson High School, Boulder, 12th grade
  • Drew Briggs, Helena Middle School, Helena, 7th grade
  • Tanner Condit, Loyola Sacred Heart High School, Missoula, 11th grade
  • Natalie Hofstad, C.M. Russell High School, Great Falls, 12th grade
  • Kassidy Hokanson, Ennis High School, Ennis, 10th grade
  • Annie Lewis, C.M. Russell High School, Great Falls, 12th grade
  • Ashley Pearson, Greenfield Middle School, Fairfield, 7th grade
  • Lindsey Riley, Powder River Co. High School, Volborg, 10th grade
  • Taylor Rost, Polson High School, Polson, 12th grade
  • Marin Sewell, Powell County High School, Deer Lodge, 12th grade
  • Alyssa Shipp, Custer Co. District High School, Miles City, 9th grade
  • Katelynn Sutton, Lima High School, Dell, 10th grade
  • Emily Weber, C.M. Russell High School, Great Falls, 9th grade

Fight Childhood Hunger Week events are also organized by Montana No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps members serving in Great Falls, Kalispell, and Helena.

Full biographies and more information on the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council can be found at FightChildhoodHunger.com.

The First Interstate Bank Foundation is the presenting sponsor of the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council.

Global Youth Service Day events are also being organized by AmeriCorps State and VISTA members. In Butte, Energy Corps members will be planting trees on Sunday, April 19th, and in Kalispell, FoodCorps, Montana Conservation Corps, and AmeriCorps VISTA members will be uprooting a community garden at Flathead Valley Community College on Saturday, April 18th.

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 27th year, Global Youth Service Day is celebrated in more than 110 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 750 young people in Montana will participate in Global Youth Service Day activities this year. 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.

 

Governor Bullock Announces Montana as First State in the West to Become Employer of National Service

Montana Encouraging AmeriCorps and Peace Corps Alumni to Explore Careers with State Government

Helena, MT—Today, Governor Steve Bullock announced that Montana is the first state in the west, and the second in the nation, to become an Employer of National Service. As an Employer of National Service, the State of Montana is taking steps to encourage AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni to apply for careers with Montana state government.

“AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni in Montana have an invaluable work ethic and transferrable skills to communities throughout the state, all while embodying the commitment to help their neighbors in need,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “I am proud that the state is taking steps to keep these dedicated Montanans in Montana, so that we can engage an energetic workforce and build a more effective government.”

Governor Bullock made the announcement alongside Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, during their keynote addresses at the annual ServeMontana Symposium yesterday evening. They were joined by AmeriCorps members serving in Montana, the Commission on Community Service, and AmeriCorps VISTA alumni.

“By taking this step, Montana is making a smart move to attract talented, dedicated, and experienced leaders to work in state government,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.  “I applaud Governor Bullock for his leadership in making Montana an Employer of National Service. His actions send a signal around the country that Montana wants AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni to put their skills and experience to work on behalf of all Montanans.”

“Returned Peace Corps volunteers and AmeriCorps alumni have the skills, dedication and commitment that employers today are looking for,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “The state of Montana has a rich history with the Peace Corps, and we are grateful for Governor Bullock’s support to further our collaboration so volunteers can continue their service in Montana communities.”

Governor Bullock announced that the Montana Department of Administration has taken two important steps as part of the state becoming an Employer of National Service. First, the homepage of the Montana state career website (statecareers.mt.gov) has been updated to include language encouraging AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni to continue their lifetime of service by exploring career opportunities with Montana state government. Additionally, the Montana Department of Administration has added a question to the state recruitment system that allows AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni to indicate their national service alumni status when applying for jobs with state government.

In his address, Governor Bullock told state agencies that AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni are highly-qualified individuals that bring additional skills and value to the workplace. He also stated that the Montana Department of Administration and the Montana Governor’s Office of Community Service will continue to review opportunities to recruit and connect the talent of AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni to state government in the coming months.

Altogether, more than 1.1 million Americans have served in AmeriCorps and Peace Corps. Since 1994, more than 8,800 AmeriCorps members have served more than 8.5 million hours in Montana. This year, 520 AmeriCorps members are providing intensive, results-driven service to meet education, environmental, health, economic, and other pressing community needs across Montana.

Approximately 40 citizens from Montana are currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers around the world. A total of almost 1,400 Montana volunteers have served in the Peace Corps since it was established in 1961. In 2014, Montana ranked 7th in the nation per capita for sending Peace Corps volunteers, with Missoula ranking 2nd per capita among metropolitan areas.

Since its launch, more than 170 companies, nonprofits, and public agencies have signed on as Employers of National Service. Virginia was the first state to sign on. Disney, Comcast, CSX, Sodexo, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and the cities of Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Nashville have also signed on to be Employers of National Service.

For more information on becoming an Employer of National Service visit nationalservice.gov/employers, or contact employers@cns.gov.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service and champions community solutions through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund Programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

The Peace Corps sends the best and brightest Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Volunteers work at the grassroots level to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their service, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today’s global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, nearly 220,000 Americans of all ages have served in 140 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.peacecorps.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. For more information, visit serve.mt.gov.

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Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS, to Visit Montana for Annual ServeMontana Symposium

300 AmeriCorps State and VISTA members to participate in city-wide food drive, three-day service conference

HELENA, MT- Wendy Spencer, the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS),will visit Montana from March 11th through March 13th for the annual ServeMontana Symposium, an all-member gathering of 300 AmeriCorps State and VISTA members serving throughout the state. Her visit coincides with AmeriCorps Week, a nationwide initiative to recognize the commitment of AmeriCorps members for their service to communities.

Hosted by the Governor’s Office of Community Service, the sixth-annual ServeMontana Symposium, “Building Communities under Big Skies,” will include a city-wide food drive in partnership with Helena Food Share, an address by Governor Steve Bullock and Wendy Spencer, a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of AmeriCorps VISTA, keynote presentations and breakout sessions, and a disaster simulation.

2015 ServeMontana Symposium signature events:

  • Wednesday, March 11th, 1:30pm, Montana State Capitol steps: First Lady Lisa Bullock and Wendy Spencer will launch the city-wide food drive, Doorsteps to Backpacks. Members will be collecting kid-friendly food items from the doorsteps of approximately 10,000 homes in the Helena city-area to benefit the Helena Food Share’s Kid Packs. Members will also be stationed at all grocery stores in Helena collecting kid-friendly food items.
  • Thursday, March 12th, 3:30pm-5:00pm, Carroll College: Mike Halligan, Executive Director of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, and the CNCS State Office will host a Community Solutions Summit to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of AmeriCorps VISTA.
  • Thursday, March 12th, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Carroll College: Governor Steve Bullock and Wendy Spencer will address the AmeriCorps State and VISTA members, the Commission on Community Service, and AmeriCorps VISTA alumni. Governor Bullock will be making a special announcement regarding a new initiative of the state in his address.

All Symposium events on Thursday and Friday will take place at the Carroll College Campus Center. The Montana Campus Compact board recently voted to begin matching the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award at the fourteen institutions represented by the board. Carroll College was the first institution to register for the Education Award match program.

For more information about the annual ServeMontana Symposium, please visit 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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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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Montanans Volunteer in Honor of MLK Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2015
Contact: Marissa Perry (406) 444-9077

Commemorating MLK through 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 by serving this January. AmeriCorps State and VISTA members and Senior Corps volunteers have organized MLK Day service opportunities in seven communities throughout the state.

AmeriCorps VISTA, Senior Corps and volunteers will participate in Read for Peace projects that place volunteers in kindergarten through third-grade classrooms. MLK Read for Peace provides college student volunteers, community members, and National Service participants the opportunity to spread the message of Dr. King to elementary school students in Montana.

Along with the Read for Peace projects, Energy Corps members have organized a residential weatherization project on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning. AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and volunteers have also organized food drives, an art contest, and a drive to benefit the homeless. For a map and full list of service events organized by these National Service members please visit serve.mt.gov.

“MLK Day is not only a holiday to pay tribute to Dr. King’s legacy, but also a day to make a difference by serving others,” said Gordon Bauer, an Energy Corps AmeriCorps member. “After scheduling 150 weatherization appointments for MLK week, it has become clear that people are in great need and are grateful to us for providing this service. I am very excited to help out where I can.”

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. 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

Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer

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Deadline Approaching for Public to Submit Nominations

Helena, MT- The Governor's Office of Community Service and the Montana Commission on Community Service are accepting nominations for the 2015 ServeMontana Awards. Nominations are due December 5, 2014.

The Governor's Office of Community Service is asking the public to thank the volunteers and organizations that make a difference across the state. Montanans are truly committed to service and take time out of their busy schedules to volunteer each day and in a variety of ways. This commitment to service deserves recognition.

"The ServeMontana Awards represent a strong ethic of service and sense of community involvement instilled in Montanans," said Governor Steve Bullock. "I encourage you to nominate the organizations and individuals, who through their dedication to community service, go above and beyond to help their neighbors in need."

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

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

The nomination form is available at serve.mt.gov

Award winners will be selected by a committee of members from the Governor's Montana Commission on Community Service and recognized during a public ceremony at the Montana State Capitol in February 2015.

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.

All nominations for the 2015 awards must be submitted to the Governor's Office of Community Service by December 5, 2014.

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

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.

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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 are now accepting nominations for the 2015 ServeMontana Awards.

Presented in February at the Montana State Capitol, these annual awards recognize outstanding Montana individuals and organizations committed to community and volunteer service.

“The ServeMontana Awards provide an opportunity for the public to recognize the outstanding folks that devote time each and every day to make their community a better place,” said Dan Ritter, Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Service. “Montanans have always had a strong ethic of service, and it’s through these awards that we are able to highlight this very principle and commitment that makes Montana a better place to live.”

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 at serve.mt.gov

All nominations for the 2015 ServeMontana Awards must be submitted to the Governor’s Office of Community Service by December 5, 2014.

The ceremony to present the ServeMontana Awards will be held February 2015 in Helena and is open to the public.

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

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

     

Governor Announces No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                              July 1, 2014

CONTACTS:

Dave Parker, Communications Director, Governor’s Office, (406) 444-9844
Marissa Perry, Governor’s Office of Community Service, (406) 444-9077

Governor Bullock Announces Montana No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps Program

HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana No Kid Hungry has been awarded $65,000 from the Montana Commission on Community Service to place AmeriCorps members in five communities across Montana to help alleviate childhood hunger.

In Montana, one in five children struggle with hunger. Through the Montana No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps Program, members will leverage No Kid Hungry efforts by working with local school-based leaders and stakeholders to increase participation in school breakfast programs.

“Through hands-on service, members will be able to provide on the ground support to serve a greater number of kids and make a significant impact with available resources,” said Governor Steve Bullock.  “I am proud to announce this program that will put us one step closer to ensuring that no child goes hungry in Montana.”

Research shows that alternative breakfast models, such as Breakfast in the Classroom and Grab n’ Go, increase participation by 75 percent and provide children with a meal they need to start the day. On average, students who eat breakfast perform 17.5 percent higher on mathematics standardized tests, are more likely to attend more days of school, and therefore, are more likely to graduate high school.

In addition to increasing participation in school breakfast, Montana No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps members will help build new and existing childhood hunger coalitions, conduct surveys on current school nutrition programs, increase awareness of childhood hunger in the community, and organize and participate in service projects.

AmeriCorps members will be placed in Billings, Great Falls, Missoula, Kalispell and Helena.  Members will begin their service in fall 2014 and serve through the school year.

If you are interested in applying to serve with Montana No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps or host a member at your organization, please visit mt.nokidhungry.org.

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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Lt. Governor Presents Civic Engagement Award

McLean Presents First Lt. Governor Civic Engagement Award

Anaconda Man Honored for Service in Classroom

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Lt. Governor Angela McLean honored an Anaconda man today in the first of a series of Lt. Governor Civic Engagement Awards.

The award was presented today to Mike Kovacich at the Vocational Technology Building at Anaconda High School. After retiring from a thirty year career as a machinist and mechanic for Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, Mike helped high school teacher, Ryan Pesanti, start a milling and machining class. For the last three years, Mike has assisted in the classroom every day and has encouraged students to become future engineers and hobbyists in the profession.

“In addition to his previous work as a public servant in the vo-tech field, Mike served as a member of the National Guard for 7 years and as a volunteer firefighter with the Anaconda Fire Department for several years,” said Lt. Governor Angela McLean. “Today, he spends countless hours bettering the community and serving as a mentor to students. Mike’s continuous, selfless commitment to the people of Montana makes me proud to stand here before you and honor him for his contributions.”

According to Ryan Pesanti, Mike turned the dream of teaching a milling and machining class at Anaconda High School into a reality. He has served as an exceptional and natural tutor to children of different backgrounds, and has excelled at using his talents to benefit the district, community, and his family.

Hosted by the Governors’ Office of Community Service, the Lt. Governor Civic Engagement Awards will be presented quarterly to individuals and organizations making an impactful difference in the civic life of Montana communities.

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

 

 

2014 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship Recipients

100 Students Awarded Youth Serve Montana Scholarships

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 100 Montana high school seniors from 72 schools from Eureka to Ekalaka are receiving $1,000 Youth Serve Montana Scholarships. These scholarships recognize each student’s commitment to volunteering over 100 hours in the last year.

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 100 scholarship recipients contributed more than 17,500 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.

“These students have dedicated so much of their time to improving the lives of others in their community. I’m glad that we’re able to recognize them and thank them for their hard-work and service,” Governor Bullock said. “Montanans commitment to serving our communities is one of the things that makes our state strong. These students are perfect examples of that.”

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.

The 2014 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.

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

Youth Serve Montana Scholarship Deadline April 15th

Contact: Marissa Perry (406) 444-9077
March 31, 2014
For Immediate Release

2014 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship Deadline Approaching

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 that the 2014 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship application deadline is April 15, 2014.

The Youth Serve Montana Scholarship rewards students who have volunteered over 100 hours in the last year and who want to further their education in state. This year, 100 high school seniors will receive $1,000 toward continued education at one of Montana Campus Compact’s public, tribal, private, or community colleges and universities.

“In addition to test scores and GPA, college admissions officers consider community service an important factor and a strong indication of character when making admission decisions,” said Lt. Governor Angela McLean. “I am proud to see so many high school seniors passionately serving their community while pursuing an education at a higher institution in Montana.”

The Youth Serve Montana Scholarship application form, guidelines, and FAQs can be found online at serve.mt.gov. Completed applications, proof of volunteer hours, confirmation of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and enrollment in a Montana post-secondary institution must be postmarked or submitted to the Governor’s Office of Community Service by April 15, 2014.

The 2014 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 - to date totaling more than $25 million.  Visit www.safmt.org  or www.SmartAboutCollege.org.

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

2014 ServeMontana Symposium

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Service Focused Conference March 12th through March 14th

HELENA, MT- AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Senior Corps participants from across Montana will gather for the annual ServeMontana Symposium on March 12th through March 14th at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel in Helena, MT. Hosted by the Governor’s Office of Community Service, this conference will focus on providing training and resources for National Service programs.

“The ServeMontana Symposium is an excellent training and networking opportunity for National Service volunteers around the state,” said Dan Ritter, Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Service. “This year’s theme, the Power of Human Action, will highlight the dedication of National Service participants in enriching Montana communities and making a difference through service.”

What: ServeMontana Symposium: the Power of Human Action
When: Wednesday, March 12 through Friday, March 14
Where: Red Lion Colonial Hotel, Helena, MT
Who: AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Senior Corps

The ServeMontana Symposium will begin at 1:00 pm on March 12th with an address from Governor Steve Bullock to National Service participants in the Capitol Rotunda in Helena. National Service participants will then participate in city-wide service projects at the following locations: Montana Wild Center, Habitat for Humanity, Lewis and Clark Humane Society, Intermountain Youth Home, Helena Indian Alliance, YWCA, YMCA, Good Samaritan, Florence Crittenton, and School Age Child Care (SACC). Partnering with the Helena Fire Department and the Tri-County FireSafe Council, members will also canvass Helena neighborhoods, distributing information on wildfire preparedness in advance of this year’s fast approaching fire season.

Dr. Paul Gordon Lauren, University of Montana Regents Professor, will be the keynote speaker on the evening of Thursday, March 13th. Dr. Lauren is an internationally-recognized teacher and scholar on international human rights, diplomacy, and international relations. Professor Lauren has presented many lectures across the United States and throughout the world, including before the Smithsonian Institute, United Nations, and the Nobel Peace Institute.

Montana State University President, Dr. Waded Cruzado, and Montana Supreme Court Justice, Justice Beth Baker, will also speak at the Symposium. Other events include breakout sessions highlighting strategies for meeting needs in Montana, and skill-building sessions on volunteer management, civic engagement, philanthropy and more.

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

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

Governor’s Office of Community Service to Recognize Outstanding Volunteers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2014
Contact: Marissa Perry (406) 444-9077

MEDIA ADVISORY

Governor’s Office of Community Service to Recognize Outstanding Volunteers

Governor and First Lady Bullock to Present Awards

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service and the Montana Commission on Community Service will recognize eight outstanding community volunteers and organizations at the annual ServeMontana Award Ceremony. First Lady Lisa Bullock will be presenting two additional awards to Montana schools that have shown excellence in initiating and supporting school breakfast programs.

What:   ServeMontana Award Ceremony

Who:    Governor’s Office of Community Service
Commission on Community Service
Governor and First Lady Bullock
Disaster and Emergency Services Administrator, Ed Tinsley

When:  Friday, February 7, 2014 at 12:00PM

Where: Montana Capitol Rotunda

Why: To recognize individuals and organizations who, through their dedication and commitment to community service, have greatly enhanced civic life in Montana

Awardees:James Thompson, Billings
St. James Episcopal Church Wood Bank, Dillon
David Snuggs, Great Falls
Downtown Chicks, Great Falls
Malmstrom Air Force Base Office of Emergency Management
Sgt. Chuck Lewis, Ronan
Victoria Elliott, Seeley Lake
Valerie Umphrey, St. Ignatius

Corvallis High School, First Lady School Breakfast Champion Award
Fromberg School, First Lady School Breakfast Champion Award

For more information, contact Marissa Perry at 406-444-9077.

Youth Serve Montana Scholarships

2014 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship Available to High School Seniors

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 the 2014 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship is now available for up to 100 Montana high school seniors. It is the ninth year for this exciting scholarship opportunity aimed at students dedicated to volunteering.

The Youth Serve Montana Scholarship rewards students who have volunteered over 100 hours in the last year and who want to further their education in state. This year, 100 high school seniors will receive $1,000 toward continued education at one of Montana Campus Compact's public, tribal, private, or community colleges and universities.

"Students throughout Montana engage in thousands of hours of service annually," said Kelly Cresswell, Student Assistance Foundation vice president of Foundation Activities. "Student Assistance Foundation is pleased to partner with the Governor's Office of Community Service and Campus Compact to provide these scholarships funds in recognition of their efforts."

The Youth Serve Montana Scholarship application form, guidelines, and FAQs can be found online at serve.mt.gov. Completed applications, proof of volunteer hours, confirmation of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and enrollment in a Montana post-secondary institution must be submitted to the Governor's Office of Community Service by April 15, 2014.

"It is important that we recognize students who are committed to serving their communities," said Jane Karas, Ph.D., chair of Montana Campus Compact and president of Flathead Valley Community College. "By awarding these scholarships, we are rewarding students for their dedication and efforts while supporting them as they pursue their educational goals."

"Supporting service and education sustain strong, diverse communities, lifelong service and philanthropy by young people and assists students in affording a quality education to secure a positive and productive future," said Karin Olsen Billings, chair of the Montana Commission on Community Service.

The Governor's Office of Community Service, Montana Campus Compact, and Student Assistance Foundation would like to encourage students seeking volunteer work to take advantage of the increase in volunteer opportunities during the holiday season. Students should contact local shelters, food banks, or volunteer organizations to see how they can best serve their community.

The 2014 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 - to date totaling more than $25 million. Visit www.safmt.org or www.SmartAboutCollege.org.

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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

 

 

 

First Lady and First Interstate Bank Kick-off One Warm Coat drive in Montana

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NEWS RELEASE

GOVERNOR STEVE BULLOCK

STATE OF MONTANA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Mike Wessler, 444-9725 

First Lady and First Interstate Bank Kick-off One Warm Coat drive in Montana

Campaign Encourages Montanans to Help Keep Neighbors Warm this Winter 

HELENA—First Lady Lisa Bullock today joined First Interstate Bank and One Warm Coat® to kick-off a two-week coat drive across Montana. 

“Montanans are always quick to offer a helping hand to a friend or neighbor in need,” said First Lady Lisa Bullock.  “I hope Montanans will join me in donating a coat to help  all Montanans stay warm this winter.”

Montanans are invited to donate clean, gently used coats at drop-off locations across the state.  Collection boxes will be set up in the Capitol Rotunda and at First Interstate Bank branches across the state.  For more information on collection box locations, visit the website: serve.mt.gov.  The coat drive will run through November 1st and donated coats will be given to local organizations for distribution such as the Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul, and Montana Rescue Mission. Since 2009, over 8,533 gently used or new coats have been donated across the state.

“No one should have to go without such a basic necessity as a winter coat,” said Kelly Bruggeman, First Interstate Foundation Executive Director.  “This is a great opportunity for First Interstate Bank and all Montanans to demonstrate their generosity of spirit by passing along coats that are no longer needed.

One Warm Coat (www.onewarmcoat.org) is a national non-profit organization that supports and encourages coat drives.  It helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies that distribute the coats free to people in need. 

First Interstate Bank (www.firstinterstatebank.com) is a community banking organization, operating 71 offices throughout Montana, Wyoming, and western South Dakota.

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

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

     

     

    2013 Youth Serve Montana Scholarships

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    February 25, 2013
    Contact: Julia Gustafson (406) 444-9077

     

    2013 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship
    Available to High School Seniors

    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 the 2013 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship is now available for up to 100 Montana high school seniors. It is the eighth year for this exciting scholarship opportunity aimed at students dedicated to volunteering.

    The Youth Serve Montana Scholarship rewards students who have volunteered over 100 hours in the last year and who want to further their education in state. This year, 100 high school seniors will receive $1,000 toward continued education at one of Montana Campus Compact’s public, tribal, private, or community colleges and universities.

    “This is a great opportunity to recognize students who are committed to service and to giving back to their communities,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “The Youth Serve Montana Scholarships honor these students’ investment in our state and help them continue their education here in Montana.”

    The Youth Serve Montana Scholarship application form, guidelines, and FAQs can be found online at serve.mt.gov. Completed applications, proof of volunteer hours, confirmation of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and enrollment in a Montana post-secondary institution must be submitted to the Governor’s Office of Community Service by April 15, 2013.

    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.

    “It is Student Assistance Foundation’s honor to support the Youth Serve Montana Scholarship program,” said Kelly Cresswell, vice president of Foundation Activities. “Commitment on the part of Montana students to giving back to their communities, combined with a desire to attain higher education, provides a strong foundation going forward for our state, and generations to come.”

    "My colleagues and I are proud to recognize civically engaged students,” said Jane Karas, Ph.D., chair of Montana Campus Compact and president of Flathead Valley Community College. "These scholarships honor their commitment to their communities while helping them achieve their educational goals."

    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 - to date totaling more than $25 million. 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

    ServeMontana Symposium

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    February 5, 2013
    Contact: Julia Gustafson (406) 444-9077

     

    ServeMontana Symposium

    Volunteer Focused Conference February 28 and March 1, 2013

    HELENA, MT- Registration is now open for the ServeMontana Symposium on February 28 and March 1 at the Great Northern Hotel in Helena, MT. This affordable conference, offered by the Governor’s Office of Community Service, focuses on providing training and resources for national service programs, nonprofits, and organizations that use and support volunteers.

    “The ServeMontana Symposium is an excellent training and networking opportunity for volunteers and the organizations that support them,” said Tony Dean, Interim Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Service. “This year’s theme, Service through the Ages, will highlight both the history of service and how all generations are making a difference by volunteering their time and talents.”

    What: ServeMontana Symposium: Service through the Ages
    When: Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1, 2013
    Where: Great Northern Hotel, Helena, MT
    Who: Nonprofits, community organizations, national service members and volunteers
    Cost: $100 before 2/13/13 or $125 after 2/13/13
    Register: Registration available online at serve.mt.gov

    Steve Culbertson, President and CEO of YSA (Youth Service America), will be the keynote speaker on Thursday, February 28, 2013. YSA is an international nonprofit organization that improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in substantive roles. For two years in a row, the Nonprofit Times named him to its list of "The 50 most powerful and influential leaders" in the sector, saying, "Culbertson has helped to position volunteering and young people as an issue and a national priority."

    The conference will also highlight volunteers from across the state with the ServeMontana Awards and ReadyMontana Awards presented at the awards luncheon on Thursday, February 28 at 11:30am. Registration for the awards luncheon is available for $20.

    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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