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, MT – In 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.
Governor’s Office of Community Service