Congratulations to the 2016 Award Recipients!
The 2016 ServeMontana Award and First Lady School Breakfast Champion Awards will be presented on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 11:00am in Room 317 at the Montana State Capitol. The public is invited to attend.
2016 ServeMontana Award Recipients:
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 in just a year. Proceeds go to the Conscious Connections Foundation and the Malala Fund.
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.
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.
Carla Parks, Thompson Falls: Carla has transformed Thompson Falls by leading the town on a path towards 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..
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.
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.
St. Peter’s Hospital Volunteer Department, Helena: More than 150 volunteers serve at St. Peter’s Hospital Volunteer Department, performing necessary 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.
2016 First Lady School Breakfast Champion Recipients:
Miles City Public Schools: Startup of a new school breakfast program
Miles City has taken strides in providing breakfast to students at 4 elementary schools, the middle school, and high school.
Billings Senior High School: Increased participation in an existing school breakfast program
After starting Breakfast in the Classroom, Billings Senior High now serves breakfast to 950 students, an increase of 700 per day!
Browning Public Schools: Increased participation in an existing school breakfast program
A Grab N’ Go model was adopted last fall in the middle and high schools. Over 1,000 students participate in the program each day.
Fairfield School District: Long-standing tradition of excellence in serving school breakfast
Fairfield has been providing breakfast for over 20 years. They continually seek to accommodate students’ schedules and provide healthy choices.
Roosevelt Elementary School: Food Service Staff of the Year
With severe limitations such as space and no dishwasher, the food service team continues to make the best with little by serving Breakfast in the Classroom.
The Governor’s Office of Community Service and the Montana Commission on Community Service are proud to present the ServeMontana Awards. The purpose of these awards is to recognize individuals of all ages and backgrounds who, through their dedication and commitment to community service, have greatly enhanced civic life in Montana.
We invite you to nominate individuals and organizations who:
- Volunteer in ways that cause a lasting change in people’s lives
- Demonstrate a strong commitment to serving their community
- Engage in service that greatly benefits others
- Exhibit leadership in their service
- Represent determination and perseverance
These awards represent the best in positive community change through service, volunteerism and community leadership.
Public nominations for the 2017 ServeMontana will be accepted beginning October 2016.
The public is encouraged to nominate individuals of all ages and backgrounds, organizations, and groups. All services must be performed in Montana or by a Montanan.
The Montana Commission on Community Service, a Governor-appointed body dedicated to promoting service in Montana, will select the award winners.
All nominations for the 2016 Awards must be received by December 6, 2015.
The Commission will review nominations in December and the Awards will be presented during a ServeMontana award ceremony in February 2016.
Read about the 2015 First Lady School Breakfast Champions
Read about the 2015 Award Recipients
Read about the 2014 Award Recipients
Read about the 2013 Award Recipients