Montana volunteers deserve recognition. The Governor's Office of Community Service recognized outstanding community volunteers and organizations during the 2013 Montana State University Bobcat and University of Montana Grizzly football season. Volunteers were nominated by community members and recognized on the field at home games.
Harold “Butch” Baldwin
August 31, 2013
Butch Baldwin, of Missoula, was recognized for his dedication and service to the Missoula community. Butch is a volunteer with the Missoula Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). A Vietnam veteran, Butch dedicates countless hours as the Veteran Liaison on the RVSP taskforce and volunteers at the annual Missoula Veteran’s 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 soldiers, and more! To learn more about Missoula RSVP, visit http://missoulaagingservices.org/.
August 28, 2013
Beverley McDougal, of Dillon, was recognized for her dedication to helping Montana military families impacted by an emergency or disaster. As an 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.
September 14, 2013
Beverly Townsend, of Bozeman, was 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.
September 21, 2013
Karen Tipp, of Missoula, was recognized for her dedication and service as a Senior Corps Foster Grandparent. Karen dedicated six years to the Program, providing mentoring and tutoring services in Missoula area elementary schools. Karen’s service in the classroom was invaluable, helping both the teachers and the students who adored and respected her. To learn more about the Foster Grandparent Program in the Missoula area, visit www.missoulaagingservices.org.
October 5, 2013
Rocky Infanger, of Wolf Creek, was 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. To learn more about Firesafe Montana, visit www.firesafemt.org.
October 5, 2013
Calvin Burr, of Havre, was 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.
October 19, 2013
George Tipp, of Missoula, was 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/
October 26, 2013
Diana Bennett, of Kalispell, was 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.
October 26, 2013
Jane Foster, of Bozeman, was 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.
November 16, 2013
Bob Crowe, of Miles City, was 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.
November 16, 2013
Michelle Cares, of Missoula, was recognized for her dedication to service in the Missoula community. A young, caring, and ambitious leader, Michelle is committed to serving her fellow Missoulians, especially those with unmet needs. 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.
Big Sky Honor Flight
November 23, 2013
The Big Sky Honor Flight was recognized as the annual Brawl of the Wild, the football game between the Montana State Bobcats and the University of Montana Grizzlies. 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. . To date, the Montana 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. To learn more about the Honor Flight, visit http://www.bigskyhonorflight.org/.