Top Service Moments of 2013
Montana State Parks AmeriCorps Responds to the Bannack State Park Flash Flood
On July 17, 2013 a flash flood swept through Bannack State Park, a National Historic Landmark. The flood affected 80% of the historic 60 buildings. Montana State Park AmeriCorps members came to the rescue to assist in the cleanup. Members spent two days documenting unearthed artifacts which were deposited through the flood zone by marking the location using GPS, and describing, tagging, and bagging each item.
Sarah Rapasky, a member who aided in the cleanup, said, “Our work at Bannack was not exactly what we expected we would be doing as a part of the recovery, but that is the great thing about AmeriCorps, if you embrace whatever comes your way it can really be a great experience. With the amount of artifacts there were to document, many hands made light work of the task.”
2. The Great Shakeout
On October 23rd at 10:23AM, over 107,000 Montanans across the state participated in a simple, effective earthquake drill marking the first-ever Great Rocky Mountain ShakeOut. Approximately 10% of the population learned to "drop, cover, and hold on" once the ground starts to shake.
Participants included schools, businesses, non-profits, state and federal agencies, individuals and more.
3. MLK National Day of Service
Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off”. Montanans honored Dr. King’s legacy by helping their communities with volunteer projects across the state.
Highlights included the “Read for Peace” in 13 communities in which volunteers read books about Dr. King and his ideas of peace and understanding to elementary school students, including Governor Steve Bullock. Students then made art pieces on their reflections from the books that were displayed in the community.
4. 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance
In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Each year, millions of volunteers across the nation spend the day helping others and participating in community service projects.
National Service participants in Montana including AmeriCorps VISTA, Senior Corps, and AmeriCorps State and National teamed up for service projects and events across the state. There were over 15 projects including gleaning events for seniors, toiletry drives, and events to honor veterans.
April 26-28th, 2013 marked Global Youth Service Day, the world's largest service event, and the only one dedicated to recognizing the contributions that young people make to their communities every day of the year. The Governor’s Office of Community Service provided mini-grants of $150 for youth-led projects across the state. Projects included tree planting, playground building, trail work, gardening, fencing, and more.