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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