AmeriCorps VISTA members in the Helena area are collecting healthy breakfast items to donate to the Helena Food Share starting on MLK Day and through the end of January.
FoodCorps is teaming up with Boulder Elementary School's 21st Century Learning Program to host a food drive for non-perishable items to benefit the Boulder community. Project Homeless Connect -- a one-day one-stop service event for people who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless -- events will take place in Missoula, Great Falls, and Kalispell on January 29, 2016 from 10a-3p. Billings Metro VISTA Project members will be helping at the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Billings on MLK Day. Please join the Montana Governor’s Office of Community Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service Montana State Office for a conference call about the Martin Luther King, Jr. The Governor’s Office of Community Service will use the information shared to help network opportunities and to spread the word to the public and the media.
Please add your project plans to the Google spreadsheet of planned events, easily accessed here: MLK Day of Service GOOGLE DOC. National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.
The Montana Governor’s Office of Community Service (OCS) seeks your input on the greatest needs facing our state. OCS aims to get more than 1,000 responses from all corners of Montana’s diverse communities. This opportunity to make a more effective state government here in Montana is limited, so get the survey done by Friday, September 11!
MISSOULA, MT: In an effort to attract more civically engaged students to pursue higher education in Montana, 12 Montana colleges and universities are offering matching funds for AmeriCorps alums who use their Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards to attend their institutions. The initiative is being led by Montana Campus Compact, a CEO-led coalition of colleges and universities which drives civic engagement, service-learning and volunteerism. The award may be used to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary educational institutions (including many technical schools and GI-Bill approved educational programs), as well as to repay qualified student loans. Since AmeriCorps founding in 1994, more than 900,000 men and women have contributed more than 1.2 billion hours in service tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Since 1994, more than 8,800 Montana residents have served more than 8.5 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $20 million. Montana Campus Compact is a CEO-led coalition of colleges and universities which drives civic engagement, service-learning and volunteerism. Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 colleges and universities working to advance the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and educate students for civic and social responsibility.
HELENA, MT- Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana has received $2,993,256 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The total funding amount will be granted to the Montana Commission on Community Service, the Governor-appointed state service commission, which in turn will award the grants to nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the state. CNCS will make available $1,122,409 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants. Included in the total, is $600,000 in funding to the Montana Commission on Community Service to support additional AmeriCorps grants to organizations in Montana being made later this summer. The current year’s AmeriCorps grant cycle was highly competitive, due to the strong demand by organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources. AmeriCorps engages 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 25,000 locations across the country. The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes National Service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.
AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service, Montana Campus Compact, and Student Assistance Foundation today announced that 98 Montana high school seniors from 71 schools stretching from Eureka to Wibaux were awarded $1,000 Youth Serve Montana Scholarships. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants needed to volunteer at least 100 hours in the last year.
These $1,000 Youth Serve Montana Scholarships are for continued education at one of Montana Campus Compact’s two-year, four-year, public, tribal, private, or community colleges and universities. The 2015 Youth Serve Montana Scholarships have been made possible through support from the Governor’s Office of Community Service, Montana Campus Compact, and Student Assistance Foundation. The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes national service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness. Montana Campus Compact is Montana’s largest higher-education network and works to improve community life by educating students for civic and social responsibility. HELENA, MT- Members of the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council will serve their communities by leading projects during Fight Childhood Hunger Week, a Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) project, April 13-19, 2015.
Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest and longest running service event in the world and the only major service occasion dedicated to empowering youth. During Fight Childhood Hunger Week, 35 projects will take place in 12 communities stretching from Kalispell to Miles City. Boulder: School assembly and classroom demonstrations at Jefferson High School on Tuesday, April 14th. Deer Lodge: Community dodgeball tournament to collect canned food items on Wednesday, April 15th. Dell: Community spaghetti dinner on Thursday, April 16th to raise funds to start a weekend backpack program. Missoula: Hike to End Hunger with local businesses donating money to the Missoula Food Bank for each individual who hikes up the ‘M’ on Saturday, April 18th. Polson: A showing of the documentary, A Place at the Table, at the local library on the evening of Thursday, April 16th. Volborg: The launch of a new school food pantry at the local elementary school on Friday, April 17th to provide weekend backpacks filled with food. Fight Childhood Hunger Week events are also organized by Montana No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps members serving in Great Falls, Kalispell, and Helena. The First Interstate Bank Foundation is the presenting sponsor of the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council.
Global Youth Service Day events are also being organized by AmeriCorps State and VISTA members.
Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. The Governor’s Office of Community Service was selected to serve as a Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency by Youth Service America, the founder and chief convener of Global Youth Service Day.


Helena, MT—Today, Governor Steve Bullock announced that Montana is the first state in the west, and the second in the nation, to become an Employer of National Service.
Governor Bullock made the announcement alongside Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, during their keynote addresses at the annual ServeMontana Symposium yesterday evening.
Governor Bullock announced that the Montana Department of Administration has taken two important steps as part of the state becoming an Employer of National Service.
In his address, Governor Bullock told state agencies that AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni are highly-qualified individuals that bring additional skills and value to the workplace. Approximately 40 citizens from Montana are currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers around the world. Since its launch, more than 170 companies, nonprofits, and public agencies have signed on as Employers of National Service. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service and champions community solutions through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund Programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
The Peace Corps sends the best and brightest Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. 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.
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. All Symposium events on Thursday and Friday will take place at the Carroll College Campus Center.
HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service and the Montana Commission on Community Service today recognized the 2015 recipients of the ServeMontana and First Lady School Breakfast Champion awards. Along with Governor Steve Bullock and First Lady Lisa Bullock, Chair of the Montana Commission on Community Service, Karin Olsen Billings, and Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Service, Dan Ritter, presented seven ServeMontana Awards to outstanding community volunteers and organizations in the social impact areas of education, healthy futures, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, veterans and military families, and emergency response.
First Lady Lisa Bullock presented the First Lady School Breakfast Champion Awards to schools that promote successful outcomes among their students through the initiation and support of school breakfast programs. William Snell (Billings) - Founder of the Pretty Shield Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides charitable and educational services to Montana American Indian communities. Tom Meskimen (Martin City) - Volunteer with the Martin City Fire Department for over 20 years.
Big Sky Youth Empowerment (Bozeman) - Through the use of creative programs and outdoor activities, volunteers mentor at-risk youth and help them through difficult challenges. Friends of the Montana Historical Society (Helena) - 130 members who together devote an average of 600 hours per month volunteering to preserve, protect, and promote Montana history.
Beth Morris (Ravalli County) - Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteer and statewide Duty Officer Supervisor for the American Red Cross. Thompson Falls Student Council (Thompson Falls) - Student-led organization that organizes volunteer activities to care for the community. Mary Olson (Missoula) - Certified State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) counselor and Medicare Classroom Aide through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Winnett K-12 Schoolsfor the long-standing tradition of excellence in serving school breakfast. HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service announced today that National Service members and volunteers across Montana will honor Dr. AmeriCorps VISTA, Senior Corps and volunteers will participate in Read for Peace projects that place volunteers in kindergarten through third-grade classrooms.
Along with the Read for Peace projects, Energy Corps members have organized a residential weatherization project on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning.
MLK National Day of Service is considered a "day on, not a day off." There are many ways to serve your neighbors and community on and around MLK Day of Service. Additional data is available on voting, group participation, social connectedness, and other volunteering and civic life indicators.
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With each weatherization, service recipients will receive education on how they save more energy in their homes.
Food drop-off locations can be found at Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services buildings and in the Governor's Office.
More than 75 service providers will be on hand in each community to provide approximately 400 clients with tangible services throughout the day.
Projects on the sheet will be shared with statewide press through an advisory sent prior to MLK Day. We encourage you to join along, serve your community, and enjoy the outdoors while doing so!
Each year, millions of volunteers across the nation spend the day helping others and participating in community service projects. OCS has multiple ways to impact the greatest needs but we need you to tell us where National Service and volunteerism can make the biggest improvements and results to raise Montana as a whole. From the cities and towns to American Indian and rural communities this is an opportunity for you and every Montanan to weigh in, so, please share far and wide!
This call is open to anyone involved with National Service and volunteering in Montana including AmeriCorps members, program staff, Senior Corps directors, and community members.
In November of 2014, Montana Campus Compact's board of directors voted unanimously to encourage its affiliates to match the education award. Last month, CNCS announced that Montana ranked first in the nation for states that generate the most AmeriCorps members per capita. It is named after Eli Segal, one of the pioneers of the national service movement and the first CEO of CNCS. In that time, AmeriCorps members have directed more than $9.9 million in education award payments to the 15 colleges and universities that are members of Montana Campus Compact. Our work to improve community life and educate students for civic and social responsibility is critically important. Members will recruit and support volunteers to gain knowledge of the legal system and know and exercise their legal rights and responsibilities resulting in low income citizens receiving the intended benefits of our laws.
After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an award of $5,730 that they can use to pay for college or to pay off qualified student loans. The 2015 competition prioritized investments in economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, education, veterans and military families, and disaster services. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.


These scholarships recognize each student’s commitment to volunteering over 100 hours in the last year. Many students volunteered more than this and in total, the 98 scholarship recipients contributed more than 18,000 volunteer hours to Montana. The Governor’s Office of Community Service has tasked the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council with taking the lead on GYSD in Montana by engaging their peers and communities in service through projects and events aligned with addressing childhood hunger. Projects are designed to increase awareness of the issue of childhood hunger, to raise funds and food to donate to food banks that provide resources to food insecure children, to advocate to public and elected leaders about the importance of this issue, and to coordinate volunteers to directly serve the community. In Butte, Energy Corps members will be planting trees on Sunday, April 19th, and in Kalispell, FoodCorps, Montana Conservation Corps, and AmeriCorps VISTA members will be uprooting a community garden at Flathead Valley Community College on Saturday, April 18th. In total, over 750 young people in Montana will participate in Global Youth Service Day activities this year. As an Employer of National Service, the State of Montana is taking steps to encourage AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni to apply for careers with Montana state government. They were joined by AmeriCorps members serving in Montana, the Commission on Community Service, and AmeriCorps VISTA alumni. He also stated that the Montana Department of Administration and the Montana Governor’s Office of Community Service will continue to review opportunities to recruit and connect the talent of AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni to state government in the coming months. Since 1994, more than 8,800 AmeriCorps members have served more than 8.5 million hours in Montana. A total of almost 1,400 Montana volunteers have served in the Peace Corps since it was established in 1961. Volunteers work at the grassroots level to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Her visit coincides with AmeriCorps Week, a nationwide initiative to recognize the commitment of AmeriCorps members for their service to communities.
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.
Governor Bullock will be making a special announcement regarding a new initiative of the state in his address.
The Montana Campus Compact board recently voted to begin matching the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award at the fourteen institutions represented by the board. These awards are presented annually to outstanding community volunteers, organizations, and schools for their service to Montana. Ten other schools throughout Montana were also designated as School Breakfast Champions this year by the First Lady. MLK Read for Peace provides college student volunteers, community members, and National Service participants the opportunity to spread the message of Dr. AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and volunteers have also organized food drives, an art contest, and a drive to benefit the homeless. Whether reading an MLK themed book in a classroom, weathering homes, or assisting with a collection drive for much needed items, there are many ways to make a difference and honor the legacy of Dr. There will also be a small raffle benefitting the Backpack Program sponsored by the Flathead Food Bank. This call is open to anyone involved with National Service and volunteering in Montana including AmeriCorps State, National, and VISTA members, program staff, Senior Corps directors, and community members. Montana's Campus Compact is a fifteen campus network led by Flathead Valley Community College president Jane Karas, PhD.
In March, Governor Steve Bullock announced that Montana is the first state in the west, and the second in the nation, to become an Employer of National Service, taking steps to encourage AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni to apply for careers with Montana state government.
The members will be located in the cities of Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula, but will provide services statewide through circuit rides, telephone and web based services. Students helped their communities by mentoring their younger peers, coaching sports teams, assisting seniors in hospitals, participating in 4-H service events, serving as summer camp counselors, hosting donation drives, organizing park clean-ups, and so much more. Additionally, the Montana Department of Administration has added a question to the state recruitment system that allows AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni to indicate their national service alumni status when applying for jobs with state government. This year, 520 AmeriCorps members are providing intensive, results-driven service to meet education, environmental, health, economic, and other pressing community needs across Montana. In 2014, Montana ranked 7th in the nation per capita for sending Peace Corps volunteers, with Missoula ranking 2nd per capita among metropolitan areas. Disney, Comcast, CSX, Sodexo, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and the cities of Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Nashville have also signed on to be Employers of National Service.
Through their service, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today’s global economy.
Members will also be stationed at all grocery stores in Helena collecting kid-friendly food items.
Carroll College was the first institution to register for the Education Award match program. Each school received a certificate and letter of appreciation for their commitment to school breakfast.
AmeriCorps State and VISTA members and Senior Corps volunteers have organized MLK Day service opportunities in seven communities throughout the state. The Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, leads the annual MLK Day of Service, working with the King Center in Atlanta and thousands of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, and schools and businesses nationwide.
If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable. The purpose of this call is to share MLK Day plans and to identify collaboration opportunities across the state. Currently, more than 140 colleges and universities across the country offer a variety of incentives such as service scholarships or matching tuition funding to the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, nearly 220,000 Americans of all ages have served in 140 countries worldwide. You wish you purchase, your receipt, order: [notes] at, please with digits in the statements and receipts would. Disciplined purchase after purchased a different image, size, color, wrong please forgive me do not accept returns due to customers, such as yarn, lightly drape and wear after. After completing your order be accepted the Exchange and cancellation of product before shipment.



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