As part of your term with Montana Conservation Corps, you're asked to volunteer your time to assist other local community nonprofits. This is a way for you to not only understand the culture of your host city but also allows you to play an active role within the community. You can find an extensive list of nonprofit organizations to volunteer for by clicking this link. Here are some organizations alumni have recommended in the past.
Habitat for Humanity is always looking for skilled and unskilled individuals and groups to partner in the building process. There is always a place for every individual on their work sites.
The Humane Society of Western Montana's goal is to ensure that every pet in the shelter gets a minimum of 20 minutes of human contact daily. Your help in the shelter, out in the neighborhoods or in your town home can and does make a world of difference for the animals.
MIST, the Missoula Institute for Sustainable Transportation, is a citizen-based non-profit organization based in Missoula. They work to create a sustainable transportation system in the city that can be an example for similar communities. The organization has goals for safety, equity, and environmental soundness.
Garden City Harvest builds community through agriculture by growing produce with and for people with low-incomes, offering education and training in ecologically conscious agriculture, and using sites for the personal restoration of youth and adults.
Living Art of Montana's mission is to use the arts and nature to support healing. Living Art has offered hands on opportunities for expression and connection for over 4,200 people facing illness and loss. Their programs are offered to people in Western Montana who have an acute or chronic disease, are suffering the consequences of treatment, have a significant loss in their lives, family members who are affected by a loved one’s illness, and caregivers.
The Volunteer Stream Corps connects hundreds of adults and young people with meaningful, consistent opportunities to make a difference for the river in urban and rural reaches of the watershed. Clark Fork Coalition volunteers regularly hike 12+ miles in snowshoes to collect valuable data, spend sunny Saturdays collecting bags of trash and junk, and pull bushel upon bushel of prickly invasive weeds over and over again — all in the name of clean water.
The Montana Natural History Center depends on volunteers to help run quality programs for the community. They accept volunteers of all ages and abilities, and are adept at working with volunteers' busy schedules. Whether you're interested in teaching children about nature, assisting with their auction, filling in at our front desk, greeting visitors at evening lectures, or working in our native plant garden, there’s an opportunity for you!
Opportunities exist to help with on-the-ground conservation projects conducted by National Forest Foundation’s partner organizations, as well as Friends of the Forest Days that are sponsored or co-sponsored by the foundation.