National Service in Montana, Impact and Benefits

  • September 14, 2011
  • Posted by MCC

Nearly 10,000 National Service members mobilize Montana’s human capital to meet local needs.

• 2,000 organizations - nonprofits, schools, faith-based, tribal, government - host national service members to tutor and mentor children, support veterans and military families, provide health services, restore the environment, respond to disasters, increase employment opportunities, and help seniors maintain independent living.

• This year, over $12 million in national service efforts is being leveraged into community solutions by local programs – instead of bureaucracies – to solve critical problems.

• Since 2005, $9.5 million in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards has gone to Montana colleges and universities to advance higher education for Montana students.

AmeriCorps and AmeriCorpsVISTA:
• 1300 members provide over one million hours of service valued at $21.3 million.
• Montana organizations that host AmeriCorps members include:
o Montana Conservation Corps
o Campus Compact/Campus Corps
o Prevention Resources Center
o National Center for Appropriate Technology - Energy Corps
o Billings Metro VISTA Project
o Jobs for Montana Graduates/Young Adult Service Corps

• Recruited over 34,460 volunteers
• Raised over $3.6 million in cash or in-kind match
• VISTA members helped their sites raise $2,298,000 to solve local needs

Senior Corps: 
• More than 6,600 seniors (55+) in Montana stayed engaged in their community, leveraging their wisdom and experience to strengthen their community.
• Senior Corps includes:
o Foster Grandparents serve one-on-one as tutors and mentors to more than 3,400 young people identified as at-risk and below their appropriate level of reading and/or math skills.
o Senior Companions help over 1,100 frail seniors and other adults maintain independence in their own homes at an annual estimated savings in Medicaid costs of $51 million. 
o RSVP volunteers tutored and mentored 14,446 youth, helped 9,586 at-risk seniors remain independent, responded to natural disasters, and provided other services through more than 1,087 nonprofit organizations and agencies across Montana.

Learn and Serve America: 
• 15 schools and nonprofits throughout Montana engaged more than 2,000 K-12 students in community service linked to academic achievement and the development of civic skills.
• Through service-learning, Montana students gain motivation to learn, reduce risk behaviors, improve school retention, and become more attached to their community.


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