In 2012, Montana State University adopted a new strategic plan, with one of the three main pillars emphasizing Engagement. The Office of Activities and Engagement developed Faculty Administration and Staff Teamwork for service, or FAST. FAST is the fulfillment of our University’s assertion that the sharing of intellectual and human assets has a powerful impact on both the Campus Community and the Bozeman and surrounding communities. Once per month, Faculty, Administration, and Staff from across the campus join forces to engage in service projects and make a difference in our community.
January 25th, 2014 service opportunity:
Who: Project Homeless Connect brings volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels together to serve people in our community experiencing homelessness.
Why: Project Homeless Connect events vary in size, content and frequency in each community, but share a common intent - to remedy the homelessness of their neighbors. The "under one roof" offerings for consumers and the "mobile hospitality" of volunteers who act as escorts for their homeless neighbors help lower barriers and achieve results. Events catalyze community involvement, generating new partnership, commitment, and investment to end homelessness. Project Homeless Connect gives people and organizations who have never been involved in homelessness before a way to make a difference in their community!
The following services were provided for the homeless at this great event:
Housing providers, employment specialists, medical care, mental health care, benefits specialists, eye care, haircuts, transportation assistance, food, clothing and much more!
Here are just a few highlights from Project Homeless 2014:
• Approximately 45 non-service provider volunteers attended, including about 15 from the MSU Office of Activities and Engagement
• About 110 people came for services, including 12 families
• Over 40 businesses and organizations provided donations, goods, or services
• The dental clinic provided 136 different services to individuals including exams, cleanings, and extractions
• The Salvation Army Canteen provided 225 hot lunches
• The Academy of Cosmetology provided 75 hair cuts
• 100 pairs of Oboz shoes were donated and distributed
• Gallatin Laundry donated 160 towels for the hair salon
• Titan Rental donated the use of a backup generator for the dental clinic
• Advanced Eye Care provided 31 vision screenings
•$500 in gas cards were distributed through the MSU Yearbook Project (Professor Jill Davis)!
Past FAST Opportunities:
February – Polar Plunge to benefit Montana Special Olympics, $1700.00 raised
March – Eagle Mount Saturday Night Out
April - 38th Annual American Indian Council Pow-wow
October - The Warming Center
Check back for future FAST opportunities!
Please contact Robin Mayer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 994-2837 if you have questions about FAST or wish to participate.
For Interested Nonprofits:
If you are interested in hosting a group of FAST volunteers, please fill out a FAST Project Proposal. If you have questions, please contact R