Service Saturdays

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Service Saturdays are local service projects held on the first Saturday of the month offering a great way for community members and students to create relationships while working to enhance Bozeman. They are coordinated and sponsored by MSU’s Office of Activities and Engagement and supported by MSU Parent Family Association.  Projects will vary from month to month, so please check back for upcoming project details.

For Interested Nonprofits

If you are interested in hosting a group of Service Saturday volunteers on the dates listed below, please fill out a Service Saturday Project Proposal. If you have questions, please email servicesaturdays@montana.edu or call 994-6902.

For Interested Students:

Fall 2014 Schedule:

  • October 4, 2014
  • November 1, 2014
  • December 6, 2014

October 4th Projects:

Irving School Garden: Volunteers will be planting bulbs in the garden, spreading mulch and staining a fence to get the schools’ garden ready for fall. If joining this project, be sure to wear good outdoors clothes that can get dirty. 

Habitat for Humanity Restore: There will be two parts to this project. The first will be a project in which volunteers will help replace a ramp in a person’s home for wheelchair purposes. For the second project, volunteers will help with customer sales at the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Belgrade. Make sure to wear adequate clothing for this project.

Gallatin Valley Food Bank: Volunteers will be sent to different locations other than the food bank to help pick apples for the apple harvest. There will also be food packaging projects on site at the food bank for students to package.

Boys and Girls Club of Southwestern Montana: Students will help to stain the logs on the front of the building at the Boys and Girls Club. If the weather is not permitting, volunteers will help to create thank you cards/ holiday cards. If helping with this project, please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty in.

Big Brothers Big Sisters: Volunteers will help with the Big Brothers Big Sisters annual fall cleanup! This will consist of power washing the building, working on flower beds, washing windows, and cleaning floor panels. 

Details:

Meet:  Near Ask-Us Desk in Strand Union Building (SUB)
Time:  10am-12pm.  Please plan to arrive 15 min. early.  
Transportation:   Will be provided if the service site is not within walking distance of MSU.  
What to bring/wear:

  • Please wear comfortable clothing that can get dirty
  • Wear close-toed shoes as some projects may be manual labor
  • Bring water/snacks or other items you may need

Contact: servicesaturdays@montana.edu or 994-6902 with questions.

No registration is necessary, just come and bring your friends!

Note: If you are under 18, you must have a parent or legal guardian sign our Liability Waiver before participating. Please contact us.

Accommodations:

The Office of Activities & Engagement will make reasonable accommodations for known disabilities that may interfere with an individual's ability to participate.  Persons requiring such accommodations should make their requests to servicesaturdays@montana.edu as soon as possible before the meeting/event to allow adequate time for special arrangements.

What our participants have to say about Service Saturdays:

"Service Saturdays are a fantastic opportunity to get out there, get involved, and help out the community. They make it so easy, all you have to do is show up with willing hands!"

"If you prefer sleeping in on a Saturday, you've obviously never been to a Service Saturday."

"I like helping people, so this is a perfect way to keep the motivation going!"

"Service Saturdays make volunteering so much fun!"

“Service Saturdays helped me get in tune with the community and not feel so out of place when I came to college!”

"Service Saturdays are a great way to start the weekend! You get to help others and it's not even noon yet!"

"Service Saturday was a great way to connect with other students while helping out the community! I am more aware of the needs of people in the area and hope to serve them more in the future."

"I love that Service Saturdays connect volunteers with places that need help; all we have to do is show up!"

"Service Saturdays are a great way to spend your Saturday morning helping your community out!"

"Service Saturday is a great way to get involved within the community trying all kinds of different activities to help out. It’s a very rewarding experience."

What our Service Sites have to say:

This was our 3rd time using "The Service Saturday" group. If they were not awesome they would not have been asked for after the first time.
-Habitat for Humanity

“You guys were great-went above and beyond! Service like this means so much for the Children's Museum of Bozeman!” – Children’s Museum."

“The Service Saturday group is a wonderful group of young adults to work with. They are always so willing to do whatever we ask them to do. We will definitely keep asking them back!”- Cancer Support Community

“Awesome group, would highly recommend them to work with anyone in the future!” – Emerson Cultural Center

“I am so grateful for the service Saturday volunteers! Without them, we could not have accomplished this needed renovation! Thank You!”

"The Help Center Volunteers went above and beyond, tackling complex projects with terrific attitudes and staying late to make sure tasks were completed." – Children’s Museum