Montana State University

Service Saturdays

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 & 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 contact Molly Reed, Service Saturday Coordinator, at 994-7571.

For Interested Students:

2013-2014 Schedule:

April 5th Projects:

American Legion Baseball
Lawn work, painting, and trimming trees are all need to get the field ready for the spring and summer season. As a totally volunteer-organized baseball league, American Legion Baseball seeks to support local families through America’s greatest pastime.

Good Neighbor Bags Distribution
Deliver “Good Neighbor Bags” to designated areas in Bozeman. The purpose of these bags is to inspire a sense of unity with our quickly growing campus. The bags seek to inspire positive behaviors and engagement within our community.

Special Olympics Montana
longer project from 10 to 2, lunch provided
Become a Special Olympics mentor for the day by helping disabled athletes complete activities and write a speech during a public speaking lecture. As some of these students cannot physically express themselves through writing, your job will be to help them transcribe their thoughts. No special skills required.

Warming Center
longer project from 10 to 2, lunch provided
Help the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) put away the Warming Center for the year by disassembling bunk beds and other end-of-year projects. The Warming Center offers seasonal shelter to anyone in need during the winter months.

Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter
longer project from 10 to 2, lunch provided
Volunteer to help spring clean at the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter. The shelter seeks to compassionately shelter the lost and surrendered pets of Gallatin and Madison Valleys and to enhance the lives of people and companion animals through pet adoption and education.


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.

Accomodations:

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 Molly Reed 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