Upcoming Service Opportunities
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Hustle for Hope- Gallatin Mental Health Center
As you may be aware, the Gallatin Mental Heath Center hosts an annual Hustle for Hope 5K fundraiser! Gallatin Mental Health Center is a not-for profit that provides comprehensive mental health services throughout Gallatin County. We have over 85 staff and provide services to over 2000 individuals and families. Last year we provided over $326,000 in charity care and need your help with continuing our valuable services! This year, the run will be on Saturday, May 30th, 2015. We have several volunteer options for the day of the event. These include, but are not limited to: helping register runners, setting up and running the water stations, helping with the Kids’ Run and Photos, aiding in handing out food and drink, assisting with directing parking and tearing down after the race. We also have several volunteer opportunities prior to the race day which will involve promoting and advertising the event. Breakfast and T-shirts will be provided for all Volunteers as well! If you are interested please contact Lydia Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 406-600-4713.
The Community Cafe of HRDC- LaMotte School Lunch Driver
LaMotte School is a rural K-8 school located East of Bozeman in Bear Canyon. The Community Cafe delivers a full meal, including a hot lunch, to LaMotte Monday through Friday during the school year. Volunteers have the option of choosing to either drop off lunch (10:00-11:30am) or pick up dishes (12:45-1:30pm) on Fridays for the rest of the school year (through June 5th). For the Pick Up, volunteers arrive at the Community Café, where a staff member will help them load the meal and all supplies into the Community Cafe transit van (or your own vehicle). Volunteers drive to LaMotte, and bring the meal into the school. For the Drop Off, volunteers come to the Cafe to pick up the Community Cafe transit van (or your own vehicle) and drive to LaMotte School to pick up dishes and leftovers from lunch, then drop everything back at the Community Cafe. This is a great opportunity for families (including children under the age of 18) that would like to volunteer together! This job does require some lifting of heavy objects. Times are flexible! As long as lunch is dropped off by 11:00am, and picked up anytime after 12:45pm. Please let us know if you need any accommodations for you schedule. If this is your first time, please come 15 minutes early! If you have any questions, please contact Megan Shaver HERE or at (406) 587-4225 Tuesday-Saturday 1pm-6pm.
June 6, 2015 is American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, the country’s largest celebration of trails. National Trails Day events will take place in every state across the country and will include hikes, biking and horseback rides, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, gear demonstrations, stewardship projects and more.
National Trails Day: Every year, Gallatin Valley Land Trust and dozens of local volunteers join communities across the country to celebrate National Trails Day by helping to build and maintain the Main Street to the Mountains trail system. This year’s celebration will take place on Saturday, June 6, 2015, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. With the support of individuals from throughout the community, GVLT will be resurfacing some of the most heavily used portions of the Gallagator Trail.
Volunteer registration begins at 8:30 am at the Bozeman Sculpture Park, behind the Library. Work crews will head out at 9:00 am. Projects will wrap up around 12:00 and lunch, generously provided by Schnee’s Boots & Shoes, will be served back at the GVLT office.
This event is free and open to the public and is perfect for people of all ages and abilities. Volunteers are asked to bring sunscreen, layers for weather, sturdy shoes, hat and gloves as well as shovels, rakes, and wheelbarrows if available. GVLT will have some tools on hand. Parking is available in the GVLT lot at the corner of S. Wallace and E. Curtiss or in the Burke Park lot at the base of Peets Hill.
Longest Day of Trails: Dawn-to-dusk bike rides highlight the Longest Day of Trails, an annual celebration co-sponsored by the GVLT and Gallatin Valley Bike Club. One of GVLT’s most important membership drives of the year, Longest Day of Trails will take place on Saturday, June 20, 2015, from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm and will includes guided bike rides from for all abilities and ages through the Main Street to the Mountains trail system.
The event kicks off at the GVLT office, 212 S. Wallace Ave., with guided bike rides throughout the day from sunrise (6:00 am) to sunset (9:00 pm) and will feature trails on the Main Street to the Mountains trail system. Rides vary in ability and length. Spin around the Main Street to the Mountains trails for a few miles, a single loop, or the entire day. GVLT memberships ($35 and up) are encouraged for participants. Members who sign up at the event receive a gift certificate to Montana Ale Works as well as numerous other local retails and business establishments.
No registration necessary prior to the event. Bike rides are free and open to the public. If you’re an avid biker, or a novice biker looking to learn about the trails, this is a perfect event for you!
For more information on either of these upcoming GVLT events, please contact EJ Porth at email@example.com or 406-587-8404 ext. 8.
National Trails Day-Madison Buffalo Jump State Park-June 6th, 2015
Trail restoration at Madison Buffalo Jump State Park, starts at 10 am on June 6th. Light trail work to fix erosion problems on the park's trail system. Refreshments and bagels will be offered after work detail. Come and enjoy!
Please call Alice Southworth at 406-285-3610 or email Alice HERE.
Lewis and Clark Caverns will host their annual National Trails Day event were we will have volunteers help better the conditions of our trails. Activities included invasive plant removal and trail maintenance; no previous experience needed! Complimentary lunch with raffle for prizes, bike demonstration, live music, and interpretive program! Come be apart of this great opportunity to better our state park! 9am to 2pm.
Please email Caverns.firstname.lastname@example.org or call (406) 287-3541 for more information.
3rd Annual Flying Buffalo Project-Friends of the Madison Buffalo Jump
Volunteers needed for our 3rd annual Flying Buffalo Project at Madison Buffalo Jump State Park. This is a fundraising event to help protect the MBJSP for future generations. We need volunteers for various stations throughout the day. • Set-up and take-down for the event (volunteers may be needed earlier and later in the day) • Native American games and sports • Kite-building workshop • Food and drinks Event takes place Saturday, June 13th from 10:00am to 4:30pm at Madison Buffalo Jump State Park’s picnic area. Please join us and help us make it a wonderful day at the park! Help for an hour or stay all day, we can use all the volunteers we can get. There will be plenty of time for fun! Build your own kite and watch it soar! Thank you, we look forward to hearing from you.
Tritons Triathlon-Bozeman Masters Swim Team And Triathlon Club
Bozeman Tritons are hosting the 5th annual Sprint and Olympic Triathlons on Sunday, June 28, 2015. A Sprint Triathlon distances are 1/2 mile swim, 13 mile bike and a 5k run, whereas the Olympic is 1 mile swim, 25 mile bike and 10k run. We get racers from many different states and countries. Our Triathlon will be an important community event and not to be missed. We are in need of volunteers to run the aid stations during this triathlon. An aid station volunteer distributes water and nutritional drinks to our racers during the bike and run portions of the race. We need interested people to be responsible for only one aid station, hand out water, add encouragement, spirit, and cheer to our racers. Other areas to help include body marking prior to the race, handing out awards at the finish line, and retrieving time chips. A time commitment of 2 to 5 hours is all that is necessary.
XTERRA Triathlon-Bozeman Masters Swim Team And Triathlon Club
July 26, 2015, Bozeman welcomes XTERRA to Hyalite! With two distances to choose from, there is an off-road event for everyone! The Long Course event will begin with a 2-loop swim in beautiful Hyalite Reservoir, followed by a 16 mile mountain bike course with an aid station located at the base of the climbing section and riders will pass through 2 times. Then there is a 6 mile run with an aid stations located outside the transition area. Runners will pass by the aid station on their way into the run and halfway through the run. The Short Course Event starts with an 800-y swim, 7-mi MTB, 3-mi Trail Run. We are in need of volunteers to run the aid stations during this triathlon. An aid station volunteer distributes water and nutritional drinks to our racers during the bike and run portions of the race. We need interested people to be responsible for only one aid station, hand out water, add encouragement, spirit, and cheer to our racers. Other areas to help include monitoring the parking lot before and during the race, body marking prior to the race, handing out awards at the finish line, and retrieving time chips. A time commitment of 2 to 5 hours is all that is necessary.
Information Assistant-Destination Yellowstone-May-September, 2015 Yellowstone Association
The Destination Yellowstone Park Store opened in December, 2011 and is located inside the Bozeman - Yellowstone Airport Terminal. This is a joint venture between the Yellowstone Association and the Yellowstone Park Foundation. While there are Retail Staff members helping to sell merchandise, there is a need for Information Desk Volunteers to help with the flow of travelers at this location. DY Staff serve as the primary representative to the public for the Yellowstone Association. The Information Desk is staffed by volunteers who are knowledgeable about Yellowstone and who welcome visitors, provide detailed information about the park, help with trip planning, and promote YA membership, sales, and educational programs. They also help orient visitors to the park and the local area by operating our customized Google Earth display. Information Assistants work side-by-side with paid Sales Associates.
Community Calendar Volunteer- Bozeman Magazine-May 8th-September 1st
Bozeman magazine's online and print calendars provide the community with the most extensive list of events and activities in the Bozeman area. Bozeman magazine is currently seeking a volunteer to add events to the calendar via an online database, data entry will include events sent directly to the magazine as well as events researched online from a list of venues and community websites. If you are interested in learning more about what is going on in Bozeman, have great attention to detail, and awesome online sleuthing skills this is a great opportunity for you to contribute to the community! Please contact Angie Ripple HERE or call 406-579-5657.
Youth For Understanding (YFU) Volunteers are essential to providing quality support to students, families, and other volunteers. Participate as a team, individually, or with a friend or family member. As a YFU volunteer, you can choose from a number of opportunities to suit your interests, needs and schedule. The hours and locations are flexible and you can volunteer for some tasks without ever leaving your home! Whether you are a returned exchange alumnus, a parent, a retired person, or a college student, we welcome people of all backgrounds to work with us. Whatever your skills and interests are, there is a volunteer opportunity to match them! Volunteer Opportunity--Area Representative: While there are a number of volunteer opportunities available, I am specifically looking for people who would like volunteer to be an Area Representative (AR). An AR provides on program support to International Students and their Host Families. The AR is responsible for maintaining contact with their assigned International Student and Host Family and then filling out Monthly Contact Reports for each. Being an AR is very rewarding! Training: YFU provides all the training and tools you need. Ongoing training opportunities conducted by professional staff and skilled volunteers are available online, in-person, conducted one-on-one, and in groups. Take courses on topics like leadership, government compliance, conflict resolution, social media, community building, cultural understanding and more.
Please contact Tangi Lancaster at 866-493-8872, ext. 7218 or email Tangi HERE.
Do you love children? Do you love helping others and creating magic? The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Montana is in need of wish granting volunteers! The Make-A-Wish Foundation is an international non-profit organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Make-A-Wish Montana, which is based in Billings, serves all 56 counties in Montana. Volunteers at Make-A-Wish are our “real-life superheroes,” as they bring a little bit of magic, surprise, and happiness into the lives of our wish children across the state. Wish granting volunteers work in teams of two to help guide the wish family through the wish process. Volunteers meet with the family, determine the child’s wish, and act as a liaison between the Foundation staff and the wish family to make the child’s dream come true. The wish process can take anywhere from 3 months to 2 years, and volunteers can be as involved as they choose. Please join our wonderful, internationally-known organization as a wish granter! Sign up HEREOR call our office at 406-259-9848! Questions? Email Olivia Lovejoy HERE!
Join us in the STEAMlab as we build a better future for Gallatin County! Students in the United States rank only 17th and 25th in science and math respectively in the world. With STEM-oriented jobs growing rapidly, the US will not be able to fill those jobs with qualified workers unless those rankings improve. The Children’s Museum of Bozeman’s STEAMlab is working to change this by inspiring the next generation of creative thinkers to explore careers in STEM. Volunteer Techies make this possible by acting as class helpers, assisting instructors with after-school tech-education programs and helping to foster a love for STEM in the students taking the classes, which encourages them to learn skills that will be crucial in many of their future careers. All volunteers are provided with training in working with children and using technology such as 3D printers. Volunteers with an interest in the STEM fields encouraged to apply! Questions? email Alessa HERE!
Volunteer and Internship Opportunities in India
Volunteering Solutions (VolSol) has many volunteering projects and programs in Delhi, south India, Palampur and Kalimpong in India which can be easily clubbed with weekend trips. Volunteering opportunities in India include orphanage, street children, women empowerment and health care volunteering programs and much more.
Intern for Montana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
We are a group of Pediatricians and other allied healthcare workers aligned to help Montana's children. We put together a number of educational activities for Pediatricians and the community. We need help doing everything from secretarial projects to brainstorming on ways to keep kids healthy in our state. Please email if you are interested in helping or learning more. For more information call Molly at 406-581-6441 or click here to learn more.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallatin County-Become a Big!
By becoming a Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple or Big Family you can truly influence the life of a child, and you will both be forever changed by the experience. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallatin County offers a variety of volunteer experiences.
Discover how you can make a difference:
Are you at least 18 years old?
Do you have a couple extra hours a week, a valid drivers license and an insured vehicle?
Can you make an 18 month commitment?
Do you enjoy kids and having fun?
Big Brothers Big Sisters serves children ages 5-15 in our local community. Their backgrounds and personalities are unique, but they all have a need for friendship with a caring adult. We ask our volunteers for an 18 month commitment, and to spend 1-2 hours, a week with the child. Activities that many matches enjoy are going to the park, walking the dog, going fishing, arts and crafts, making dinner together and many other activities.
To volunteer or learn more, visit: www.bbbs-gc.org/become-a-big
Collect data and write paper to be published in a pediatric medical journal.
Organization: Eat, Live, Play: Family-centered childhood obesity treatment program run through the Gallatin Valley YMCA in partnership with Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
Dr. Pepper Henyon is looking for a student who has an interest in research to gather the data for this childhood obesity treatment program which has been present in Bozeman for 2 years, and write a paper to be submitted to a pediatric medical journal for publication. There is no specific time in which this needs to be completed but Dr. Pepper Henyon would like to share the experience of this program in order to spread the word about community-based efforts and hopefully inspire other doctors around the country to do a similar program. If published, the student would be the lead author and have a publication to their name.
If interested in this opportunity, please contact Dr. Pepper Henyon at email@example.com or call 579-1837
Submit Your Upcoming Volunteer Opportunity
Have an upcoming volunteer opportunity? Please submit your information and we will include it on this page as well as send out to our Volunteer Reserves listserv. Please note: Volunteer Reserves emails are only sent the first and third Tuesday of the month.CLICK HERE to submit your opportunity.