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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 Student Engagement. Projects will vary from month to month, so please check back for upcoming project details. *Please let us know at least two weeks ahead of time if you are bringing a group of people so that we can plan accordingly.*  Interested in leading a project? Click this link to sign up!

Meet: Strand Union Building near the Ask Us Desk
When: First Saturday of the month (Oct, Nov, Dec, Feb, March, April)
Time:
 10am-12pm.  Registration begins at 9:15am, plan to arrive around this time. 
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

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

The Office Student 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.

projects

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Mission:Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Project:TheReStore sells new and used building materials, furniture and home goods. It financially supports Habitat and affordable housing programs. Volunteers are needed at the ReStore to help rotate inventory, organize the store and unload donation trucks.
 
Reach Inc.
Mission:To empower the adults with developmental disabilities whom we serve to attain their individual goals and aspirations.
Project:Set up of Reach Inc. Have a Heart Art Auction, our biggest fundraiser of the year, which will benefitthe adults with developmental disabilities in our services. We will load a Uhaul at the Work Center (322 Gallatin Park Drive) and drive to The Commons (1794 Baxter Lane East). We will then unload the Uhaul and set up decorations and art for the event.
 
Gallatin Valley Food Bank
Mission: Gallatin Valley Food Bank’s (GVFB) mission is to improve food security throughout Southwest Montana.
Project: Repackaging bulk food items for the Food Bank to distribute and other fun things!
 
Sacks of Thrift
Mission:Provide major financial support for all Help Center programs; 24-Hour Crisis Line, Suicide Prevention & Intervention, Sexual Assault Counseling Center, Child Advocacy Center, Hearts & Homes Offer affordable merchandise to the localcommunity; partner with local service agencies to provide merchandise to those in need. Encourage responsible recycling of quality goods.
Project:Sorting through high end/quirky/fun clothing to be hung up and sold.
 
Montana Dance Marathon
Mission:Montanathon is part of a larger, national movement on college campuses to support and fundraise for local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. On top of yearlong events and campaigns, Montana State students and communitymembers cometogether for a Dance Marathon to fundraise, dance, cheer, and rally behind the youth of Shodair Children's Hospital in Helena battling mental illnesses and genetic disorders. 100% of all funds raised go directly to the hospital to create a better experience for patients.
Project:We will be making tie blankets and other crafts for the children at Shodair Children's Hospital in Helena, MT. Shodair is the only facility in the state the provides acute and residential psychiatric care to Montana Children and does not turn patients away based on their ability to pay. These kids are fighting battles that often can't be seen from the outside, so we are trying to do something for them to show them that they are seen, heard, and loved.

1st Session – 10:00 AM -12:00 PM check in at 9:30 AM

  • Gallatin Valley Foodbank (same info as last time)
  • Sacks of Thrift (same info)
  • Adopt-A-Sox (same info)
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore (same info) Limited Space Please Email Servicesaturdays@montana.edu to Secure a Spot
  • Valley of the Flowers
    • Project - Making no-sew reusable bags from donated t-shirts, distributing free bags to customers, bagging groceries for customers, letter writing campaign to local stores asking them to join BYO Bag for Change program.
    • Mission - Valley of the Flowers Project's mission is to help communities become more sustainable through innovative programs like BYO Bag for Change.

2nd Session – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM check in at 12:30 PM

  • National Residence Hall Honorary
    • Project- making plarn (plastic yarn) out of plastic shopping bags which can then be weaved into mats for the homeless.
  • United In Light Inc. Draft Horse Sanctuary Limited Space Please Email Servicesaturdays@montana.edu to Secure a Spot
    • Project- reinforcing the stables/fencing, interacting with the animals.
    • Mission - Enhancing and inspiring lives through healing and hope between horses and humans. To provide Sanctuary to all mature draft horse breeds that have been rescued from an untimely death. To provide a peaceful, loving environment throughout the rest of the horses’ lives. To provide a place where humans and horses are reunited for healing and finding inner peace. To provide people of all ages the ability to bond and experience the gentle giants. To provide education to the public on the lives of draft horses and of the unique lifestyle that is lived here on this land. To provide emergency assistance to horse owners in Montana due to natural disasters.
Virtual Plarn Making Event! Learn more here!

interested non profits

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

Contact: 

406-994-2933