District Day in Montana

Posted by Jerry Duchene Saavedra on August 12, 2011

Post by Heather Margolis, ServeNext Organizer for Montana:

In Helena Montana 4 representatives from the national service community met outside Senator Baucus’ Office to meet in person and review the agenda before walking into the Senator’s office. As we came in we were greeted by Holly Luck, Montana Scheduler and Jillian Pritchard, Field Representative, it became clear with the ease by which we were greeted and the assurances that they both appreciated the important work of AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and VISTAs that we were among friends.

We each introduced ourselves starting with Coonie Roope ED of Young Adult Service Corps & Jobs for Montana Graduates, Marci Williams Mother of Montana Conservation Youth Crew Member, and Layna George ED of Working for Equality and Economic Liberation (WEEL) and Vista Alumni, and me Heather Margolis ServeNext Field Organizer, ED of Montana Education Partnership and AmeriCorps Alum. covered the statewide service impacts and then broke it down by each of our personal experiences as they related to jobs, economic impact, and college access.

As our conversation continued Jillian reiterated that Max was a supporter, however; we needed to ensure that the general public had a better understanding. I shared with her press clipping from across the state as well as quotes from service recipients as well as as volunteers who are able to serve because of coordinating efforts and background checks provided by Corporation for National and Community Service. We agreed we need to increase our visibility and impact in the press and among Montanans.

While we were only 4, we spoke for the more than 9,000 members serving Montana by tutoring and mentoring youth, building affordable energy efficient housing, enabling seniors to live independently not in nursing homes, cleaning parks and streams, building trails, weatherizing homes, assisting with tax preparation, helping communities respond to disasters, recruiting volunteers, preparing to be teachers and health care providers and more. We shared stories of Senior Corps, Justice for Montanans, Montana Energy Corps, Montana Campus Corps, Big Sky Watershed Corps, Young Adult Service Corps and Montana Conservation Corps.

It was not just us, in two other cities service advocates were engaging other Senate staff and Congressman Rehberg’s Regional Director in their efforts to educate our Members of Congress to fund the Corporation for National and Community Service.


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