Montana College Students Volunteer More Than 200,000 Hours of Service

September 22, 2017

MISSOULA – College students in Montana provided 214,054 hours of volunteer service during the 2016-17 academic year and that’s just one highlight from Montana Campus Compact’s recently released IMPACT Report for 2016-17.

Hosted by the University of Montana, MTCC is a network of 18 higher education institutions around the state that works to improve community life and educate students on civic and social responsibility. Montana Campus Compact is a member of the national Campus Compact, a network of over 1,000 colleges and universities dedicated to the public service mission of higher education.

“Colleges and universities in Montana are huge contributors to our communities,” said MTCC Executive Director Andrea Vernon. “From student volunteers to campus-community partnerships, higher education is shaping the future of democracy in our state, and students are learning the values of active citizenship and hard work as they give back.”

Highlights from the 2016-17 report include:

  • 6,021 Montana students performed 214,054 hours of volunteer service.
  • Student volunteerism in Montana had an economic impact of $4.5 million.
  • In 2017, 100 incoming freshmen were awarded $1,000 Youth Serve Montana Scholarships.
  • 11 Montana students earned Newman Civic Fellowships.
  • Summer programming provided by AmeriCorps served 5,360 Montana youth.
  • AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA members recruited 2,061 volunteers who performed 22,297 hours of service.
  • University of Montana Professor Robin Saha received the national Ehrlich Award for Service Learning.
  • AmeriCorps VISTA members leveraged $117,755 in cash resources to anti-poverty work.
  • AmeriCorps College Access programming reached 2,387 Montana youth.
  • MTCC campuses provided $62,517 in matching funds for AmeriCorps Education Award Vouchers.

The report is available in PDF format at https://www.mtcompact.org/files/documents/4-MTCC%20Report.pdf.

For more information about Campus Compact, visit http://www.mtcompact.org/.  

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Contact: Josh Vanek, Montana Campus Compact, 406-243-5175, vanek@mtcompact.org.