UM Civic Engagement Celebrates Outstanding Student Volunteers

April 27, 2018

MISSOULA – Eight University of Montana students were honored for their contributions to the Missoula community at the Student Achievement Recognition ceremony on April 24.

 “Without volunteers, many agencies and nonprofits may not be able to function,” said Colleen Kane, associate director of UM Civic Engagement. “Our office hopes to bolster the spirit of volunteering through honoring these individuals. The students were nominated by the local  nonprofit organizations with which they volunteer.”

The 2018 Outstanding Student Volunteer of the Year award went to Danielle Gornick who volunteers with CASA of Missoula. The award is given to a student who devotes a significant amount of time and energy to meeting community needs. The award serves to recognize the invaluable contributions of all volunteers. 

“Danielle has been an outstanding advocate. She navigates complex cases with ease and grace and is incredibly engaged and dedicated to her role as a CASA, even with everything else she has going on in her life,” said Shawn Gray, volunteer coordinator for CASA of Missoula.

The other 2018 nominees and their service sites are Nate Clausen, Flagship; Stephanie Fisher, Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD); Kyrstin Hoffstetter, MontPIRG; Jazzlyn Johnson, Missoula Food Bank; Freya Sargent, Great Bear Foundation; Bev Sitton, Student Advocacy Resource Center; and Kinsey Smith, Flagship.

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Contact: Colleen Kane, associate director of community engagement and student programs, UM Civic Engagement, 406-243-5128, colleen.kane@mso.umt.edu.