Become a member of the community and volunteer.
Gallatin Valley Land Trust is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of open space, wildlife habitat, agricultural land, and the creation of public trails in southwestern Montana. Volunteer jobs are diverse: organizing the Ski-A-Thon in February, participating in National Trail Days in June, pulling weeds, building fences, and making educational presentations to the community. Learn how to join the organization at gvlt.org.
Since its inception in 2001, Big Sky Youth Empowerment (BYEP) has positively influenced the lives of disadvantaged children through the challenges and rewards of outdoor recreation. Through fly fishing, horseback riding, and snow sports, BYED pairs at-risk kids with caring, devoted adults. Volunteer to be a mentor and share your recreational passion with a needy child, help organize their annual fundraiser, or serve on the board. For more info visit byep.org.
People with Disabilities
Eagle Mount has been giving back to the Bozeman community for more than 20 years. Participants with all kinds of disabilities are enriched through therapeutic recreation, including kayaking, horseback riding, skiing, swimming, ice skating, and much more. Volunteers have the ability to choose what particular recreational activity they assist with, and many say that they get as much out of the program as the participant does. It’s no surprise that many Eagle Mount volunteers return year after year and develop lasting relationships with the participants they work with. Check out eaglemount.org for more information.
Bozeman is a community of animal lovers, and what better way to give back than to spend a few hours a week enjoying these blissful Montana days with a furry friend. The Heart of the Valley Humane Society’s motto states ”every adoptable animal gets a home,” and they mean it. This no-kill facility often houses animals for extended periods of time while searching for the perfect adoptive family. Volunteers are always needed to show these special creatures love and kindness. Dog walking, cat socializing, and animal fostering are just a few of the ways you can donate to this vital organization. For more information visit heartofthevalleyshelter.org.
Not sure where you want to give your time? Check with the MSU Office of Community Engagement. The office facilitates community activities that benefit MSU students, nonprofits, and schools. Annual programs include Service Saturdays, BreaksAway (Spring Break Service Trips), and MSU America Reads & America Counts tutoring. To learn more about service opportunities visit montana.edu/community.