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The Governor’s Office of Community Service will recognize Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) and their outstanding AmeriCorps members as the “Volunteer of the Game” during Saturday’s MSU Bobcats home game.

“I send my thanks to all the Montana Conservation Corps AmeriCorps members for helping our communities prepare for flooding and clean up after the water receded,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer.

During the flooding this spring, MCC members filled sandbags in the Bozeman and Missoula communities. This summer, MCC collaborated with other National Service programs and volunteer organizations to clean up flood damage in the Roundup area. Over 100 volunteers helped reclaim and manage land by repairing and clearing more than five miles of fence line, removing debris, and stacking usable firewood. MCC members also helped reduce flooding in the Billings area by removing a logjam.

“They [MCC] worked hard, were very respectful and a great help in our flood recovery,” said Jennifer Bergin, Roundup rancher.

As part of National Preparedness Month, the Montana Conservation Corps will be recognized at the Bobcat game and Curt Belts, a flood volunteer in Missoula, will be recognized at the Grizzly game. National Preparedness is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service is recognizing community volunteers at home games throughout the 2011 Bobcats’ football season.

The Montana Conservation Corps is a nonprofit organization that empowers youth and young adults through hands-on conservation service and education. Each season MCC enrolls over 200 young adults from across the country in their AmeriCorps program, and more than 100 local teens in their Youth Service Expedition program. Members complete conservation projects in local communities, national forests, state and national parks, wildlife refuges and federally designated wilderness areas.

Nominate an outstanding volunteer from your community for a ServeMontana Award. Go to to download the award nomination form.

Megan Paulson is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Outlaw Partners.

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