About National Service
Since 1910, Americans have participated in National Service in numerous ways. What began with the Civilian Conservation Corps, created by Franklin D. Roosevelt, has expanded into a network of national service programs throughout the United States, consisting of programs like the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, AmeriCorps State & National, and AmeriCorps VISTA and the Senior Corps programs. Service members commit their time to addressing critical needs such as fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, assisting seniors, mentoring youth, and increasing academic success. Many thousands of Americans throughout the country participate in these programs each year to take on the responsibility of tackling different community needs in different ways.
Montana Campus Compact hosts two distinct national service programs: an AmeriCorps program and a VISTA program. Our VISTA program focuses on moving Montanans out of poverty through education. Our AmeriCorps program directly supports college access and success. Nonprofits, K-12 schools, and government organizations partner with colleges and universities to create programs where students mentor k-12 students, develop programs to increase post-secondary education access and success, and/or provide academic achievement services for veterans. Members serving with MTCC’s AmeriCorps program do direct, hands-on service, working directly with the populations they serve. Our VISTA members provide indirect service by working to build capacity within schools, nonprofit and governmental organizations.