Where We Serve

2020-2021 Service Communities

Montana Campus Compact Members serve in communities across the state! Montana is defined by its diverse landscape, from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Plains, and its communities are vibrant and unique. Click on the links below to learn more about where our 2020-2021 MTCC AmeriCorps members will serve:*

With a population of 104,000, Billings is the largest city in Montana. Surrounded by the long cliffs that engulf the city called the Rimrocks, the vista of Billings is one of mountains. Billings resides alongside several mountain ranges such as the Bighorn Mountains, the Beartooth Mountains, Big Snowy Mountains and the Absaroka Range. Nicknamed the “Magic City” due to its rapid growth and expansion, Billings is one of the fastest developing cities in the United States. Billings was founded as a railroad town, and was named after Frederick Billings, one of the former presidents of the Northern Pacific Railroad. MTCC National Service Members in recent years have served at Rocky Mountain College.

Located in the southwestern section of Montana, Bozeman is the fastest developing city in the United States and the most prominent technology city in Montana. Bozeman’s close proximity to Yellowstone National Park allows its 43,000 residents incredible opportunities to enjoy the beautiful landscape of Montana. Bozeman is also near several mountain ranges, hot springs, and skiing resorts. The city was named after John Bozeman, who fashioned the Bozeman trail, leading from the Oregon Trail to the then prosperous mining town of Virginia City. Bozeman has been the film site for several movies including A River Runs Through It and The Wildest Dream. MTCC National Service Members in recent years have served at the Montana Racial Equity Project and Greater Gallatin United Way.

With a population of 33,000, Butte is located in the southwest section of Montana. In the late nineteenth century Butte became part of the Industrial Revolution when residents discovered rich copper mining opportunities. This industrial expansion led many cultural groups to immigrate to Butte, most prominently those with Irish heritage. To this day, Butte hosts the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in all of Montana and contains the largest population of Irish Americans in the United States.  In the summer, the Butte Folk Festival draws crowds from all over state. Montana Technological Institute in Butte has hosted many MTCC National Service members.

With a population of 58,000, Great Falls is the third-largest city in Montana. Great Falls is located in the northwestern section of Montana. The city is named after the five waterfalls located on the Missouri River Basin. The city is nicknamed the Electric City due to hydroelectric dams attached to each waterfall.  Great Falls is home to numerous trails, parks, museums and arts organizations. The city contains the University of Providence and Great Falls College Montana State University, both of which have hosted MTCC National Service members.

Montana’s capital, Helena, is home to 28,000 residents. The city, which was the site of Montana’s early gold rush, is located in the western part of Montana. Helena has a rich and well documented history, which can be found in numerous museums and historic buildings. Helena is surrounded by several mountains and lakes, allowing for year-round hiking, skiing, climbing and fishing. Host sites in Helena may include the Montana state government and Helena College.

Known in Montana as the gateway to Glacier National Park, Kalispell is located in the northwestern section of Montana. The city has a population of 20,000. Residents of Kalispell are able to enjoy a plethora of incredible skiing and hiking trails. Along with Kalispell’s close proximity to Glacier, it is also near Flathead Lake, which boasts the clearest water in the United States. The word “Kalispell” is a Salish word meaning “flat land above the lake.” Prominent host sites within Kalispell include the Flathead Valley Community College.

Home to the University of Montana, Missoula is situated in a valley surrounded by beautiful mountains. Originally the lands of the Blackfeet, Pend d’Oreille, Kootenai, Salish and Shoshone tribes, Missoula gained its name from the Salish word “nmesuletkw,” meaning “place of frozen water” or “surprise river.” Missoula, with a population of 66,000, is the second largest city in Montana. A cultural hub, Missoula possesses impressive museums, antique shops, and a variety of musical performers. Once completely underwater as a glacial lake, the city is known as “The Garden City” for its incredible soil and vibrant natural landscape. Unlimited year-round outdoor activities, such as hiking, skiing and fishing, are available for Missoula’s residents. Located in the Southwest section of Montana, Missoula is bisected by the Clarkfork River and is a few hours from Glacier National Park. Host sites in Missoula may include prominent Montana nonprofits and the University of Montana.

*Check back on March 2nd for a finalized list of 2020-2021 Host Sites!