The goal of Civic & Community Engagement is to promote meaningful and impactful partnerships
for students, staff and faculty within the wider Billings community. We aim to achieve
this by developing student-centered initiatives that foster civic pride, stewardship
Community Engagement works closely with a diverse range of organizations. As a result,
we can match you with an engagement opportunity that suits your needs and goals. Come
and be part of the community-driven social change happening at Montana State University
Without the support of our communities, no institution of higher education can thrive
Volunteer programs and services
Whether you're looking to meet like-minded people or gain work experience in the non-profit
sector, we can find the right opportunity for you at Montana State University Billings.
Check out our active volunteer programs and services.
MSUB's cornerstone volunteer and service initiative. Low-commitment, high-impact service
projects aimed at connecting students, staff and faculty with non-profit community
Online tracking tool and leaderboard platform for volunteer and service hours. Submit
your high scores for woot! (sweet loot)
Student-focused food insecurity service offering non-perishables, hygiene and school
supplies. Locations at University Campus and City College
In partnership with the Salvation Army, help deliver hot meals to those in need within
the Billings community. Jan 29 - Apr 10, 2020 (Wed/Fri) 4:45 pm - 7 pm
Blood donations can save people's lives. Learn how blood donations help, what to expect,
and book your appointment today. Next date: May 7, 2020 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, SUB Glacier Room
Sign up for fortnightly volunteer, service, news and funding opportunities.
Food insecurity initiatives
One of the core functions of Community Engagement is to address food poverty within
the Montana State University Billings community. We run multiple food drives throughout
the year aimed at supporting the Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry, our student-focused
food service, or local community partners, such as Family Service and the Salvation
Halloween-themed food drive collecting non-perishable donations from the neighborhoods
surrounding University Campus. Click to volunteer!
Hunger awareness campaign aimed at highlighting the need to address food poverty within
the higher education system. Prizes for highest weight of donations by team as well
as the coveted 'Can Around McMullen Trophy'. Currently held by HOUSING.
Community outreach program aimed at providing MSUB families Thanksgiving food packages
over the holiday period.
Sports-based food insecurity food drive aimed at providing canned goods to vulnerable
groups in the Billings community. All donations go to the Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry and Family Service.
Sign up for TEAM MSUB and help support the Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry fight food
hunger. Sign-ups available for the 5 km Road Race and/or Street Mile Dash.
Student-led groups and projects
Looking to develop your own volunteer group or service project? We can help you design
an original project or connect you with an existing volunteering group to help maximize
the impact you can make in our community.
Student-led organization representing the next generation of community leaders. Focused
on volunteerism in education, financial stability and health. Get involved in your community!
Family assistance program aimed at providing gifts to children during the holiday
season. Grab a tag, pick a gift and drop it off. It's that simple!
Students, staff and faculty are invited to help reach our target of 1000 sandwiches to address food poverty in the Billings community.
Civics and Observance
Building citizenship and social responsibility through programs focused on membership,
problem solving and observance. Each program acknowledges the importance of life,
liberty, freedom and prosperity.
Commemorating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with a bell ringing ceremony. The
ringing of the bell symbolizes the quest for peace, justice, human rights, and social
and economic progress for all people.
MSUB and our community partners wish to preserve and impart these lessons to the next
generation of Montanans: Remember, Reflect, Educate and Dedicate.
Day of programming recognizing the adoption of the United States Constitution and
those who have become U.S. citizens.
Useful links and community engagement resources from local, state and regional partners.
Looking for a nonprofit? Montana State University Billings has over 70 non-profit
partners in the local community.
Promoting partnerships through work-study opportunities, service learning and civic
engagement. Part of the wider Campus Compact network.
Community-building organization focused on improving the lives of people through inclusiveness
and diversity. Coordinates Disaster Response events and volunteers.
Awards and Scholarships
Awards and scholarship opportunities for service to civic and community engagement
Formally, First Responder Award: $500 scholarships available for students registered
for classes in Fire Science, Para-medicine or Criminal Justice at City College. Deadline:
Aimed at early years (1-5 years) faculty and professionals, the ESI provides an opportunity
to develop impactful collaborative learning and leadership skills within community
engagement. Deadline: 08/30/2019
Recognizes and supports community-committed students who are change makers and public problem-solvers
at Campus Compact member institutions. Deadline 02/29/2020.
The award recognizes students at Montana Campus Compact affiliate campuses who have
volunteered significant time, energy and resources in their communities. Deadline
Service Learning Support
Civic engagement project information for the First Year Experience (A&SC111) seminar
class. Schedule your hours by Friday, September 27th, 2019 using the sign-up link provided in the document. All projects to be completed between
Monday, September 30th and Friday, November 22nd, 2019.
General course overview information, learning outcomes and program structure
Download a copy of the civic engagement project list. Contains project descriptions,
dates/times, locations and sign-up instructions