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MonTECH is located in Missoula, Montana. The goal of the MonTECH VISTA project is to increase the physical activity of Montanans with disabilities and disabled veterans through creating systems for outreach, repairs, training, and education of the Wheels Across Montana (WAM) program. The WAM is a free bicycle loan program for veterans in Montana. Increased physical activity can reduce secondary conditions such as ulcers, urinary tract infections, osteoporosis, and pain. By decreasing these conditions, people are spending less on healthcare and preventing the entry into poverty or moving out of poverty. Recent funding cuts to programs for people with developmental disabilities in the state of Montana have left many people with reduced access to and funding for adaptive equipment. 50% of participants borrowed bikes from WAM because they could not otherwise afford an adaptive bike. While current community partners are widely distributed across the state, Great Falls does not offer a WAM site yet would greatly benefit from one since there is a large veteran population in this area. The VISTA will help to create the new Great Falls site where residents with disabilities would benefit from improved access to adaptive equipment. Great Falls, is centrally located, accessible to trails, has had historic requests for bikes through another loan program, and support and interest from the community. Great Falls has a military base located nearby, Malmstrom Air Force Base, and veterans comprise more than 10% of the local population. Creating a WAM site in this area would provide military personnel and veterans with more access to adaptive equipment.
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Member Duties : The VISTA would help to establish a new loan site, assist with creating systems for equipment repairs, developing community partners, and find additional funding. In addition, the VISTA will fundraise for additional grants that could support the growth of WAM. The VISTA will train personnel from community partners about the WAM program and adaptive recreation and creates a training curriculum for sites. This training includes a manual that can be shared with new community partners in the future, The VISTA will connect with community partners to organize Adaptive Recreation clinics at sites in Billings, Fort Peck, Dillon, and Helena, The VISTA will organize the event and create a "how to" Adaptive Recreation toolkit so that the events can exist following the VISTA's year of service, The VISTA will create a promotion toolkit so that future clinics can be promoted without having to create new tools. (i.e. PSA scripts, flyers, contact lists, event "to-dos"), etc.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Living Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Veterans ,  Education . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Veterans ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Education ,  Computers/Technology . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA


Program Start/End Date
07/08/2019  -   07/06/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  

Accepting Applications
From  04/18/2019  To  06/07/2019 

Contact Callye Foster
32 Campus Dr
Missoula   MT   59812
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 88407