Montana Indian Reservation Summer Volunteer Experience
VISIONS participants have completed some fantastic service projects over the years on the Montana Blackfeet Indian Reservation. See a few highlights below and read more about the program here.
Community Garden Service Project Supports Healthy Lifestyle for Indian Reservation
We built a garden shed and shade structure, and helped develop a community garden to provide nutritional education. Access to fresh food is a challenge on the reservation, as are health effects that go along with that shortage.
With Teen Volunteers, Montana Blackfeet Prepare to Host Sun Dance
Students helped Corwin and Shauna Yellow Kidney prepare for the Sun Dance by chopping firewood, securing lodge poles, organizing the cook tent, and serving meals. It’s an honor for teen program participants to attend the ceremony and witness these powerful traditions.
Improvements Added to Popular Skateboard Park for Reservation Teens
At a new skatepark donated by Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, VISIONS teens built additional infrastructure of bike racks and a large community bulletin board. The skatepark is overwhelmingly popular, and gives local youth a place to recreate.
Environmental Service Project
We worked with the Blackfeet Land Trust and Conservation Corps to remove invasive plant species at Yellow Bird Woman Sanctuary. Located in the Glacier Park ecosystem, environmental projects are an important part of our summer teen volunteer programs.
VISIONS Teens Improve Homes for Blackfeet Indian Reservation Elders
VISIONS volunteer teens built a wheelchair ramp, reinforced steps, painted, and did carpentry work at several elders’ homes. Secure housing is sometimes an issue in Browning, and these projects also provide an opportunity for summer teen participants to spend time with Blackfeet community members.