“We’ve witnessed the best of the Blackfeet Community – strong, proud, committed individuals who have transfixed us with their life stories. I’ll always be touched by our time together, and grateful that I experienced this culture.” – Blackfeet Reservation volunteer
“The volunteers bring their skills, insights, and helping hands to the reservation. But, most important, they bring friendship, curiosity, and compassion. We work together to close the gap of understanding between the Indian and White cultures, and it’s very good.” – Bob Tail Feathers, Blackfeet Nation member
United For Service is excited to offer a one-week chaperoned service program planned from July 21-28, 2018, for Muslim high school students who will have the opportunity to serve and stay on the reservation of the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Montana, which is in the beautiful foothills of Glacier National Park!
Established by treaty in 1855, the Blackfeet Indian Reservation is home to the 17,321-member Blackfeet Nation, one of the ten largest tribes in the United States. This will be a rare opportunity to get a glimpse of life in the Blackfeet community.
Daily volunteer activities may include preparing and delivering meals to the elderly, working at the local senior center, working with children in the tribal-run summer camp, working at the food bank, manual labor (painting, renovation, gardening). Non-volunteer activities may include cultural visits and discussions to learn about the Blackfeet Nation, a visit to Glacier National Park, horseback riding, and a visit to a rodeo.
Join us this coming summer so you have the opportunity to:
- Serve the Blackfeet Nation and learn about their history
- Enhance your leadership and volunteer skills
- Obtain 40 hours of high school volunteer credit
To learn more click here and apply!
Who can apply?
This program is open to Muslim high school students age 13-18 in the U.S. and Canada. Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis once application forms are available online.
The volunteer program is planned for July 21 – 28, 2018 and the exact details of the program location will be disclosed to final participants. The following is a tentative itinerary and dates are subject to change based on the availability of our partner organization:
||Fly into Great Falls, Montana
Meet group at airport and drive to reservation two hours away
Dinner and introductions
Tour of the community and visit to Glacier National Park
|Mon – Fri
Community work projects
End work projects
Community celebration at the end of the service program
||Final farewells and drive to Great Falls for flights
The cost of the trip is $1,095 (excluding domestic airfare.) The price includes all local transportation, meals, accommodations, and materials while in Montana. The trip fee does not include your domestic air travel (i.e. home airport to Browning.)
Volunteers may choose to apply for a service leadership award to subsidize the cost of the program. In addition, if volunteers choose to fundraise for the cost of their service program, UFS will assist the volunteer with the initial set up of an online page to help facilitate the fundraising process.
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