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Our Partners

[Image Description: Six Youth MCC members and one leader are walking away from the camera, through a field filled with tall grasses.]

MCC members grow as leaders and stewards, and learn skills to care for forests, parks, wildlife refuges, wilderness, and other public lands across the Northern Rockies and Plains thanks for our partnerships with hundreds of local nonprofits and city, county, state, and federal agencies. Each partner provides meaningful service opportunities that deepen our corps members’ connections to the land, their sense of purpose, and ignite their aspirations.

Thank you to all of our partners for helping MCC develop the next generation of conservation stewards.

National Service Partners

  • With a mission to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering, AmeriCorps is the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps grants. Since 1993, AmeriCorps grants have supported our programs.

  • The Governor’s Office of Community Service works to promote and expand national service and volunteer opportunities in Montana and administers AmeriCorps grants made to Montana-based organizations.

  • The Corps Network is the national association for service and conservation corps, and provides critical leadership to the Corps movement and to our nation’s Service and Conservation Corps.

Government Partners

  • Managing national monuments like the Upper Missouri River Breaks, pocket wildernesses like Beartrap Canyon, and vast recreational lands, the BLM is a valued partner offering diverse stewardship projects for members. The BLM sponsors MCC's Women's Fire Corps.

  • The Forest Service, an agency within the Department of Agriculture, is MCC's largest partner, with our crews and interns serving across the Northern Region, and also the Rocky Mountain and Intermountain regions. MCC's partnership span 21 national forests and grasslands.

  • The mission of the Bureau of Reclamation is to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public. In the Northern Rockies and Plains.

  • The National Park Service preserves the natural and cultural resources of our country for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. With parks like Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Glacier in our region, our members serve in premier naturalparks in addition to historic sites like Big Hole and Little Bighorn Battlefield, and City of Rocks.

  • The US Fish & Wildlife Service is commited to assisting in the development and application of an environmental stewardship ethic for our society, guiding the conservation, development, and management of the Nation's fish and wildlife resources.

  • Montana State Parks preserve and protect our state’s heritage and the natural beauty for the benefit of our families, communities, local economies and out-of-state visitors. Our partnership with Montana State Parks is grounded in the legacy of the 1930's CCC which developed our first state park at the Lewis and Clark Caverns.

Nonprofit & Other Partners

  • Blackfeet Manpower provides training opportunities to enrolled members of the Blackfeet Tribe who reside within the exterior boundaries of the reservation. The organization’s main objectives are to increase occupational skill attainment, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, enhance the productivity of the Blackfeet Nation’s economy, and secure a degree of self-sufficiency that meets each individual’s personal requirement for health, well-being, and quality of life. These services are provided with the context of Blackfeet culture and with respect for unique Blackfeet needs.

  • This vibrant partnership brings young people to Glacier National Park to help steward this national gem. The Conservancy is also our close partner in supporting the Piikani Lands Crew, a crew program for young adults from the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

  • The Montana Watershed Coordination Council (MWCC) cultivates broad-based support for community driven approaches to managing land and water issues. MWCC represents over 60 watershed groups in Montana and is our close partner in offering the Big Sky Watershed Corps.

  • Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana (SWCDM) is dedicated to serve and support Montana’s 58 conservation districts in managing Montana’s natural resources through program, technical expertise, and information sharing. SWCDM is our close partner in offering the Big Sky Watershed Corps.

Philanthropic Partners

  • The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation believes that everyone has a meaningful and important role to play, and by leading with courage and compassion, can change the world one person, one family, one community at a time. At MCC, the AMB West Fund supports our training for future leaders.

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana is committed to investing in and partnering with nonprofit organizations that offer sustainable, measurable programs to promote healthy and active teens in the outdoors. We are grateful to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana for its grant to help expand the involvement of high school youth and Blackfeet young adults in MCC programs.

  • The Cinnabar Foundation is a private environmental grant-making foundation based in Missoula, Montana. Since 1983, Cinnabar has awarded more than 1,600 grants to organizations that protect wildlife, public lands, natural landscapes, waters and environmental quality in Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

  • The Cross Charitable Foundation shares our passion for helping youth become productive, contributing members of society. The foundation helps MCC offer Youth Expeditions to Montana teens at no cost and in engaging teens in service projects that steward wildlife habitat.

  • Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation has partnered with MCC since 2004. The foundation has been instrumental in engaging hundreds of Montana teens in volunteer service and learning.

  • The High Stakes Foundation supports visionary people and organizations in Montana through grants and program-related investments. They fund transformational ideas that promote equality, climate change solutions, economic development, local agriculture, sustainable communities, ecosystem preservation and leadership. MCC is grateful for their partnership in supporting our DEI Initiatives including the single-identity affinity crews and temporary relief fund, as well as the Piikuni Lands Crew.

  • MCC is the proud recipient of a NFWF grant through its Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists program. This initiative brings together public and private partners to support those organizations like MCC that are developing innovative conservation opportunities for youth on public lands.

  • The National Park Foundation is the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service. NPF supports MCC's efforts to engage indigenous youth in service on public lands of cultural significance to their community. NPF awarded MCC funds for a crew of young leaders from the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming serving in Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and the Little Bighorn Battlefield.

  • The Otto Bremer Trust is a private charitable trust based in Saint Paul, Minn. Created in 1944 by Otto Bremer, it is committed to supporting a better quality of life for residents of Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Since its founding, OBT has invested nearly $1 billion in people, places, and opportunities in its region. Visit

  • The Steele-Reese Foundation is a charitable trust committed to supporting rural communities and the tax-exempt entities that serve them in Idaho, Montana, in the Native nations that share the geography, and in Appalachian Kentucky. Since its inception, the Foundation has maintained a focus on the unique challenges of rural living and on helping people build healthy, successful, and sustainable communities. MCC is grateful for their support of the Piikuni Lands Service Corps.

  • Whitefish Community Foundation is dedicated to fostering philanthropy, building endowments, and helping donors and nonprofits benefit our communities. Community grants have sponsored projects in local parks, Flathead Valley area trails, and more! MCC participates in Whitefish Community Foundation's Great Fish Community Challenge each year to support our youth and leadership programs.