What is Communities in Action Corps?
Communities in Action Corps is an AmeriCorps State program that provides Eastern Montana Organizations the necessary capacity to utilize the community building process.
One such Community Building process is Mobilizing For Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP).This is a community-driven strategic planning process for improving community heath. The process is done through partnerships within a community and identifying common goals. Then, the community and organizations can utilize collective impact to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
“Service is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you do acts of service. You vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”
What Our Members Do
Creating an Impact
Communities in Action Corps members impact the communities they serve in by engaging people in a community building process and creating partnerships. This collection of partnerships work together to create a strategic plan with focus areas, goals, indicators, and action plans.
Members are deployed to host sites where they complete a work plan that benefits both the host site and the community.
What does this look like?
Members help the community identify and recruit stakeholders (Phase 1)
Members and stakeholders working together to create a vision for the community (Phase 2)
Developing and conducting community wide needs assessments (Phase 3)
Identifying the community needs based on the information from the assessments (Phase 4)
Members helping community members to develop a strategic plan to address the community's needs (Phase 5)
Running or creating programs to address community needs (Phase 6)
2019-2020 Communities in Action Corps Projects
Integration of Behavioral Health into Primary Care
The Meadowlark Initiative
Mental Health Needs Assessment and Resource Development in Roosevelt County
Member On-boarding and Host Site Training
Coordinating National Days of Service
Digitizing City Records
Food Backpack and Summer Meal Program
Boys and Girls Club Marketing
Mental Health First Aid and QPR Training Program
Mental Health Support Groups
No Wrong Door Initiative
Connecting Local Youth to Emotional/Mental Health Resources
Emotional Wellness Campaign
Daycare and Preschool Literacy Outreach
Senior Computer Classes
Workforce Development Needs Assessments
Family Engagement and Early Childhood Developmental Assessment
Drug Free Communities Program Building
Drug Free Communities Social Media Platform
Public Health Social Media Training
Health Advocacy Quality Improvement-RCHD
COVID-19 Response and Community Aid
Senior Citizen Needs Assessment
Senior Citizen Health Needs Education Plan
2018-2019 Communities in Action Corps Projects
Richland County Strategic Planning
Implementing Behavioral Health into Primary Care Setting
STEP Up! Curriculum in Eastern MT schools
PACE-eh Assessment (Environmental Quality)
Support Groups Needs Assessments
Mental Health Trainings Plan
Library Outreach Programs
Action Plans for Richland County Strategic Plan (Cancer Coalition, Partnership for Promise, ARC, Mental Health Local Advisory Council, Chronic Disease Coalition)
Developing Volunteers in Action
Veterans Supportive Services Assessment
Leveraged Funding for 1) Support Groups, 2) Walking Path/Park Signage
Office of Rural Health Award
Hosting a CIA Corps Member
Current Host Sites include:
Richland County Health Department, Sidney Health Center, Boys and Girls Clubs of the MonDak, Sidney - Richland County Library, Richland County Housing Authority, Sidney Chamber of Commerce, Sidney Town Hall, and Roosevelt County Health Department.
For the 2020-2021 Service Term, we are expanding to other counties including Dawson, Valley, and Daniels.
Please contact Stephanie Reynolds at the Richland County Health Department, (406) 433-2207 or firstname.lastname@example.org to become a CIA Corps Host Site!
All Eastern Montana nonprofit organizations interested in participating or creating a community building process in their area are eligible to host a CIA Corps member.
A member will serve one year to complete a work plan assigned by a host site organization.