Community Needs Assessment

Every three years, the Governor’s Office of Community Service (OCS) uses a Community Needs Assessment survey as a tool used to identify the needs facing Montana communities. The Montana State Service Plan is an opportunity and a funding requirement of the Corporation for National & Community Service. Montana is encouraged to consider the six Focus Areas of CNCS, the Governor’s Priorities, the greatest local needs facing Montana’s communities in conjunction with our mission. Your responses will help OCS update the 2019-2021 State Service Plan for utilizing National Service and volunteerism as a strategy toward meeting Montana’s most pressing needs.

CNCS Focus Areas: Economic Opportunity, Education, People 55+, Veterans & Military Families, Healthy Futures and Environmental Stewardship

Why is OCS conducting a Community Needs Assessment? The most effective way to understand the needs of a community is to ask the community. You are our community here in Montana. The information learned through the survey process will aid OCS in prioritizing areas where National Service can be an effective strategy toward meeting those identified needs.

Who? We need input from all members of the community. The more information we receive from the people we serve, the better we can develop services to meet those needs. OCS seeks diverse input from citizens across generations and from all communities in Montana. Please be honest.

How can I help? Complete this survey. It only takes ten minutes. Your responses are kept confidential and anonymous. Any personal information (such as your age, race/ethnicity, or zip code) is collected for statistical purposes only and to allow us to design a better State Service Plan. More than anything else, your input is important! Thank you for your time!

What are the critical needs facing your community?

Select up to three of the top concerns within each focus area to indicate the greatest needs and the issues that best describe your perspective. You may also add your own community needs under ‘Other’. Thank you!

Environmental Stewardship

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* 1. Environmental Stewardship

Education

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* 2. Education

Economic Opportunity

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* 3. Economic Opportunity

Healthy Futures

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* 4. Healthy Futures

Veterans & Military Families

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* 5. Veterans & Military Families

American Indian Affairs

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* 6. American Indian Affairs

Montanans age 55+

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* 7. Montanans age 55+

Other. Please identify! (No more than three)

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* 8. Other. Please identify! (No more than three)

What changes would you like to see for the priority issues you identified?

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* 9. What changes would you like to see for the priority issues you identified?

What is currently being done in your community to address the needs you identified?

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* 10. What is currently being done in your community to address the needs you identified?

How can National Service members and community volunteers serve to address the three issues you selected or identified?

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* 11. How can National Service members and community volunteers serve to address the three issues you selected or identified?

Potential partners in my community that provide specific services on these issues are....

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* 12. Potential partners in my community that provide specific services on these issues are....

Please rank your familiarity with the following National Service and Governor’s Office of Community Service programs:

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* 13. Please rank your familiarity with the following National Service and Governor’s Office of Community Service programs:

  Very Familiar Familiar Somewhat Familiar Not Familiar
AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps VISTA
Senior Corps, Foster Grandparent Program
Senior Corps, Retired Senior Volunteer Program
Senior Corps, Senior Companion Program
ServeMontana
ServeMontana Awards
YouthServe Montana Scholarships
Approximately how many hours did you volunteer in the last 6 months?

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* 14. Approximately how many hours did you volunteer in the last 6 months?

Are you a current National Service Member? If yes, which stream of service are you serving in?

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* 15. Are you a current National Service Member? If yes, which stream of service are you serving in?

Are you a National Service Alum? If yes, with which stream of service did you serve?

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* 16. Are you a National Service Alum? If yes, with which stream of service did you serve?

What is your zip code?

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* 17. What is your zip code?

Are you representing...

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* 18. Are you representing...

What is your age?

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* 19. What is your age?

What is your race/ethnicity? Check all that apply

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* 20. What is your race/ethnicity? Check all that apply

Thank you for taking the time to complete this Community Needs Assessment! For more information about the Governor’s Office of Community Service, please visit serve.mt.gov! To sign up for our newsletter, enter your email here:

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* 21. Thank you for taking the time to complete this Community Needs Assessment! For more information about the Governor’s Office of Community Service, please visit serve.mt.gov! To sign up for our newsletter, enter your email here:

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