Activities and Volunteers
Adrienne Bombelles, MSW
Week-long Frank Church Wilderness Backcountry
Adrienne earned her Master of Social Work at the
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and currently
works as a Senior Policy Analyst with the
Helena-based Montana Budget & Policy Center. In
her role with MBPC, Adrienne studies affordable
housing issues in Montana and how housing
insecurity impacts families involved in the child
protection system. She loves being able to apply her
social work education to public policy and advance social change on a macro policy level.
In July, Adrienne will be joining the Idaho Trail’s Association on a week-long backcountry
project in the Frank Church Wilderness. The Forest Service will fly the all-women volunteer
crew to the Chamberland Basin Area, located deep in the Frank Church, where they will spend
their week cleaning trails and completing other maintenance work as needed.
Adrienne is grateful to be able to connect the social work profession and its values to
conservation work. There is a natural connection between the work of social workers—
protecting, restoring, and preserving a healthy community system, with that of
conservationists— protecting, restoring, and preserving healthy forests and wildlife systems. As
social workers, we must empower people to get a better understanding of and respect for the
interconnected relationships among ourselves and our communities, including the natural
environment and its nonhuman inhabitants.