A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter

November 24, 2014

Don’t wait until you make your first million to make a difference in somebody’s life. If you have something to give, give it now.

A Must Watch!



Holiday Volunteer Lists

November 17, 2014

The 2014 Holiday Opportunities Lists are now available! Click below to access the lists and share them with others.

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

Holiday Giving Opportunities

Holiday Special Events

Ways to “volunteer” this Veteran’s Day!

November 10, 2014
  1. When you see a person in a military uniform, shake their hand and say, “Thank you for serving our country.”
  2. Send cards and notes to hospitalized veterans and those living in Veteran’s homes.
    So many times they feel alone and forgotten. Your cards and notes can let them know their contribution was appreciated and it will ease their loneliness.
  3. Make requests to your favorite radio stations to play patriotic theme songs in honor of our troops.
  4. Attend a coming home ceremony and make a sign or wave an American Flag.
  5. Honor the flag and National Anthem (like at school sporting events). Be respectful while the anthem is playing.
  6. Check out the internet for programs that you might want to donate items to. There are programs that collect cellphones for soldiers, airline miles, paperback books, etc.
  7. Offer your skills to the family of someone who is deployed (offer to cook a meal, babysit, clean, etc), or spend time with them (have them come over for dinner, include their children in your family outing, etc.)
  8. Drop off snacks, personal care items, or gift cards at a Veterans Center near you.
  9. Go and visit someone in your neighborhood who is a veteran or drop off something special on the day like fresh baked cookies. Thank them for their service.
  10. Stop by a local diner/café/coffee shop – Great place to chat with Veterans and say thanks!

And…. many more ways that you might think of on your own!  Do something to say thank you to those who are the ultimate volunteers!  

Make A Difference Day – SUCCESS!

November 5, 2014

Argus Leader Media and Helpline Center have partnered again for Make A Difference Day

This year the event will be focused around Active Generation – Workers On Wheel’s Rake the Town project. This was a two-day event held on October 24 & 25, 2014 that will engage 1,000+ volunteers to rake the yards of 306 elderly and disabled homeowners in the Sioux Falls area.

More information in the Argus Leader Article below!


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Meet Chelsie Lind – HorsePower’s Newest Staff Member!

November 5, 2014

Chelsie was recently hired as the Office Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator for HorsePower. Chelsie grew up in the area and has just returned to South Dakota after spending the last thirteen years in Minnesota.

I am thrilled to be back in South Dakota and even more excited to have the opportunity to work with the staff and volunteers at HorsePower. I volunteered for Handi-Riders in 2003 and never forgot my experience there. When I moved back in August, I knew immediately that I wanted to volunteer again. I quickly found HorsePower’s website, and was delighted to learn of their need for a new staff member. The opportunity could not have come at a better time – and here I am!

I believe in the power of this program and have already been amazed by how thoughtful, caring, and dedicated the staff and volunteers are to our riders and horses. I am excited and honored to be able to support our Executive Director and Head Instructor so that they can focus on keeping HorsePower strong and thriving.

Chelsie Lind – HorsePower


Volunteer Connections Coordinator

September 26, 2014

Photo: The Helpline Center would like to welcome Lynn Taylor Rick to our staff! Lynn is our new Volunteer Connections Coordinator and will help to develop the volunteer program in Rapid City. Want to connect with Lynn? Dial 211.The Helpline Center would like to welcome Lynn Taylor Rick to our staff! Lynn is our new Volunteer Connections Coordinator and will help to develop the volunteer program in Rapid City.

Want to connect with Lynn? Dial 211.

Night Watch-Serving A Meal Is About More Than The Food

April 14, 2014

Every Saturday and Sunday evening you’ll find a diverse group of people hanging out at The Salvation Army.  They cross all boundaries-ethnic, gender, economic class, etc.  They come together to share a meal and spread the joy of friendship with those in need. There’s a misconception about people in poverty.  Sometimes they’re perceived in a negative light.  That they want something for nothing.  That is not the case.

Many of the people who come to The Salvation Army are not only seeking a meal but also the acceptance of those around them and a safe place to be.  Those living in poverty don’t have often have the means to socialize, meet with others and enjoy a time of fellowship.  When they come to Night Watch, they know they’ll be welcomed and surrounded by people who care.  We all want to be accepted no matter our situation in life.  If we truly want to help someone, we have to accept and love them where they are at.  It doesn’t take much to brighten someone’s day.  Start a conversation, share a few words and let them know someone cares.  

Individuals, families, groups and churches are needed to help share the gift of friendship every Saturday and Sunday night, where between 450 and 550 meals are served.  The Night Watch feeding program at The Salvation Army operates year round.Specifically, help is needed in preparing the meal, bagging Panera Bread donations, rolling plastic ware into napkins and serving the meal.  

Everyone has something to give whether it’s time, talent or treasure.  Maybe instead of serving a meal you’d like to share your talent?

Or if you’re not available during the weekend, maybe you’d consider being a monetary sponsor for a meal?  This could be done in honor of someone or in memory of a loved one.  We truly appreciate everyone who supports the programs of The Salvation Army.  If you’re able, we’d love to have you join with us in serving those in need. 

The Salvation Army and You, Together We’re Doing The Most Good

Wanted: The Superman (or Superwoman!) of volunteers!

March 25, 2014






If you are able to:

– SWING a hammer and hit the nail pretty squarely on the head!

– POWER through lumber and other stuff!

– FLY through a variety of projects and give them order!

– SAVE the day with knowledge of basics of how things work!

Then this opportunity is for you!


This fearless avenger will have time to share … 2-3 afternoons a week … with a developing non-profit arts community nine miles north of Sioux Falls on a beautiful property called The Retreat at Pointerʼs Ridge.  If you feel you might be this one-in-a-million SUPERMAN volunteer, letʼs talk! Call Deb at 605-929-3212 for more information!


Be Someone Who Matters To Someone Who Matters

March 18, 2014

Did you know that right now, one in every six young people ages 16 to 24 are disconnected from work and lss mentoringschool? The 2013 National Gallup Student Survey shows that 46% of youth in our country say they lack hope, and 34% say that they are not thriving.

Today’s mentee is tomorrow’s employee. It’s as simple as that. Just like heroes, mentors hold up a child’s dream until they are ready to take it on themselves. In Sioux Falls, 70 local companies employ the current 1,000+ mentors. Over one-fourth of mentors work in the financial industry.

At many organizations, mentoring is part of the corporate culture. Employees are given the time to meet with their student and with co-horts of employees who have a shared interest in making Sioux Falls better. A high percentage of mentors found out about mentoring through their employer. Research shows that employees are happier, healthier and more loyal to their employer when they are given an opportunity to make a difference volunteering.

Grab your cape, put on your mask and become a hero to a young person in our community. And then get others to become heroes too. There is a list full of kids who are waiting for someone just like you and your employees. Embrace a new culture, put forth a strong commitment to workforce development. Be someone who matters to someone who matters.

From Lutheran Social Services Mentoring Services, Everyday Heroes


South Dakota Ranks 7th For Service

December 16, 2013

South Dakota ranks 7th among the 50 states and Washington DC for volunteer rates in a new survey just released by the federal government. Over 210,660 South Dakotas volunteered last year, giving an average of 34.3 hours each. The economic impact of those volunteers on the state is $347.9 million. People ages 35 to 44 are the biggest volunteer group in South Dakota, and the top activities include food collection/distribution and fund raising.

Read more about volunteering in South Dakota by clicking here. http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/SD.