Community comes together for United Way Day of Caring

CUSTER, S.D. – United Way hosted a day of caring in Custer on Tuesday. Crews volunteered all day in the community. It kicked off with a breakfast at the Crazy Horse Memorial, and from there groups head out to work.

The Custer Chamber of Commerce was at the Custer Senior Center organizing and cleaning.

“We give back in a lot of ways, not just financially but we also do things like this where we’re physically out doing stuff. It’s just really important especially for our small communities like Custer,” said Dolsee Davenport, the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce.

People of all ages volunteered. Custer High School’s student council, Girl Scouts, and Black Hills Energy helped put together a Bark Park. The Bark Park is a dog park coming to Custer in the near future.

“It’s going to be divided up into roughly two-thirds for large dogs and one-third for small dogs. It’ll be the only fully fenced dog park in the southern hills,” said Hank Whitney, the co-chair of the Bark Park Committee.

Over 40 people planted trees and assembled a fence around the area.

The idea came from a former student at Custer High School, Lane Arthur. Arthur came up with the park for his senior project. He is now away at college, but still contributing to his hometown.

“I am very proud of his idea and I’m really proud of the community for coming behind him on this, not only with the fundraising but obviously coming out to help today,” said his mother Paula.

There we dozens of opportunities for volunteers to get out and help the community throughout the day.

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