Empty Bowl event raises funds, provides community opportunities
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Empty Bowl event was held Thursday night at the Central States Fairground’s Fine Arts building to benefit the Volunteers of America.
Community leaders served the meals while providing opportunities to chat with business owners and first responders.
“Well, this is a great event and help support some of the most vulnerable in our community,” said Rapid City Police Department Chief Don Hedrick. “And we’re glad that we can be a part of it and help out. Volunteers of America does some amazing things for Rapid City in the surrounding communities. So we’re just happy we can partner and team up.”
The event raises money for the Volunteers of America which serves a variety of local needs.
“We do community outreach, we have programs like Mommy’s Closet, housing assistance, and then we have veteran services with the veteran outreach center, and we also do HIV health service. And so we have three core services,” said Volunteers of America Development Director Kelly Folsom.
This was the fifth year of the family-friendly event, with all proceeds staying local.