Faces in the Crowd: Dorothy Larsh
As one of the first volunteers through the doors of the Rapid City Club for Boys, Dorothy Larsh was recently named RSVP volunteer of the year, logging 20,000 hours of volunteer service to the community.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — In 1963 Dorothy Larsh was a single parent raising two kids. The day it opened, she enrolled her son into the Club for Boys and signed up be a volunteer; she’s been there for the entire 56 years it’s been open. At one point she was even on staff, helping boys with homework and tutoring – getting great joy out of teaching children.
Dorothy says, “Recently a very prominent businessman in Rapid City came to me and said ‘Dorothy if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t know how to read’ – so that makes everything worthwhile.”
With a small, immediate family, Dorothy considers her volunteer life as an extension of her kin and a reason for getting up and at ‘em in the morning.
“I’ve made so many wonderful friends that they are all like my extended family. It gives me a purpose and gets me out in the morning, I know I’m going to be seeing people and maybe doing a little bit of good in the process.”
Dorothy has served on many levels in the community, including with RSVP+, the Salvation Army Thrift Store, Canyon Lake Activity Center, and other various nonprofit organizations. She feels honored to be able to give of her time and advocates others to do the same.
“Because it has done so much for me and so much for the community to have these wonderful volunteers, that the more there are, the more good work gets done.”
Carri Redmond has known Dorothy for 29 years and says she’s like a mother or grandmother figure to many at the club.
Redmond, Club for Boys Program Director, says, “We love Dorothy, yeah, I mean she’s been our first volunteer through the doors in 1963 and so anytime we have family night or holiday events she’s always like one of the first ones to say ‘I’ll be there,’ so yeah we love having her.”
Dorothy plans on volunteering as long as she is able, saying, “As long as I am physically able- hopefully, it’s 56 years this year at Boys Club, maybe I can make it to the 60th anniversary.”