United Way Kicks Off Month of Caring and Fundraising Efforts

It was a sea of electric green Thursday as hundreds of volunteers showed up today to help out their neighbors to kick off United Way of the Black Hills' Month of Caring.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — It was a sea of electric green today as hundreds of volunteers showed up today to help out their neighbors to kick off United Way of the Black Hills Month of Caring.

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September 2 is also the start to United Way’s Fundraising Campaign, where their aim is to raise over 2 million dollars for the many non-profit organizations they support in the Black Hills communities.

The kickoff event was virtual again this year because of COVID regulations.

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Money helps support the local organizations helping combats issues in education, financial stability and health.

Jamie Toennies, the Executive Director of the United Way of the Black Hills, says, “The cool thing when you give to United Way of the Black Hills, you know 100 percent of your dollars are staying here in the Black Hills. Our local board of directors and volunteers review grants that we get every year from nonprofits who are showing the amazing work that they’re doing to help our community and that’s who we then distribute our funds to.

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And for the first time the United Way is on the receiving end of the projects, as volunteers from Ellsworth Air Force Base showed up to spruce up the building inside and out as the United Way expanded their building space.

Airman First Class Anthony Fernandez Carrier, says, “Well, it’s important that we give back to the community as you know they give so much and obviously their taxes need to go somewhere else besides just building up the Base. And it’s a good way to make face, you know, allow them to know who’s defending them as well. 

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And if you missed the kickoff event, the program will re-air on ConnectCenter1 (channel 21.2) on Friday, September 3 at 1 p.m., September 10 and September 17 at 1 p.m.

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