Volunteers geared up for the United Way’s Day of Caring

The United Way of the Black Hills is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Day of Caring Sept. 5, taking place in four different Black Hills regions on four different dates.

Following a luncheon, over 1200 volunteers from the community, will be giving back to their neighbors with some sweat equity on Thursday, September 5th. The efforts benefiting the elderly, disabled and non profit organizations, with projects including painting, sorting food and landscaping.

Photo Courtesy Facebook, United Way

Photo Courtesy Facebook, United Way Day of Caring

Photo Courtesy Facebook, United Way

Jamie Toennies, United Way of the Black Hills Executive Director, says “It’s a way of giving back, ya know. At United Way we are focused on raising the dollars for our community because those are so impactful. But it’s also important to give back your time and your energy and that is what Day of Caring is all about — it’s another way of helping everybody out.”

Margaret Koch, a retired school teacher with a heart condition that limits her physical activity, will be a recipient of some outside work, including a painted fence. She says she loves living in Rapid City and is humbled by the generosity of the people in the community.

Margaret, Day of Caring recipient, says, “As you become a senior, it’s hard to admit to yourself that you need help. It’s hard to admit that you can’t do it by yourself anymore, and to know that there are so many people that just jump in without you asking — it just blows my mind.”

The dates for volunteering are:

  • Rapid City – Thursday, September 5th, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Rushmore Hall of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
  • Sturgis – Thursday, September 12th, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Sturgis Armory/Auditorium.
  • Northern Hills (includes Belle Fourche, Deadwood, Lead and Spearfish) – Thursday, September 19th, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Spearfish Holiday Inn and Convention Center.
  • Southern Hills (includes Custer, Edgemont, Hill City, Hot Springs and Keystone) – Tuesday, September 24th, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Crazy Horse Memorial restaurant.

Jamie says it’s never too late to join in the volunteering. Call the office at (605) 343-5872 if you want to participate or have an idea for a project for a later date.

This year’s United Way t-shirt will be sapphire blue.

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