Feeding South Dakota Backpack Program

The Feeding South Dakota Program is looking for 30 volunteers to fill backpacks with food on Tuesday, 23 April at 1pm at their warehouse at 1111 North Creek Drive in Rapid City.  Their normal volunteer group couldn’t get enough people to help.

For about 1700 Black Hills children, school lunches are the only consistent, nutritious meals they receive during the week and, unfortunately, many go hungry on the weekends.  Feeding South Dakota provides backpacks filled with easy to prepare foods for these at-risk students to ensure they aren’t hungry when school is not in session.  But they need your help to prepare the backpacks! 

Here are directions to their warehouse:  Take I-90W to Exit 60.  Take a left on to E North St, another left on to Eglin St, and then a right on to N Creek Dr.  Look for the Feeding SD warehouse on the corner.  Please park on the south side of the building. 

Please email me at chad.canaan@ellsworth.af.mil if you are able to volunteer.  It should only take 1-2 hours.  The more people we have, the faster we can get the job done.  Please pass this information on to other people in your shop or work center as well.  Thanks for your support!

Chad Canaan
School Liaison Officer
Ellsworth AFB, SD
DSN: 675-1381
Comm: (605) 385-1381

Group 5/6 Salsa Social

Group 5/6 will be hosting a Salsa Social this Friday evening, 19 April 2013, at the Dakota Club Ballroom.  They need volunteers to help with set-up, tear down, DDs and ID check.  If you’re interested in helping or would like more information about the event please contact SSgt Monica Herrera via e-mail, monica.herrera@ellsworth.af.mil or phone 385-2169.




Pierre Middle School Career Day

The Pierre Middle School Career Day, happening on Tuesday 23 April, is a collaborative effort between Pierre Middle School, South Dakota Air & Space Museum, South Dakota School of Mines, Butler Machinery, Western Dakota Technical Institute and Black Hills Beauty College. The goal of the day is to bring career options and information to approximately 200+ 8th graders. We want to explain what your career field does, how you accomplish your job, any special training or education and if there is a difference in your career between the Air Force and the civilian sector. We also want to drive home the importance of staying in school, graduating and staying out of trouble. It was a lot of fun last year and we look forward to this being another great year, last year the museum was their favorite stop so the bar has been set. We will set-up tables or you will have an area inside or outside whichever you require. The kids will come through in groups of 50-55 kids which we will then turn them loose to wander around and ask questions. They’re 8th graders and they like to do interactive stuff if you have it.  It does not have to be fancy and it’s not required but it does help. The kids can be shy at times so it helps to be outgoing and willing to talk to them, they will make you laugh they are great kids. Please e-mail me MSgt Eric Grim, eric.grim@ellsworth.af.mil, with your name, career field and what you will be bringing with you, this will assist us with set-up. Any questions let me know and thanks again for your help in showcasing Ellsworth AFB and the Air Force.

Volunteer to Help SARC Office Move, 19 April

If you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office could use some helping hands, April 19.

The staff is moving to the second floor of the Rushmore Center and will need help moving their furniture – including bookcases, a sofa and a big-screen TV.

Here’s your chance to give back to a group who provides support for and education on a difficult topic!

For more information, call the SAPR office at (605) 385-5233.

**Opportunity open only to those with base access**


Volunteer Judges for Speech & Debate Tournament Needed

—R.A.P.I.D.S. Speech and Debate Club – The Presidential Finale Tournament
  • Community judges needed…no experience necessary!
  • —April 25-27 at First Assembly of God on Hwy 16.
  • —Over 120 competitors from at least 7 states will be competing in this tournament.
  • —Register on-line at https://thepresidential.homeschooldebate.net/
  • —Choose from a variety of speech or debate events.
  • —Competitors love community judges, so please consider helping out this club by signing up for one or more events.
  • —Food will be provided.
  • —Contact Teresa Johnson at 388-9755 or 390-3276 to help or for more info.

Black Hills 100

The annual Black Hills 100 ultra marathon is being held June 28th-30th.  They need volunteers to help with this great event.  There is a job for everyone who applies including aid station workers, packet pick-up, course set-up, and much more.  If you would like more information on this event check out the website: http://blackhills100.com/  If you would like to volunteer please send an e-mail to: blackhillsultra@gmail.com




Support Red Cross – Volunteer!

by Airman 1st Class Anania Tekurio
28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs

130322-F-UP124-0043/29/2013 – ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D.,  — March is Red Cross Month and the Black Hills Area Chapter of the American Red Cross welcomes all to become a volunteer and help support their mission.

Volunteers make up more than 90 percent of the Black Hills Area Chapter workforce, aiding in responding to disasters, maintaining the facility, assisting with fundraising and supporting the overall operations of the chapter.

“We are always looking for people to become Red Cross volunteers,” said Dan Kuecker, ARC Emergency Services director. “We especially look for military members because they are trained in operational environments and are adaptable.”

The Black Hills Area Chapter has served the 38,000 square mile region of western South Dakota since 1917. Ninety-eight percent of all services and responses are done by volunteers.

Red Cross volunteers help people during some of the worst moments of their lives providing food, shelter and sometimes even a shoulder to cry on. During these crises, the efforts and support of these volunteers make a significant difference in our community, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

While materials are vital volunteers truly are the backbone of the Red Cross responding to about 70,000 natural and man-made disasters in the U.S. annually.

To find out how you can become a Red Cross volunteer in the Black Hills area, call (605) 342-4010 or visit http://www.blackhillsredcross.org.

Source: Support Red Cross Month – Volunteer!.