Black Hills Power 2013 Power of Trees

Black Hills Power 2013 Power of Trees to kick off in Spearfish

What: Power of Trees is a Black Hills Power community outreach and information program designed to spread the good word that everyone can do something to protect and sustain the environment.

How: Through the Power of Trees. Black Hills Power partnered with local community organizations to donate and plant about 80 trees in 2013. BHP partnered with cities, school districts, local civic and community groups and others to plant trees this spring in select communities served by Black Hills Power. BHP will kick off its Power of Trees events in Spearfish at BHSU Campus. There will be three tree planting events in Spearfish. The other plantings will be in Rapid City and Edgemont.

Where: Teams were formed in schools and communities throughout Black Hills Power’s service territories to plant trees. Tree planting dates and locations are:
.         Friday, May 17 – Black Hills State University, BHSU Campus, Spearfish
.         Monday, May 20 – City of Spearfish, Spearfish Canyon City Park, Spearfish
.         Wednesday, May 29 – Black Hills Transit, 2015 Tumbleweed Trail, Spearfish

The Need for Trees: Trees have energy efficiency benefits, providing shade in summer and windbreaks in winter, both of which can help customers control the cost of their energy. Trees also beautify the area and community where they are planted.

Right Tree, Right Place: Choosing the right tree and planting it in the right place around power lines can eliminate potential safety hazards and improve the reliability of your electric service. In addition, your tree can achieve its proper height and form.

Call Before You Dig: Planning to plant a tree or set some fence posts or a swing set? No matter how big or small the job; if you are planning to dig, call your state’s One Call Center first. Simply dial 811 to be routed to your state’s One Call Center free of charge and avoid damaging important service lines that are buried in your yard.

The Power of Trees: Trees do far more than help with energy savings, beautify areas where they are planted and increase property values. They also help purify the air by absorbing pollutants.

For more information:
Mutch Usera   Sr. Program Manager, External Affairs
Phone: 605-484-1476

Camp Bob Marshall 4-H Camp

Chaperones are needed for a 3 night camp for youth 8-12 years old June 17-20. Pennington County has a great increase in youth this year attending Camp Bob Marshall 4-H camp in Custer State Park. This camp though is open to all youth. Your camp fee will be paid, all you need to bring is copy of background check, sleeping bag, clothes, bathroom supplies, good shoes because it is in the woods we will be walking a lot and a great energy to help chaperone 12 youth in a cabin and help with areas around camp. Our theme this year is Survival Expedition and we will be teaching youth about archery, fire starting, first aid, shelter building, what to do when lost in the woods, Dutch oven cooking and much much more! Please contact Tiffany Meyer at for more information or to obtain the forms needed to attend.

Pennington County 4-H Rodeo

Volunteers are needed to help at the Pennington County 4-H Rodeo June 15 from 8-5pm at the Wall Rodeo Arena. Large animal and horse background is a plus but majority of the work is helping man the gates for youth coming in and out of the arenas, running time sheets for the announcer, wrapping roping steers horns, and anywhere you feel comfortable helping with. We could always use help in the concession stand too. Please contact Tiffany Meyer at if you are available. You can help half day or the full day.

America’s Kids Run

Seven volunteers are needed to help with the America’s Kids Run on Saturday, May 18 at Heritage Lake.  People are needed to be road guards, race timers, and to help with registration.  Volunteers need to be in place by 9:40am on the 18th and should be done by 12pm.  If you are interested, please email Chad Canaan at

Annual Paint the Town in Box Elder

The Annual Paint the Town in Box Elder will be held on Saturday, June 15th, starting at 9 a.m.. This will be our third year in Box Elder and our 19th throughout the Black Hills. Each year we partner with South Dakota Housing to paint the home of someone in need. This year we have two homes in Box Elder, they are located on Meadowlark Drive in Cardinal Heights Subdivision; which is just east of the High School. We are looking for volunteers that would like to help. We will have a pot luck picnic afterwards sponsored by the Cardinal Heights Block Club. Please give me, Roxanne Andre, a call if this is something you would be interested in doing. This is a great opportunity to build community relations!
Roxanne Andre
Community Outreach Coordinator
NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources
316 Villa Dr., Ste. 6
Box Elder, SD 57719
605-923-6007 (phone)
605-794-4997 (fax)

Black Hills Children’s Society – Volunteer Opportunities

There will be a meeting on Friday, 10 May to discuss volunteer opportunities with the Black Hills Children’s Society The meeting will be held at the Dakota’s Club
at 1130 in the lounge area.

Children’s Home Society of South Dakota serves over 2,000 children each year, primarily ages 4-13, through residential treatment, education, emergency shelter, forensic interview and exam centers, foster care & adoption services, relative placements, and prevention services. The majority of these children are victims of severe abuse or neglect. Children’s Home Society is accredited by the Joint Commission.  CHS is also licensed by the South Dakota Department of Social Services.