Mentoring Persons on Federal Probation

The U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services in South Dakota, in an effort to reduce recidivism and increase pro-social connections in the lives of person’s under supervision, has an exicting and rewarding opportunity to contribute to creating a safer and more just community in the Black Hills. 

We are looking for volunteers who can commit to meet with person’s under supervision for a minimum of 3-5 hours a month. These interactions can encompass a range of activities from fishing and hiking, to offering support to the person under supervision as they apply for employment or search for housing. You will work with the person under supervision and their Probation officer in a collaborative way to increase their ability to remain lawfully self-managed. By your very presence in their lives you can make a long-lasting, beneficial, impact! 

If you are interested, U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services is required to perform a background check (at no cost to you). If you have previously been on Federal or State Probation or Parole we can work with you to see if you qualify to be a mentor. 

For more information, please contact Glenn Duggin at 605-399-5920.

Life, INC. Seeks Sturgis Winter Quarter Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for Life INC winter quarter classes for Sturgis. The winter quarter will run every Thursday evening for 7 weeks total (6 weeks of classes, last week for graduation). The dates are 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/13 (please note this week will be on Wednesday evening to free up Valentines), 2/21 & graduation on 2/28.

We are looking to fill some of the following volunteers roles:

  • Meal Prep/Serve
  • Set-up/Sign-in & Greeters/Tear-down
  • Driver (this may vary week to week)
  • Promotion

Our mission is to partner with local churches, ministries & businesses to help mobilize & expand our capacity to serve those in the greater Sturgis area, in the name of Christ – Love INC. We offer lifeskills classes & events, open to anyone. Our hope is to help you build relationships, build yourself and build a better community. Its better to do life together!

To volunteer call Simone at 605-718-5683

Ellsworth AFB Tax Center Volunteer

The Ellsworth AFB Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is seeking volunteers to assist Active Duty Members, Dependents and Retirees in preparing their taxes.

Volunteers win by giving back to others, learning about new tax laws & strategies that can save YOU and YOUR FAMILY time and money, supplementing your award packages and building your resume and network.

Training for Tax Center volunteers is January 7th – 11th from 0800-1600 in the Deployment Center.  Tax Services for will available 4 Feb – 11 April 2019.  Volunteers are asked to provide 1 day per week (0830-1500) for 11 weeks.

Active Duty may volunteer with their Commander’s permission.  Dependents and Retirees with base access are also welcome to volunteer.

To sign up, or for more information, please contact the Ellsworth Legal Office at 605-385-2329.  Volunteers need to be identified NLT Wednesday, 19 December 2018.


Home Sweet Home Volunteers

The Rapid City Arts Council is hosting the December Saturday Art Adventures.  This is a free festive holiday themed art activity for children where children will be constructing and decorating gingerbread houses. 10-15 volunteers needed to help greet, clear tables, work the candy supply station, and help as needed. Assistance with set up and tear down would be welcome

To volunteer, please contact Katie Lou Krebs:
Assistant Curator & Volunteer Coordinator  |  605.394.4101 x212

Route Driver Assistant

Each day, Feeding South Dakota goes to grocery stores throughout Rapid City picking up donated food as part of our Retail Pickup Program.  Volunteers are needed to assist with the collection of these donations on Wednesday mornings.

This volunteer position would help the driver pick up and unload the food donations.  This job is physically demanding requiring some heavy lifting and bending.  Comfortable clothing is a must including winter wear and good shoes or boots.

To volunteer, please call Shawna at (605) 348-2689.


Hospice Volunteers

Hospice of the Hills is seeking volunteers to provide support to patients and families who are facing a life-threatening illness.  Volunteers may volunteer in people’s homes throughout Pennington, Custer and Fall River Counties.  They may also visit someone in the nursing home, or work at the Hospice House which is located in Rapid City.  Volunteers should be 18 years of age or older.

To volunteer, or for more information, please call 605-755-7710.

Regional VEX Robotics Volunteers

The Rapid City Area Schools is looking for people who would like to volunteer their time to help with the 4th annual Rapid City Regional VEX Robotics Competition. Up to 30 teams from all over rapid city will be here to test their robot programming and building abilities!

The tournament will be held Saturday, December 8th at Central High School, from 7:30 AM until about 6 PM. Volunteers opportunities are flexible and not required to stay the whole tournament.

There will be training sessions and information for anyone who volunteers, to ensure everyone feels comfortable with their roles. Lunch and snacks will be provided for all volunteers.

Volunteer Positions Available:

  • Referees

o Head referee (1-2) – works with the arena referees to ensure rules are followed and disputes resolved.

o Arena referees (2-4)– scores and ensures rules are followed during matches

  • Tournament Software – inputting score results into the computer and starts/ends each match. Software is very user-friendly.
  • Skills field operators – manage the software and send results for every team that participates in a skills challenge.
  • Field resetters – reset the field after every match. In the past years we see younger students help this this.
  • Team runners – help with the flow of the tournament, making sure teams are staged and ready for their match.
  • Notebook judges – judge the notebooks that teams bring to the tournament. There will be a rubric that will help with the process.

To volunteer, or for more information call 605.394.6986.

Festival of Lights Volunteer

The Festival of Lights Parade will be held on Saturday, November 25th, 2018 in downtown Rapid City.  Volunteers are needed to assist with the event, secure parade routes, and ensure the safety of those who attend.

Volunteers would need to plan to attend a safety briefing at 2:00 pm that afternoon.  From this briefing, they will receive their assignment and go to secure that route.  The parade beings at 6:00 pm and is usually finished by 8:00 pm.

To volunteer, please contact Connie Olson at

Volunteers need to be at 16 years of age or older.