Science and Engineering Fair Judges

Interested in seeing first-hand the creative minds of our next generation of scientists and engineers? Register to be a judge for the 64th Annual High Plains Regional Science & Engineering Fair at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology on Tuesday, April 9, 2019! The fair is open to 6th-12th grade students who showcase projects in biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and engineering. All judges will need to arrive in the Christensen Hall of Fame by 8 am for a briefing before judging begins at 8:30 am. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Judging forms will need to be turned in by 1 pm.

To volunteer contact Jade Herman at (605) 394-1718 or Register to be a judge here:

YFS Kids Fair Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteers are invited to help with Youth & Family Services’ 24th annual Kids Fair!  The YFS Kids Fair is a fun, three-day event that celebrates children and their families.  Last year, Kids Fair hosted 9,827 children and their families. 

Each year, YFS looks to hundreds of volunteers to help operate attractions and ensure that children have an exciting and safe experience at Kids Fair.  Kids Fair volunteers assist with inflatable attractions, participate in the face painting, overseeing a large sandbox booth, supervisor Stride Bike booth, sell and take tickets and much more.

Volunteers are a key factor in the success of YFS’ annual fundraising events. Thanks to the support YFS receives from volunteers, children in our community continue to have access to fun recreational and educational programming, health advocacy services, counseling services, safe environments, and more.

Kids Fair is hosted at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. Please note that you must be 13 years of age or older to volunteer. The dates and times for volunteering at the 2019 Kids Fair are as follows:

Friday, March 22,           8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:00 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 23,      8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:00 to 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 24,        11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You may sign-up to help through our on-line sign-up site:

Volunteers Needed to Deliver Valentine’s Day Cards

Volunteers are needed to deliver Valentine’s Day cards made by local school children. Deliveries will be made to our Veterans in the Nursing Home at Fort Meade, as well as dorm residents. This is an opportunity for those with base access only. If you are interested in assisting with this project, please contact Staci Ullmark at 605-385-4663.

Child Care Volunteers at WAVI

Volunteers are needed to supervise the children in the WAVI play area, which might include playing board games, reading to the children or any other kinds of activities. Hours are: Sundays 1:30-3 pm, Mondays & Wednesdays 4-5:30 pm, Thursdays 6-7:30 pm

The age ranges vary as well as the number of children attending.  To volunteer, or for more information, call 605-341-3292 or email

New volunteers must fill out a volunteer application, volunteers over the age of 18 must pass a background check. 

Purr n’ Ruff Rescue Volunteers

Purr’N Ruff Rescue / Black Hills Rescue Transport is looking for caring, compassionate foster volunteers to foster. Fostering is such a rewarding gift, you are able to love, teach, learn, grow, and be involved with placing them into there new forever home when the adoption takes place. The Rescue supplies all necessities for the foster animal, They also will receive vaccinations, complete blood panel, dewormed, microchipped, and started on preventatives before going into foster care. Before adoption takes place they will be Spayed/Neutered. For more information contact the Rescue at (605)299-6399 or you can find an application on our website ( and email it to us (

Garden Volunteers

Live, Move, Be Farms is embarking on its first project for people with autism & developmental differences. In cooperation with Black Hills Works, we are operating hydroponics organic greenhouses for fruit and vegetables. The greenhouses will employ and train persons in horticulture and agribusiness in a safe, accepting, fun, and professional atmosphere. Live, Move, Be Farms is actively seeking interested people to work with us in an encouraging and supportive environment. We are currently setting up tray stands, testing equipment, weeding, planting, local delivery, transplanting and organizing the front office. Volunteer opportunities exist on the newly formed Executive Board as well as in the greenhouse. To volunteer with Live Move Be Farms, contact James Hodges 605-412-4443.

Point in Time Count Volunteer

The Black Hills Regional Homeless Coalition is seeking volunteers to support the annual homeless count being conducted throughout January 22nd-January 25th. Volunteers are needed for the ask surveys at various locations. There is a required volunteer training that must be done prior to volunteering: January 17th at 3 pm at Fork Real Café -or- January 22nd at 4 pm at Minneluzahan Senior Center.

Locations vary by date and time. Please inquire to receive specific count locations.

To volunteer call Jamie at 605-718-0112.

Event Leadership Team Member

The Rapid City American Cancer Society seeks Event Leadership Team Members.

You will have an opportunity to work with other great volunteers to help plan and implement fundraisers and the Relay For Life event in Pennington County.  Event Leadership Team meets monthly for about one hour – participation in each meeting is highly encouraged.  Generally meetings are held in the evening.

For information or to learn more, contact Christine Diers at 605-490-3033 or email