National Volunteer Week Kicks off April 15th

National Volunteer Week kicks off on April 15, 2018, with Good Deeds Day, global day of service that unites people from more than 100 countries to do good deeds for the benefit of others and the planet. Good Deeds Day is an opportunity to start National Volunteer Week by coming together with friends, family, neighbors and colleagues to do good in your community.

National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community and around the world. Their stories serve to inspire others to take action and discover their collective power to unite in making a difference.

This is also a time to celebrate the impact of volunteer service on our communities. The local events, volunteer projects and social media conversations that take place during this week demonstrate that service unites – bringing people together to tackle society’s tough challenges, spark change, and build stronger, more resilient communities.

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. This signature week is about honoring the impact of volunteers in our communities, and inspiring others to serve.

 

 

 

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Brass Bugle Performers

Volunteers are invited to join the 7th Cavalry Drum and Bugle Corp of Rapid City as drummers and/or brass (bugle) performers. Musicians rehearse each Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Canyon Lake Senior Center annex.

The Corp performs at various events throughout the summer, including the Days of 76, Buffalo Round-up and others. Corp does not march. Musicians of all skill levels are invited to participate. Bugles are provided. To volunteer, or for more information dial 211 or call (605) 863-0899.

Adopt a Park Volunteers

The individuals and groups who become involved in the Adopt-A-Park Program are contributing to the betterment of the community by making park areas cleaner. WHO CAN ADOPT-A-PARK?
Any individual, neighborhood, group, or organization can Adopt-A-Park as a volunteer project. The Parks Department will continue to provide regular maintenance, while the individuals and groups will be asked to assist with the special care of the adopted areas. A letter of understanding which clarifies the responsibilities of the participating individuals or groups will be signed by the individuals or by a representative of the group and by the Parks Division Manager. Citizen ideas and suggestions about park area improvements are appreciated.
SCHEDULING The Parks Department hopes that Adopt-APark participants will fulfill their commitment at least three times a year. The suggested scheduling would be late spring, mid-summer, and fall.
GUIDELINES Litter and debris removal, weed control, flower care, reporting vandalism, and identifying hazards are the primary responsibilities of the Adopt-A-Park participants. Planting trees and shrubs, painting, and carpentry projects are additional tasks which should be coordinated with the Parks Department.
The Parks Department can provide necessary tools, equipment, and materials, as well as trash bags.
To volunteer, or for more information, call 605-394-4175

YFS Kids Fair Volunteers

Youth and Family Services 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, selling and taking tickets, assisting with mini-train rides, help in the face-painting booth, overseeing a large sandbox booth, 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 2018 Kids Fair are as follows:
-Friday, April 27, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:00 to 4 p.m.
-Saturday, April 28, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:00 to 4 p.m.
-Sunday, April 29,11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, or to volunteer, please click this link:  http://www.youthandfamilyservices.org/kids-fair/

 

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Black Hills Playhouse Clean up Day Volunteers

It’s time to spruce up the Black Hills Playhouse campus in preparation for audiences and for our artists’ arrival! We need help raking, dusting, sweeping, cleaning gutters–generally getting the grounds and dorms ready for the season.
Please meet in the dining hall at 9:00 am for a short orientation. We’ll break at noon each day for potluck and fellowship!

TWO CLEAN UP DAYS SCHEDULED IN 2018
SATURDAY, MAY 12 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM with potluck at noon.
SATURDAY, MAY 19, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM with potluck at noon.

Interested in helping? Contact Lukas Ptacek at 605 255-4910 or by emailing lukas@blackhillsplayhouse.com to sign up. PLEASE BRING A DISH TO PASS AND YOUR FAVORITE BROOM OR RAKE!

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VA Black Hills Health Care Center Volunteer

The Fort Meade Lab is in need of a Lab Assistant volunteer.  Duties include light office duties like answering the phone, stocking, and delivering specimens from the departments.  Volunteers are needed one to two days per week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. or 8 a.m to 12 p.m.

To volunteer, contact Cheryl at 605-347-7206.

Court Appointed Special Advocates Volunteers

Who are CASA Volunteers? CASA volunteer advocates are ordinary people who care about children. CASA volunteers come from all backgrounds.
Becoming a CASA volunteer advocate requires completion of 30 hours of pre-service training provided by CASA. Topics covered during training include an overview of the juvenile court system in South Dakota, sessions on report writing and information gathering, understanding the effects of child abuse, understanding cultural differences, and the roles of various professionals involved with abuse and neglect cases. All potential volunteers must go through an application/interview process before starting training classes.
CASA hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday. Start the process today!
casaFor more information call (605) 394-2203 or visit our website at http://www.casaofrapidcity.org.

Seeking Volunteers for the 63rd Annual High Plains Regional Science and Engineering Fair

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is searching for volunteers to to judge science fair projects in biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and engineering.  Judges for special awards for high school students are also being requested.

The 63rd Annual High Plains Regional Science and Engineering Fair (HPRSEF) will be held on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 on the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology campus.  Judges will report to the Christensen Hall of Fame by 8:00 am for a briefing before the judging begins at 8:30 am. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to the judges.

Deadline for Judge Registration is March 21st, 2018.  Full registration details can be found online at https://www.sdsmt.edu/sciencefair/

For more information, please contact Jade Herman at (605) 394-1718, or jade.herman@sdsmt.edu