Local Charities

The following list is not all inclusive, but includes all organizations with the United Way of The Black Hills that have listed volunteer opportunities. The list is in alphabetical order. No Federal endorsement is intended by an organization being listed.


arcbhcAmerican Red Cross Black Hills Area Chapter

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

http://www.redcross.org/sd/rapid-city


artemisArtemis House

Provides shelter and assistance for women, men, and children who are escaping domestic violence and/or sexual assault, 24-hour crisis line.

http://www.artemishouse.org/


bbbsofbhBig Brothers/Big Sisters of the Black Hills

Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

http://www.bigmentors.com/


Boy Scouts of America, Black Hills Area Council

The Vision of the Black Hills Area Council is to be a premier youth development organization recognized for the superior quality of our programs, facilities and services.

http://www.blackhillsareacouncil.com/


casaCASA 7th Circuit

Recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers to advocate in court for the best interest of abused and neglected children.

http://www.casaofrapidcity.org/


casaNHCASA of The Northern Hills

Recruits, trains, supports and supervises court appointed community volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children involved in the court system.

1940 North Avenue Suite 6
Spearfish, South Dakota 57783
605 722-4558


cssCatholic Social Services

Strengthens families of all faiths throughout western South Dakota by providing professional social services including counseling, adoption, free crisis pregnancy counseling, youth prevention, and educational workshops.

http://www.catholicsocialservicesrapidcity.com/


clubforboysClub for Boys

The Club provides a variety of recreation, education, and nutrition services to boys ages 6 to 17 in a safe, caring and fun environment.

http://www.theclubforboys.com/


cornerstoneCornerstone Rescue Mission

Cornerstone Rescue Mission assists homeless individuals with emergency shelter, hospitality, child care, and supportive services in an effort to empower them to become self-sufficient.

http://www.cornerstonemission.org/


cissCrisis Intervention Shelter Services

Provides shelter, advocacy and support for victims of domestic and sexual violence via a 24-hour crisis line (1-800-755-8432). All services are free and confidential.

605 347-0050


custerymcaCuster YMCA

The YMCA is a diverse organization of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion to strengthen the foundation of the community.  With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has the essentials needed to learn grow and thrive.  Programs in Custer include after-school programs, childcare, camps, sports, outreach, aquatics, wellness, and more.

http://www.rcymca.org/index.php?page=custer-contact


feedingsdFeeding South Dakota

Distributes 3.5 million pounds of donated, reclaimed and purchased food to more than 250 charitable organizations with programs that address hunger needs in western South Dakota.

http://www.feedingsouthdakota.org/


frontporchFront Porch Coalition

Dedicated to helping people who have lost someone to suicide while working to reduce the incidence of suicide within our community, through education, awareness, and prevention services.

http://www.frontporchcoalition.org/


habitatHabitat for Humanity of the Black Hills

Eliminates substandard housing by building homes in partnership with low-income families.  Families contribute sweat equity to receive a no interest no profit mortgage.

  • Please check out their website for more information on volunteering with them.
  • Attend a volunteer orientation session held monthly on the 2nd Saturday at the Rapid City Public Library at 9:30am.

http://www.blackhillshabitat.org/


literacyLiteracy Council of the Black Hills

Recruits and instructs tutors to provide one-on-one tutoring of adults and adolescents over 13 years old in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English.

605 394-5454


lssLutheran Social Services

Provides counseling, foster care and adolescent independent living skills training services to a wide-ranging client population.

http://www.lsssd.org/


lssLutheran Social Services – Canyon Hills Center

Canyon Hills Center is a psychiatric residential treatment facility licensed to serve boys and girls ages 10-17 who have emotional, behavioral and educational challenges.  CHC offers a specialized education program, individual, group and family counseling, extensive outdoor recreation, opportunities for community involvement, evidenced-based programming, including cognitive behavior therapy.

http://www.lsssd.org/


mealsMEALS Program

Provides quality nutrition, education, socialization and supportive services to senior citizens so they can live in their own homes independently, deferring long term care. We serve meals in the following communities: Belle Fourche, Bison, Custer, Dupree, Edgemont, Faith, Hill City, Hot Springs, Isabel, Keystone, Lemmon, Newell, Nisland, Rapid City, Rapid Valley, Timber Lake, and Wall.

http://www.mealsprogram.com/


minnsccMinneluzahan Senior Center

Helps citizens of the local community by providing a safe, well maintained location for recreation, education, culture, fitness, community, and nutrition programs.

314 North 4th Street
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701
605 394-1887


neighborworksNeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources

A community-based organization that assists low-income families with the purchase of their homes, and sponsors volunteer projects to revitalize neighborhoods.

http://www.neighborworksdhr.org/


phtPrairie Hills Transit

Provides public transportation in the counties of Lawrence, Meade, Butte, Fall River and Custer and their communities in the Northern and Southern Hills communities.  Includes non-emergency medical transport, nutrition, shopping, banking, daycare, and other transportation needs including access to Rapid City.  Lift equipped vehicles available.

http://www.prairiehillstransit.com/


rsvpRSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program)

Provides a high quality and worthwhile volunteer experience for persons 55 years of age and older through serving within their communities to meet critical needs. Volunteers are needed to deliver Meals on Wheels, tutor at the local school and listen to children read. Also, we need volunteers at the Chamber of Commerce for specific events, or monthly mailings.

http://www.bhsu.edu/rsvp


salvationarmySalvation Army of the Black Hills

Meets basic human needs such as, but not limited to, food, shelter, clothing, furniture and medical needs, without regard to sex, color, or national origin.

405 N. Cherry Ave.
Rapid City,, South Dakota 57701
(605) 342-0982


seniorcompanionsSenior Companions of South Dakota

Provides free supportive in-home services such as companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation, and respite care to homebound elderly or disabled individuals.

2040 W Main Street, Suite 213
Rapid City, South Dakota 57702
605 721-8884


Spearfish Nutrition Site

Dietician approved meals for persons 60 and older aimed at reducing isolation and loneliness by providing nutritional meals and the opportunity to lengthen independence.

430 Oriole Drive
Spearfish, South Dakota 57783
605 642-1277


wellspringWellspring, Inc.

Aims to strengthen families with behaviorally challenged young people by providing therapeutic and educational services in residential and outpatient settings.

For information about being a Wellspring Volunteer, please call Danita Simons at 718-4870.

http://www.wellspringrc.org/


waviWorking Against Violence, Inc.

WAVI works to create a community free of domestic abuse and sexual assault through crisis intervention, advocacy, shelter, education and supportive services.

Please call 605-341-3292 for more information.

527 Quincy Street
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701

http://www.wavi.org


UhZ6e_largeYMCA of Rapid City

The YMCA is a diverse organization of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion to strengthen the foundation of the community.  With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has the essentials needed to learn grow and thrive.   Programs include childcare, afterschool care, day camps, youth sports, youth wellness, swim lessons and more.

815 Kansas City Street
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701

http://www.rcymca.org/


Youth & Family Services – Child Care

Year-round, state-licensed, affordable, quality child care focused on meeting the unique needs of low-income families with children ages 4 weeks to 14 years provided in a welcoming atmosphere.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact Brianna Reiner at (605) 342-4195 or at breiner@youthandfamilyservices.org.

http://www.youthandfamilyservices.org/child-care/


gilogoYouth & Family Services – Girls, Inc.

Award-winning educational recreational, health outreach, and community action programs that inspire girls ages 6-17 to be strong, smart, and bold.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact Brianna Reiner at (605) 342-4195 or at breiner@youthandfamilyservices.org.

http://www.youthandfamilyservices.org/girls-inc/


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