Helpline Center

Victoria Wicks

People who volunteer their time and skills provide community services that might not otherwise exist. The Helpline Center in Rapid City coordinates Black Hills services by emailing and posting volunteer opportunities. And once a year, the center hosts a Volunteer Expo to allow potential volunteers to meet agency reps face to face. This year's Expo was held Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Dahl Arts Center. SDPB's Victoria Wicks has more.

In The Moment ... March 13, 2017 Show 048 Hour 2

As the number of suicides rise in Minnehaha County, we talk with Janet Kittams-Lalley, president of the Helpline Center, about he trends and resources to recognize and support those at risk for self-harm.

On this week's Images of the Past, Gary Enright returns, this time to discuss the lumber industry in the Black Hills and its role alongside mining and tourism to support the Black Hills economy. Gary Enright is director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer.

The Hope & Healing Conference is in Chamberlain on Saturday April 30. Twyla Steinberger joins Midday to discuss bereavement and recuperation after the suicide of a loved one.

Suicide prevention and grief resources can be sparse in South Dakota. Many survivors do not have the opportunity to talk with others with similar circumstances. The conference brings survivors together for accurate information about suicide, grief, and connection.

Photo by Victoria Wicks

Agencies looking for volunteers, and volunteers looking for a mission, can now find each other online in the Black Hills area. Helpline Center Volunteer Connections got its start in September and kicked off public awareness Thursday with an open house and ribbon cutting. Volunteer advocates in Rapid City tell Victoria Wicks that this service fills a gap for nonprofits that would never be able to afford to hire as many workers as they need.

For more information about Volunteer Connections, go to

15 Years of High School Volunteers in Sioux Falls

Aug 5, 2014
The Helpline Center

Over the past fifteen years, hundreds of high school students in the Sioux Falls area have volunteered in the community as members of the Serve and Learn Student Association, or SALSA. Participating students have logged over 100,000 hours since the program started. SALSA was developed in 1999 by the Helpline Center as a way to connect youth with opportunities to serve.