Helene Duhamel

As suicide rates continue to rise across the state, many local volunteer groups are stretched thin. Lack of funding can be a challenge as they work to prevent future loss and bring some peace to those left behind. For one Rapid City group, that’s where the flamingos come in. 

The Front Porch Coalition is flocking lawns with plastic flamingos as one of its fundraisers ahead of suicide awareness month in September.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

This week kids in Sioux Falls are planting seeds and sprouts in four raised garden beds next to a parking lot. A few days ago, we brought you a conversation from Ground Works-Midwest about teaching gardens. Volunteers have now constructed more places for food to grow.

Two South Dakota women are Congressional Gold Medal recipients for their work during World War Two. The official ceremony in Washington, D.C. in December awarded the medals. Monday afternoon Governor Dennis Daugaard hosts a ceremony honoring the women. 

The Congressional Gold Medal is one of the highest honors for civilians. South Dakotans Lois Schmidt and Pauline Hanson Brehe are recipients.

Civil Air Patrol Major Todd Epp says American leaders are acknowledging their service. He says Brehe and Schmidt were part of the original South Dakota Civil Air Patrol.

Project AWARE Tackles Big Sioux River

Jul 8, 2014
Project AWARE

This Saturday over 35o volunteers begin a week-long project pulling trash out of the Big Sioux River from Sioux Falls to north of Sioux City. They'll load tires, car parts, old scrap metal, chairs, household appliances and other discarded items into canoes as they paddle down the river.

South Dakota's Helpline Center Launches New Website

Feb 22, 2013
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South Dakota’s Helpline Center launched a new site this month that connects people through volunteer opportunities. SDPB’s Jilanne Doom has this story.

With only 37 percent of the state volunteering on a regular basis, the Helpline Center decided to revamp a volunteer site they started in 2003. Volunteer Solutions is a new database that allows interested people to search for volunteer opportunities all across the state. Volunteer Services director Sara Carothers says the site offers a variety of new ways to get citizens involved.

Global Soap Project

Jan 4, 2013

Maren Johnson of Watertown celebrated her 18th birthday Friday while also reaching her goal of collecting 18,000 pounds of soap for the Global Soap Project.  Johnson told Innovation about the collection efforts and what will happen with the soap.

Foster Grandparents Serve SD Students

Nov 15, 2012

Peek inside a typical South Dakota classroom, and the scene includes rows of young students hard at work. But some rooms feature an unlikely amenity: foster grandparents.

A Watertown kindergarten classroom bursts with activity as students transition from one project to another. Among the four-foot-tall students scampering around their tables, one woman with shiny silver hair sporting an argyle sweater darts around helping kids dot there Is and cross their Ts.