April 22, 2021

Mayor Recognizes Role of Volunteers with National Volunteer Week Proclamation

RSVP volunteers boxing up meals. RSVP volunteers boxing up meals. (City File Photo/Darrell Shoemaker)



Efforts of volunteers during COVID recognized;

Mayor: Impact of volunteers’ time and talents ‘immense’

RAPID CITY, SD—Perhaps it’s taking a neighbor to a doctor’s appointment or the grocery store, taking time each day or week to read to children, answering telephones or greeting customers at a business; coaching a youth team or serving as a Scout leader; combing along a fence line to pick up trash to help beautify the community.

            They all have something in common and a community like Rapid City couldn’t thrive without them.  They are volunteers.

            Mayor Steve Allender has proclaimed April 18-24 as National Volunteer Week, recognizing the thousands of Rapid City residents who volunteer their time and talents to neighbors, businesses and organizations.

            “Thousands of volunteers working in our community utilize their time and talent daily to make a real difference in the lives of children, adults and the elderly,” Allender states in the mayoral proclamation, which also recognizes the 2-1-1 Helpline Center for playing a crucial role in organizing community-wide response efforts by dispatching volunteers.

            More than 240,000 people volunteer annually in South Dakota, ranking the state 15th in the nation for volunteerism.

            “The heartbeat of a community is its citizens,” said Mayor Allender.  “And when those citizens step up to volunteer their skills, time and talents, that heart beat is a strong one.  When it comes to volunteerism, Rapid City, our Hills communities and South Dakota have a very strong collective heartbeat.  The impact of our volunteers to the community is immense.”

            The City of Rapid City is the sponsor for the Black Hills and Northern/Southern Hills Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP+).  In the 12-month period from last April to last month – despite the impacts of COVID on area communities - a total of nearly 450 volunteers provided more than 77,600 hours of service at 54 work stations.  Overall, a total of 775 volunteers of all ages from Black Hills RSVP and Northern Hills RSVP share their skills at 79 stations over a 10-county area that includes Pennington County.

            “Our volunteers provide an invaluable service to the communities throughout the region,” said Ann Hines, Black Hills & Northern/Southern Hills RSVP director.  “They provide their time and their talents, share their experiences, contribute to the success of a business, organization and in a broader sense, the entire community.”

            In his proclamation, Mayor Allender also recognized the work, commitment and dedication of volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic; and urges all citizens, regardless of age, to become involved and volunteer in the community.

            Contact 2-1-1 for the Helpline Center for more information on volunteer opportunities.  For more information about RSVP, contact Hines at 394-2507.


Executive Proclamation

Rapid City, South Dakota

Office of the Mayor

WHEREAS, every community member can effect positive change with any volunteer action no matter how big or small; and in South Dakota, 240,638 people volunteer annually making us 15th in the country for volunteerism;

WHEREAS, thousands of volunteers working in our community utilize their time and talent daily to make a real difference in the lives of children, adults, and the elderly;

WHEREAS, the Helpline Center plays a crucial role in organizing community wide response efforts by dispatching volunteers;

WHEREAS, volunteers can connect with local community service opportunities through hundreds of local nonprofit organizations;

WHEREAS, experience teaches us that government by itself cannot solve all of our nation’s social problems; and the giving of one’s self and service to another empowers the giver and the recipient;

WHEREAS, our volunteer force is a great treasure; and during this week, those that stepped up and volunteered during the COVID-19 pandemic will be recognized for their commitment to service;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Steve Allender, Mayor of the City of Rapid City, do hereby proclaim April 18 through April 24, 2021, as:




In Rapid City, and I urge all citizens, of any age, to get involved and volunteer in the community.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the seal of the City of Rapid City this 19th day of April, 2021.


                                                           Steve Allender, Mayor

                                                            Rapid City, South Dakota

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