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Tag Archives: Making an Impact

Making an Impact: Raptor Center Articles,Community,Education

Black Hills Raptor Center   The Black Hills Raptor Center is a non-profit organization that combats “nature deficit disorder” in area residents. The Center relies on its best ambassadors—two Eastern Screech Owls, a Red-tailed Hawk, a Short-eared Owl, an American Kestrel, and a Ferruginous Hawk, all unable to live successfully in the wild—to increase awareness of wildlife conservation. For a nominal fee, anyone can request an educational program through the Black Hills Raptor Center’s website. The birds and their handlers share the uniqueness, adaptations, and habits of raptors through interactive, hands-on, age-appropriate programs. The birds can visit children’s birthday parties,… Read More >>

Making an Impact: CASA Articles

The Seventh Circuit CASA Program Kehala Two Bulls, Executive Director  |  Anne Dunne, Administrative Assistant Shirley Sutherland, Interim Executive Director and Volunteer Coordinator  |  DeNean White, Volunteer Coordinator When children come into the court system, they have lost a lot—their families, their pets, and sometimes their siblings—at no fault of their own. Many have been hurt within the home, or removed for their own safety.  In cases where legal representation is assigned by the state, most courtrooms will not have children appear in front of the judge. This is where the Seventh Circuit Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program steps in—to give a voice… Read More >>

Making an Impact: Great Futures Start Here Articles,Featured Articles,Real Black Hills Families,Teen

Making an Impact Boys and Girls Club of the Black Hills One decision to make an impact can oftentimes affect others and begin to spread. The Boys and Girls Club of the Black Hills opened its doors in Hill City in 2001, which later grew into a Hot Springs Club in 2007 and a Lead-Deadwood Club in 2014. These teams are bringing a positive light to children’s lives – with staff and volunteers pouring their hearts and souls into supporting kids throughout their communities.   Anne Rogers-Popejoy  As the Unit Director of the Lead-Deadwood Club, Anne is making an impact… Read More >>

Love INC. Articles,Community,Featured Articles,Real Black Hills Families,What's Happening

  John Ligtenberg Executive Director Love INC loveinconline.com   Love INC’s story began in Rapid City in 2001, and Executive Director John Ligtenberg says he’s “been blessed to be here from day one.” John oversees a network of local congregations that respond to calls for everything from beds for children who sleep on the floor to simple repairs for elderly homeowners–making an impact wherever they are needed. Being a parent is tough regardless of your circumstances, but throw in low wages, poor role models, etc., and it can be overwhelming. Love INC provides a boost in resources, but especially guidance… Read More >>

Making an Impact Articles,Home

Scott Engmann “Seeing a family realize something they hoped for—something they thought they could never have—that’s very, very meaningful.” Purchasing a home is one of the largest steps in life families go through. It’s stressful, overwhelming, and when you don’t qualify for credit with banks—it can really become a disappointing experience. Successfully leading his staff and volunteers through building homes the past eight years is Scott Engmann, the Executive Director of the Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity. Scott and his team do more than plan, direct, fundraise, and build. They’re part of a program that sets people up for… Read More >>