Drumroll, please! We are happy to announce a $110,000 two-year Basic Needs grant to the Helpline Center to continue the Volunteer Connections Program.

Two-Year Support for Volunteer Connections

About Volunteer Connections

The Helpline Center’s Volunteer Connections Program functions as the Volunteer Center for the Black Hills, bridging the gap between individuals eager to volunteer and the agencies that need them. Through the coordination efforts of the Black Hills Program Coordinator and the utilization of the online volunteer database, the program actively promotes and supports volunteerism, striving to integrate it into everyday life. Committed to fostering connections between volunteers and non-profits, the program enables area nonprofits to concentrate on their primary mission of aiding others. Originally launched in January 2015 with support from the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, the Volunteer Connections Program expands the 211 resources and continues to serve as a vital link in the volunteerism landscape of the Black Hills.

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About the Helpline Center

The Helpline Center serves thousands of people every year by connecting individuals to resources and support, connecting local agency volunteers, and offering hope to individuals with thoughts of suicide. Since 2005, the Helpline Center has been answering the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in South Dakota, which changed its name to Suicide & Crisis Lifeline and its phone number to 988 in July 2022.