Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, April 18-24, the Black Hills State University Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) would like to thank all of its members for their ongoing service to our communities.

Last year, 514 RSVP volunteers gave 57,732 hours of service to area non-profits. That translates into $418,557.00 worth of labor at the current minimum wage rate.

Since its inception in 1973, RSVP has coordinated volunteers in western South Dakota to fill critical needs in service organizations. Among other things, RSVP volunteers provide Meals-on-Wheels delivery, distribute food at local food pantries, tutor and mentor children in local schools, assist at local museums, and help seniors maintain independent living. We can never adequately express our appreciation for everything these generous volunteers do. National Volunteer Week is just one time in which we can join with the rest of the nation to show all of our volunteers a collective expression of gratitude.

Thank you to all of our RSVP volunteers. Your contributions are priceless!

Nancy Wietgrefe

director BHSU RSVP