December Volunteer of the Month recognized

Pictured are Jon Michaels  of  Black Hills Urgent Care;  Betty Jo Huff  of NHAC; Pam Varland of NHAC; Elena Dagit, December Volunteer of the Month; Kayla Klein Executive Director of NHAC; Tia Madsen of NHAC; JeNae Job of NHAC and Audrey Nordine of the Helpline Center

RAPID CITY – The Helpline Center and Black Hills Urgent Care are pleased to announce that Elena Dagit has been named the December 2017 Volunteer of the Month.

The Volunteer of the Month program is sponsored by the Helpline Center and Black Hills Urgent Care, a division of Black Hills Surgical Hospital. Volunteer of the Month recognizes outstanding individuals who make the community stronger through volunteerism.    

Dagit was nominated by Kayla Klein of Northern Hills Alliance for Children.   

For the past 7 years, Dagit has served as a volunteer for Northern Hills Alliance for Children. She has been a tremendous support and advocate for the Northern Hills Alliance for Children since the day her first child started in 2011. She has served on the board since 2012, and now holds the position of Board President. Klein describes Elena as prompt, articulate, delicate, precise, and helpful. These traits of Elena’s greatly help with the function of the organization.

“Since 2011 she has helped create 3 of the most income generating fundraisers the Center has,” Klein said. “Not only has she helped with the creation of them, she also helps to implement them each year, attending every fundraising event and being available when her presence is needed.” From the big to the small, Dagit jumps right in to support the needs of Northern Hills Alliance for Children. Alongside her husband, they have donated their time to washing carpets and installing playground equipment, as well as financially to supplies and promotional materials for the center. Her personality shines, so much she has brought family and friends to volunteer at events, “creating a sphere of volunteers for our major fundraising events in order to help them run smoothly and effectively,” Klein remarks.

Helpline Center and Black Hills Urgent Care presented Dagit with a framed certificate and Helpline Center T-shirt, gifts from Black Hills Urgent Care and a letter of appreciation from Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender. The Helpline Center will also recognize Dagit at the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards banquet on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at the Best Western Ramkota/Minervas.

For information on volunteer opportunities, please call the Helpline Center at 211 or visit

Nominations are now open for the 2017-2018 Volunteer of the Month program in the Black Hills.  Click here to make your nomination. 

2017-2018 Volunteers of the Month

June 2017 – Doris Nelson

July 2017 – Robyn Opstedahl

August 2017 – Michelle Pope

September 2017 – Ashley Handcock

October 2017 – Paula Adkins

November 2017 – Richard Horkey

December 2017– Elena Dagit

2016-2017 Volunteers of the Month

June 2016 – Anne Miller

July 2016 – Jessica Benson

August 2016 –  Joel Guptill 

September 2016 – Conard “Gil” Gilbert

October 2016 – Joe Izzillo

November 2016 – Joyce Huber

December 2016 –  Andrew No Heart

January 2017 – Nancy Stephenson

February 2017 – Jennifer Freeman

March 2017 – Keith and Alberta Schulte

April 2017 –  Leon Lunders

May 2017 – Millie Lau  

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