November Volunteer of the Month recognized

Pictured are Brittany Sigel of United Blood Services; Richard Horkey, November Volunteer of the Month; Kathy Lees with Black Hills Urgent Care and Lynn Taylor Rick of the Helpline Center.

The Helpline Center and Black Hills Urgent Care are pleased to announce that Richard Horkey has been named the November 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.     

Horkey was nominated by Brittany Sigel of United Blood Services.    

For the past 2 1/2 years, Horkey has served as a volunteer driver for United Blood Services. He drives for the organization five to seven times each month. Sigel wrote that earlier this year, Horkey received a call at 2:30 a.m. to deliver an emergency supply of blood to the Campbell County Hospital in Gillette, Wyo. Within minutes of the call, Horkey was on the road. “Richard’s willingness to lose sleep, to travel in the dark over long distances, all in the service of someone he will never know, is extremely commendable and makes him worthy of recognition,” said Sigel. “His selfless acts helped to give a patient more time with their loved ones, another month, year, decade.”

Sigel said this story about Horkey isn’t an anomaly. “He is consistently called upon to make deliveries, at all times of the day or night, and he consistently steps up to help.”

Helpline Center and Black Hills Urgent Care presented Horkey 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 Horkey 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

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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