October Volunteer of the Month recognized

Pictured are Naomi Hatfield of Douglas School District; Paula Adkins, October 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 Paula Adkins has been named the October 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.     

Adkins was nominated by Naomi Hatfield of the Douglas High School Activities department.   

For the past two years, Adkins has organized the Douglas High School Post Prom party. Hatfield says Adkins gathers donations, contacts potential sponsors, shops for student prizes, organizes volunteers and more. And she does it all to keep students safe after prom.

Hatfield said Adkins took over the post-prom party planning in 2016 when the lack of volunteers prompted the canceling of the party. “When Paula heard this, she took on the lead role with about three weeks to pull it all together,” Hatfield wrote. When the 2017 prom arrived, Adkins stepped up once again to plan the party.  

“Paul is a very busy woman with a full time job and children, yet she made time in her schedule to do something special for hundreds of students,” Hatfield wrote.

Helpline Center and Black Hills Urgent Care presented Adkins 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 Adkins 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 www.helplinecenter.org

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

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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