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More than 80 volunteers nominated for their volunteer spirit

The Helpline Center had the privilege of honoring 84 individuals, groups and businesses at the 2019 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards on, Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Volunteers were nominated by Sioux Empire area non-profits and individuals in the community.

Sponsors of the event include: Midco, Avera, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls, Independent Insurance Agents of Sioux Falls, High Point Networks, Children’s Dental Center and Parkway Orthodontics, First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard, MetaBank and Citi.

The 2019 Spirit of Volunteerism Award nominees:

Youth Award Nominees:
Margaret Beaner
Grace Bowar
Riley Dinger
Mathias Gerle
Claire Godber
Hope Grismer
Will Howes
Rachel K. Johnson
Abby Maloney
Luke Morris
Bailey Severson

Group Volunteer Award Nominees:
Augustana University SALT
Avera Prince of Peace Volunteers
Call to Freedom Administrative Team
Cynthia and Gary Bormann
Good Earth State Park Volunteers
Holy Spirit Church
McCrossan Boys Ranch
Pathways to Life (Lifescape)
Resources for Human Development South Dakota
Ron & Elaine Frary
Sioux Falls Pride
Teachwell Solutions
The Ransom Church

Corporate Humanitarian Award Nominees:
AMaVo Boutique
Celebrate Church
Fourteen Foods DQ Grill & Chill
Goodcare LLC
JA Sammons Council
Nelson Engineering
Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union
Wells Fargo Wireless World

Up and Coming Volunteer Award Nominees:
Tyler Honke
Sharon Jorde
Matt Kemper
Jessica Kerher
Kristen Kunkel
Sarah Lueders
James Payer II
Britni Ridge
Sarah Sinnott
Tony Sullivan

Shining Bright Volunteer Award Nominees:
Maddie Borah
Jeff Buller
Amy DeVries
Shon Dougherty
Jodi Erickson
Jackie Hanson
Duaine Hillstad
Lyle Kovalenko
John Lucas
Deb Shissler
Johanna Simpson
Dawn Stephens
Bill Theel
Greg Woods
Steve Zahn

Lifetime Volunteer Award Nominees:
Louise Barnett
Charles (Ed) Castle
Carol Daly
Paul Esser
Ron Frary
Rita Hardes
David Hunsinger
Charlotte Kegley
Carol Kelpin
Pamella Kessler
Joan Kurth
Cynthia Lenz
Don Loomis
Jim Manning
Bernie McCabe
Sue Parton
Connie Peters
Jan Rahn
Tad Raterman
Kathy Reiter
Lloyd Schrader
Linda Schulte
Mark Sinkey
Lee Stadem
Ernie Tweet
Mary Vickery

The Helpline Center Volunteer Connections program provides the critical link between those who want to volunteer and the agencies that need them. The Volunteer Connections program manages an online database of hundreds of volunteer opportunities in the Sioux Empire. The volunteer database can be accessed at volunteer.helplinecenter.org. Helpline Center Volunteer Connections also recruits volunteers through weekly emails and texts, provides volunteer manager trainings, organizes the Volunteer Sioux Falls events and coordinates volunteer recognition events such as Spirit of Volunteerism Awards and Volunteer of the Month.

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About the Helpline Center
The Helpline Center began serving the Sioux Empire community in 1974. Through the years, the agency grew to 24 hour/7 days a week service, and now serves multiple communities across South Dakota. The Helpline Center serves thousands of people every year by connecting individuals to resources and support, providing referrals, connecting people with volunteer opportunities, offering hope to individuals with thoughts of suicide and supporting families bereaved by a suicide loss. The mission of the Helpline Center is making lives better by giving support, offering hope and creating connections all day, every day. We fulfill our mission through the following core service areas: 211 Helpline, Suicide & Crisis Support and Volunteer Connections.

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