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February Black Hills Volunteer of the Month

Pictured left to right: Kathy Minnick of Black Hills Urgent Care & Surgical Hospital, Audrey Nordine of Helpline Center, Diane Minion March Volunteer of the Month, and Monica Colby of Rapid City Fire Department Station 6.

RAPID CITY – The Helpline Center and Black Hills Urgent Care are pleased to announce that Diane Minion has been named the March 2020 Volunteer of the Month. Diane was nominated by The Rapid City Fire Department. 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.

Diane has created and delivered fire safety lessons for preschool- and Kindergarten-age children in schools, preschools, and daycares for the Rapid City Fire Department. Diane works with staff to develop a curriculum to address our greatest concerns for these ages. She wrote two stories to be used during the presentations. The RCFD published one so that the book could be left at the school/daycare for a few weeks of repetitious learning!

She has taught many of the Kindergarten students in Rapid City, volunteering extra days and hours beyond the Wednesday mornings. Diane is always upbeat, willing to help, and interested in you as a person.

Diane has been a blessing to the Rapid City Fire Department. She has provided valuable insights as a retired teacher and as a person learning fire safety from the outside looking in. RCFD has been wanting to reach out to preschool-age children and their caregivers for a decade. They have made some small strides into this area but our time is limited. With Diane, they now have a program!

Helpline Center and Black Hills Urgent Care presented Diane with a framed certificate and Helpline Center t-shirt, and gifts from Black Hills Urgent Care. Diane will be honored at the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards luncheon on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center. For information on volunteer opportunities, please call the Helpline Center at 211 or visit

Black Hills Volunteer of the Month Sponsored by:

 2019-2020 Volunteers of the Month

June 2019- Volunteers of America-Northern Rockies, Vicki Sweet

July 2019- Postpartum Support International- SD Chapter, Heather Rystrom

August 2019- Sturgis Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, Danika Gordon

September 2019- Seventh Circuit CASA Program, Margaret Evans

October 2019- Make A Wish South Dakota, Sheila McKinstry

November 2019- Rapid City Storm Special Olympics and Black Hills Works, Sandie Enger

December 2019- Love INC, Walt Boner

January 2020- Hope Center, Dustin Rodger

February 2020- Youth and Family Services, Larry and Brenda Boenisch

March 2020- Rapid City Fire Department, Diane Minion

2018-2019 Volunteers of the Month

June 2018 – Teen Up, Alec Ruml
July 2018 -Meals On Wheels, Chris Boyle 
August 2018 – Wellfully, Adrian Romeyn 
September 2018 – RCFD, Lisa Saunders
October 2018- Special Olympics, Rapid City Flame Leadership Volunteers
November 2018- Seventh Circuit CASA, Gwen Menke
December 2018- Rapid City Young Professionals Group, Kelli Kabrud
January 2019- Club for Boys, Josh Farley
February 2019- Suncatchers Therapeutic Riding Academy, Mary Lee Rude
March 2019- Toys for Tots, Crissy Ludens
April 2019- SDSU Extension and Youth & Family Services, Janet Smith
May 2019- Goodwill of the Great Plains, Roberta Rowen


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
January 2018- Trudy Schreiner
February 2018 – Sarah Hyde
March 2018 – Christine Siim
April 2018 – Tom and Carol Lefler
May 2018 – Richard “Dick” Fischer


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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