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Northern Black Hills Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) director Nancy Wietgrefe accepted the Community Friends Award from Verla Kaufman of PrairieWave Communications recently. PraireWave Communications and the Northern Hills Federal Credit Union sponsor the Community Friends Program, which recognizes those who are dedicated to enriching lives through volunteerism, charity, promotion of a safe and healthy environment, or other community involvement. In 2005, more than 500 volunteers in four South Dakota counties served nearly 100,000 hours on various projects.

The Northern Black Hills Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), in residence at Black Hills State University, received the Community Friends Award for the month of January.

The Northern Black Hills RSVP volunteers deliver Meals on Wheels, assist with bill paying, and provide senior citizens with rides to get groceries or go to doctor’s appointments.  Volunteers are all over the age of 55 and are always willing to help any non-profit agency.  In 2005, more than 500 volunteers in four South Dakota counties served nearly 100,000 hours on various projects.

The Community Friends program was established in January 2005 to recognize outstanding individuals, businesses or not-for-profit organizations in the Northern Hills that are dedicated to enriching lives through volunteerism, charity, promotion of a safe and healthy environment, or other community involvement. Winners are chosen based on their dedication to enriching lives in their community.  Others in the community can nominate candidates throughout the Northern Black Hills area for this award; a new Community Friends winner is selected monthly.

The Community Friends program is sponsored by Northern Hills Federal Credit Union and PrairieWave Communications.  Monthly winners receive special gifts from PrairieWave, along with gift certificates from Mr. Movies, Dairy Queen, Rocking Tree Floral, and Global Market.  Winners also receive recognition through television spots aired on PrairieWave cable television.

Nancy Wietgrefe, Northern Black Hills RSVP director, says that the award is “great recognition for the volunteers and how much they contribute to the area.” 

For more information about the Northern Black Hills RSVP or getting involved, contact Wietgrefe at 642-5198.