Volunteers unite to give back to the community

It’s not an everyday mission for airmen from Ellsworth Air Force Base; their task: volunteering their time and skills.

“It’s a blast just getting in here tearing everything apart, getting your hands dirty and helping these wonderful people out is an awesome experience,” said Christopher Harris, an Airman.

Ripping up carpet is just one of the many jobs a group of Ellsworth volunteers are doing to gut two Downtown buildings and get them ready for the Black Hills Workshop.

“We are just very thankful for all of the volunteers in Rapid City that came out today to do this demo work, very compassionate,” said Brad Winters of the Black Hills Workshop.

1,300 volunteers spread out around the community on Thursday to help various agencies the United Way supports.

“It’s a day we are all here and are helping out,” said Mark Desantis of the Rapid City Rush. “Today we are doing a good job we are building a beautiful fence here.”

Rapid City Rush players grabbed paint brushes instead of hockey sticks to help spruce up the area around the youth and family services building. “The community has been very supportive of our team here in Rapid City and it’s just a way for us to give back to the community that’s been so supportive of us,” said Rush player, Konrad Reeder.

For some today’s day of caring is two–fold: a time to help the community and instill life – long lessons to future volunteers. The Rapid City United Way hopes to raise more than $1 million to help support various agencies throughout the Black Hills.

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