As you enter the Badlands, gently rolling plains invite you into life at the Rosebud Lakota Indian Reservation. As part of the greater Sioux nation, this culturally vibrant reservation is one of the three poorest places in United States, with an unemployment rate of 85 percent. The Rosebud Episcopal Mission is committed to coming alongside and caring for Lakota people, respecting their culture while ministering to them in the name of the Lord.
Demonstrate the love of Christ as you and your team swing hammers for Habitat for Humanity. If you’re passionate about kids, help instill a sense of care and value in children by leading VBS or day camp. However you choose to serve, you will get to know the culture of the Lakota people and experience what life on the reservation is all about.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. —Romans 12:2
Volunteers must be senior-high age or older. They will participate in Habitat for Humanity home building, maintenance, and repair and run vacation Bible school programs. Skilled volunteers are especially needed (electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and adults with construction experience). The type of work you will do depends on your group and their skills and desires. The school-year of kids on the reservation is only 120 days long (as compared to a norm of 180), so teams may help lead a Bible camp or day camp. Building relationships is the focus of all of the volunteer service.
Groups stay in an air-conditioned community center. The center is equipped with kitchen facilities, showers, and toilets.
Food: Groups purchase and prepare their own meals. There are local grocery stores near the reservation, but they are expensive. The nearest Wal-Mart is 105 miles away. Most groups bring staples and buy the rest locally.
$10 per person per night pays for lodging. Construction costs are taken out of rent, or groups fundraise their own money for construction.
Rapid City Regional Airport (Teams can rent a 15-passenger van at the airport.)
Bring air mattresses, bedding, towels, and washcloths. The organization works closely with teams to make sure they bring what they will need. Please dress modestly.
Visit Wounded Knee, Mt. Rushmore, and the Crazy Horse Memorial.
For more information, contact the Volunteer Engagement Program staff.
If you would like to learn more about the RCA's volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.
Coordinator for Volunteer Engagement
Volunteer Placement Specialist
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