Our Projects

PINE RIDGE SERVICE PROJECTS

ANNUAL TOY DRIVE

Pine Ridge Communities 

We first started working with the Oglala community in 2011. Since that time, the generosity of our donors allows us to deliver toys to other sites in Pine Ridge, and we continue to hold an annual holiday celebration in Oglala. This event, which takes months of planning and numerous volunteers, is a highlight of our service projects. During the celebration, we distribute new toys, decorate sugar cookies, create ornaments and crafts, distribute free books and family support supplies, and bring a little holiday cheer to the community. If you would like to purchase a new toy for the drive (ages newborn to 18), please visit the Amazon Wishlist for 2018. If you’d like to volunteer for the event, please contact us! We’d love to have you join in!

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FAMILY SUPPORT DRIVE

Pine Ridge Communities

Over the years, we have come to recognize that supporting the families on Pine Ridge is an ongoing necessity. Every year we bring additional supplies to the annual holiday celebration or throughout the year. We make soup kits, hygiene & wellness kits, and provide basic family supplies such diapers, wipes, feminine products, school supplies, winter gear, blankets, et cetera. If you are interested in helping with the ongoing support drive or want to volunteer to create support kits, please visit the Amazon Wishlist or contact us. 

BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS 

Local & Nationwide Outreach

As a small nonprofit, collaboration with other nonprofits, companies, small businesses, individuals, and members of the Pine Ridge Reservation is key to developing actionable solutions to our cause. We are especially fortunate to find so many wonderful people who have become partners with our organization. As we continue to evolve, please contact us if you are interested in collaborating with our small, but mighty, organization. 

SUICIDE PREVENTION

Pine Ridge Communities

One of the biggest challenges the communities on the reservation face is a suicide epidemic. The daily struggle of many individuals makes life on the reservation often seem hopeless. With few opportunities to combat this epidemic, suicide rates on the reservation are vastly higher than the nationwide statistic. The teen suicide rate, for example, is 150% higher than the national average for this age group. To assist, we are partnering with  Crisis Text Line to help provide suicide prevention counseling for those in a time of need. If you are interested in being a part of this organization, either as a counselor or support provider, please visit the link to Find Out More. Together, perhaps we can provide hope for those who need it most. 

MAKE A DONATION

Alongside monetary donations, winter gear, sports equipment, blankets or bedding, food, diapers, formula, books and school supplies are always welcome! Please visit the link below to see how you can HELP!

BE A VOLUNTEER

Our work would not be possible without the assistance and partnerships of many great friends. If you’d like to join us on a trip or assist with preparations for a project, please JOIN US! 

SPREAD THE WORD

Pine Ridge is a beautiful landscape coupled with challenges that have tested the resilience of the Lakota for centuries. To learn more about Pine Ridge and the Lakota Nation, please visit the EDUCATION page.

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