Helpline Center to honor 80 volunteers “Sowing the Seeds of Service”

SIOUX FALLS – The Helpline Center will honor 80 individuals, groups and businesses during the 2017 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards, which will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. This year’s theme – Volunteers Sow the Seeds of Service. Volunteers were nominated by Sioux Empire area nonprofits and individuals in the community.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges in seven categories – Youth, Group, Adult (Up and Coming, Shining Bright, Lifetime), and Corporate Humanitarian (Large Business and Small Business). All nominees in the Adult, Youth and Group categories receive one complementary ticket to the event and all nominees will be recognized and honored at this luncheon. Winners of the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards will be announced live at the event. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at https://2017siouxempiresva.eventbrite.com.

Sponsor of the event include: Independent Insurance Agents of Sioux Falls, Children’s Dental Center and Parkway Orthodontics, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls, Midco, First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard, EarthBend, MetaBank and Citi.

The 2017 Spirit of Volunteerism Award nominees are:

 Youth Award Nominees:

Claire Brown nominated by Butterfly House & Aquarium
Allie Benson nominated by Good Samaritan Society
Emily Bjerkaas
nominated by Viborg-Hurley School District
Elena Burgwald
nominated by The Outdoor Campus
Cole Crissman nominated by Avera McKennan
Gabrielle “Ellie” Dahm nominated by LifeScape
Kara Dierks nominated by Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Arianna Feller nominated by Sanford USD Medical Center
Tayden Hansen nominated by Special Olympics South Dakota
Caleb Impecoven nominated by Sioux Falls VA Health Care System
Prairie Johnson nominated by The Outdoor Campus
Fay Justice nominated by Lutheran Social Services
Kali Lien nominated by Risen Savior Catholic Church
Raquel Mellegaard nominated by Washington Pavilion
Abby Shay Neff nominated by Amity Shay Neff
Sydney Rodman nominated by Central Perk
Ali Woodward nominated by Royal Family KIDS Camp

Group Volunteer Award

Bread Break nominated by Messiah New Hope Lutheran Church
Certified Nurse Midwives nominated by Alpha Center
Faith Family Church nominated by Good Samaritan Society – Communities of Sioux Falls
Health Connect SD Board of Directors nominated by Soroptimist International of Sioux Falls
Midco ACTS nominated by Midco
National Association of Letter Carriers nominated by Feeding South Dakota
The Ransom Church nominated by The Retreat at Pointer’s Ridge
The Salvation Army nominated by Avera McKennan Hospital
Sioux Empire Medical Museum/Nurse Alumni Association nominated by Sanford USD Medical Center
Team Cholla nominated by Sioux Falls Area CASA Program
Jack and Ella Timm nominated by Avera@Home Hospice
USD Delta Tau Delta Fraternity nominated by JDRF
Martin and Barb Weber nominated by Workers on Wheels/Active Generations

Up and Coming Volunteer Award Nominees:

Lucy Albers nominated by Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
Amy Aulner nominated by Feeding South Dakota
Holly Borchers nominated by Alpha Center
Alison Eden nominated by Siouxland Heritage Museums
Jen Finne nominated by Sioux Falls Area Humane Society
Maggie Flanders nominated by JAM Art & Supplies
Elizabeth Groff nominated by Child’s Voice – Sanford Medical Center
Chris Jacob nominated by The Guiding Hand Foundation
Jackie Smidt nominated by The Ransom Church
Vanessa Sweeney nominated by Sioux Falls Roller Dollz
Brett Stolz nominated by Sioux Falls Roller Dollz
Sara Timothy nominated by National Abstinence Clearinghouse
Natalie Walter nominated by Sanford USD Medical Center
Jake Wampler nominated by Good Samaritan Society – Communities of Sioux Falls

Shining Bright Volunteer Award Nominees:

Carol Androli nominated by Sanford Health Hospice
Beth Behal nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire
Patti Graber nominated by Alpha Center
Rachel Herlyn nominated by Face It TOGETHER Sioux Falls
Cindy Huether nominated by Sioux Falls Tennis Association
Olivia Lima nominated by Soroptimist International of Sioux Falls
Karin Lindell nominated by LifeScape
Jill Masching nominated by Washington Pavilion
Tammy Rozenboom nominated by Bishop Dudley Hospitality House

Lifetime Volunteer Award Nominees:

John Archer nominated by Sioux Falls Family YMCA
Dick Beck nominated by Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire & Ronald McDonald House Charities
Jean Beddow nominated by Sioux Falls Area CASA Program and The Salvation Army
Leanne Ford nominated by Habitat for Humanity Greater Sioux Falls
Barbara Gandy nominated by Sioux Falls VA Health Care System
Dr. Patti Giebink nominated by Alpha Center
Joel Greene nominated by Harvey Dunn Elementary, Sioux Falls Schools
Betty Hodge nominated by Butterfly House & Aquarium
Phyllis Joyce nominated by Good Samaritan Society – Sioux Falls Village
Jack Marsh nominated by The Community Outreach
Karen Muth nominated by Avera McKennan Hospital
Joy Outka nominated by Active Generations
Louise Peterson nominated by JDRF
Richard Rhoades nominated by American Red Cross
Geraldine Schnabel nominated by Senior Companions of SD
Carol Storrs nominated by Sunnycrest Village
Jeff Trudeau nominated by Bishop Dudley Hospitality House
Cindy Whisler nominated by Siouxland Libraries (Ronning Branch)

Corporate Humanitarian Award – Large Business

The First National Bank in Sioux Falls nominated by Junior Achievement of South Dakota
HyVee nominated by The Salvation Army
Smithfield Foods nominated by Lunch Is Served
Texas Roadhouse nominated by Community Blood Bank and Special Olympics South Dakota

Corporate Humanitarian Award – Small Business

Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church nominated by Alpha Center
Edgewood Senior Living nominated by Alzheimer’s Association South Dakota Chapter
Eide Bailly CPA nominated by Habitat for Humanity Greater Sioux Falls
First Dakota National Bank nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire
KDLT nominated by The Salvation Army

The Helpline Center Volunteer Connections program provides the critical link between those who want to volunteer and the agencies that need them. The Volunteer Connections program manages an online database of hundreds of volunteer opportunities in the Sioux Empire. The volunteer database can be accessed at volunteer.helplinecenter.org. Helpline Center Volunteer Connections also recruits volunteers through weekly emails and texts, provides volunteer manager trainings, organizes the Volunteer Sioux Falls events and coordinates volunteer recognition events such as Spirit of Volunteerism Awards and Volunteer of the Month.

For more information, please dial 211 or email susie@helplinecenter.org.