As they do every year, United Way has been raising money to support 55 local non-profit organizations serving people specifically in the Black Hills. They focus on education, health and financial security with the intent to create healthy and productive families. With ten days left in their fundraising campaign, they are still in need of $431,400 putting them at 80% of their goal.
Lynn Kendall, board president for United Way of the Black Hills for 2017-2018, says "20% of our goal equates to about 20,000 people going without services the next year that had been receiving services from United Way agencies previously so that's a huge impact and we really want those in need to continue to reach those services.
Jamie Toennies, executive director for United Way says, "There was a new study that came out that showed that South Dakota was one of the top states in the entire country when it comes to giving of their time, volunteerism, as well as their dollars so we are proud to be a part of this community, it's just a testament to everyone who lives here.