United Way launches 2018 Day of Caring Campaign

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN TV) - The Rushmore Hall at the Civic Center was filled with a sea of pink Thursday, as United Way of the Black Hills kicked off their annual Day of Caring Campaign in Rapid City

More than a thousand people were in attendance from various organizations to enjoy lunch and learn about what their contributions mean for the community. This year United Way set their fundraising goal at about $2.3 million dollars, money that will be used to support 33 local non-profits in the Rapid City Area.

These organizations provide a variety of social services to Rapid City, but it wasn't just about the fundraising, all in attendence donated their time to give back.

"Most people think about United Way and they think about raising funds which is critical for our work but it's also important to give back in other ways and today is all about back your time."

A majority of volunteers came from Ellsworth Air Force Base, they worked on a variety of projects like helping to gut the old Black Hills Energy Building so that the YMCA and Rapid City Area Schools can remodel and also helping CASA with a painting project.

"I think it's important to give back on a community based level because we are here living in the community," said United States Air Force Tech Sgt. Catherine Neal about how the community supports their mission. "We are part of the community and I think it's important to give back to them."

In the next to weeks United Way of Black Hills will be holding two more Days of Caring, one for the northern hills and one for the southern hills.