National Volunteer Week, longest serving volunteer at Pennington County Sheriff's Office

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This week is National Volunteer Week.
In South Dakota, nearly 241,000 people volunteer every year, making us the fourth state in the country for volunteerism.
We were able to meet one woman who volunteers her time to help make a difference in the community.

Ginger Nelson has been volunteering at the Pennington County Sheriff's Office for more than 20 years, making her the longest serving volunteer there.

Ginger Nelson says, "They were recruiting people for this academy that they were going to put on and my husband and I looked at it and we thought we just recently retired, we thought, well this might be something we're interested in."

And she's been doing it ever since.
From starting in 1996 with only a typewriter and a pencil to now helping out with warrants on a computer.
Ginger says after she retired from being a business owner in the Southern Hills, she wanted to do something else with her time.

Ginger Nelson says, "Number one, I was used to working 40 hours a week, or more and so when I retired I wasn't really ready to quit and it was a way to get acquainted with people in the community."

But volunteering is much more than that to Ginger, it's become a big part of her life.

Ginger Nelson says, "About 17 years ago, I lost my husband and this was a lifesaver for me, it really was. I spent a lot of hours in here after that happened, but I feel very obligated to it, I feel like it is still a job and it's a job that I want to continue to do."

If you would like to volunteer in the community you can dial 211, or visit