Volunteers are the heart of our agency. Without the help of our volunteers PARS would not be able to accomplish all that we do in a years period of time. Currently, with all of our programming PARS uses more than 2,500 volunteers a year.
Our dedicated Food Pantry Volunteers make sure that the doors are open and that our clients are greeted and informed and checked out each day. Currently we have two volunteers per shift: Monday-Friday 4:00pm-5:30 pm and on Tuesday and Thursday's from 11:30am-1:00pm. We are lucky to have a Nutritionist on board that volunteers her expertise so that we have the right foods on our shelves and in our fridges and freezers.
We LOVE our volunteers that come in and clean the floors, defrost and clean the freezers and refrigerators, AND our volunteers that make sure all the foods are examined for expiration dates and fill the shelves each day so that our clients have product to shop in an organized and healthy way. We can't forget to mention our volunteers that go to DakotaMart each week and pick up donated foods and bread and deliver and put away. Our Pantry is known as one of the cleanest and most organized Pantries. We truly have something special here to serve our clients in Hughes and Stanley County. Visit the Food Pantry Volunteering page or fill out the form at the bottom of this page to volunteer now.
We currently use 4 shifts of volunteers each week throughout the school year to help fill sacks of food for the weekend food program for Pierre Schools. 1st shift comes in and counts and sets up the foods to be distributed, 2nd shift of volunteers come in and fill the bags, and our ever important 3rd Shift comes and delivers the bags to the Elementary Schools. Oahe Inc. is so valuable to our operation as they come in and fill bags for Stanley County Elementary School and deliver!!! Visit the BackPack Voluteering page or fill out the form at the bottom of this page to volunteer now.
No matter what the age, individual, organization or business- those that volunteer by hosting or funding food drives are truly the game changers for the Pantry and BackPack Program. Through their determination and grit we are able to fight hunger in our communities. We do three community wide Food Drives per year. The Ardis Townsend Challenge March and April, the Postal Food Drive in May and the Boy Scout Food Drive in October. Visit the Food Drive Volunteering page or fill out the form at the bottom of this page to volunteer now.
We currently have SEVEN routes that our wonderful volunteers each month come and pick up boxes and deliver them to our senior citizens within the community of Pierre. They are truly like the post office because no matter if it is rain, shine or snowy they are here to serve and deliver to "their seniors". This project is not only a blessing to the seniors but truth be told our wonderful volunteers tell of how it is a blessing to them to touch the lives of the seniors on their routes. The camaraderie that builds between them is priceless.
This is truly a Community Event! We would truly not be able to delivery to the hundreds of families within Pierre and Fort Pierre if it weren't for the love of our Community. Not only is this project solely supported by local donations, but it is carried out with such care and compassion in the packing of the boxes and deliveries. Visit the Holiday Meal Program Volunteering page or fill out the form at the bottom of this page to volunteer now.
When times are busy, what would we do without our volunteers that come to the office and help answer phones, do mailings, greet clients, help organize our space and do all of the "other" little things that take a back seat to our small office and staff. Their willingness to jump in is AMAZING!
Salvation Army Red Kettle Bell Campaign
TRULY, we would not be able to serve our clients without the brave volunteers that come out each holiday season and either fight or relish in the elements to ring the bells for the six week campaign. 90% of all funds raised STAY in Hughes and Stanley County and it is what allows PARS to help individuals and families through the Spring and Summer months. It is said, if you have never gone out and rung a bell- then you have never really lived!!! Visit the Salvation Army Volunteering page or fill out the form at the bottom of this page to volunteer now.
PARS is Governed by the Citizens Involvement Council. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful variety of unique and professional people. PARS truly benefits from each of their expertise.
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