National Volunteer Week 2017



This week April 23rd – April 29th is National Volunteer Week. Black Hills Center for Equality (BHCFE) would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our wonderful volunteers. Our volunteers are vital to providing the resources, education and networking necessary to enhance the lives of the LGBTQ+ community of the Western South Dakota.


Volunteers are vital to the Black Hills Center for Equality. Volunteers are needed for events, fundraising, grant writing, marketing, putting together our e-newsletter and IT. Our two largest needs at the present time are for marketing and events.


Black Hills Pride 2017 is coming up on July 8th. We need volunteers to assist with setup, tear down, working the BHCFE Pride store, assisting with vendor check-in, setup and tear down at the Pride after party. We are also looking for volunteers in advance of the event to help us with marketing and fundraising. Another upcoming event we have is running a relief station at the Mickelson Trail Marathon. The Mickelson train marathon is a full and half marathon near Deadwood that brings in runners from all over the country. We are the first relief station. We prep and serve light snacks, pour refreshments, and help get the runners energized for the start of the race. This event gives our organization visibility. We get to connect with people from all over the country. Our organization also gets a donation for assisting to make the marathon a success.


If would like to volunteer for us please visit Thank you in advance for your interest in volunteering.


Warm Regards,


Sarah R. Keppen

Vice President, Black Hills Center for Equality (BHCFE)


Sarah Keppen moved from Sioux Falls to West River South Dakota in April 2015 for a position at Regional Health. She works full-time as an Application System Analyst in the IT - Software Services department supporting clinical software applications. Sarah joined the Black Hills Center for Equality (BHCFE), Inc board of directors in October 2015. She spent her first year on the board as the Board Secretary. Sarah is currently the board Vice President She is a fierce advocate for LGBT equality. When she is not supporting the LGBT community, fighting for equality, or serving her customer's technology needs, Sarah enjoys traveling, the outdoors, hiking, camping, kayaking, music concerts, foreign foods, and spending time with family and friends. Sarah is grateful for the continued opportunity to serve the LGBT community of Western SD. You can reach her at

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