United Church of Christ

South Dakota

RE-MEMBER (Pine Ridge)

Contact: Ted Skantze, Executive Director
  P.O. Box 5054
  Pine Ridge, SD 57770
  South Dakota Office:  605.867.2282
  South Dakota Office Fax:  605.867.2285
  Work Cell:  605.454.5130

Volunteer Trip Coordinator (Paula Sibal) at:
  P.O. Box 5054
  Pine Ridge, SD 5770

  Phone: 308-638-4500
  Fax: 866.583.1719
  Email:  trips@re-member.org

Re-Member  works with the Oglala Lakota Nation on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  Volunteers participate in work projects across the Reservation, helping rebuild relationships, homes and lives.

Project/Focus: Projects include building and installing bunk beds in the homes of Oglala Lakota families on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, outhouses, trailer skirting/steps/decks and rehabilitation and renovation of homes. The week long trips are divided between service and cultural immersion.

Educational/Advocacy Components: Cultural immersion activities scheduled in afternoons and evenings, including guest speakers, Lakota crafts, tours, museums, and social gatherings with Lakota friends.

Time: Groups are scheduled from the last week in February (to accommodate alternative spring breaks) through the 2nd week of October.  Registration is secured on receipt of deposit and completed Trip Reservation Agreement.  Explanation of the booking process as well as instructions for requesting a rip can be found under the Volunteer Trips tab on the Re-Member website at www.re-member.org

Group Size: 50 persons maximum per trip week, Memorial Day through Labor Day, with a group size cap of 15.  In the spring and fall:  40 per trip week with a group size cap of 13.  Subject to availability after cutoff of 2 months prior to trip date, group sizes may be increased.

Minimum Age: 12 years.  During Kids Weeks (2 per summer) children age 8-11 are welcomed, and special programming is provided for them.

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:6

Accommodations: Dormitory-style housing with bunk beds, bathrooms, and showers. Full kitchen and dining facilities on site. Groups assist full-time kitchen staff in preparing and clean up of meals.  All meals are provided, as is all transportation during the trip week.  Shuttle service is available, at additional costs, for volunteers flying into rapid City, SD, which is approximately 90 miles away.

Cost: $549 per person includes housing, meals, and transportation from Saturday evening through Friday morning.


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