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If you have ever wanted to give back to an organization that has touched your life, changed your heart, opened your eyes or created new opportunities, November 27th is your day.
This date has been marked as the South Dakota Day of Giving, and it’s bringing hundreds of nonprofits together to raise awareness as well as donations for 501(c)(3) organizations across South Dakota. Dakota Resources, a nonprofit rural economic and community development organization, is one of nearly 300 participating nonprofits taking part in this first-ever Day of Giving.
“The South Dakota Day of Giving is a fun way to focus on philanthropy and what it means to give back,” says Joe Bartmann, President of Dakota Resources. “Dakota Resources wanted to support these efforts and give people who believe in what we do a way to show their support. This is a day … Read More »
David Ermish’s “Crosswalks for Better Walks in Wall” received a $600 Grants in Place award to support the creation of decorative crosswalks in areas where pedestrian safety is a concern in the historic town of Wall, South Dakota. The crosswalk locations were determined in cooperation with the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SD DOT). This unique project was the brainchild of student leader, Mercede Hess.
The first crosswalk site is on the campus of the Wall Schools.
We are pleased to provide the following update from Mr. Ermish and his student Mercede Hess:
“Mercede Hess is a senior at the Wall High School. She came up with the idea of developing and creating decorative crosswalks to ensure pedestrian safety in Wall, South Dakota. Mercede has two helpers, Keaunna Poor Bear (9th grader) and Miranda Poor Bear (5th grader).
Although they have not had the best … Read More »
Mission Statement: Connecting capacity and capital to empower rural communities.
Some of South Dakota’s most influential rural community leaders recently came together to participate in a strategy planning retreat for Dakota Resources, a non-profit rural community and economic development organization working to help small towns thrive.
The three-day retreat brought Dakota Resources community coaches and staff together with the Board of Directors to map out a plan for the future, including the creation of new mission statement that encapsulates the spirit of Dakota Resources: Connecting capacity and capital to empower rural communities.
“Each word was carefully chosen by the Board to drive the vision of Dakota Resources,” explains Joe Bartmann, President of Dakota Resources. “We are first and foremost connectors, we connect rural people to each other and to valuable resources. We also help build local capacity by providing the capital needed to … Read More »
Tyndall, South Dakota is on a roll.
This rural community of just under 1,100 people is seeing new growth in many areas, including an influx of new businesses, a beautiful new baseball field, a new 4-H building/community center and upgrades at the fire station and local park, among other things. Many of the improvements were made possible with the help of grants from the Hoch Foundation and The South Dakota Community Foundation.
With all of the new opportunities available in Tyndall, housing development has become an even bigger priority.
“It’s like a domino effect. When people see positive change, they want to be part of it, so they jump in and start something new too,” explains Ron Wagner, Chairperson of the Tyndall Development Corporation. “But without enough quality housing, we have people driving from 40 miles away just to work here. We need … Read More »
With a population of about 600 people, Stuart, Nebraska is so small it’s considered a village by Nebraska standards.
Yet this village is thriving, thanks in part to innovative housing development efforts that have been underway since the early 80s. It was then that Stuart was deemed a “blighted” community by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and grants from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development created some creative new opportunities.
Today, of the 250 residences in Stuart, 108 homes have been completely rehabilitated and 40 new homes have been built.
This amazing success story just miles from the South Dakota border led Dakota Resources to invite John Madsen, Chairman of the Stuart Development Corporation, to host a Housing Development Knowledge Camp at RuralX this past summer. John’s insight has since “rippled” into many rural South … Read More »