Members Assist at Inaugural Grandparent's Day

On Sunday, September 13, members from Sioux Falls Up & Coming took part in the inaugural Grandparent's Day Festival at Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls.

The group was divided up between the basketball court and face-painting stations, with the basketball volunteers enjoying the company and talents of a number of children and grandchildren of the Dow Rummel residents and our expert face-painter, Lucy, making her mark on faces across the celebration.

The Grandparent's Day Festival was created to honor grandparents on National Grandparent's Day, host a fun-filled afternoon, and to create memories with all generations. In addition to the basketball and face-painting stations, there was also a worship service, science demo, old time show-and-tell, trivia, and Kazuke's.

Attendees also enjoyed music from John Mogen and Phil Baker, a Photo Booth, inflatables, therapy dogs, a scavenger hunt, a craft station, and hot dogs and ice cream!

Dow Rummel Village provides friendly, secure retirement living that meets the ever-changing needs of a diverse population in a community sustained by Christian spirit and service.

Members Volunteer at Special Olympics South Dakota Summer Games

On May 30, a group of Sioux Falls Up & Coming members traveled to Brookings, SD to volunteer at the Special Olympics South Dakota Summer Games.

Members were put to work at the men's shot put event, measuring each throw, raking the dirt (we're unsure of the technical term), wrangling the shot, celebrating with the winners at the platform, and keeping moral high for all of the athletes and their coaches and families.

After the final athletes finished throwing and posed for their awards, most of our members took to the ring and gave the shot their best throw. Daschle was crowned the unofficial member champion. And our event coordinator, Carter, easily had the best form.

Special Olympics South Dakota provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children (8 years and older) and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

To learn more about Special Olympics South Dakota sports programs, volunteer and contribution opportunities contact the State Office at 1.800.585.2114.

SFU&C volunteers at Children's Inn gift wrap booth

On the evening of Thursday, December 11, members of our crew settled in near Macy's at the Empire Mall to lend our hand as expert gift-wrappers for the Sioux Falls Children's Inn. The event offers shoppers the opportunity to unload their gift-wrapping burden onto volunteers who accept free-will donations that benefit the Children's Inn.

Children's Inn is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1977 that provides 24 hour, free services for women, children and men who are victims of family violence, elder abuse, child abuse, neglect, or sexual assault.

While we worked one of the quieter shifts of the night, it was a good opportunity for us to get to know our newest members even better and for us to become acquainted with an organization that makes a significant impact on families in Sioux Falls. In addition to wrapping, Sioux Falls Up & Coming donated a variety of gifts and items from the Children's Inn wish list.

To view a list of items that Children's Inn currently needs, click here.

Sioux Falls Up & Coming volunteers for the Oglala Pet Project

 Members Ellyn Suga, Abby Berger and Kyle Jameson unleash their inner pets at the Sip...Stay...Sip fundraising event.

Members Ellyn Suga, Abby Berger and Kyle Jameson unleash their inner pets at the Sip...Stay...Sip fundraising event.

During the month of October, our members and their friends, family, and coworkers participated in the Oglala Pet Project pet supply drive, donating tons of food and supplies to the organization. Additionally, we donated items to their silent auction at the Sip...Stay...Sip wine- and beer-tasting fundraiser held at 8th and Railroad.

The Oglala Pet Project helps community members care for their animals and improve the quality of life for pets through education, spay/neuter support, pet wellness assistance, and the re-homing or networking of abandoned, abused or unwanted pets on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

You can get involved in the Oglala Pet Project by donating pet food, supplies, or money to the OPP. You can also volunteer your time at events, act as a pet foster parent, assist with pet transportation, or adopt a pet through the OPP. 

SFU&C volunteers at 2014 Downtown Riverfest

On Saturday, August 16, 2014, Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. organized the second annual Downtown Riverfest.  Event organizers estimate attendance of about 15,000 people, surpassing the inaugural event’s attendance of nearly 10,000 in 2013.

Downtown Riverfest aimed to bring people downtown to discover and enjoy the newly redeveloped downtown riverfront, embracing the beauty of the Big Sioux. The event featured live music, live art, kids' activities, an interactive water fountain, fireworks and food, beverage & retail vendors at the expanded venue on the downtown river greenway.

“We’re thrilled with the continued success of this new event,” said DTSF Communications Manager Brienne Maner. “Showcasing local and regional talent in a unique setting seems to resonate with festival goers, and we were happy that so many different cross-sections of the community were in attendance to celebrate with us.”  In addition to offering a venue for local and regional artists to show their talents, Downtown Riverfest brings the community together to enjoy and celebrate the assets of our city.

This event would not be possible without the help of nearly 100 volunteers.  Sioux Falls Up & Coming stepped up and filled an entire tent of volunteers.  Groups like this are vital to the success of Downtown Riverfest.

Plans for the third annual Downtown Riverfest are in the works for Saturday, August 15, 2015.  You can email maureen@dtsf.com to express interest in volunteering.