Storehouse running low, more donations needed
Published: Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
The Custer County Storehouse is really an amazing place,”â��said Arley Fadness, a volunteer with The Storehouse. “People from across the community meet and share. What one person has more than enough of is given to another person who needs just a little bit more. Both volunteers and patrons benefit as they interact together.”
The Storehouse staff is 100 percent volunteer. Over 50 volunteers gather according to an established schedule to keep the Storehouse functioning effectively. Besides staffing the Storehouse on open days (Wednesdays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), volunteers pick up food donations, unload trucks, clean, sort shelves, set up for special programs, pick up furniture, deliver furniture, listen to stories, offer empathy, make calls to find a particular item, refer folks to other resources, run the summer sack lunch program, run the backpack food program, put together food baskets for the Community Christmas, knit caps for the One Warm Coat Program, worry in a caring way about the families that come in and share ideas to make the Storehouse better.
Loads and loads of items come into the Storehouse daily. Food comes from food drives, private donations and purchases. Food is also purchased from Lynn’s Dakotamart and Custer County Market. The Storehouse is non-profit so purchases are tax-exempt. Both owners/managers of these grocery stores go out of their way to provide the best buys for the Storehouse. They have also provided delivery in a pinch and made generous donations. Some purchases are made from the food bank in Rapid City.
Clothing and household items go out as quickly as they come in. Certain items are donated to the Storehouse in such large amounts that the excess is transported and donated to various missions in Rapid City. Whereas most items are shared in Custer, one primary item that is sent to the Rapid City missions is women’s clothing.
An addition was built to the east side of the Storehouse facility in January to house overflow furniture. The addition was built by the volunteer building crew from Outlaw Ranch.
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