Grants for people with disabilities
The local chapter of People First is offering mini-grants to help individuals with disabilities live to their full potential. People First is a national organization made up of people with disabilities learning to advocate for themselves and others. The local chapter meets monthly at Black Hills Works. The Black Hills Works Foundation has awarded them $20,000 to be used for mini-grants focused in the areas of advocacy, medical needs, improved independence, education, employment, personal development, or community project. A total of $20, 000 will be allocated each year. The group will offer grants, not exceeding $4,000, resulting in a minimum of five awards annually.
Any individual with a physical or cognitive disability or any nonprofit organizations serving people with disabilities may apply. Applicants or people impacted by the grant must live in the Rapid City area (Pennington, Meade, Lawrence, Custer, or Fall River counties). Click here for a printable application or call 718-6205 to have one mailed to you. They must be completed by November 30. Awards will be announced no later than January 15, 2015.
This year’s Gala will be held November 15, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. We will honor Sam Garcia, Ofeina Sinamoni, Sean Sipes, and Josh Walker (above) with Outstanding Achievement Awards. We will also honor Summer Nights with our Community Connection Award and the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology with an Innovative Partner Award.
This year’s Gala promises to be especially exciting with an appearance by world-renowned artist, entertainer, and humanitarian Michael Israel. Israel is known for leaping high off the stage while launching paint on a spinning canvas to create larger-than life images of popular cultural icons. He has performed in Monte Carlo, Portugal, Las Vegas, and on the Olympic Medals stage in Salt Lake City. He has created art for Warren Buffet, performed at a presidential gala, and shared the stage with musical legends. And, he has agreed to spend time prior to the Gala working with artists who work at the Suzie Cappa Art Center. Tickets for the Gala start at $100 and are available online at www.bhwsfoundation.org/.
In a snapshot
Black Hills Works in Rapid City, SD provides quality services and supports to people with disabilities. We serve over 600 individuals age 16 and older with various disabilities including learning and developmental disabilities, visual and hearing impairments, head trauma, chronic mental illness, physical impairments, and others. Throughout vocational training and Employment Resources, we also provide our business customers with business solutions and a dependable work force.
Services and Supports
Black Hills Works, Rapid City, SD, provides quality services and supports to people with disabilities so they can work toward reaching their potential and living the lives they choose. We work to develop options for each person who, in turn, selects services on his or her needs and desires.
For Job Seekers
Call our job line at 605-343-4581 for current openings or apply on line. To learn more about what particular, positions entail, see our video gallery. Learn more on our career opportunities page.
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