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Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation: Y National Service Project

October 23, 2022 - October 30, 2022

Please join Ignatian Social Justice and the National Y in an inaugural Mission Immersion to build a strong community on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation!

The construction of a new cluster of tiny homes will enable families, volunteers, and staff inhabiting the homes to achieve the stability, independence, and strength they need to build a more healthy and vibrant community. Immerse yourself in a Lakota Tribe cultural exchange. The group size is about 10 – 20 volunteers per trip (or wave).

All service trips include a mix of work, rest, and free time. Volunteering on this project is fun, fast-paced, and fulfilling. The Sioux YMCA tiny home project not only utilizes your skills and effort to build safe, affordable homes that are desperately needed on the reservation but also offers an opportunity to become educated in American Indian culture.

A site-seeing trip is included to experience the incredible Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Black Hills, Crazy Horse Monument, and more! We welcome everyone who wants to contribute to this important National Service Project. Previous construction experience is not required, however manual labor is a part of the trip, so all participants should be in good health. A COVID vaccine is required.

This fee includes meals in the dining hall, lodging in the volunteer center bunkhouse, cultural activities and tours, training, a final awards banquet, and airport shuttles from Rapid City, Soth Dakota. Lodging for this option is a lower bunk (upper bunk not used) with shared bathrooms. Just like (but more fun than) going to Camp for a week. The cost does not include your airfare to Rapid City, South Dakota.
$175/week – If you arrange for your own lodging. This fee includes meals in the dining hall, cultural activities and tours, training, a final awards banquet, and airport shuttles from Rapid City, South Dakota. Reserve a room at the Prairie Vista Inn (605-967-2343) in nearby Faith, SD (about $80/night), or bring and stay in your RV, travel trailer, or tent and participate in the program at this reduced rate. A daily shuttle will be provided between the Prairie Vista Inn and the service project site.

AIRFARE: Currently $538/roundtrip (approximately) from NYC to Rapid City, South Dakota.

Deadline: May 1, 2022

There will be an informational Zoom meeting soon.

If you are interested in signing up for this National Service Project & Immersion Experience, send an email to Jean Santopatre, Pastoral Associate for ISJ, IYA, and Family Ministry, at [email protected].


October 23, 2022
October 30, 2022
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