Every summer a passionate group from Good Shepherd caravans to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to work on various projects to help improve the lives of the Lakota people. Through our partnership with the relief organization Re-Member (re-member.org) we “skirt” trailers to improve heat and cooling, stain and sand wood, and make simple outhouses and bunk beds. Delivering the beds with new sheets, pillows, comforters and books for children is a highlight of the experience.
But volunteers do more than work. There is an equal opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the Lakota people. Through tours and presentations by Oglala Lakota people an understanding and appreciation for life on the reservation is gained.
Good Shepherd joins committed volunteers from throughout the U.S. during this life-changing week of service. We sleep dorm style in bunk beds and dine together to share stories and experiences.
Eligibility: Anyone age 12 or over is eligible. Volunteers under age 18 need to be accompanied by an adult.
If you are interested in joining us on the next trip, contact the leader using the link below.
Want to support the Oglala Lakota people but can’t travel with us? Here are other ways to be a part of this mission:
- Attend the annual July Baseball for Bunk Beds event.
- Donate during Gifts From the Heart at Christmas-time. Look for the decorated dream catchers.
- Watch for special collection opportunities just prior to the scheduled trip.