May 11, 2018
Seven individuals and businesses were honored Thursday with Spirit of Volunteerism awards from the Helpline Center.
- Youth: Shelby Specht for starting project Kandy for Kids, where she made over 600 candy bouquets to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network.
- Adult Up and Coming: Courtney Hottovy for her volunteer work with Sanford Hospice – Ava’s House visiting terminally ill patients and playing her violin.
- Adult Shining Bright: Eimi Lbrahim-Cloutier for her volunteer service as the school site coordinator for Feeding South Dakota’s BackPack Program at Anne Sullivan Elementary.
- Adult Lifetime: Beth Jernberg for her service in developing the Pet Therapy program at Avera that now has 27 certified handlers in over seven locations.
- Group: Soroptimist International of Sioux Falls for creating the nonprofit Toy Lending Library that lends out toys for children.
- Corporate Humanitarian (large business): The Barrel House for raising almost $90,000 to pay for Sioux Falls School District children’s meal accounts that have a negative balance.
- Corporate Humanitarian (small business): Exit Realty for its work on home construction and neighborhood revitalization projects with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls.
There were 77 people and businesses nominated.