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One Spirit’s First Official ANNUAL CAMPAIGN | Providing Winter Relief for Lakota Families

Updated: Nov 20, 2023

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Join us in making an IMPACT this Giving Tuesday! Our Winter Relief campaign to support the Lakota People of Pine Ridge is now underway!

Beginning on November 28th, Giving Tuesday, and running through the end of the year, December 31, 2023.


Dear One Spirit Supporters,

As we stand on the brink of a new year, we are driven and eager to launch our first-ever OFFICIAL Annual Fundraising Campaign to provide Winter Relief for the Lakota people of Pine Ridge Reservation — a powerful initiative that will allow us to continue making a profound impact on the lives of those we serve.

We need your help to continue our mission of supporting the Lakota people of Pine Ridge with basic necessities, economic and employment development, and cultural preservation. This year, we have amazing impact stories to share with you, showcasing how your support has transformed the lives of those who live on Pine Ridge Reservation.

Your contribution will enable us to reach our goal of $350,000 to cover operational costs for the year ahead.


Standing Strong with the Lakota on Their Journey To Self-Sufficiency

At One Spirit, we firmly believe in the transformative power of collective action and its profound impact on creating positive change. Over the past year, together, we've achieved remarkable milestones, from providing essential resources to vulnerable communities to implementing groundbreaking programs that address pressing social challenges.

A native american elderly woman receiving assistance with her home from two other women. They're standing in the doorway of her home, repairing the steps.

On our journey to create self-sufficiency, we work with volunteers and the Lakota people, or oyate, to provide food, firewood, employment and education opportunities, and more. To do this work, we rely on the generosity of donors—people like you.

Learn more about Barbara High Pine's (pictured above) story here


Your Support Matters

With another winter fast approaching, we’re racing to build support before the cold temperatures get too low and the snow blocks roads on the reservation.

This Giving Tuesday marks the kickoff of our Winter Relief Efforts Annual Campaign, and we invite you to be a cornerstone of hope. Your support is not merely a donation; it's an investment in a brighter future. This year, a significant focus of our campaign is dedicated to providing crucial support for the fierce winter months in South Dakota, particularly for the Lakota people living on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

One Spirit volunteer and board member, Baam Brewer standing with Lakota man in front of his home


Winter Relief Initiatives

Our focus is on the urgent and basic needs of food and heat during the fierce winter months. We ask you to join us this journey to create self-sufficiency.

With your generosity, together, we can:

Provide Warmth in Winter: Contribute to our Firewood Assistance Programs help to provide Lakota families with the firewood they need to stay warm during the harsh winter months. The Firewood Assistance program not only offers wood to heat homes but also ensures that the wood-burning stoves, which are the primary source of heat for most homes on the reservation, are checked and serviced to prevent potential fire hazards during this time of year.

$200 = 1 Load of Firewood
$700 = Safer Wood-Burning Stove

Fight Hunger: Support our Food Pantries and Distribution Programs, providing essential nourishment to those facing food insecurity in the Lakota communities.

Lakota youth eating a meal at the Allen Youth Center
$225 - Serves 15 meals at Allen Youth Center
$70 - Feeds a child at Allen Youth Center for one week
$250 - Feeds a family of 5 from our Food Pantries

Also, the ROSEBUD SOUP KITCHEN is in need of items for their community. They serve approximately 200 folks on a daily basis. Click here to learn more about their specific needs that can be mailed directly to us.

Spread Holiday Cheer: Sponsor a family from our Holiday Okini list and provide cheer this holiday to a family in need.

A Lakota toddler boy standing in front of a tree decorated for the holidays.


How You Can Make a Difference

Donate Today

Become a One Spirit Supporter and make a one-time contribution or set up a recurring donation. Your commitment ensures a sustained impact throughout the year, especially during winter.

Spread the Word

Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn. and Instagram, share our campaign, and encourage your friends and family to join the movement. The more people we reach, the greater our collective impact on our winter relief initiatives.

Volunteer Your Time

Consider becoming a One Spirit volunteer. Your time and skills are invaluable resources that contribute to the success of our programs, including those addressing winter hardships.

Join Us on the Journey

Our campaign kicks off this Giving Tuesday and continues through December 31, 2023. We invite you to join us on this journey to unleash hope and inspire change, with a special focus on providing warmth and nourishment during the fierce winter months.

Thank you for being a vital part of our community and your unwavering support.

With gratitude,

One Spirit Team

P.S. Follow our progress and stay updated on the impact of your support by subscribing to our newsletter and following us on social media. Together, let's make a difference!


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