ONE Spirit

Rating: 4.96 stars   90 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Immigration

Location: PO Box 3209 Rapid City SD 57709 USA

Mission: The ONE Spirit Mission is to assist the Lakota people in preserving and revitalizing the Lakota culture, language, and self-sufficiency while meeting the basic needs of Lakota families, children, and elders. We strive to cultivate an intercultural relationship that recognizes that we are all related and that American Indians are an equal and valued part of our society.
Results: Food delivered monthly to the homes of 1500 people on the reservation. Lakota employed in wood and home repair programs supported by One Spirit. Safe house built this year for youth. Fundraising now for youth centers to be built in every area of the reservation. 700 children and elders in sponsorship program.
Target demographics: The 40,000 people on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1500 per month in food program 20 children regularly in the safe house 150 homes heated through the wood program 700 children and elders served through the sponsorship program 500 people benefitted from the Okini program
Geographic areas served: Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota
Programs: Sponsorship, food, heat, youth programs
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Food, heat, school supplies...it's just the basics to most folks. Working with One Spirit makes me rethink my own priorities because those basics that so many take for granted are a blessing for some during hard times. For several years, I have sponsored a boy just younger than my own son; now, I also send food to a grandmother who is taking care of a household of youngsters. Right here, right now, in our own country, there is opportunity to help. One Spirit is a path to help me do that.

This organization provides good, decent food to those who need it most. They feed children who haven't eaten for days. They feed families that have special dietary needs, such as diabetes. And the food isn't commodity junk. Today's list of food for the month of July that we send out include 9 different kinds of fruits and veg, along with fresh proteins.

Overhead is low to non-existent in this organization. There are no CEOs taking huge salaries to do admin work here. Much of the organizing come via long-distance. The on-the-ground delivery of food and wood is done by community members for community members. It is an organization that is based on integrity, honesty, hard work, and dedication to the ideas of strong community and honor.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would buy them a truck for delivering even more food.

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2013

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I became a sponsor about a year ago with One Spirit. And, I can tell you that the day I made contact with my sponsor family was a pivotal moment in my life. Everything about their nature, position, and ways displayed courage, beauty, and a presence that offers lesson. There is a stillness within their words that can teach us all regardless of race, gender, or status about the power of worth, belonging, and existence. It is the understanding of the past, the knowledge of the present, and the wisdom of the future that instructs us all to respect our surroundings, give to our brothers, and love unconditionally. One spirit offers the perfect environment to do exactly this. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this organization and the people who work for it. This organization not only provides support and care for the great Lakota people, but it offers the opportunity for people of all nations to give and learn while giving. Sponsorship for me has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. It has granted me a friendship with two beautiful girls and their family and has allowed me to grow as a person through the act of sharing, giving, and caring. I am now about to begin my 3rd sponsorship, an elder, whom I am eager to get to know and learn from. I may not drive the fanciest car or own a million dollar home, but what makes me human is my heart, my spirit, and my love for others. And, this is what I share with my sponsorees and in turn they share with me. I believe our greatest acts as humans are in the moments we share our humanity with others. Thank you One Spirit for allowing me to share that with the beautiful Lakota people!

~ Mary K. - Jacksonville, FL ~

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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1 person found this review helpful

I think One Spirit is an organization who can help people to get together and build a better future. I hope people can learn and understand with the people and work together as a teambuilder. I hope it continues and that they are working for new ideas to help the people to see new oporturneties and always look for new ways to create jobs, youth camps, elders care and to build a good community.

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Definitely

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Some

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2010

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After some investigation I began donating to One Spirit in January 2013. They have lived up to all expectations and beyond. An excellent organization full of caring people that gets practical help to those in need swiftly and efficiently. I thank them for making it possible for me to confidently donate funds to a cause very near to my heart.

Graham M

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After a lot of research, and a big push in this direction, I'm happy to say I'm proud to be sponsoring folks through One Spirit. It does my heart good on many levels knowing I can be of service to people that truly need help and I know where my money is going. I am not rich by any means, but have plenty for myself and know that helping when I can is the right thing to do. Growing up, my family never did without food, but have done my share of living paycheck to paycheck. It feels great to know someone can reach in their pantry with maybe a little more or something than they had before, because of me. It seems small but my heart is filled with much thinking about what I can do. I hope someday to meet some of these great folks....One Spirit in my opinion is doing an outstanding job putting it all together. Thanks -Debra

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change a thing

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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1 person found this review helpful

I wanted to provide help with an organization that I could trust. After research, I concluded this was the one for me. After dealing with them for over a year, I found the volunteers to be wonderful and I truly feel my donations are helping people in need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

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I have been donating to One Spirit for years as they are a remarkable organization who do everything possible such as bringing food, wood and all sorts of help to the people who so desperately need it. The people of this organization are always accessible and will answer any and all questions you have regarding any subject. The people who are being helped are so grateful and appreciative and it is just an overall amazing experience to know that you can actually change someone's life by giving them just a little help. This organization helps a wide variety of people from young children to the very old. All are treated with respect and kindness. There are no words to tell you how much this organization has meant to me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes. They constantly give you reports on what is going on with the people on the reservation, all the activities planned, and what the most critical needs are.

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

ONE Spirit is the only service organization on the Pine Ridge Reservation, recognized and endorsed by the Oglala Lakota Tribal Council!!! If that doesn't say it all, then know that they feed the hungry, provide heat and home repair for elders, and support many youth programs for Lakota children. Service to the Lakota people is what they do and they do it well!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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There are many truly great things about One Spirit and the diversity of programs for the Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Reservation. One of my favorite programs is the "Sponsorship" program for children, elders and families and the way it is implemented . The donors are in direct contact with the sponsored family, so instead of sending money to some place? and hope it goes where it's intended, the sponsors send the items that are needed directly to the family- clothes, food, school supplies...you name it! It is absolutely the best method I've seen of getting the needed goods to the people in need. One Spirit is an all volunteer organization so there are no big salaries being paid out of the donations made- it's really the most efficient organization for direct help that I've ever seen. There are numerous ways/programs that One Spirit has set up to help this "third world" economy in our heartland, so it's very easy to find a good "fit" for every donor: Okini program for families in immediate crisis, Sponsorships for elders, children and families, Manderson Safe House for children 18 and under, Crazy Horse Ride sponsorships, New Warrior Youth Camps sponsorships, the Allen Youth Center, Wood program for home heat, Food program that feeds about 1,500 monthly, and the Home Repair program to name a few. One Spirit also sponsored 5 runners from Pine Ridge to compete in the NYC marathon and the runners raised donations for the upcoming Allen Youth Center. Though the marathon was cancelled, the runners all stayed in New York to selflessly help with the hurricane clean up, and will get another chance to compete in the marathon next year! One Spirit has made enormous strides in raising the awareness of the desperate living conditions on Pine Ridge and I think that has been instrumental in raising funds for the many programs offered. I think most of us feel morally obligated to help when we become aware of the circumstances and are able to- One Spirit is the best option for directly helping the Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

A few years ago I wanted to help Native Americans. After doing some research on the internet, I found One Spirit to have the best reputation as a trust-worthy organization for doing that. I became a donor and later a volunteer for them. I still hold this organization in highest regards. The organization is comprised of very caring people with an interest in serving.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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I was not gifted with the good fortune of growing up with a family. I worked very hard in my life to make my own. I am now retired and joined One Spirit seeking people that I could give to as I no longer have any people of my own to give to. I do not know my DNA but I know that the Standing Nation and the Rock Spirits saved my life as a child, giving me solace in the space of the real things on this earth walk. I was a Social Worker before retirement and did not want any thing to do with bureaucratic agencies, grant seeking, or not knowing where my money was actually going. Ed Chandler shared his experience of One Spirit with me at a Northeastern Powwow and gave me contact information and I reached a wonderful man from One Spirit who believed me when I said "I have no money to give but I do have the joy of giving ". To me that is much more valuable. So I collected money from 2008 until I was housebound in 2011 and sent packages to "my" One Spirit family. I am out and about again and my "family" still wants me and I am honored to be part of the One Spirit family. It is a great honor and I am grateful. We are all related (Sophia) Julianne Hainline (Black Crow)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I do not know of anything that I would change.

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2013

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