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Hearts of the Sacred Spirit

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Assist Native American communities one family at a time by helping in preserving culture, language, and self-sufficiency while meeting the basic needs of families. No person or persons associated with Hearts of The Sacred Spirit is paid. Everyone is a volunteer, donating their time, efforts, and even funding. We are incorporated as a 501(c)3 "not for profit" corporation. Hearts Of The Sacred Spirit was founded to assist and support American Indians across the country. We have programs set in place to assist the reservations. These programs include, winter warmth, emergency heating and utility assistance for the Elders, holiday gifts,community gardens, and basic bathroom supplies.We are very aware of our social, legal and financial responsibilities. Hearts Of The Sacred Spirit is not motivated by money, religious, or political agendas, we are a true grassroots organization that provides real help.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have looked for awhile for a good charity to donate through an organization that uses the least amount for their own business expenses and we are so happy that we finally found this one. We will be sending a donation soon. We also enjoy the Facebook page with all the updates. Thank you for all your service.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with a few charity organizations over the years and I will say that the way they approach the communities with true compassion and understanding is wonderful to see. The results can be seen and are shown which is also nice to see because it allows me to see where my donations are going. Keep up the good work and God bless all of you.

Donor

Rating: 3

I live in Australia...and have been supporting this charity for a couple of years..I find them a great charity who help the people of Pine Ridge with the basic necessaties and also help them with programms..like vegetable gardens and keeping chickens to allow them to become more self sufficient and also to live a healthier life style..I would really like to do some volunteer work with this charity in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hearts of the Sacred Spirits is determined to help the impoverished communities living on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota that suffer from chronic depression and alcoholism.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently had the opportunity to spend a week on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Through Hearts of the Sacred Spirit, I was able to see many of the things that the do for those living on the reservation. They provide people with the opportunity to stay warm during the winter or cook on a wood stove. This organization is very helpful to both those living on the reservation and for those who don't.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to take a trip to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation through Hearts of the Sacred Spirit, and saw the wonderful work that they do. They help where ti is needed and make a huge difference on the reservation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is clear from the time I spent on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and from the many programs Hearts of the Sacred Spirit offers year round, that donating and being a part of Hearts impacts the community on the reservation in a huge way. I had the privilege of meeting dozens of people whose lives have been changed in remarkable ways by the generosity and hard work of everyone involved with Hearts of the Sacred Spirit, and I have seen first hand how the amazing work done by Hearts has made it a part of the communities on the Pine Rigde Indian Reservation. Anyone looking to truly make an impact should definitely connect with Hearts of the Sacred Spirit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spending a whole week on the Pine Ridge Reservation during spring break, I witnessed Heart of the Sacred Spirit's contributions to the local communities first hand. From building chicken coops to buying propane for families in need, Hearts of the Sacred Spirit does everything in its power to help as many people as possible, while strengthening community bonds. Being able to help through this amazing organization opened my eyes to the terrible conditions that the kind and generous Indian people face everyday. My experience on the Reservation changed my outlook on the world and I hope to do more work with Hearts in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hearts of the Sacred Spirit is such a great organization. This spring break I had the privilege to be able to vouluntere for the origination. The organization really changed my outlook on materialist goods. I am so honored that I was able to work with such a great organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to be able to spend my spring break (2014) with Hearts of the Sacred Spirit. Working first hand on the reservation, opened my eyes to what less fortunate living conditions look like. This experience has made such an impression on me that I would like to give back as much as I can now and throughout the rest of my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hearts of the Sacred Spirit is a wonderful organization dedicated to raising awareness and providing aid to those on reservations in South Dakota. I was able to work on a project on the reservation and it opened my eyes to the conditions on the reservation. The organization has such a passion for helping and educating and it's very inspiring.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked on a project back in 2012 and it gave my family and I a true picture of where our donations were being spent. They were very kind, helpful, and took us on a tour of the reservation to view the overall conditions. I would recommend Hearts of the Sacred Spirit to any of our friends and family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hearts of the Sacred Spirit is an extraordinary organization, staffed by people who truly understand life on Pine Ridge. It's staff puts in long hard hours to make meaningful change a reality, and they really embody the dedication I look for in the non-profits I support.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hearts of the Sacred Spirit does an amazing job of raising awareness about reservations in South Dakota. It's such an important issue, and they handle it with both passion and compassion. Because of the organizer's experience on reservations and knowledge about life there, they are well equipped to handle all of the unique obstacles reservations often face.

Amy_100

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very impressed with Hearts and the time and dedication that they give to the Pine Ridge Reservation, they truly are angels!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am impressed by the dedication and passion of those who spend so much time to do good and collaborative work on the Pine Ridge Reservation with Hearts of the Sacred Spirit. As one of the poorest communities in our country, and also one of the forgotten, the residents of Pine Ridge can surely use the resources and support provided by this incredible organization. I know that all funds they receive go directly to materials and services provided to the Reservation. I can't encourage people enough to get involved!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hearts of the Sacred Spirit is dedicated to providing real help to people on Pine Ridge Reservation. They also value and respect the culture of the Lakota people which gives them even greater opportunities to make a real difference! I am 100% confident that my donations go to directly helping the Lakota people. Thank you for all you do Hearts of the Sacred Spirit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hearts of the Sacred Spirit does such great work with the people on Pine Ridge. I volunteered in April to help them build a house for a Lakota elder on the reservation. It was an awesome experience on every level. They are also run entirely by volunteers which makes me respect them even more. Hearts understands and respects the struggles of the people on Pine Ridge in a way many other charities on the reservation do not. I have supported this charity for a long time and will continue to do so!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hearts of the Sacred Spirit does such great work with the people on Pine Ridge. I volunteered in April to help them build a house for a Lakota elder on the reservation. It was an awesome experience on every level. They are also run entirely by volunteers which makes me respect them even more. Hearts understands and respects the struggles of the people on Pine Ridge in a way many other charities on the reservation do not. I have supported this charity for a long time and will continue to do so!

Donor

Rating: 5

Hearts of the Sacred Spirit is Operated by a lovely couple who are dedicated to the call of helping. They work more hours in a day than most paid employees, yet, they are paid NOTHING for their effort.

This nonprofit organization makes giving feel right again. They have a personal hands on approach in dealing with people and the actual reservation. Many Nonprofits are a lot less careful than you assume they are; with funds donated going to other places other than what is intended when you give.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have looked for years to donate through an organization that uses the least amount for fundraising and we finally found this one. We will be sending a monthly donation.