A wonderful organization which enables people the opportunity to give support to the people of Pine Ridge. Through the internet, the miles disappear as one Spirit brings everyone closer to the Lakota Nation. I so enjoy their Twitter posts as they give plenty of interesting topics and updates on Pine Ridge and have been a follower for quite some time now.
I've been a volunteer since 2012 and have seen first hand the good we do...everything from building a safe house, a Youth Center and a meat processing facility while delivering food boxes to 500 homes each month and providing firewood for cooking and home heat to elders in need. Our donors are fantastic and together, we've done the (nearly) impossible.
If you're hoping to help Lakota families, One Spirit is the only non profit endorsed by the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council. It's unprecedented and speaks to how highly regarded an organization they are. 90% of every donation goes DIRECTLY to the oyate...not to salaries or overhead.
A wonderful organized organization. Well rounded. One Spirit is making a difference in the community. It is a help up, not a hand out. I was able to visit my family that I sponsor on the reservation. I got to see where my donations go. I highly recommend being a volunteer or donating to this organization.
I found One Spirit in late 2017 and began sponsoring food boxes for Lakota families on the beautiful Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. I am so grateful to find a charity fully immersed in the communities while remaining respectful of Lakota beliefs. Thank you Jeri Baker for following your heart and working tirelessly for the oyate. I am inspired to continue learning about the Lakota way of life and look forward to supporting the incredibly important work happening on Pine Ridge.
Anne-Marie M., Montgomery, TX
Honest, straightforward, accountable,caring, all encompassing...just a few words that I’ve experienced since being a donor with OneSpirit. I’ve seen firsthand the need and the action being taken to address the needs. I highly recommend contributing to OneSpirit to everyone I know.
What a great non-profit!! They are so dedicated and caring and positive amidst the great challenges the Lakota on Pine Ridge face...and they are making a profound difference! There are so many ways to contribute that everyone can find something suitable for him or herself, whether it is an ongoing sponsorship with a child or family or elder that affords the opportunity to actually interact on a more personal basis, to contributing to a youth program, or things like the firewood program, the monthly food sharing program, bringing back the buffalo for food independence or simply picking an item or two off of the Okini (material giving) List and donating needed and requested clothing or bedding or non-perishable food or hygiene items or toys DIRECTLY to a family. You can feel confident that your money or gifts are being maximally utilized to make a genuine difference in circumstances of great need, and isn't that the reassurance that we want, especially when giving at distance?
I have been thoroughly impressed with how well the funds I’d donated were used. This all-volunteer organization channels every possible penny to help their projects succeed!
I found One Spirit while specifically looking for a non-profit organization that did work with the Lakota tribe in South Dakota. I am skeptical of non-profit organizations that ask you to send them money and trust entirely that it is going to the people you intend on helping. I was immediately impressed by the fact that One Spirit has programs that allow donors to connect, and contribute, directly to families-in-need on the Pine Ridge Reservation. I called One Spirit and was able to speak directly with the founder, Jeri Baker. Fast-forward to four years later and I have been able to get directly involved with several One Spirit programs like their support for a group of youth runners from Pine Ridge who attended the NY City Marathon. I have been working for several years now on the Charging Buffalo project that is working to help build a meat processing plant on the reservation that will allow the tribe to process meat that is harvested from their buffalo herd. This facility will provide jobs and help the Lakota people take a step towards food independence. One Spirit is truly an organization that will allow you to be as involved as you want to be in their projects. I am truly happy to contribute my time and money to this organization.
I am very pleased to be a continuing contributor to the Lakota Oyate through One Spirit. I know that almost all the money that I contribute goes to help the people. One Spirit is very informative about the needs and programs that money is going toward, and they are innovative and progressive in seeing and addressing needs in a variety of areas where they occur. I appreciate that One Spirit treats people with love and respect, as that is very important to me.
One Spirit is a very special place -- devoted and special people taking on a very steep challenge. I've been working with them for four months now, and I feel it's an honor to stand with them and the Lakota people. In an old phrase, they "do more with less". They are reaching thousands of people every month with innovative critical life-support, in an area of the USA that is too easy to ignore. I also find it impressive and fascinating that they are pioneering new ideas in "networking", building an international network of donors and sponsors who help provide direct relief by sending "care packages" directly to people in critical need. ONE Spirit people are climbing a steep mountain and they deserve high respect and support. Thank you!
So glad that this group exists and does such wonderful work. I have been able to help the families and children of the reservation despite the cultural gaps that exist between my family and the families of the reservation.
Great non-profit. The website allows anyone to help a family in need, not just by writing a check like other organizations where you have no idea how your money is being sent, but with sponsorship, needed clothing, and food while fostering intercultural relationships.
Great group of dedicated volunteers working in solidarity with the Lakota of Pine Ridge Rez.
This is the only service organization of it's kind for the Lakota people on Pine Ridge Reservationand the only non-profit endorsed by the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council. That's really saying something! They serve and advocate for the Oglala Lakota and the oyate love them.
I found One Spirit on a social media site almost 3 years ago, since then I have come to know how critical an organization such as this is needed for the Lakota people. I contacted One Spirit and requested information about donating to a family in need. In my third year I was blessed to sponsor a family and from the moment I requested a sponsorship from the staff to the day I enjoyed my first phone conversation with my new family, I've got to tell you that there is so much love and concern and support from One Spirit to the Lakota that you will not find a more honorable, loving, compassionate organization to become involved with. Enriching the quality of life among the Lakota, there is nothing more rewarding.
Im glad that there is one spirit,
Im sponsor and with your help I can donate quickly and directly, always with my heart and from deepest conviction for the Lakota
I visited the Pine Ridge Reservation a couple of months ago. I fell in love with the people and their vast needs touched my heart.
Since then I have found ways to help through One Spirit.
I am so very excited on the progress of the buffalo meat processing facility.
They did not wait until all of the funds were raised to begin construction!
The exterior walls are up,
the concrete is poured,
I think the water lines are in.
Now enough money has been raised
for the electrical.
The electrical materials arrived this week and the electrician is coming in!!!
In order to be USDA certified,
the interior walls will be expensive.
Also, freezers/coolers and equipment is needed.
It will take all of us spreading the word, donating and raising funds to have the facility completed by the spring
when it is needed.
I'll be helping financially and
I hope everyone who reads this will help.
With all of us together, the facility can be completed by spring.
I truely believe this is a good honest nonprofit that helps the Lakota -you can choose families/children you can personally help by mailing directly to them-you can send cash if you would prefer for specific needs such as food wood..etc you can sponcer through them-achild-family or elder.Check out their web site for all info you need-the need is great & Im sure you will like what you see!!
I have always had a heart for American indian & happened to come across their website in hunting around, i wanted to sponcer an american indian child/elder,ive had a lil bit of a problem getting up with the sponcer director but then found their okini program which i went with,they give you a list of ppl that need a variety of different items such as personal items, cleaning items,shoes,clothes etc, for me on a limited budget i can help as i can but still hope to 1 day be able to sponcer! usually you get a very quick responce alot of times same day response, they are small org. but very worthwhile & id like 2 see them grow & be able 2 help more ppl!