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.
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.