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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Emergency Assistance, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Food Programs, Human Services, Youth Centers & Clubs

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 3000 people on the reservation, transitioning to food pantries in each district. Lakota employed in wood and food delivery programs supported by One Spirit. Allen Youth Center built this year for the Lakota community. 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 program20 children regularly in the safe house150 homes heated through the wood program700 children and elders served through the sponsorship program500 people benefitted from the Okini program

Geographic areas served: Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota

Programs: Sponsorship, food, heat, youth programs

Community Stories

138 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

It's been rare in my experience of non-profits that you can give money for specific projects, specific areas, specific people even and get feed back on how your donation helps. This is so very important to me.

I've become very disillusioned with organizations such as the Red Cross and United Way after learning about the yearly salaries of the top people in these organizations. (over a quarter of a million each)

Donations are individually acknowledged by people you can actually communicate with if you have questions.

Also the money goes to Americans, not some group overseas that you never really know how your money is being spent. . . .

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

If only the U.S. could understand what our own government has done to help destroy this proud people. The poorest place in America!! That should tell you all you need to know. Yes there is poverty in many other places, but this is our own doorstep. One Spirit is the only organization that I know of that works with the entire spectrum of what these people need. If you love your neighbor then there is no better place to show that love. Pine Ridge Rez. needs One Spirit and the programs that they bring. One Spirit needs all of our support to continue to provide this excellent care to our fellow human beings.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been a One-Spirit sponsor for about 9 months now. Our family is from Wounded Knee and our coordinator (Mavis) was excellent. We know we have made a difference in their lives - but the sponsor family has also changed our lives. The Native American family has given us a perspective we would have never had.

We have supplied food and clothing but the most rewarding gifts were beading supplies and silk-screening supplies which helped them to become more self seficient.

The programs One-Spirit offers and the guidance couldn't be better. I have had the pleasure to have conversations with some of the management in the organization and I can tell you straight-up -the organization is great. Great for those being helped; great for the sponsors.

2 Linda C.

Donor

Rating: 5

One Spirit is the only organization that I know and trust with my donations. One Spirit operates with the utmost integrity. Unlike other organizations that make vague assertions about their accomplishments, One Spirit produces tangible results.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became aware of One Spirit when investigating the plight of the Lakota People on the Pine Ridge Reservation. One thing led to another and I suddenly found myself as a volunteer maintaining viral accounts on Facebook and Twitter. Twitter has by far been the most active account as I direct people for services connecting them with service coordinators, or I connect them with our director who can answer their questions. The organization of volunteers is a efficient group, each person pulling their weight in order to make sure the services reach the people who really need them. The level of poverty that is experienced on the Reservation is something the average person cannot begin to fathom. Because of the work of ONE Spirit many of the these people have food and heat where they would go without. The Okini program brings used clothing, appliances, wood stoves, etc to them for free. One Spirit is one of the oldest programs on the Reservation and constantly provides support for programming, as well as supplies. I am proud to be a part of this group as they work to make a difference.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The wonderful personal, quick, and efficient communication that the One Spirit folks provide really lets me know that their work for the Pine Ridge Lakota people is the best possible. A few dedicated staff volunteers do the work of a whole organization and when I write with questions I know who is answering me. They love their work and do it way above and beyond the call. Maybe the best thing is that I am sure my money is going to help the elders, children, families and community. It is a small organization accomplishing a big job and I trust them. One Spirit restores my faith in charitable organizations, and that is not an easy thing to maintain.

2 Kathy N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pine Ridge is one of the poorest reservations in the United States and they are in desperate need of help, not only with personal items, clothes, food and the necessities of life, but also their homes are in need of desperate repair, while you see commercials on tv asking for help for other countries, our people here in the United States are in need of help.

Elders live in homes that have no electricity or heat they have no money for medications that they need, children go without decent clothes or shoes in order to go to school, most are without food.

If there is one organization you vow to help with your donations, please consider One Spirit. No other non profit organization deserves it more.

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Donor

Rating: 5

One Spirit delivers food to the elders and children of Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. In a location where diet related disease is epidemic, One Spirit offers a long-term solution by providing organic fresh/frozen produce to the families that they serve. One of the things that I found to be the most impressive was that One Spirit allows donors to select the specific food items that they would like to give, so you know exactly how your money is going to be used!