March 3, 2015
During this past cold snap in South Dakota, Okiciyap had a pipe burst inside the building and flood most of office area and the new addition. The food was not harmed, thank goodness! But now clean up commences and repairs must be made. Here are some pictures of the aftermath.
Grant Ends...Okiciyap Continues On!
March 3, 2015
The grant with the Tribal Equity Compensation Act office in Eagle Butte, SD ended in the beginning of December but the workers have continued to volunteer when needed, mainly for disbursement of food pantry each month. Help is needed with purchasing food again until the next grant is received, which will hopefully be soon!
On a side note: When OTIC lost it's 501c3 status they were under fiscal sponsorship of Four Bands Community Fund in Eagle Butte, SD - they are a non profit that helps businesses and non profits get their start. So any funds that OTIC did receive during that time were covered as tax deductible under Four Bands 501c3 status because they were sponsoring OTIC to help with their first grant.
Okiciyap Gives Out Thanksgiving Fixins!
Nov. 21, 2014
Following what is now an annual tradition, Okiciyap distributed turkeys and hams, with the fixins, today. They ran out of turkeys quickly, and only had a few hams left by 5pm.
Lakota Culture Classes Start Oct 17th
Georgia's Walk for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Treadmills now available for use at Okiciyap
Two Treadmills are available from 10AM TO 4PM Monday thru Thursday, and mornings, evenings and weekends by appointment. The pantry would like $1 per use to help pay for the electricity used.
Some Good News
Due to a clerical oversight, Okiciyap temporarily lost its 501(c)3 status. It has now been restored, so when you donate, you can now be secure that your donation is tax deductible.
Thank you for your patience!
The School Supply Drive Went Well!
Since 2012 the pantry has supplied vital materials to 179 area school children, and they have no other source for them. There are some things left over from last year, so go by this guide for sending things for 2014.
We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the donors who allowed us to give schoolchildren their supplies again this year. We received most things on our wish list, and were able to purchase the few remaining things that we needed.
A couple of kids happily posing with their back-to-school supplies
Here are some early thank yous from parents (posted on their Facebook page):