AARP is making a difference in communities all across South Dakota. In Blunt, volunteers are working hard to meet specific needs in their community. After receiving a grant from AARP South Dakota, volunteers identified two projects and set to work to raise additional money to complete both projects.
In 2013, volunteers focused their efforts on the Blunt Senior Center. The center is used by the community throughout the year for funerals; family celebrations; several non-profit groups hold their monthly meetings there and fundraising events. Using a the grant dollars as seed money, the group set out to raise additional funds to replace the roof, paint the exterior, replace windows and other repairs. Local business and community members contributed more than $15,000 for the project. The building got it’s facelift and the community was excited to come together for a common cause.
Volunteers are now directing their attention to the Blunt Fire Department. In 2014, AARP volunteers will help raise $20,000 to help purchase necessary safety equipment and personal protective gear to keep volunteer fire fighters safe.
A community variety show will be held Saturday, March 8th from 7-9 p.m. at the Blunt Elementary School Gym. Those attending the “Blazing Stars Variety Show” can make a free will donation at the door, or purchased baked goods. All proceeds will benefit the Blunt Rural Fire Department.