Funds for SD Ranchers available by calling 2-1-1 or 1-877-708-4357

Funds for SD Ranchers available by calling 2-1-1 or 1-877-708-4357 RAPID CITY, SD-October 18, 2013 – The organizations coordinating the SD Rancher Relief Fund at Black Hills Area Community Foundation (BHACF) announced that funds are available to meet the immediate needs of ranchers impacted by the blizzard of October 4-7, 2013. Livestock producers should call 2-1-1 or 1 877 708 4357 to request assistance.

“We want South Dakota ranchers to know that assistance is available for immediate needs such as fuel, groceries, or even travel for medical services,” said Lisa Adler of Lutheran Social Services and President, South Dakota VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). The process for distributing additional funds to further assist ranchers who have experienced cattle losses will be developed and announced as soon as possible.

ABOUT THE SOUTH DAKOTA RANCHER RELIEF FUND The South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund was established on October 8, 2013 by Black Hills Area Community Foundation to provide support and relief assistance to those in the agriculture industry impacted by the blizzard of October 4-7, 2013. The fund will be administered by BHACF in cooperation with the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association for the direct benefit of the livestock producers impacted by this devastating blizzard. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 231, Rapid City, SD 57709 and online at

ABOUT SOUTH DAKOTA VOAD South Dakota VOAD is a network of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster that work together to foster efficient delivery of resources to people affected by disasters. The focus of South Dakota VOAD is to facilitate coordination, communication, cooperation and collaboration.

BLACK HILLS AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION BHACF holds endowment funds, as well as donor advised funds and scholarship funds. Through its tax-exempt charitable status, BHACF enables people with philanthropic interests to easily and effectively support the issues they care about and programs that improve the quality of life in the Black Hills. Such participation can occur immediately or over time through estate planning. Since 2006, BHACF has distributed more than $2.6 million in grants and scholarships.

Individuals interested in learning more about the Black Hills Area Community Foundation should visit or contact Regina Jahr, Executive Director at or by calling 605.718.0112.