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Community Support Activities.

We believe in supporting our community, and do so not just by keeping as much business as possible local but also by actively participating in community events and coordinating with other local nonprofit organizations. Some of these activities include helping to organize and line up the annual 4th of July parade in Fort Pierre, providing free local transportation to and from large community events to helping cut down and relocate the Fort Pierre Christmas tree and even cooking hot dogs and brats the first weekend of the horse races at the Stanley County Fair Grounds.

We have had a team in the SD Relay for Life since 2008 called River Cities Cruisers. Our first year with a team in the relay we raised the bar after setting the record for amount donated by a single team, we raised over $7,000. Then in 2009 we broke our own record by raising over $8,800. River Cities Cruisers has increased the competition level among other teams pushing everyone to generate more funds resulting in larger donations to the American Cancer Society from this community. River Cities Cruisers raises funds through bake sales, raffle tickets, and pot luck lunches. They also have an annual rummage sale, selling donated items from local residents, business and organizations. If you are not able to make it to any of these; there is always the annual poker run, where you can drive or ride any motor vehicle on the run.

River Cities Public Transit supports the youth in our community by annually sponsoring youth sports leagues and offering a discounted rate to youth participating in summer recreational activities. We have coordinated with the Boys & Girls Club and the YMCA since 2006 transporting students to these organizations through the school year at a low rate per participating family. We continue to coordinate with the YMCA through the summer as well by providing vehicles needed for their summer program. In 2007 we began coordinating with the Fort Pierre Community Center/Stanley County Gold Program by providing coordinated transportation to and from field trips through the summer and on Fridays through the school year.

Our coordination with non-profit agencies also includes Pierre/Fort Pierre’s local human services agency Oahe Inc. Since 2007 River Cities Public Transit and Oahe Inc. have coordinated in grant writing to provide more vehicles for their clients’ transportation, as well as maintaining their fleet of vehicles. We also work with Oahe Inc. to provide public transportation for several of their clients to and from work or medical appointment and help them step closer towards independent living

Recently River Cities Public Transit has sponsored one of the South Dakota Honor Flight members. The Honor Flight is sending WWII Veterans from South Dakota to visit the National WWII Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC this year. We are proud to be a sponsor and hope enough funds are generated to allow all of the Veterans that have applied the chance to go.