We have been truly humbled by the many volunteers who show up in so many different ways and whom without we could not accomplish our mission-critical activities. From collecting material donations to hosting Lakota families in their homes or strategic thought-partnership; our volunteers have become central to our ability to make a positive impact on Pine Ridge. This web-page is dedicated to our featured volunteer and will be updated quarterly.
FEATURED VOLUNTEER: NORBERT (NOBBY) BELL
Pictured above: Nobby sharing stories with youth at the 2021 Gen7 Youth Retreat in July
Many in our community have already either met or heard about the "Keeper of the Firewood", Norbert "Nobby" Bell! And, if you have had the pleasure to meet him, we are certain you love him!
Nobby tells a story that while sharing a meal with Tipi Raisers volunteers on Pine Ridge in 2017, he overheard our Executive Director discussing the need for a place to store and distribute firewood to families on the Pine Ridge reservation. A tribal elder dedicated to the concept of Tokala - a Lakota term describing a person who gives freely without expecting anything in return - Nobby chimed in: “If you’re looking for someone to help get the wood out to the people, I live right next door.” Five years later, Nobby still oversees our firewood program on Pine Ridge. He shared with us that his traditional ways inspire him to help us get firewood to those who need it, and we are grateful every day for his selfless spirit and the humble leadership with which he chops, organizes, and directs firewood to families in need of warmth.
Thanks to Nobby's efforts, the Tipi Raisers has regularly provided firewood and wood bricks for over 75 families and individuals - many of them elders.
Nobby truly embodies the Tokala spirit of generosity and is a cherished member of the Tipi Raisers family.
The Tipi Raisers is a registered nonprofit in Colorado and South Dakota and recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (C)(3).
All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be mailed or emailed.
Donations can be made online or mailed to:
7830 W. Alameda Ave. Ste. 103-186
Lakewood, CO 80226