Volunteer Service Trips are listed annually on the Tipi Raiser's calendar. Service trips may take place at our base camp in Sedalia, CO or in several Native communities in the region including Pine Ridge in S.D., Hopi in AZ and Navajo in AZ and NM. Groups or individuals can join - as space allows. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Service trips typically range from 4 -7 days, depending on the location. These trips are almost solely focused on service projects with little opportunity for recreational activities.
Open and customized volunteer service trips are free, though we do ask that volunteers give back in some way that is meaningful to them- this could be through spreading the word and fundraising within their community (we encourage volunteers to set a goal of $500 for open trips and $1,000 for customized trips), adopting a project to follow through with after the trip or making a donation to Tipi Raisers.
Examples of Service Projects:
Maintaining a year-round wood bank with our partner and friend, Norbert Bell, on his property on Pine Ridge.
Working with the Southern Ute school district on a landscaping project.
Working with tribal officials to repair over 200 homes damaged from hailstorm and to provide heating and weather proofing to homes on Pine Ridge.
Filling sand bags during the 2018 floods.
Working with Tribal members to provide exterior home repairs such as windows, roofs, trailer skirting and siding at homeowners requests.
Hosting multiple community meals, holiday celebrations and gatherings in support of requests from local community members.
Constructing wheel chair ramps, remodeling of home interiors, reconstruction of burned out house interiors.
Planting and tending multiple community gardens.
Collecting, wrapping and organizing holiday gifts.
Delivering supplies and food on multiple reservations in the southwest region.
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