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How Will You Create The Good?

There’s a lot of good being created all across South Dakota. Volunteers in South Dakota’s four targeted communities are off and running with their Create The Good plans and are making a real difference in Watertown, Huron, Mitchell and Pierre. 

In Watertown, the Watertown Area Retired Teachers are spearheading efforts to make their town a better place to live and visit, with a focus on health behaviors for all ages. Their plans include purchasing a Wii Fit and televisions for the Watertown Senior Center and Regional Library. Knowing the key to keeping fit is to get moving! A “Walker’s Challenge” may be just the ticket. Plans are in the works to distribute pedometers, provide mile markers for walking and biking trails, and participate in the Senior Games later this year. Additionally, watch for upcoming seminars on physical and mental health throughout the year. 

Pierre is working on a number of projects. Among them, supporting the regional food bank, and the Pierre Food Pantry, encouraging energy conservation, helping with the Back Pack program, and assisting with Medicare Part D education and enrollment. AARP and Retired Teachers’ Association volunteers will also be helping with the Capitol Centennial Celebration early this summer inPierre, including helping preserve historic photographs from the area. There is truly something for everyone- what ever your interests, what ever your passion. It’s on your time, on your terms.

Volunteers in Huron are focusing their efforts of supporting the arts. The Huron chapter is overseeing and supporting a project to provide lighting for the Huron Fine Arts building. But the contributions don’t stop there. Volunteers will spend countless hours in 2010 helping at the local senior center, delivering meals on wheels and helping at the Thrift store. Plans are also in place to help with the 2010 Census, the Special Olympics and Senior Games.

Our fourth targeted community is Mitchell. We are currently looking for volunteers in Mitchell or the surrounding area to spearhead our Create The Good efforts there. All ideas and suggestions are welcome. The AARP state office will support the efforts to make a difference in Mitchell. Whether you have a few minutes, a few hours, or an ongoing desire to help, together we can make a difference.

The spirit of service is infectious. Create The Good isn’t limited to these four communities – we want to help others all across South Dakota. 

To Create The Good where you live simply join the Create The Good network, and begin searching for ways to give back where you live. Know of a need in your community that could use a few helping hands? Just register, then post the opportunity and let us know how you’re working to Create The Good where you live.

We want to hear from you. If you’d like to get involved in one of these projects, or if you have ideas or suggestions for ways AARP can Create The Good where you live, email us at If you’re already working to Create The Good in your community, we want to hear about that too.

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