Last Thursday afternoon, the sounds of roughly 50 children filled the Boys & Girls Club of Lead-Deadwood. The club, one of three in the Black Hills, provides a safe place for children to go when they don’t have another after-school care option. The program relies heavily on volunteers to help kids with homework and provide other activities.
Volunteering that afternoon, as they have every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for five months, were Deb Heupel and Traci Matthew of Regional Health. Traci, Manager of Ambulatory Operations for the medical clinic in Lead-Deadwood, was searching for volunteer opportunities last year when she noticed the Boys & Girls Club was in great need. She asked Deb, Supervisor of Patient Financial Services at Lead-Deadwood Hospital, to help her provide a way for the kids to be active after school.