City Council Member Chad Lewis wanted to establish a city-wide list of volunteers, but it turns out two organizations already are either working on a list or have one, Lewis said at Tuesday's city council meeting.
One list, by the Black Hills Area Retired Senior Volunteer Program, is posted on the city of Rapid City's website and comprises more than 500 residents who are 55 and older. But those volunteers may not be able to accomplish more physically straining tasks, Lewis said.
Other types of volunteers, such as those who can lift heavy objects or do more physically rigorous work, are still needed, Lewis said. Those people would likely be younger and may feel less inclined to join a group such as RSVP.
"A lot of the younger people don't like to join organizations anymore. It's not their thing. They can just register then get an email that pops up," Lewis said, adding that oftentimes these young people are required by their employers to volunteer.
Volunteers could help at concerts, sporting events and other events hosted by nonprofit agencies.
But the Leadership Rapid City class of 2011 is already working on such a list, according to Lewis. Leadership Rapid City is a program sponsored by the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce in which trainees take a 12 week course to build leadership skills and learn more about Rapid City.
Lewis suggested the organizations could combine their lists, but understood if there was resistance to doing so. He said he had been discussing compiling a list with the organizations.
"I just want to make sure there's a way the people of our city can have a database where they can register," Lewis said.
The city council acknowledged discussion of such a list at Tuesday's meeting.