Link Center Foundation
An All-Volunteer 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization
P.O. Box 2253 ~ Longmont, Colorado 80502
Voice Mail: 303-554-5363 ~ Office Phone: 888-220-1653 Toll Free
Utility and Heating Assistance Program
For the Lakota Siouxan Elders, the Disabled or the Sick
Who Live On the Reservations of South Dakota
§ 2007-2008 is the third winter in which Link Center Foundation has strived to make a difference in the lives of the Elders, disabled, and ill of the South Dakota Lakota Reservations.
§ 9 Siouxan Reservations in South Dakota: Pine Ridge Reservation, Cheyenne River Reservation, Crow Creek Reservation, Lower Brule Reservation, Rosebud Reservation, Sisseton-Wahpeton Reservation, Yankton Reservation, Flandreau Santee Reservation, Standing Rock Reservation
§ Among the poorest indigenous people in the United States. As example, the average income on the Oglala Lakota Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation is only approximately $3500.00 per YEAR with unemployment hovering around 85% on this 2.7 million acre Reservation housing approximately 35-40,000 people
§ Over 60% of the homes are severely sub-standard, many without running water or electricity
Winter low temperatures in South Dakota average 9* F
(November through February)
Made worse with bitter wind-chill factors and Record Temperatures reaching -44* below 0*F (1996)
§ Lakota have died from hypothermia due to inability to pay for heating
§ The majority of funding goes to help the Elders only. However, there are those occasions when the disabled or sick are in crisis situations and critically in need of heat. Even though they may not be actual Elders, Link Center Foundation finds it cannot, and will not, turn away from them. Therefore, this project will now also include those rare and reasonable instances of severe need by those who are disabled and/or sick.
Help Us Help the Elders, the Disabled and Sick!
All applicants screened and documented
Payments made directly to utility, propane, wood, or heat equipment companies
Donations carefully tracked and accountable
Link Center Foundation Financial Statements Available for Viewing at
Your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Please consult your tax advisor.
Please mark your check: "Utility and Heating Fund"
Otherwise, all donations will be placed in the General Operating Fund which supports all projects of the organization and operating expenses.
Please send donations to:
Link Center Foundation P.O. Box 2253 ~ Longmont, CO 80502-2253
Or Visit Our Website for Credit or Bank Card Donation at www.LinkCenterFoundation.org