Saturday, February 17, 2007

Practical Compassion: Please Give to Reservation Heating Fund

(Cross posted to my various blogs)

The following comes from my friend Bob Simpson at the Fannie Mae office in Sioux Falls, SD, requesting your urgent assistance to help replenish the heating fund for some of our fellow citizens here in South Dakota on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations.

As you know, we have had a terrible could spell the past several weeks here on the Northern Plains and that cold weather exhausted the available aid.

Many of you know Bob and know he is a person of great integrity and compassion. If you have questions about where your donation would go, please email him at

Let’s all pitch in to do something immediate, kind, and helpful. I hope you are able to help out. Please feel free to pass this on to your friends and your own email lists or your own blogs.

You may even earn a few karma points!

Below is more about the situation and how to help from Bob.

I am writing to ask for your immediate financial assistance to help families in need on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations.

As you may know, federal funding for low income heating assistance has run out for families on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations. While Congress is working on a long term solution, there exists an immediate need to provide heating assistance hundreds of low income families.

First Nations Oweesta Corporation ( <>), a national tribal non-profit organization based in South Dakota, has established a fund that will direct private contributions to families in need of assistance. All donations collected through this fund will be sent to the Energy Assistance offices of the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Sioux Tribes and immediately distributed to families in need of heating assistance.

While private donations cannot solve the long term need for heating assistance, our dollars can help provide immediate relief. Even a donation of $50 or $100 can make a difference. However, with temperatures dropping, time is of the essence. Your financial help today could literally help a child keep warm tomorrow night.

Please take a moment of your time today and wire or send a check to the following address:


First Nations Oweesta Corporation
Reference: Heating Assistance Fund
Wells Fargo Bank, NA
San Francisco, CA
ABA Routing Number# 121000248
Beneficiary Account Number: 619-6029497

OR VIA MAIL (preferably Overnight or Express mail)

First Nations Oweesta Corporation
Heating Assistance Fund
1010 Ninth Street, Suite 3
Rapid City, SD 57701

Thank you for your assistance – and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me.

ALSO - If you know of anyone else who may be interested in supporting this effort, please forward my email. THANKS!

Bob Simpson
National Rural / Native American Initiatives
Fannie Mae
(605) 782-2545

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

On behalf of Oweesta, I thank you for getting the word out about Bob's efforts to raise money to help out the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations. Your kindness is greatly appreciated.