Last week at the Sioux Empire United Way annual volunteer recognition event CEO and President of Lutheran Social Services, Betty Oldenkamp, received the Larry Oppold Memorial Award from the Sioux Empire United Way. The Larry Oppold Memorial Fund grants at least $200 a year to a human services professional selected by United Way for “outstanding dedication to his or her work and for demonstrating those qualities of community service, caring, advocacy for those less fortunate, and professionalism that Larry demonstrated so that his memory will live on in good works.”
Rumor has it that Betty was unaware that she had been nominated for the award and was very surprised when her name was announced (she thought that she was at the event to help celebrate that another LSS staff had won the award). We at LSS are proud of Betty for her past accomplishments and leadership of LSS. An excerpt from her nomination:
When state leaders seek solutions to difficult public policy issues, they ask Betty Oldenkamp to contribute her perspectives. When Sioux Falls wanted to improve its response to growing diversity, Betty was asked to lead the effort. When service providers need to inform and educate their elected representatives, they ask Betty to be their voice. Betty Oldenkamp, President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, has been a recognized state leader for two decades as an advocate for people in need.