First step to create a reflector
Solar Oven Partners
Reflector Workshop Now Accepting Reservations!
Solar Oven Partners is bigger than Open Heart! If you are new to this Dakotas-based ministry that helps provide solar ovens to people living in the Dominican Republic, Sierra Leone, and the Navajo Nation, you'll want to learn more about the big picture here.

Open Heart UMC houses the Solar Reflector Workshop for Solar Oven Partners on the lower level of the church. Specialized equipment helps workers turn sheet metal into the four separate parts that form the reflective box that concentrates the heat of the sun for each oven. Teams of 4-8 people can sign up for a minimum two-day workshop. The extended time allows folks to be trained and get efficient at the processes and then create the reflectors. You don't need any special skills ahead of time to work in the workshop. Your time here will help people in impoverished regions feed themselves in an earth-friendly, sustainable way!

Work groups can choose to eat out, cook in our kitchen, or invite the Circle of Friends to cook for them.  If they need a place to stay overnight while in the Rapid City area, one great option to consider is Storm Mountain Camp.

Adam Burnison is the Workshop Manager, making sure the equipment is always in operational order, and also serves as one of the workshop trainers. Trainers teach the groups to use the equipment and remain onsite during the work session to make sure the manufacturing process runs as smoothly as possible (And in spite of the photos posted so far, we do have female trainers, too. If you have an all-female group who would prefer a female trainer, we will do our best to accommodate). To contact Open Heart UMC about volunteering in the SOP Workshop, please call 605.343.1813 or fill out the online form found here.