Service Opportunities

As one of Augustana's five core values, service is a critical component of the Augie experience, and there are many ways to get involved in the community. As community partners contact Augustana, we'll post those opportunities here. Check back often! Join Ole Serves on Viking Central and follow us @OleServes on Twitter to stay connected.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities 

Due to COVID-19, we are providing a list of virtual volunteer opportunities for you to do wherever you are in addition to opportunities in the community! These are ways to continue to serve your community during this time. 

  • Harvest Dinner: Volunteers are needed on Tuesday, October 20 in the evening to help serve food and clear tables at the Westside Christian School's 4th Annual Harvest Dinner. If interested, please contact Londa at 605.254.6185 for more information.

  • Caminando Juntos, a Hispanic Ministry Center in Sioux Falls, is seeking patient and compassionate indivudals willing to tutor English Language Learners 1:1 or to help individuals prepare for the Citizenship Test. Volunteers would set their own schedules, based on student need and availability. They will receive ongoing training and support, as well as teaching materials to make their job easy and rewarding. Tutors should be open to working with diverse cultures and would preferably have some teaching and/or tutoring experience, although that is not required. Knowledge of Spanish is helpful. During COVID, 1:1 English classes and citizenship classes will run August to October 2020 and will have the option to either be conducted online or in person. Please contact ELL Coordinator, April Ross at 605.274.3735, for more information or to request a volunteer application. 

  • Individuals are needed to tie fleece blankets for children who are seen at Child's Voice. Child's Voice offers safe, child-friendly environments where specialists conduct assessments, forensic medical evaluations, photo documentation, colposcopy evaluations and a variety of treatment services for children and their families. It also provides expert testimony in court cases, makes referrals, serves as a resource for other agencies and conducts child abuse prevention and education programs. If interested, please contact the Sanford Volunteer Office at 605.333.6374 or smcvolunteers@sanfordhealth.org.
  • Sanford Research Center is looking for individuals to assemble COVID testing materials. Individuals can sign up to help for two hours or more. A minimum of 6 individuals at a time in order for social distancing. Individuals and groups are welcome! If interested, please contact the Sanford Volunteer Office at 605.333.6374 or smcvolunteers@sanfordhealth.org.
  • DIY Projects: Helpline Center Volunteer Connections program has put together do-it-yourself volunteer projects that are perfect to do out home during this time! Helpline Center invites individuals and families to choose projects that interest them. Once completed, individuals or families can deliver the completed projects themselves, they can contact the Helpline Center by dialing 211 to get a list of agencies accepting the DIY project. Appropriate for all ages.

  • Points of Light is the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. Check out their list of virtual volunteer opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

  • Health & Residential Opportunities

    • Ava’s House by Sanford is looking for Companion Volunteers to serve as a connection to their hospice care team. Companion Volunteers meet with patients and families face-to-face to lift spirits, converse and reminisce. Companions also work to instill hope in their patients and their families through reading, reflection, devotion, games and other activities. Volunteers may also act as facility host/hostess or office assistants. Volunteering at Ava’s House is a perfect opportunity for student nurses, biology majors, and pre-med students to learn about end-of-life and how to help patients and their families cope. Learn more about Ava's House here, or for more information call 605.312.5500 or email Roger.Priestley@sanfordhealth.org.

    • Sanford USD Medical Center offers a variety of volunteer experiences at the Medical Center for those individuals who may be seeking a medical career in the future. Volunteers do everything from escorting to helping patients in the rehabilitation unit to assisting in the surgical recovery room and many more opportunities are available. A three to four hour commitment once a week is required for the semester. For more information, visit Sanford's volunteer web site.

    • Sanford Hospice provides hospice volunteer opportunities that are open to people of all skill sets. You can choose your role from a variety of positions and where you'd like to work when you volunteer. Whether you work in patient homes, the hospice office, or one of the hospice centers, you'll get the training you need to feel prepared in your role. However, volunteers do not take part in any hands-on care such as bathing, feeding, administering medication, or moving patients. Visit the website to learn more or apply if you are ready to begin.

    • Good Samaritan Society has many opportunities available to help enrich the lives of seniors through being a library organizer, dining room assistant, bingo assistant, nail care provider or piano player. 

    • Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center provides health care services via the hospital, hospice, and physician clinics and offers many volunteer opportunities.

    • Bishop Dudley Hospitality House has many volunteer opportunities including preparing and serving lunch, sorting donations, and engaging with guests through fun activities like bingo and trivia. Learn more about specific times and needs or contact Kadyn at 320.295.3480!

    • DakotAbilities is looking for volunteers to spend time with residents. A wide range of activities are available including sporting events, community activities, or just sharing interestes with them. DakotAbilities will pay for all tickets required for functions. Contact 605.367.6263 or 605.444.6182 for more information.

  • Outdoor Opportunities

    • As a volunteer at The Outdoor Campus through South Dakota Game, Fish, & Parks, you will experience a variety of opportunities that will increase your own and others' awareness of South Dakota's great outdoors. More information can be found here or by contacting Alex at 605.323.9546.

    • Levitt at the Falls: Volunteers are needed to serve as greeters, information booth gurus, merchandise and concessions stand sales helpers, parking pilots, and more to ensure that the concert seasons run smoothly and everyone's experience is a great one! Opportunities are available for all and volunteers are currently being recruited for the 2021 Summer Concert Season. If you are interested you can sign up here.

    • If your club or group is interested in volunteering in the park system, forestry or at one of our special events, please contact the Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation office at 605.367.8222.

    • The Great Plains Zoo is always seeking new volunteers with an interest in nature, animals, education, the zoo, and people. Call 605.367.8313 for more information.

    • Volunteering at the Butterfly House & Aquarium is an experience like none other in the area! Our volunteers come from all walks of life and give their time according to what best fits their schedule. Some volunteer once to several times a week, while others come in as available. Our exhibit interpreters interact with nearly every guest and serve as a learning resource for those who enter the space. They help individuals connect and engage with ocean life and tropical butterflies. Exhibit Interpreters gain and hone many skills including guest interaction, species identification and environmental education with aquatic life and butterflies. All volunteers receive in depth training in their department to equip them with the knowledge to enhance each guests visit. For more information about volunteering at the Butterfly House & Aquarium, contact volunteer@sdaquarium.org or apply online here

  • Mentorship Opportunities

    • Become a Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole Volunteer Coach through EmBe! Coaches lead a small group of girls in lessons about self-confidence, healthy-decision making, teamwork, friendship, and goal setting – all through interactive running games! There are two different programs you can get involved with – Girls on the Run for elementary girls (3rd – 5th grade) and Heart & Sole for middle school girls (6th – 8th grade). Both programs meet twice a week after school (around 3:00pm) for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Our Fall season last 8 weeks starting in mid-September to mid-November. If you are interested  in this opportunity, please fill out the New Coach application. If you have any additional questions or want to learn more, please contact Allision Sinning, EmBe’s Girls on the Run/Heart & Sole Program Coordinator at 605.681.8328 or asinning@embe.org.

    • LSS seeks mentors: Everday Heroes are volunteers matched with a K-12 student for a one school year commitment to meet once a week at the student's school during their lunch hour.

    • The Boys and Girls Club offers groups and individuals many opportunities to serve the Sioux Empire's youth and families. The programs and activities support a wide variety of interests and ability levels and the scheduling is fairly flexible to accomodate class schedules and other obligations. Student-friendly employment and internship opportunities that provide meaningful experiences and look great on resumes are available in addition to volunteering.

    • The Black Hills Playhouse Education Department is seeking stage partners to participate in our speciality programming performances and rehearsals. Stage Partners assist actors with disabilities in their mobility. Stage Partners attend class two times a week and learn the movement of the play. The class culminates in a performance in which the stage partner assists their acting partner during the show. For more information please contact the Black Hills Playhouse Education Department at 605.255.4910 or edu@blackhillsplayhouse.com.

    • REACH Literacy is an adult literacy program looking for volunteers who are interested in working in the REACH a Reader bookstore or as a Reading Buddies volunteer. For more information, contact Paige Carda at paige@reachliteracy.org or visit the website.

  • Food Bank & Donation Center Opportunities

    • Feeding South Dakota is currently serving 2.5 times more people who are in need of food assistance now than before the Covid-19 pandemic started. Hard economic times will continue to affect families in Sioux Falls and across South Dakota for a long time to come, and that means Feeding South Dakota needs volunteer help more than ever. To volunteer to help pack emergency food boxes or distribute food to people in need at a community distribution site, sign up here

    • The Banquet serves breakfast from 7 to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday. 5-7 volunteers are needed at 5:30 a.m. to prep the meal and 15 volunteers are needed at 6:30 a.m. to serve the meal. All volunteers are done no later than 8:30 a.m. No group is too small to serve and every individual is needed. There are many dates we need to fill! Call 605.335.7066 and ask for Wendy.

    • Sallie's Table Weekend Feeding Program is an outreach feeding program designed to supplement existing programs in the community. When the Banquet is closed (weekends) the Salvation Army provides food for those in need. The service operates Saturday and Sunday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Salvation Army gym at 800 N. Cliff Ave. Volunteer groups are welcome for this program. For more information, contact Marcie at 605.338.6649.

    • St. Francis House is an organization dedicated to "moving people from homelessness to hope" and is requesting small groups of volunteers to serve and/or prepare meals for residents! To learn more about the different volunteer options, check out their website or contact Tom Foster at 605.679.0915 for more information.

    • Furniture Mission needs drivers for their delivery truck to deliver furniture to families or pick up donations. No CDL required must be 21. Hours are Monday through Friday noon to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Call 605.977.6800 for more information.

    • Lunch is Served needs volunteers to pack lunches, stamp lunch bags, and write inspirational notes! If you are interested, please contact Kathy Junker at director@lunchisserved.org for more information.

    • The Union Gospel Mission is always in need of volunteers to help out with kitchen duties, sort clothes for the thrift store, "man" the front desk lobby, and give testimonies or present music during our chapel services. If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, please call 605.334.6732.

    • Faith Temple Church Friday Food Giveaway needs volunteers every Friday afternoon starting at 3 p.m. to distribute food to families. Call 605.332.2303 for more information.

  • Faith-Based Opportunities

    • Embrace Church is looking for volunteers for Embrace Academy where kids are able to engage in both learning about God and learning about an area of interest they may have as far as hobbies go! Those who wish to serve in Embrace Academy, are asked to commit to 5 to 7 weeks (Sundays) and can choose which block of dates works best for this commitment. To serve with eKids Early Childhood (birth-6 year olds), it is an ongoing volunteer position with flexibility in time committed. For any questions or more information, reach out to Paige Grace or Hope Gauger.

    • DivorceCare leaders at Celebrate Community Church are looking for responsible, caring adults and teens to help with childcare (ages 0-5) and DivorceCareForKids (ages 6-12). The next session will be held every Tuesday at 6:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 27-Nov. 26. Please text or leave a voicemail at 605.496.9641 or email celebratechurchdivorcecare@gmail.com to request more information.

  • Other Opportunities

    • Active Generations has a variety of volunteer opportunites available. 

    • The Salvation Army of Sioux Falls is seeking individuals to help man their front desk at their 800 N. Cliff Avenue location.  Volunteer duties include: greeting visitors, answering phones, running copies, and assisting with any other office projects. Volunteers are needed on Monday's, Tuesday's, Wednesday's, and Thursday's from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and/or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  You can volunteer one day a week for a morning or an afternoon shift. For more information call 605.338.6649 or to express interest go here

    • The Compass Center has an on-call opportunity that involves volunteers receiving the opportunity to receive trauma training from our rape crisis volunteer coordinator, shadowing current advocates, and eventually providing advocacy alone.  Another service they provide that involves a need for volunteers is the "court watchers" opportunity. Court watchers accompany their advocate to protection order court and help track judge rulings, clients who may benefit from their services, etc. Please contact Kelsey Kruse, 605.339.0116, or kelsey@thecompasscenter.org, if you are interested or need more information.

    • Call to Freedom is looking for volunteers for their Ambassador Program to distribute human trafficking awareness materials around the community (in truck stops, rest stops, hospital restrooms, hotels, etc.). If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Megan at navigator@calltofreedom.org for more information!

Helpline Center

To find other non-profit agencies and other local volunteer opportunities, please visit the Helpline Center website.