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

  • Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge runs Aug. 26-Sept. 1 at Willow Run Golf Course. No golf knowledge is required to volunteer, just the spirit of a great heart in helping to promote our state, our city and the desire to make a difference in someone’s life. Shifts typically run from three to five hours, and there are both morning and afternoon shifts. 
  • 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.
  • LifeScape is looking for volunteers on Sept. 10 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 11 (any time of day) at LifeScape Rehabilitation Center. They are looking for volunteers who can shovel, distribute mulch, and install plastic timbers around the new playground. Volunteers should bring work gloves, refillable water bottle, and shovels if available. If interested in this project, please contact Becky Sluiter at Rebecca.sluiter@LifeScapeSD.org or 605.444.9621.
  • Walk to End Alzheimer's is looking for volunteers on Sept. 14 at Cherapa Place from 7:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.  If you are interested, please sign up here
  • 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.) starting in September to prepare for hunting season. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Megan at navigator@calltofreedom.org for more information!

Ongoing Opportunities

  • Boys and Girls Club Sioux Empire has paid and volunteer positions available for their tutoring program! This position offers flexible scheduling and it does not matter your major! Call 605.306.5301 for more information!

  • LSS seeks mentors:  You don’t need x-ray vision to see young people thrive when they feel safe, supported, empowered and confident. Spend 1 hour with 1 young person once a week at school and you will experience the power of mentoring. Mentors are everyday heroes for more than 1,066 young people in Sioux Falls, but with hundreds of kids on the waiting list, that’s not enough for every student that needs one. We need new volunteer mentors. You have the power to make a difference. Be an everyday hero.

  • 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 Dakotah.

  • 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. 

  • Garfield Elementary is looking for volunteers to read with their students. The time-slots are 20-minute increments and you could volunteer for 1 or 2 sessions on Tuesday mornings at 8:10 am. Students supply the books so each child will be reading at their reading level. Volunteers will most likely not have the same student every time they come to read. Please contact Sue Mollison at suzmo@sio.midco.net for more information.

  • The Great Plains Zoo is always seeking new volunteers with an interest in nature, animals, education, the zoo, and people. Call 605.367.8313 ext. 149 for more information.

  • Sanford USD Medical Center is dedicated to the work of health and healing and has a variety of volunteer opportunities available. 

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

  • 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 fuctions. Contact 605.334.4220 for more information.

  • Faith Temple Church needs volunteers every Friday afternoon starting at 3 pm to distribute food to 300-400 families. Call 605.332.2303 for more information.

  • Mentors needed at the Boys and Girls Club who are willing to commit 1 to 2 hours per week working with youth ages 6 to 18. The hope is to establish an on-going relationship between the mentor and mentee that lasts at least one year. Mentors will spend time playing games, doing projects, completing homework, or just hanging out with their mentee. Many of our Club members do not have positive role models in their lives and they are eager to find consistent adult interaction with someone they can look up to. Please call 605.275.1009 if interested.

  • Afterschool Food Program is looking for volunteers at Oak View Library to help hand out food to kids who attend. The program runs Monday-Friday 2:30-4:30 p.m. Any assistance is welcome, even if you are not available each day of the week. Please call 605.367.8060 if interested.

  • Multi-Cultural Center is seeking assistant teachers for the after-school program in a reading classroom and a math classroom. The program runs Monday through Thursday from 3 to 5 pm while school is in session.

  • 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; or via email.

  • Bishop Dudley Hospitality House has many volunteer opportunities including Evening Guest Check-In, Lunch Program meal prep and serving, and Front Desk. Learn more about specific times and needs! Contact Derek at info@bdhh.org or 605.809.8424.

  • Workers on Wheels is a senior services program designed to assist the elderly in remaining in their homes by providing light housekeeping, minor home repair, lawn work, transportation for medical appointments and grocery shopping. Volunteers work around their own schedule and choose projects based on their ability.  Contact wow@ativegen.org 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.

  • Lend a lift to a neighbor with a need and change their life. A quick trip across town may mean little to you, but for some, it can mean access to food or health care. Drive to Hope is flexible to accommodate your busy schedule. Volunteers must have a valid driver's license, auto insurance, and clean driving and criminal records. Call 367-HELP (605.367.4357) or visit www.siouxfallsmpo.org/help for more information.

  • 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.

Helpline Center

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