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 Student Engagement on Viking Central and follow us @welcomevikings on Twitter and Instagram to stay connected.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities 

  • Feeding South Dakota is in need of BackPack Program Delivery Assistants for the summer. Each week during the school year, volunteers and staff prepare nearly 3,000 backpacks for children in need of food assistance over the weekend. Their summer BackPack program continues to meet the need while school is out. This opportunity includes riding along with a Feeding South Dakota staff member to deliver backpacks to schools throughout the Sioux Falls area. For further information, please call 605.335.0364 or email Feeding South Dakota.

  • Union Gospel Mission is looking for volunteers to serve at their Thrift Store, which is located at 701 E. 8th Street. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Thursday 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. For more information on this specific volunteer opportunity, please contact Elly Heckel at 605.334.6732 or elly@ugmsiouxfalls.com

  • The Washington Pavilion is seeking volunteers for a variety of upcoming events and camps. If you are interested in volunteering at the Washington Pavilion, please contact Brett Cooper at bcooper@washingtonpavilion.org or 605.731.2375.

  • Active Generations needs volunteers to help transport seniors with no family available to their medical appointments within Sioux Falls. There is the option of working on either a scheduled or on-call basis. Please call 605.333.3304 for more information. 

  • 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.
  • 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

    • The Bishop Dudley Hospitality House hosts bingo or a movie matinee for its guests every other Friday afternoon and is seeking volunteers to help run these activities in addition to other volunteer opportunities. To sign up, please call 605.809.8423 or email Danielle Ferguson.

    • 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.

    • 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 interests with them. DakotAbilities will pay for all tickets required for functions. Contact 605.367.6263 or 605.444.6182 for more information.

    • LifeScape's volunteers help them provide the extra loving touch for the children and young adults when their families can’t be there. There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at LifeScape. For more information, click here or contact Becky Sluiter at rebecca.sluiter@LifeScapeSD.org or 605-444-9621.

  • 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 Paige O'Farrell at paige.o'farrell@state.sd.us.

    • Levitt at the Falls: Do you love live music? Enjoy meeting new people who love music too? Levitt at the Falls needs you! We rely on the time and talent of many dedicated volunteers to help the concert season run smoothly and make everyone's experience a great one. Opportunities are available for all! Sign up here to receive additional information on opportunities. 

    • 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. Opportunities include working in the aquarium, butterfly conservatory, husbandry, and administrative assistance areas. We also consistently take applications for internships in the following departments: Aquarium, Conservatory, Volunteer Program, and Marketing & Development. For more information about volunteering at the Butterfly House & Aquarium, contact volunteer@sdaquarium.org or apply online here

  • Mentorship Opportunities

    • Virtual volunteers interested in tutoring students from low-income families in underserved communities are invited to participate in the opportunities listed here.

    • 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 lasts 8 weeks starting in mid-September to mid-November. If you are interested  in this opportunity, please fill out the New Coach application. We also have opportunities to help with Dress for Success and other women's leadership programs. Embe has two large events coming up; In Her Shoes empowerment breakfast and Tribute to Women event that we need volunteers to help with. If you have any additional questions or want to learn more, please contact Allison Sinning, EmBe’s Girls on the Run/Heart & Sole Program Coordinator at 605.681.8328 or asinning@embe.org.

    • LSS seeks mentors: Everyday 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 accommodate 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 specialty 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 email Elly Heckel or 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

    • Church on the Street's mission is to take the gifts of the Church out to the people who, for whatever reason, can not come inside. Volunteers are needed during worship the 2nd Saturday of each month to set up, enjoy fellowship, and assist with worship from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., to walk the streets with Pastor Chris meeting folks where they are offering something for their journey which often leads to conversation and mutual blessings, and organizational assistance to manage donations. Laundry With Love also provides a meal, and 3 free loads of laundry the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 3:00 - 8:00, and volunteers are always needed. Special events and opportunities arise consistently. For more information, fill out the volunteer form here
  • Other Opportunities

    • 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.

    • Project Car is a non-profit transportation service that provides rides for health appointments, senior care, religious activities, volunteer opportunities, and employment at no cost to the passenger. Volunteers are needed for as little as 2 hours a week to offer COVID-19 safe rides. Visit https://projectcarsf.org/volunteer/ or call 605.332.2777 for more information.

    • Habitat for Humanity is looking for up to 6 volunteers at a time to help work on building new homes! All skill levels from beginner to pro are welcome. Volunteers are needed Tuesday-Saturday each week for preferably a three-hour minimum shift. For more information and to volunteer, please call 605.274.6292.

    • The Washington Pavilion is requesting volunteers to work as ushers at The Washington Pavilion or Orpheum Theater on a season-by-season basis that will include performances of Broadway shows, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, big-name artists, local group performances, comedians, and more! To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Brett Cooper at 605.731.2375 or bcooper@washingtonpavilion.org.

    • The Visual Arts Center (VAC) at the Washington Pavilion is requesting volunteers to serve as a greeter at the lobby desk. Greeters are responsible for becoming familiar with the Pavilion and the VAC in order to assist and provide information to guests as needed. Volunteer times are three-hour sessions during open museum hours, especially Friday afternoons and weekends. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Brett Cooper at 605.731.2375 or bcooper@washingtonpavilion.org.

    • Sharing the Dream in Guatemala is a volunteer-based, fair trade organization working to reduce poverty in Guatemala through collaborative partnerships with Guatemalans, offering handmade beaded jewelry, handwoven scarves, and more. Volunteers are needed to help run the store for three hours shifts on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. If interested, please contact Christine Bower at sfmarketplace@sharingthedream.org.

    • Active Generations has a variety of volunteer opportunities 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 a wide variety of tasks. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email volunteer@calltofreedom.org for more information!

Helpline Center

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