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

  • Lutheran Social Services is looking for a group of volunteers to help sort and organize their two disaster response trailers. The volunteers will need to empty, sort and put everything back in the trailers. If you are interested in helping, please contact Kristyne or call 605.444.7545.

  • The Banquet is in need of several volunteers to help prepare and serve meals the next few weeks. If you are interested in volunteering, click here or contact Wendy at 605.335.7066 or volunteer@thebanquetsf.org.

  • Harrisburg North and South Middle Schools are looking for volunteers to help with their upcoming Challenge Day on Oct. 9 and Oct. 22. Volunteers are needed from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each of those days and lunch will be provided. To learn more about Challenge Day go to www.challengeday.org. For more information about volunteering, contact Andrea Junker or Allison Weideman.

  • Volunteers are needed for Spooky Science sponsored by the Washington Pavilion and located at Kirby Science Discovery Center on Oct. 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to help at the activity stations. Throughout the event, volunteers are needed to demonstrate and help the children, greet, and give directions, candy and slime. Volunteers are encouraged to wear costumes. If you are interested in volunteering at this event, click here or contact 605.731.2375 for more information. 

  • Every year the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Musuem thrill kids and adults alike with ZooBoo, a three-night Halloween extravaganza on Oct. 25, 26, & 27. Over the course of three nights, kids will wind their way through the decorated exhibits and walkways in the Zoo collecting candy and trinkets at a variety of treat tents from costumed presenters. Volunteers can help with a variety of tasks: handing out candy, trail blockers, parking lot attendants, and line guide. To express interest in volunteering, click here or for more information call 605.367.8313 or email Brittany Bandstra.

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 Wendy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Ava’s House by Sanford, which provides 24-hour hospice nursing care to patients of all ages in a home-like environment, 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 605.312.5511 or email Pamela.Merchant@sanfordhealth.org.

  • Help children and families in the Sioux Falls area receive the food they need by helping pack BackPacks for Feeding South Dakota's BackPack program! Packing starts at 4 pm Tuesday evenings. Shifts are one hour each at 4 pm and 6 pm with a break between shifts at 5 pm to restock and clean up the line and work area. Work involves opening food product, placing items in sacks on an assembly line and stacking full totes on pallets for delivery. To register and book your volunteer group, click here. Closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothes required.

Helpline Center

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