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! These are ways to continue to serve your community during this time. 

  • 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.

  • Handmade Face Masks: The Avera Faith and Community Engage program (F.A.C.E) seeks volunteers across the region to help craft cloth face masks for use in hospitals and clinics. The guidelines, instructions, materials and patterns are included in an online story, “How Can I Help Sew Masks for Health Care Workers?”

  • Handmade Face Masks: Sanford Health and Good Samaritan Society welcome DIY mask donations. Information including instructions, supplies needed, and contacts are included in an online story, "How to make face masks for health care workers".

  • Homemade Fabric Masks: DakotAbilities is looking for homemade cloth face masks for their staff. If you have the materials and time please consider donating. Donations can be dropped off in the front doors of their Longfellow Center (1116 S 4th Ave, Sioux Falls) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a labeled box in the entry way.

  • Homemade Fabric Masks: South Dakota Network Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault is in need of homemade fabric masks. Their crisis shelters/agencies and other agencies that work with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, etc. are in desperate need of homemade fabric masks for staff and clients. They have over 200 requests from shelters, agencies, and even county court offices. People can send them to South Dakota Network Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault, PO Box 90453, Sioux Falls SD 57109 and then they can ship them out.

  • Homemade Fabric Masks: LifeScape is asking for the public's help to sew and donate handmade cloth/elastic protective masks. You can use your own materials, or pick up a kit with everything you need to make 30 masks. The kits are at LifeScape Rehabilitation Center, 1020 W. 18th Street, and contain fabric, elastic, and thread, plus the pattern & instructions. The kits are right inside the main door (under the canopy), where their screening staff are stationed. Finished masks can be dropped off at the same spot. Pick-up and drop-off are during regular business hours - weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Mail A Letter: Send a card or letter to those in quarantine and isolation to brighten their day! Connect with an organization that may have clients in quarantine like nursing homes and homes for people with disabilities! 

  • Craft Supplies and Board Games: Cleaning out your closets? LSS Mentoring Services is looking for donations of board games and craft supplies. LSS will distribute them to schools and they will be used by mentors and students. Board games that are for 2 players are best. If they are used, please make sure all pieces are included and working!

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

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. 

  • 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.

  • Sanford Health 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 functions. Contact 605.367.6263 or 605.444.6182 for more information.

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

  • Mentors are needed at the Boys & Girls Club of the Sioux Empire 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Ashley at 605.809.8424.

  • Active Generations has a variety of volunteer opportunites available. 

  • 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.

  • 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, 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 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 February. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Megan at 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

  • 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 605.312.5500 or email

  • 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.

  • 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.

Helpline Center

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