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 Twitter to stay connected.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

The Reading Festival, sponsored by the Sioux Empire United Way, is looking for ten more volunteers on Saturday, October 21 from 9 am to Noon. The event includes a free book for every child who attends, entertainment, activities and crafts, live storybook readings, and more. Volunteer in the toddler area, the coloring area, the photo area, or the free book area. Contact Britni at or 605.336.2095.

Guiding Hand Foundation is hosting their Second Annual Angels of Light Benefit Gala on Saturday, October 14th at The District and have volunteer openings in several areas. Call 605.521.2750 for more information.

Punkin Chunkin at Newton Hills, a Girl Scouts event on Saturday, October 21, is looking for volunteers to help the girls learn about catapults and engineering. They are going to build their own and chuck candy pumpkins, but there will also be big catapults to chuck real pumpkins! Contact Jackie to sign up or with questions. or 1-800-666-2141 ext. 9812

Lifescape Pancake Benefit, on Saturday, October 21, is looking for volunteers in a variety of positions. View different tasks and sign up online. Questions can be directed to Tessa at 605.444.9800 or

The Helpline Center is looking for volunteers to help take phone calls for individuals in the community looking to register for Thanksgiving baskets. The shifts are October 30th through November 10th, min. 2 hours long & you can bring your homework! Email 

Girls on the Run is looking for volunteer coaches to help local elementary and middle schools lead empowering lessons twice a week. Call 605.336.3662 ext. 227

Siouxland Libraries--Prairie West Branch needs volunteers who love to organize to help out with shelving books and media or any other needed clerical work. Email or call 605.978.6899

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 ext. 110 for more information.

Ongoing Opportunities

  • LSS seeks mentors:  You don’t need x-ray vision to see that 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.

  • 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 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. 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 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 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 for more information.

  • Pennies for Patients is looking for an organization to sponsor a "bring in your spare change" program that supports research and patient aid to those fighting blood cancers. They supply all materials, and are looking for someone with a big heart and some time to organize a drive on campus. Contact for more information.

Helpline Center

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