Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders Volunteering

We help you help your community.

Sioux Empire United Way’s Emerging Leaders are tomorrow’s community leaders and philanthropists – and we’re always welcoming new members. Our growing network of enthusiastic young professionals learn, grow, and get their hands dirty in partnership with the Sioux Empire United Way’s large group of supported agencies. We help members better understand the human service needs – providing for children, vulnerable adults, and people in crisis – in our very own community.


In 2021, Emerging Leaders made an incredible impact on our community through over 250 volunteer hours. These hours were spent at Lunch & Learn and through hands-on volunteering. Volunteers gained insight about SEUW-funded agencies, reviewed scholarships for the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, delivered furniture for the Furniture Mission, served meals at St. Francis House, assisted at Sharing Christmas with Community Outreach, and so much more! Check out our full impact here.  

Emerging Leaders Benefits

● Connect with like-minded professionals in casual, volunteer-based settings.
● Get to know non-profit professionals and find your passions through forums – available virtually!
● Join group or individual (on your own time) volunteer opportunities –it’s all planned for you.
● Make a direct impact in the Sioux Empire.

Events Calendar

Check out our events calendar to see how you can get involved! 

Join Emerging Leaders and The Community Outreach to help families shop this holiday season.

The Community Outreach is a Sioux Empire United Way funded program helping individuals and families become self-sufficient through tools and resources for daily living.

The Community Outreach invites the community to adopt a family through Sharing Christmas during the holiday season. As families become more self-sufficient, they graduate to the sharing Christmas store.

The Sharing Christmas store is made up of new toys, games, books, clothing, and outerwear that are donated by the community, from businesses to church congregations. They mark down the prices to make these items affordable for families on a low budget.

This program allows parents to shop freely for their children while staying on budget to meet their daily needs.

Sign up to volunteer!

Join us at 2 pm on November 3 to help rake leaves for our neighbors who need extra assistance to prepare their yards for winter. 
Neighbors sign up for assistance through Active Generations Workers on Wheels or Meals on Wheels programs, funded by SEUW. 
We will rake three neighbors' yards and wrap up with a happy hour for those who want to join. 

Once we have our assignments, an email will be sent with the addresses and directions. 

Please wear comfy weather-appropriate clothing and shoes. If you are able, bring your rake. 

November 3
2-5 pm

Register today. 

Join Sioux Empire United Way Emerging Leaders and Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network (YPN) for a lunch and learn event at Augustana University. 

We have invited community leaders to join us for a panel discussion on disabilities. We will learn how their organization or program works to provide a more fulfilling life for those with differentiating abilities.

Lunch will be provided. Please allow time for parking. 
Please view the Augustana University campus map for parking and building location.

October 19
12-1 pm

Register to join today.

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Learn more about Emerging Leaders
Learn more about YPN .

Steering Committee Members

Chair Anna Jankord, Midco
Brett Anderson, First Western Bank & Trust 
Andy Berg, Missouri River Energy Services
Keith Cutler, Midco
Mariah Hanten, Lawrence & Schiller
Kassie Hoiland, Northwestern Energy
Taryn Latza, Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation
Nick Hausman, First Bank and Trust
McKenna Fiegen, Sanford Health

Learn More

Ready to learn more? Check out our frequently asked questions and past events to learn if you have what it takes to be an Emerging Leader.

What does my membership fee go toward? Your annual $25 member fee allows us to continue providing free lunch at our educational forums and fun event prizes and goes toward our annual event. It helps our group remain self-sustaining!

How often do I have to volunteer? Volunteer as often as you’d like! To really grow your network and get to know nonprofit leaders in our community, we highly encourage regular participation.

How often do Emerging Leaders hold events? We provide at least one event per month, sometimes more depending on the community’s needs. We provide a mix of events, including informational events – also known as lunch and learns – and hands-on events where we go on-site to pack meals, build playgrounds, plant trees, and more.

What benefits do I get from volunteering? Volunteering makes you happier! When you volunteer, you’re accomplishing something important and impactful – and that’s a good feeling. Bonus: It can help your career by growing your resume and expanding your network!

Can Emerging Leaders come volunteer for us? We’d love to hear more about an opportunity to help your organization. Email us with information about the event or your organization’s needs and we’ll get back to you.

What was the 2021 impact of Emerging Leaders? Check out our infographic!