Volunteer with Sioux Empire United Way

We help you help your community.

Join our growing network of enthusiastic volunteers to learn, grow, and make an impact in your community through Sioux Empire United Way's network 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 2022, Volunteer United – formally known as Emerging Leaders – made an incredible impact on our community through over 350 volunteer hours. These hours were spent at Lunch & Learn and through hands-on volunteering. Check out our full impact here.


Upcoming Events

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

Join Volunteer United to support Toy Lending Library in their mission to help children ages zero to five enhance their learning and development through the power of play. After receiving a quick tour, volunteers can help inventory and process returned toy boxes, clean and sanitize toys, and even help create new boxes!

This volunteer opportunity will not require any heavy lifting or operating of vehicles and can be completed seated or standing. Volunteers can park in the lot across Spring Ave and enter east entrance of 1st United Methodist Church.

Spend some time outdoors helping Volunteer United beautify Avera Family Wellness Program's exterior spaces. Together we'll trim hedges, pull weeds, and remove overgrown tree branches from their parking lot, yard, and dumpster removal area. 

Volunteers are encouraged to wear comfortable, protective clothing and shoes. This project will require volunteers to be comfortable working outside, using yard tools, lifting/bending as needed. Rakes, yard waste bags, hedge trimmers, and gloves will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring your own!

Join us at Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership to play with infants and toddlers! Together we'll sing, dance, and read with children ages 0 to 3. Don't forget to bring a smile, a positive attitude, and be ready for cuddles!

Volunteers are asked to wear comfortable, appropriate clothing and shoes (no tank tops or tight fitting clothes). ICAP also requests individuals arrive 5-10 minutes early with their driver's license or photo ID to complete necessary waivers before interacting with children. Volunteers can park in the parking lot on the Northeast side of the building and use the entrance in front.

Join Volunteer United at St. Francis House to help serve dinner to their guests! Volunteers are an integral component in the operation of St. Francis House where they are moving people from Homelessness to Hope!

Volunteers are expected to arrive at 5:45 PM, wear close-toed shoes, and tie long hair back. We will lend a hand in preparing and/or serving meals, making sack lunches, preparing late plates, and baking items for guests. 

Steering Committee Members

Chair: Anna Jankord – Viaflex (2019-2021) (2021-2023) (Chair 2022-2024)

Special Events Co-Chair:  Nick Hausman – First Bank & Trust (2022-2024)

Special Events Co-Chair:  Hailey Srstka – Grand Prairie Foods (2023-2025)

Volunteer Activities Co-Chair:  Brett Anderson – First Western Bank (2022-2024)

Volunteer Activities Co-Chair:  Madeline Snyder – Avera Health (2023-2025)

Volunteer Engagement Chair:  Keith Cutler – Midco (2022-2024)

Marketing Chair:  Megan Jung – Think 3D (2023-2025)