As the Sioux Empire continues to grow, our community still maintains a small-town feel. For many in our community, that’s achieved by volunteering for one of several nonprofit organizations or causes that exist in the Sioux Empire.
In November of 2016, South Dakota was ranked as fourth in the nation for volunteerism by the Volunteering and Civic Life in America study. According to that survey, 35.3% of state residents engaged in volunteerism last year.
Local nonprofits rely heavily on volunteers to carry out many tasks. The Helpline Center, a United Way funded agency, works each day to connect volunteers with nonprofits through its Volunteer Connections Program. A few examples of volunteer opportunities you might find through Volunteer Connections include:
- REACH – adult volunteers tutor fellow adults who want to better their reading and writing skills.
- Meals on Wheels – volunteers deliver warm meals to more than 300 older adults across the community.
- Girls on the Run/Heart and Sole/Let Me Run – volunteers at more than 40 area elementary and middle schools lead these after school programs that build confidence and teach life skills through running.
Sioux Empire United Way is a great example of an organization that exists because of the great work of volunteers. The organization relies on more than 800 volunteers to fulfill a variety of roles throughout the year, which enables United Way to run efficiently with only 10 paid staff.
If you are interested in connecting with your community by finding a volunteer project you are passionate about, visit www.helplinecenter.org to access hundreds of opportunities available right now.
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