United Way can help you find meaningful volunteer experiences that impact the greater Yankton community. 


Every day, people develop lasting solutions to local issues. Whether volunteering to help a family file their taxes, delivering meals to homebound seniors, or tutoring school students, it's through the efforts of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things. 


United Way Programs

United Way has multiple programs, focused on the education, financial stability and health of our community, that rely on local volunteers! Here are just a few opportunities we can connect you with! 


The Clothing Closet - Volunteer to sort & organize donated clothing. Groups up to 6 welcome! 

Retired Senior Volunteer Program - Seniors 55 and older can join to be connected to multiple community volunteer opportunities all year round!

Big Friend Little Friend - Serve as a positive role model to local youth via In School or Community Based Mentoring! 

Day of Caring - A community wide volunteer event held annually in June. Multiple individual and group volunteer activities planned throughout the community. Opportunities will be released annually each May. 

Community Campaign Coordinators - Help bring the work of United Way to life - at work and with your colleagues. Help facilitate your organization's annual United Way workplace campaign!

Please complete the volunteer interest form below and United Way Staff

will contact you with more information on community needs and opportunities! 

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United Way Volunteer of the Month

United Way recognizes outstanding community volunteers through our Volunteer of the Month Award. Volunteers are nominated by their peers for their dedication to service and helping people throughout the greater Yankton community. Recipients are also nominees for the annual Pam Kettering Spirit of Volunteerism Award. 

Click here to view recent Volunteer of the Month Award Winners!

Pam Kettering Spirit of Volunteerism Award

For over 20 years, United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton has thanked and highlighted extraordinary community leaders through our Volunteer of the Year award. In 2016, the United Way Board of Directors announced they would rename the annual honor after long-time volunteer, advocate and community leader, Pam Kettering. Kettering served as Executive Director of United Way of Greater Yankton from 1990 – 2012 and was the first to introduce the Volunteer of the Year award in the late 1990’s. 

Pam Kettering Spirt of Volunteerism Award Honorees: 

2016 - Sandi Kramer - Yankton Food for Thought

2017 - Jesse & Amy Bailey - United Way LINC, Keep Yankton Beautiful, Yankton Morning Optimist Club

2018 - Dave Abbott  - RSVP, Yankton Food for Thought, United Way

2019 - Jeremy Johnson - Servant Hearts Clinic, United Way Board of Directors

2020 - Yankton Volunteer Fire Department - United Way Emergency Food Distribution


2021 - Lisa Ryken - Yankton Toys for Kids