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!
Southeast SD Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) - 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!
Bridging Yankton - Step Forward to Prevent Suicide Walk - Held annually in August, you can volunteer in multiple capacities such as event set up, tear down, t-shirt sales, walk registration table, and more!
Day of Caring - An annual community wide volunteer event. Multiple individual and group volunteer activities, for all ages, benefiting local non profit organizations.
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!
Click on the VOLUNTEER INTEREST button below, complete the google form, and United Way Staff will contact you with more information on community volunteer opportunities!
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.
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
2022 - Bob & Linda Peitz - Avera COVID Vaccine Clinics, Sacred Heart Church, Yankton Toys for Kids