The Brookings Area United Way is uniting people, sharing resources, inspiring hope, and enriching lives for a stronger Brookings County by promoting three pillars of a solid foundation - Education, Health and Self-Sufficiency.
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IMPACTING OUR COMMUNITY
United Way is joining forces with over 200 Funded and Community Partners to better understand the needs of Brookings County and provide creative solutions for ours toughest social issues. We leverage community donations to provide mental and emotional wellness programs, access to health services, out-of-school support, fight food insecurity and much more.
Change doesn't happen alone. We are the hand-raisers, the game-changers and the problem-solvers. We are making our home a better, brighter place. Make a difference today by volunteering, advocating and donating.
CONTACT: MATT SIMET
ADVANCE supports people in self-direction through person-centered plans aimed at achieving the outcomes people want for their lives. While providing a wide array of services at a variety of levels to support people at home, at work, and within their community. In all these things, we are working towards our mission to "offer opportunities for people to live their lives to fullest.
CONTACT: PATTY BROOKS
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies and as as they begin the recovery process following a disaster by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Free smoke alarms are available to any Brookings area resident, in partnership with the fire department, through getasmokealarm.org
CONTACT: TARA MILLS
Brookings County youth have the opportunity to learn and grow through programs centered on Academic Success, Character & Leadership and Healthy Lifestyles. Youth is served in a safe place with caring and qualified staff create hope and opportunity through life-enhancing programs and character development experiences.
CONTACT: TRACI SAUGSTAD
Dedicated to the golden age of Brookings area residents, the Brookings Activity Center has many programs to offer to the 50+ generation. Members enjoy exploring activities such as low impact aerobics, easy stretch yoga, crafts, dances, nutrition classes. The center also provides opportunities for get-togethers, receptions, meetings, graduation parties, and more!
CONTACT: CARLA STEFFENSON
The Brookings Adult Education and Literacy Program strives to improve the quality of participants' lives by providing educational opportunities that will help to build literacy knowledge and skills needed to continue at higher education levels. Participants also have the opportunity to earn a GED.
CONTACT: NIKKI EINING
The Brookings Area Child Protection Team is composed of individuals from a variety of disciplines and agencies who work together toward a common goal of improving the life situations of children. The philosophy shall be to protect children from abuse and neglect while at the same time maintaining the family unit whenever possible.
CONTACT: MELISSA WERNER
Brookings Area Crime Stoppers encourages members of the Brookings area to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime, by offering citizens an anonymous method of providing vial information about crimes. Crime Stoppers may pay a financial reward to the citizen that makes the tip that leads to an arrest.
CONTACT: DAN MCCOLLEY
Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Through zero-interest mortgages, local and national partnerships and volunteers, Habitat works to create a decent place to live at as low of cost as possible. A Brush with Kindness and Home Essential Repairs allows low-income and aging homeowners to stay independent in their home.
CONTACT: BRENDA SCHWEITZER
Brookings Area Transit helps ensure that Brookings County residents have access to safe and reliable public transportation. BATA helps kids get to and from school, employees to and from their jobs, and local residents to appointments, even in Sioux Falls. as well as SafeRide Home for SDSU students. To schedule a ride, please call 692 - 2222.
CONTACT: ASHLEY RAGSDALE
The Brookings Arts Council provides a platform for developmentally and physically challenged adults to create projects. It promotes how to pursue a livelihood as a visual artist by creating and operating a full viable and profitable business. Artists are introduced to different mediums to not only become independent in their work, but reach a deep engagement with art.
CONTACT: CATHY CHING
The Brookings Backpack Project provides children and youth in Brookings County who may not have sufficient food to eat on weekends with healthy, easy-to-prepare meals and snacks year-round. Weekly deliveries to schools or from packing sites allow children are sustained nutritionally, physically, and socially.
CONTACT: GAIL SEEKLANDER
The Brookings County Food Pantry fights food insecurity by serving individuals and families through providing an emergency supply of both perishable and non-perishable food items. Recipients can be self-referred or are referred by service agencies, churches, and other local organizations. Anyone in need of assistance can receive food.
CONTACT: DARLA BIEL
Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program is a community-based youth mentoring program that provides an opportunity for K-12 grade youth in Brookings County to benefit from an intentional, purposeful relationship with a caring, trained and stable adult. Through large group events and shared one-on-one activities, youth are better set up for long-term relationships and life.
CONTACT: MARGO DEMPSEY
The Brookings Domestic Abuse Shelter seeks to empower survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking through 24-hour emergency shelter and medial response, crisis intervention, advocacy, legal advocacy, peer support, education, and referral information/networking with area agencies. All services provided are free and confidential.
CONTACT: TEREE NESVOLD
The Brookings Empowerment Project's mission is to empower with resources and support caregivers and individuals with persistent mental illness. BEP's main work focuses on "building the dream" -- the dream of zero stigma with mental illness in our community, the dream of all resources and support needed, and the dream of transitional housing in the community.
CONTACT: LINDA BRANDT
Brookings Area Camp Adventure provides a barrier-free day camp experience for children with disabilities. Children participate in arts and crafts, a community service activity, and daily field trips. STARS is a recreational, therapeutic horsemanship program for persons with disabilities. The program is devised to teach basic horsemanship skills and physically benefit the riders.
CONTACT: UNITED WAY OFFICE
Delta Dental Mobile Program provides dental care at no-cost for families for children from their first tooth through age 21. The Dental Van will visit Brookings County four times in 2019 in January, May, August, and October.
In 2018, 195 children received $139, 523 worth of care.
CONTACT: UNITED WAY OFFICE
Dolly Parton Imagination Library provides one age-appropriate book each month to children from birth to age 5. All families in Brookings County are eligible to participate.
In 2018, over 1,220 children received a book each month.
CONTACT: JULIE WERMERS
The East-Central Court Appointed Special Advocates Program seeks to promote and protect the best interests of children who have been the victims of abuse and neglect by providing the skilled, dedicated, and compassionate advocacy efforts of trained volunteers. CASA reminds everyone involved that, at the heart of each case, is a child who deserves a safe and loving home.
CONTACT: STACY STAHL
Girls on the Run is a character development and empowerment program that uses non competitive running and training to achieve the goal of completing a 5K run/walk event, and to teach life lessons that encourage positive emotional, physical, social and mental development. Local women have the opportunity to be positive role models in healthy living as volunteers.
CONTACT: RACHEL BUSMANN
The Family Resource Network provides early childhood enrichment services to child care providers, parents and others who care for young children. The vision and hearing screenings are offered to local preschool age children in registered/licensed child care programs.
CONTACT: UNITED WAY OFFICE
FamilyWize prescription discount program provides FamilyWize Prescription Savings Cards for everyone with or without insurance. FamilyWize offers prescription savings through a mobile app, website, or a physical card. Cost comparison of prescriptions at over 60,000 pharmacies are available as well as automatically applied discounts when shown to a pharmacist.
CONTACT: JOANNE MATTHEES
Feeding Brookings distribute produce and bakery items, canned goods, hygiene items, and a food item each Thursday afternoon. From 4:00-5:00pm at the Ascension Lutheran Church in Brookings, volunteers come together, with the help of The Emergency Food Assistance Program, Walmart, HyVee, and donors to do their part in fighting food insecurity.
CONTACT: BRUCE JOHNSON
Fellowship of Christian Athletes seeks to train coaches to actively develop athletes in three dimensions: physical, emotional/mental, spiritual. FCA trains coaches to be "transformational" using sport as a platform to develop the entire person vs "transactional" where the relationship is based solely on athletic performance and outcomes.
CONTACT: BETTE POPPEN
Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizons believes that every girl has the potential for success. Girl Scouts has an exciting array of choices to suit every interest at every age -- from building a robot, coding an app, or packing for a hike -- to help girls discover their talents, connect with others, and take action to solve issues they are passionate about.
CONTACT: JAN STANGE
Great After-School Place is a school age program providing before and after school and summer care for children going into kindergarten through sixth grade. Activities provided are hands-on and age-appropriate, with emphasis on building social skills. A variety of experiences are integrated for the children from academic activities, field trips, and community outreach.
CONTACT: VONDA KIRKHAM
Harvest Table provides a no-cost meal every Monday (except major holidays) to anyone in the community at the Community Life Center (6th St & 7th Ave). There are no eligibility requirements. Diapers and baby wipes are available each week with grocery items available the LAST Monday of every month. Children's activities are available in the supervised children's area.
CONTACT: ALLISON SCHMIDT
The Helpline Center serves thousands of people every year by connecting individuals to resources and support, providing referrals, connecting volunteer opportunities, and offering hope to individuals affected by mental illness. Calling "2-1-1" anywhere in Brookings County connects you to the Helpline call center for simple questions to serious help. In an emergency, please call 9-1-1. Find volunteer opportunities.
CONTACT: SARAH LIPPERT
Independent Living Choices provides services to people with disabilities who make independence their choice. The Home Assistance program provides Home Modifications (i.e. ramps, doorways, kitchen and bathroom modifications) and Adaptive Devices (i.e. eating utensils, vehicle hand controls, etc.) based on economic need along with peer group counseling.
CONTACT: NATASHA PENNER
Inter- Lakes Community Action Partnership provides children, individuals, and families a wide array of services including education, nutrition, mental health/health, family services, and transportation. Head Start caters to children ages 3-5 while Sixties Plus dining is available to anyone in Brookings County over 60. The VITA program offers free assistance with basic tax returns.
CONTACT: WAYNE REISER
The Kelly McGeough Foundation provides monetary assistance for uninsured medical, travel, food, lodging, and other out-of-pocket expenses for families whose children are seeking medical attention due to catastrophic illness or injury. The Foundation understands that medical illnesses and injuries can be difficult to deal with as a family and works to provide some comfort.
CONTACT: DUANE KAVANAUGH
Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota carries out its mission of improving lives emotionally and financially. Better Together socially connects isolated adults with caring volunteers and their community. The Center for Financial Resources provides financial and housing counseling and education.
CONTACT: DAWN TWEDT
My Neighbor creates community outreach to help families and individuals facing a crisis situation. Financial assistance supplements existing assistance programs for people falling through the cracks, by meeting the goal of solving an immediate crisis situation and is not meant to be ongoing, but preventative. My Neighbor assesses the root problem and works to prevent future issues.
CONTACT: NANCY SONNENBURG
National Alliance on Mental Illness provides support to families who have a member who has a brain-based disorder. The Family to Family course offers education while Connections program is a peer to peer support group. Education courses on parenting at developmental stages as well as classes to family members who has someone with a mental illness are offered.
CONTACT: RYANNE DAVIS
Salvation Army provides temporary, emergency, welfare assistance to those in need. The temporary emergency welfare assistance is limited to twice a year/household, for two different types of requests. The Salvation Army distributes emergency kits, mobilizes local volunteers and hosts seasonal clothing and supply drives.
CONTACT: KRISTIN FOX
Senior Companions offers adults outside contact and make their lives less lonely. Volunteers of the program help other adults live independently by assisting with daily tasks such as grocery shopping or errand running. This service is provided at no-cost to the client and acts as a benefit to both parties to engage deeper in the community.
CONTACT: CARL CLAYTON
The Sioux Council Boy Scouts provides programs for young people to build character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. Scouts offers five programs for all youth based on interests and ages: Cub Scouts, Scouting, Venturing, Exploring, and Water Scouts.
CONTACT: PASTOR MIKE
The Teen Challenge of the Dakotas provides relevant and proven solutions to the epidemic of substance abuse and addiction issues facing our communities and their families. An intensive long-term residential program allows necessary time and effort invested into each individual's life. The holistic approach helps people transform their lives to be successful community members.
CONTACT: KYLEIGH CRAMER
The Volunteer Service Bank (VSB) connects volunteers with those in need of assistance. VSB provides medical transportation fro area residents at no-cost to the rider and is available to anyone in need. Rides are provided to by volunteers who are reimbursed only for out-of-town mileage. VSB also offers snow removal services by volunteers during the winter months.