The Helpline Center provides the following services to Brookings County
211 is an easy to remember three-digit telephone number assigned by the Federal Communications Commission for the purpose of providing quick and easy access to information about health and human services. Professional Information and Referral Specialists work with callers to assess their needs, determine their options and provide appropriate programs/services, give support, intervene in crisis situations and advocate for the caller as needed. Call 211 for more information about the agencies below or search online at helplinecenter.org
If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities in Brookings County the Helpline Center can connect you with the right people and organizations. We keep an updated list of volunteer opportunities and will connect you with the options that match your interests and the time you have to give. Volunteering is a wonderful way to meet new friends, help others and make a difference in your community. Simply call 211 or click here to get pointed in the right direction.
Helping families become stable and independent.
Supporting those in a time of crisis and increasing self-sufficiency by providing basic needs such as food, safety, and shelter.
American Red Cross - Brookings County
Provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. It also provides water safety, First Aid and CPR training and services to military families. 2400 individuals participated in various training opportunities offered by Red Cross in 2010. Red Cross Brookings Chapter also responded to 5 fires in Brookings and Aurora this past year while dispensing financial aide for food, shelter and clothing in the amount of $7,000.
Brookings Area Transit Authority (B.A.T.A)
Provides public transportation for all residents of Brookings County and also supports other area non-profit programs with delivery of transportation services. Destinations include but are not limited to medical facilities, employment, youth activities, church, shopping, social events and coordinating services. Medicaid provider with all vehicles / wheelchair accessible. In 2012, 117,000 one-way rides were provided to residents of Brookings County. Brenda Schweitzer - 692-5416
Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity
Unites partnerships to empower families in need and to build communities through fulfilling dreams of homeownership and beyond. Habitat is committed to the development and uplifting of families and communities. Over 40 homes have been built in partnership with families in Brookings County. Our A Brush With Kindness program helps families give new life to their existing homes with exterior painting or small maintenance projects. With numerous volunteer opportunities from office work, to food preparation, to home construction and painting, Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity needs you. For more information, please call: Dan McColley 605-697-2542
Brookings Backpack Project
Assists children and youth who may not have enough to eat at home by providing them with easy-to-prepare weekend meals and snacks during the school year. In the past year, the Project has served 400 children in Head Start and the Brookings School District each week. The Project now serves during the summertime. Volunteer opportunities include: packing food bags, delivering food bags to school and summertime food sites or unloading groceries at the staging site. Cathy Ching 697-2882
A non-profit organization made up of local citizens who are interested in assisting local law enforcement agencies with combating crime and improving community safety.Tim Weelborg - 697-5015
Brookings Domestic Abuse Shelter
Provides 24-hour emergency shelter, hotline and crisis intervention to individuals experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking. Also provides legal (including court accompaniment), medical advocacy and weekly support groups for women with daycare provided. Resources include referral services, public outreach and education, food, clothing, diapers and limited financial assistance. In 2011, the Shelter assisted 479 new clients, sheltering 57 individuals, and providing approximately 5,000 additional services via phone, personal and follow-up contacts. Margo Dempsey 692- 7233(SAFE)
The primary objects and purposes of the Brookings County Food Pantry shall be to help solve EMERGENCY food needs of Brookings County families by providing them with surplus or salvaged food, for the benefit of the general public and to relieve the public burden. email@example.com or 692-6056
Provides weekly grocery distribution to members of the Brookings area. From 4:00-5:00 pm each Thursday afternoon at Ascension Lutheran Church in Brookings, SD, volunteers distribute produce, canned goods, hygiene items, and a food of the month. Ascension Lutheran Church 692-6565
Serves a warm, no-cost meal, fellowship and love to anyone in the community every Monday night at the First United Methodist Community Life Center in Brookings. Families are also provided with a supply of groceries to take home with them once per month. Diapers and baby wipes are available each week. Vonda Kirkham - 692-4345
Provides financial assistance to Brookings county families with children under age 18 stricken with catastrophic medical expenses. Wayne Reiser - 605-691-3142
Lutheran Social Services - Consumer Credit Counseling Service
Offers confidential financial counseling, Debt Management Program, foreclosure prevention counseling, homebuyer education, bankruptcy education/counseling, and financial literacy education. Counselors are Certified Credit and Housing Counselors and typically serve approximately 1000 clients each year. 692-9636
Faith-based community outreach program helping families and individuals that are facing a crisis situation. The agency assists individuals to become stable community members by offering assistance/ resources and timely financial aide for housing, utilities, personal / health care needs, and transportation. 691-3225
Salvation Army - Brookings
Provides emergency and financial assistance to residents and transient families in Brookings County for basic needs. Salvation Army organizes the Share the Warmth Winter Coat Drive and Back-to-School Project in Brookings County. Last year, 150 individuals were provided assistance with food, lodging and transportation. The Share the Warmth drive provided 500 coats to area youth and 325 backpacks were given to area school children at the beginning of their school year. Emergency Disaster assistance is available for those affected by fire, flood, tornado and other natural disasters. Call 211 for more information