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United Way's mission to improve lives and strengthen communities is fueled by people and organizations who bring passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done.

April 15th – 21st is National Volunteer Week! A time to celebrate our friends, neighbors and colleagues who give of their time and talent to advance the common good in our community.


How many volunteers are there in South Dakota? Over 35% of South Dakota residents volunteer, ranking them 4th among the 50 states. According to the Corporation of National and Community Service, approximately 240,933 volunteers share a combined 23.3 million hours of service in our state valued at an estimated $630 million in benefits to others.


How many volunteers are in Yankton? In 2017, over 2,600 community members volunteered with United Way and our Partner Agencies, contributing nearly 78,500 hours of service!


Those are impressive numbers, but United Way is focused on getting even more people to volunteer so together we can make significant strides in helping youth reach their full potential and improve families’ financial stability and health for their lifetimes.


If you are already volunteering on a regular basis, THANK YOU!  Volunteers are the lifeblood of change in our community, the nation, and indeed around the world. 


And if you haven’t volunteered lately, National Volunteer Week is a great time to start.  Contact United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton at or call (605) 665-6766 to learn how to get involved. We can help you find a local program or community project that needs you. Volunteer as an individual, family, or with a group of friends or co-workers. Anyone with passion and commitment can help our community achieve greater success.


Give an hour. Give a Saturday. Give your best. When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. Consider giving some of your time and talent to create lasting solutions that improve life for everyone. Go Volunteer!


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