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This page gives information on disaster service agencies and volunteer opportunities.

As a community-based humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

By helping people learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, the Red Cross strengthens communities and readies them for all types of disasters, including home fires, tornadoes, winter storms and health emergencies.

Eastern South Dakota 
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The hard work and stewardship of Catholic Social Services of the Black Hills aims to uplift the communities we serve throughout Western South Dakota. In remaining involved in these communities, we’re able to transform the lives of those in need with our impactful Disaster Relief Services and ongoing community outreach. We believe it is our duty to bring the utmost safety, compassion and care to those in the communities in which we live. Volunteer for Catholic Social Services

At MDS, our goal is to restore hope for survivors of disasters. We do this by recruiting, organizing and empowering volunteers to repair and rebuild the homes of those impacted by disasters in Canada and the U.S. Volunteer for MDS

NECHAMA welcomes anyone with a passion to help others regardless of religious faith or background. No previous disaster response experience is necessary- our skilled team leaders will teach you everything you need to know to make a difference. Volunteer for NECHAMA

Disaster Services Corporation is to model the charism of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul by providing quality programs and services to families and communities impacted by natural and manmade disasters across this great nation.

Our vision is a self-sustaining corporation which guides and directs Vincentians to provide person to person emergency assistance and support services to victims of natural and manmade disasters. Volunteer for SVDP Disaster Services

Over the last decade, World Renew supporters have met the needs of 6 million disaster survivors, providing more than immediate relief. Together we’ve helped communities realize long-term goals that equip them to function better than before and to endure long after the response work is done. Volunteer for World Renew

In the hours and days after an emergency, we provide critical supplies to organizations on the ground. We make CWS Hygiene Kits, Emergency Cleanup Buckets, School Kits and Blankets available.

We also work to ensure that some of our most vulnerable neighbors can get the help they need. We focus on resettled refugees, migrant workers and people without documentation. Learn more bout Church World Service Disaster Response

Helpline Center’s Volunteer Connections program is the critical link between great community volunteers and the nonprofit agencies that need them. Volunteer Connections serves as the volunteer center in three South Dakota communities: Sioux Empire, Black Hills and Brookings.  
In addition to providing and maintaining a database list of hundreds of volunteer opportunities, Volunteer Connections also provides resources and information to non-profit organizations and businesses.
Volunteer for Helpline Center

Every day we help thousands of people throughout the Midwest. We offer hundreds of unique, local programs that are designed to meet specific local needs. While we offer a vast array of programs and services, everything we do can be condensed into 12 simple service categories. Volunteer for The Salvation Army

Orphan Grain Train provides disaster relief throughout the United States and around the world. Working with the people of the communities affected by various natural disasters, OGT has been able to provide needed aid and help long after the initial devastation. Orphan Grain Train helps families devastated by storms, floods, wildfires and hurricanes. Volunteer for OGT

SERV SD is an acronym for State Emergency Registry of Volunteers for South Dakota which is an electronic registration system and database of local, regional and statewide volunteer programs who want to assist our public health and healthcare systems during an event or disaster. Volunteer for ServSD

The General Board of Global Ministries is the worldwide mission, relief, and development agency of The United Methodist Church, working with partners and churches in more than 115 countries to equip and transform people and places for God’s mission. Global Ministries connects the church in mission through the sending of missionaries, evangelism and church revitalization, disaster response and recovery led by the United Methodist Committee on Relief, and global health. Volunteer with UMCOR

In South Dakota, members based in units across the state devote their time and skills to save lives, relieve suffering, prevent property damage and provide humanitarian assistance. The wing can deploy its six aircraft, ground teams, and small search drones to assist in disaster response and provide other and ground support to local, state, tribal and federal agencies. Volunteer for CAP

Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Our volunteers are 4 years to 87 years old. There is something for everyone to do and a way for everyone to contribute their time and talents. We provide hands-on orientation and training for our disaster response initiatives and have on-going local service opportunities including community support as well as helping plan and staff events and fundraising campaigns. 

Volunteer for Headwaters Relief Organization

Our mission is to end hunger in South Dakota. Our vision is a hunger-free South Dakota where everyone in need has access to nutritious food because freedom from hunger and good nutrition are critical to the future economic, social, and emotional health of our communities. Volunteer for Feeding South Dakota

When local resources are strained or nonexistent, we provide short-term, life-sustaining resources such as food, water, shelter, and clothing, as well as medical, school, and hygiene supplies. This response is accomplished in partnership with local relief organizations and other international organizations. Under the direction of local leadership, volunteers for Latter-day Saint Charities help disaster victims recover by distributing supplies and participating in cleanup.Volunteer Latter-Day Saint Charities

LSS Disaster Response works closely with state, local and other faith-based disaster relief programs when a disaster occurs in South Dakota. LSS is available to assist individuals, families, congregations and communities through difficult times like these, and work toward long-term recovery. LSS has staff trained and experienced in Critical Incident Stress Management throughout the state. They are ready to mobilize quickly to offer counseling, case management and volunteer management. Volunteer for LSS

Team Rubicon is an international disaster response nonprofit that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly provide relief to communities in need. Founded in 2010 with the expressed goal of quickly responding to large-scale disasters, Team Rubicon has deployed thousands of volunteers across the United States and world to provide relief to communities in need. Volunteer for Team Rubicon

Additional information about South Dakota volunteer organizations active in disaster can be on their website.


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