We've listed some of the ways you can volunteer below. However, if you have special skills to offer, please call us so we can discuss how you can best use your talents to help our patients.
Veterans Special Project Team
The Veterans Special Project Team is a group of volunteers who are available to assist Veterans and VA staff with special projects. They work as a group on projects such as making and distributing handmade greeting cards, invitations, and bookmarks for special occasions, preparing large mailings for distribution and shipping, planting flowers, and decorating, setting up, and tearing down special events. If you would like to request the assistance of a great group of volunteers, please call Voluntary Service at 333-6851 and leave a message. Someone will get back to you to see how we can help.
- Information Desk
- Greet visitors and provide general information to veterans and visitors. Hours: Variable
Information Desk Assistant
Assist the information desk host/hostess by providing wheelchairs to individuals who need them and providing information as requested.
Craft Kit Volunteer
Assist with distribution of craft kits provided to veterans as part of their therapy.
Pushing patients in wheelchairs to their scheduled appointments and making other deliveries throughout the medical center.
Volunteer Van Drivers
Transporting veterans to and from the medical center to other medical centers and veterans' homes in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa. Driving could include trips to Minneapolis and Omaha VA Medical Centers. Transport veterans from outlying areas to the medical center and also transport simple equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, etc.
Parking Lot Shuttle Drivers
Help transport outpatients, families, and visitors from our parking lots to the medical center.
Physical Therapy Assistant
Assist patients with exercises under the direction and supervision of the Physical Therapy staff. Also involves escorting patients back to their wards and cleaning equipment.
Laundry Services Volunteer
Assist textile care by folding clean towels, pajamas, and lab robes. May assist in distributing these items in the medical center.
Customer Service Representative for Rough Rider Cafe
Assist individuals with getting their food trays to tables in our public cafe as well as cleaning tables and restocking condiments.
Summer Youth Programs
Volunteer opportunities are available during the summer for students between ages 12 and 18. This could include escorting patients to the clinics, office tasks such as mailings, answering the phone, and running errands. May assist with specific activities with patients such as bingo, birthday parties, etc. Other opportunities for students ages 16 and older in physical therapy, the Rough Rider Cafe, and nursing service.