Volunteer Program

Experience “Mission Life” with us. Get started today!


Serving as a volunteer enables us to continue offering hope to those who
are hungry and homeless in our community.

In honor of #NationalVolunteerMonth, this year we were overjoyed to attend and recognize over 143 honorees total volunteers in the Sioux Empire and their commitment to making our community a better place to serve, learn and grow! Special thank you to Helpline Center for hosting their Annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards ceremony! We are so grateful for all you do to #giveback to our community. UGM nominated 30 individuals and groups who served with us. Read more here.

Volunteers Matter!

Meal Service

Our Men’s Center kitchen serves three nutritious meals every day of the year with special dinners provided on Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and on other unique occasions. We need volunteers to assist kitchen staff with serving meals, washing dishes and other duties as assigned. 

Hours Of Operation:
Breakfast – 6:30AM-7:30AM
Lunch – 11:30AM-12:30PM
Dinner – 5:30PM-6:30PM

Thrift Store

Our thrift store offers free clothing assistance and household items for those in need. We are open to the public featuring economy prices for all. Help our team keep the store clean and organized for our guests.

Thrift Store Hours:
Monday 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Tuesday – Friday 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Clothing Assistance:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
10:00AM – 4:00PM

Distribution Center

Our team organizes all of the donations brought into the mission weekly. We need volunteers to help organize and sort donations at the Distribution Center.

Duties include: sorting through donations, boxing and hanging donation items, assisting organization of (coats, blanket, snow pants, additional clothing items, etc). and labeling boxes.


Chapel Service

We host chapel services for both our Men and Women’s Center 7 days a week at 7:00PM. For more information on this specific volunteer opportunity, click the link below or contact Justin Heckel directly at 605-334-6732 or justinh@ugmsiouxfalls.com.

Kids Ministry

Throughout the year, we need individuals that would like to read to children living in our Women’s Center. This opportunity is usually scheduled for 30 minutes to 1 hour time slots and are available Monday – Friday between 8am-5pm. Click the link below for more details on this opportunity.

Art Studio

Join our weekly art sessions with our Men and Women’s Center guests. We’re always looking for local artists and creative minds to serve with us.
For more details on this opportunity or how to get involved, contact Heather Craig at 605-334-6732 or heatherc@ugmsiouxfalls.com.

Outreach Ministry

We provide weekly serving opportunities for churches, ministries and non-profits to partner with us to create and distribute the following items below.

– Hygiene/Comfort Kits
– Water Bottles
– Encouraging Cards/Notes
– Bibles
– Other resources

Step 1

Fill out volunteer application and confidentiality form.


Please either fill out the online application below using the link provided or contact Laura Thompson at lthompson@ugmsiouxfalls.com. You can also stop into our main office location at 701 E. 8th Street in Sioux Falls to pick up a paper copy.





Step 2

Review current volunteer opportunities.


Step 3

Schedule an appointment with our volunteer department to determine a schedule that works best for you.


From Our Volunteers

“Our youth group recently participated in a special community outreach project where we made over 200 hygiene kits and delivered several to individuals at a local park downtown. It was rewarding to see the impact a simple act can make.”

- Amy S.

Local church (Sioux Falls, SD)

“The UGM team made our youth group feel very comfortable by organizing each task. This was our first time and we were able to assemble hygiene kits, clean restrooms, sort and organize items in the distribution center and clean the thrift store. We had a great experience and can't wait to come back again!”

- Jason T

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Office Location

701 E. 8th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57103

Open Hours

M-F: 8am – 5pm



Chapel Every day at 7PM