Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota

Lutheran Disaster Response

Wessington Springs Establishes Volunteer Center Following Tornado

The Volunteer Service Center is located at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Wessington Springs. The center coordinates all volunteer assistance in the community and surrounding area. Counseling for emotional and spiritual needs is available at this new location, as is a lost-and-found area for items volunteers have found and other items that may have been lost by volunteers assisting with clean-up. The contact number for the Volunteer Service Center is 605-212-9605.

The Donations Distribution Center has been moved to the Methodist Church in Wessington Springs. No clothing donations are being accepted at this time.

People coming to the community to offer their help are asked to check in and out at the Volunteer Service Center each day. The Center is open Monday through Saturday 8 am to 5 pm.

Mayor Melissa Mebius said volunteers are needed, and there is an ongoing need for cash donations. “We have many things to do”, Mebius said, “and we are prioritizing the properties and people most in need of assistance”.

Mebius said help is needed with general debris cleanup. Volunteers are asked to bring their own gloves, sun screen and rakes; and to wear appropriate clothing that includes pants and hard soled shoes. Volunteers under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult supervisor able to work alongside the youth volunteers.

Individuals and groups or businesses wishing to support recovery efforts are encouraged to contribute to the Wessington Springs Relief Fund. Cash donations designated to the Wessington Springs Relief Fund may be dropped off at American Bank & Trust locations in Wessington Springs, Alpena, Huron, Wolsey, Miller, Huron-Walmart, Pierre, Mellette and De Smet.

Cash donations also are being accepted by LSS Disaster Response, 705 East 41st Street, Suite 200, Sioux Falls, SD 57105. You also can donate by calling 605-444-7502, 1-800-568-2401. You can make a financial donation online today, click here.


Lincoln & Union County Residents Asked to Report Flood Damage by Phone

Residents of Lincoln County who have suffered flood damage during recent heavy rains are asked to report that damage by calling 211 or 1-877-708-4357.

Residents of Union County who have suffered flood damage during recent heavy rains are asked to report that damage by dialing 1-877-377-0941.

South Dakota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (SDVOAD), Lincoln County, Union County and city officials within the counties are attempting to gather information on the extent of damage, location of damage and any unmet needs related to the disaster.

Residents are asked to make the reports to help identify resources needed and to assist SDVOAD and local officials in responding to needs.

Lincoln County Specific Information
Cash donations are being accepted by the Dienema Community Foundation, 210 N. Dakota, Canton, S.D., 57013.

Those interested in volunteering to help with clean-up or in donating to the recovery effort are asked to dial 211 or 1-877-708-4357.

Union County Specific Information
Those interested in volunteering to help with clean-up for the recovery effort are asked to dial 1-877-377-0941.

Cash donations also are being accepted by LSS Disaster Response, 705 East 41st Street, Suite 200, Sioux Falls, SD 57105. You also can donate by calling 605-444-7502, 1-800-568-2401. Click here to make a financial donation online today.