Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota


Mentor Program welcomes 50 new volunteers in September

Lutheran Social Services School-Based Mentor Program exceeded their goal of 30 new mentors in the month of September. Fifty civically-minded adults in the Sioux Empire signed up to volunteer for the program in September. While the community response was tremendous, there is always a need for more adults to give an hour a week to a student in need. The program accepts and places volunteers throughout the year. Volunteers can learn more about the program by visiting

Volunteers serving with the program spend one hour a week with their student throughout the school year. Mentors and students participate in a variety of activities together, such as reading, playing board games, shooting hoops, or simply hanging out and talking. Many mentors choose to volunteer over the lunch hour.

The program operates in school districts across Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties. To mentor a student in your community, contact Lutheran Social Services by visiting or calling 221-2403.

Last year, more than 54,000 lives were touched through a variety of services offered through LSS statewide. In addition to the School-Based Mentor Program, core services offered by LSS include preschool, adoption, birth parent counseling, foster care, after-school and summer programs, disaster response, consumer credit counseling, residential services for youth, refugee and immigration services, rural life ministries, affordable housing and mental health counseling. LSS serves people of all ages, races, faiths and economic levels with professional, confidential and affordable services. LSS is licensed by the State of South Dakota and accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services.

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