Hands IconWant to give back to your community? It’s now easier for AARP members to volunteer. AAAP is collaborating with the Helpline Center to help fill needs for volunteers in the Sioux Falls area.

Matching volunteers with civic needs is among the services of the Helpline Center, a nonprofit that provides community information, referral and crisis-line services to people in need.

“We help volunteers find opportunities that are right for them. We help match their skills, interests and abilities so that they can give back to the community,” said Jennifer Abels of the Helpline Center staff.

A person who would like to help children, for example, can read to students in small classes, serve as a foster grandparent or assist in programs that feed hungry youths.

AARP is interested in finding volunteers to assist with important tasks that come up on short notice. Some volunteers don’t like to make long-term commitments, but are happy to pitch in on quick, short-term projects, said Leni Healy, AARP South Dakota associate state director.

To learn more about volunteering, contact AARP South Dakota at siouxfalls@aarp.org or call 866-542-8172 toll-free. Prospective volunteers may also contact the Helpline Center by calling 211. —Rob Swenson

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