Make A Difference

Hello! Welcome to Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota’s Blog! Here you will find news, information, stories and more about the various services our agency provides. Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota responds to changing needs in South Dakota communities. Our mission: Inspired by God’s love, we care for, support and strengthen individuals, families and communities.

LSS touches the lives of South Dakotans more than 55,000 times each year with a variety of programs and services statewide. We hope to share some of those experiences with you through this blog.

With Saturday, October 27 being Make A Difference Day, it seems appropriate to kick off our blog with how YOU can make a difference! Make A Difference Day is a national day of “doing good.” The annual event is sponsored by USA WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light, a national organization dedicated to raise awareness on the importance of service.

With help from LSS, you can make a difference in your life — whether it be by picking up your happy toddler after a day at our preschool, gaining control of your finances, or exploring the opportunity to adopt a child. With LSS, you can also make a difference in the life of another by volunteering .

LSS offers several volunteer opportunities. One that operates in the Sioux Falls area is our School-Based Mentor Program. Adult volunteers (must be at least 18) spend one hour a week with a child at a local school. Through this experience, differences are made in the life of the child…as well as in your life! While reading a book or playing a board game or just hanging out and talking over lunch does not sound profound, the impact mentoring makes is undeniable. Our program is currently involved in a long term evaluation project with the University of South Dakota. In the third year of following mentored students, we have found that local kids with a mentor are performing better academically, missing fewer days of school and reducing the number of discipline referrals at school. Just because someone wanted to Make A Difference.

We invite you to learn more about how to Make A Difference in Sioux Falls this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Washington Pavilion. There will be a volunteer fair with several local service agencies, including LSS. The event is sponsored by the Argus Leader, HelpLine Center, Lewis Drug and the Washington Pavilion.

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