Helpline Center’s Volunteer Connections Launches in Brookings on July 14

The Helpline Center kicks off its new Volunteer Connections program in Brookings on Thursday, July 14, with an open house, ribbon cutting and fun hands-on volunteer projects.

The public is invited to stop by the new program, located at Brookings United Way at 619 5th Ave, to learn more about how Helpline Center Volunteer Connections can connect them with meaningful volunteer opportunities in the community. The open house is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Volunteer Connections is here to connect volunteers with the agencies that need their service,” said Amy Ballou, Brookings Volunteer Connections Coordinator. “So many people are willing to volunteer, but are unable to find a volunteer job that suits their interests and skill set. With Volunteer Connections, we can help them find that volunteer job and, as a result, help make our nonprofits stronger.”

Helpline Center’s Volunteer Connections program was established in Brookings through funding from the Brookings Area United Way. Using the Volunteer Connections online database, found at, Brookings area nonprofit agencies post their volunteer needs. The public can search that database to find a volunteer experience that’s perfect for them.

“The partnership between the Brookings Area United Way and Helpline Center’s 211 program has been great, and we are excited to expand this partnership to include Volunteer Connections,” said Heidi Gullickson, Executive Director of the Brookings Area United Way. “Through various community conversations, we learned that Brookings area residents wanted a way to easily connect with volunteer opportunities in their communities. Volunteer Connections gives us just that – a comprehensive approach to volunteer recruitment, tracking and engagement.”

During the July 14 open house, the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. Attendees are invited to participate in hands-on volunteer projects and enjoy cookies and refreshments.

To learn more about Volunteer Connections, call Amy Ballou at 2-1-1 or email her at To see volunteer opportunities in the Brookings community, go to