Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders Volunteering

We help you help your community.

Sioux Empire United Way’s Emerging Leaders are tomorrow’s community leaders and philanthropists – and we’re always welcoming new members. Our growing network of enthusiastic young professionals learn, grow, and get their hands dirty in partnership with the Sioux Empire United Way’s large group of supported agencies. We help members better understand the human service needs – providing for children, vulnerable adults, and people in crisis – in our very own community.


In 2021, Emerging Leaders made an incredible impact on our community through over 250 volunteer hours. These hours were spent at Lunch & Learn and through hands-on volunteering. Volunteers gained insight about SEUW-funded agencies, reviewed scholarships for the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, delivered furniture for the Furniture Mission, served meals at St. Francis House, assisted at Sharing Christmas with Community Outreach, and so much more! Check out our full impact here.  

Emerging Leaders Benefits

● Connect with like-minded professionals in casual, volunteer-based settings.
● Get to know non-profit professionals and find your passions through forums – available virtually!
● Join group or individual (on your own time) volunteer opportunities –it’s all planned for you.
● Make a direct impact in the Sioux Empire.

Events Calendar

Check out our events calendar to see how you can get involved! 

Annual Celebration

May 19, 2022 |4:00 pm- 6:00 pm
A short program starts at 4:30 pm.
Remedy Brewing Company outside on the south dock. 
We are hosting a supply drive for St. Fancis House, a SEUW funded agency. Most needed items include: flip flops (size 7-13), non-parishable food, and food baggies. A full needs list can be found on their website

We’re celebrating another successful year of volunteering ?
Come mingle with other Emerging Leaders, Sioux Empire United Way supporters, and funded agency partners. 
Whether you’re an event regular or are looking to reinvigorate your membership, we look forward to seeing you there! 

Visit our Facebook page for event updates and to RSVP

June 23 
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Hosted at Lawrence and Schiller 

Join us for an opportunity to learn from community leaders helping to lead the charge through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within United Way and the Sioux Empire. Don’t miss out!

Register for event

Steering Committee Members

Chair Anna Jankord, Midco
Andy Berg, Missouri River Energy Services
Keith Cutler, Midco
Mariah Larson, Lawrence & Schiller
Kassie Hoiland, Northwestern Energy
Sara Mitchell, Midco
Tara Rader, Alfac Insurance 
Taryn Latza, Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation
Nick Hausman, First Bank and Trust
McKenna Fiegen, Sanford Health

Learn More

Ready to learn more? Check out our frequently asked questions and past events to learn if you have what it takes to be an Emerging Leader.

What does my membership fee go toward? Your annual $25 member fee allows us to continue providing free lunch at our educational forums and fun event prizes and goes toward our annual event. It helps our group remain self-sustaining!

How often do I have to volunteer? Volunteer as often as you’d like! To really grow your network and get to know nonprofit leaders in our community, we highly encourage regular participation.

How often do Emerging Leaders hold events? We provide at least one event per month, sometimes more depending on the community’s needs. We provide a mix of events, including informational events – also known as lunch and learns – and hands-on events where we go on-site to pack meals, build playgrounds, plant trees, and more.

What benefits do I get from volunteering? Volunteering makes you happier! When you volunteer, you’re accomplishing something important and impactful – and that’s a good feeling. Bonus: It can help your career by growing your resume and expanding your network!

Can Emerging Leaders come volunteer for us? We’d love to hear more about an opportunity to help your organization. Email us with information about the event or your organization’s needs and we’ll get back to you.

What was the 2021 impact of Emerging Leaders? Check out our infographic!