Serve Sioux Falls offers 150 volunteer projects

By Helen Conzemius, for SiouxFalls.Business

The 60-day community service effort Serve Sioux Falls starts July 4, and Poet wants its employees to be ready.

The company recently held its first Inspire Fair, inviting more than 30 nonprofits to set up booths with information about how employees can volunteer. The idea was to make it easier for staff members to get involved in their community — not just during Serve Sioux Falls, but throughout the year.

“Lots of Poet employees have a passion to give back, so we brought volunteer opportunities right to them,” executive coordinator Alyssa Broin said. “It’s like a pay-it-forward thing.”

Serve Sioux Falls was there to give more information about how to get involved with the Aug. 26 and 27 CityFest, which is replacing the LifeLight Christian music festival. Serve Sioux Falls started with three nonprofits and has grown to 150 potential projects during the 60 days of service, which start July 4 and runs until Sept. 4.

“The goal is to mobilize the community to come together by helping nonprofits in the area,” leadership team member Zach Bauer said.

Participants get a free shirt, and there are no age limits. Projects range from painting, serving food and donating money.

“Families are encouraged to participate. One project with Tapestry is a fundraiser that involves baking 200 cookies and is a perfect one for people of all ages,” Bauer said.

CityFest will host musicians ranging from local bands to Newsboys. Speakers such as Sadie Robertson will talk about service and have a question-and-answer session. The concert is free but requires a ticket because of the limited number of seats available at the Sioux Falls Stadium. Tickets and more information on projects can be found at

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Serve Sioux Falls offers 150 volunteer projects

The 60-day community service effort Serve Sioux Falls starts July 4, and Poet wants its employees to be ready.

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