According to WHO, the COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. Officially proclaimed a pandemic on March 11, 2020, this disease has caused global shut-downs, cancellations, and indefinite postponements. These consequences have impacted the Brookings area nonprofits, residents, and businesses. Learn more about how you can stay safe and help your community.
Are You Able to Volunteer?
Visit the Helpline Center to see the most critical volunteer opportunities during this time. If you are unable to volunteer, please view the list of needed donations below.
Virtual Programming for Families
Check out our boredom busters, fun facts, and resources available right now! Learn more about virtual programming available to youth and families.
In these uncertain times, food insecurity can be an overwhelming crisis to face for many individuals and families in our community. United Way and our Community Partners are committed to addressing this need as efficiently as possible.
Use the following links to learn about available food programming.
The best way for you to help others is for yourself to stay healthy and safe. For updates on the coronavirus in South Dakota and in Brookings, please visit BeReadyBrookings. For program cancellations, postponements, and other updates, please visit the Helpline Center.
Dial "2-1-1" or visit the Helpline Center to find the resources that are available in your area. The Helpline Center is updated 24/7 with the newest information about help and how to help in South Dakota. Calling "2-1-1" will connect you directly to a trained professional who can help you with anything from answering simple questions to serious help.
Corona Help South Dakota is an initiative to pull together individuals, organizations and churches to help our state during this difficult virus outbreak. Brookings Area United Way is partnering in this effort. Corona Help SD will be focused on delivering necessities to individuals that are homebound and also proving food distributions to ensure that people across our state have the necessary support. If you need help or want to help please click here.
If you are unable to volunteer, please consider donating financially to our emergency fund, or donating needed supplies to our agencies. View the list of current needs below. For donation drop-off, please call (605) 692-4979 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate a location and time.
- Toilet paper
- Baby wipes & diapers (all sizes)
- Pull-ups (all sizes)
- Depends (all sizes)
Food Single Servings:
- Pork & Beans
- Cream of Chicken Soup
- Pancake Mix & Syrup
- Chicken/ Hamburger/ Tuna Helper
- Macaroni and Cheese packets/ mac and cheese boxes
- Canned items such as ravioli, tuna or chicken, spaghetti
- Canned vegetables
- Fruit cups
- Ramen Noodles
- Egg/elbow noodles
- Chex Mix
- Juice boxes
- Packs of cookies
- Small snacks such as crackers, meat sticks, cheese
If you are experiencing an increase in need/service, United Way and the Brookings Foundation has created the Brookings COVID-19 Relief Fund. During the immediate relief phase, priority will be given to community-based organizations providing basic needs services to people who are immediately and inordinately suffering from this pandemic. Grants will be allocated on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the cycle of this outbreak and the recovery phases making it possible to move resources quickly and to be able to adjust to the evolving needs going forward. Please send completed applications to email@example.com.