When we come together, we can lift a community. Our programs and partners work towards building up the three basic pillars of a good life: health, education, and self-sufficiency. Learn more about our work below.

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1 out of 3

individuals in Brookings County are impacted by United Way.

193 Children

received nearly $200,000 in free dental care in 2022.

Over 1,200

receive a free, monthly book through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.


The Born Learning Trails consist of 10 interactive signs that offer fun, active learning to encourage play & exploration. The primary goal of the trails are to create free, evidence-based developmental learning experiences to increase school readiness for children within Brookings County.

The CPR Reimbursement Program allows nonprofit employees the opportunity to get trained in CPR for free. By providing this opportunity to nonprofit professionals, it will better equip them to be better prepared in case of an emergency.

The Delta Dental Mobile Program allows anyone in Brookings County up to the age of 21 to receive dental care at no-cost to the individual or family. The dental van visits Brookings County each year for four weeks; appointments can be made by dialing “2-1-1”.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library provides one high-quality, age-appropriate book each month to children up to 5 years old in Brookings County. These books are delivered directly to their door at no-cost to the family.

Brookings Area United Way helps support over 35 other nonprofits in Brookings County known as their "funded partners". Each of these organizations offer beneficial services to the area.

The Senior Boxes Program provides a free, pre-packaged box of non-perishable food to adults ages 60 and over who meet the income guidelines. These boxes are designed to supplement nutrients typically lacking in an older adult’s diet & is available to Brookings County residents.

SingleCare is a prescription discount card. With the SingleCare card, there are no forms to fill out, no waiting period and no registration required. The card is available as a mobile application or reusable coupon on FDA-approved medicines at most pharmacies in Brookings County.

Brookings Area United Way offers free mental health & suicide preventions trainings like Mental Health First Aid, Youth Mental Health First Aid, & Question, Persuade, Refer. Along with our Resilient Community initiative, Adverse Childhood Experiences trainings are also available.


The Brookings Council of Nonprofits was formed in 2018 after experiencing the incredible collaboration of local nonprofits during the first South Dakota Day of Giving. The Council meets once a month to discuss our community’s needs, partnership opportunities, and share resources within the nonprofit network.

Another group that has formed this year is the Mental Health Coalition which allows those with a passion regarding mental health to come together. This allows everyone to have a seat at the same table and have the important conversations. Each of those around the table, bring a network of resources and experiences. It is important to keep these conversations going as mental health affects us all.

Building resilient families and communities. Social NET Works connects community partners, schools, private businesses, and nonprofits to bring high-quality events, speakers, and resources to our community on how to build resilient families and relationships.

Brookings County was recognized as South Dakota’s first Resilient Community in 2021, after two years of collaboratively working through the five phases: Prepare, Know, Respond, Prevent, Sustain. The community’s Resilient Community effort’s was led by Social NETWorks, a coalition of local stakeholders with representatives from healthcare, behavioral health, government, nonprofits, and education.



Through the Helpline Center, 9-8-8, the suicide prevention and mental health support hotline, and 2-1-1, the local resource hotline, are both available to all Brookings County residents and statewide. Brookings Area United Way collaborates with the Helpline Center to create Helping Hand Resource Guides.


The Brookings Helping Hand Emergency Resource Guide is a quick way to find resources in the local community. Please click here to view. If you do not find what you are looking for, please call 2-1-1 or visit their website here. If you would like to reach out to our office, please call 605-692-4979.



    908 Hope Drive
    Brookings, SD 57006

    Mail to: P.O. Box 750, Brookings


    (605) 692-4979



EIN: 23-7151498


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