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How Avera Is Tied to Your Community

While your well-being is our main priority, we know health care isn’t the only component of a healthy lifestyle. We need strong communities also.

Avera wants to help everyone access a healthy lifestyle by working in two main areas: community partnerships and philanthropy. Our community partnership program works with nonprofits that help to extend our mission and reach. Our foundations seek to extend, enhance and enrich the lives of those we serve.

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

― Mother Teresa

Partnerships in Your Community

We recognize health care isn’t the only aspect of a healthy lifestyle. Our community partnerships assist with awareness of health information, healthy food, clean water and decent housing, to name a few.

Every year we partner with more than 250 organizations in many ways.

How Our Partnerships Benefit Communities

  • Man talking with male teenagerPartner with Sicangu Community Development Corporation for a food program on Rosebud Reservation to provide “food prescriptions” for people to take to the local farmer’s market. Helps prevent and combat chronic conditions.
  • Partner with Marshall, MN, YMCA to allow children a $2 token each week to buy their own fruits and vegetables at a local farmer’s market.
  • Partner with Union Gospel Mission to purchase a mobile shower and laundry unit to support people who don’t have access to these facilities. Soap and detergent are provided.

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One Foundation for Growth

Two smiling laughing womenAs a non-profit, missional organization, Avera Foundation helps to support our ministry and those we serve. Through these efforts, we provide:

  • Community health services and screenings
  • Health professions education
  • Subsidized services, including Careflight, emergency services, hospice care, transplant, and more
  • Research
  • Financial and in-kind contributions
  • Community-building activities

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Doing Good in the Community

We’re proud to work with community partners invested in moving health forward.

Childrens Home Society

Children's Home Society

Children's Home Society is moving health forward by helping kids and families in South Dakota start a conversation on the importance of mental health through the “A New Norm” book project.

MMU and PC students

Mount Marty University and Presentation College

Mount Marty University and Presentation College are moving health forward this year by giving students the hands-on tools needed to broaden their knowledge and become the future of health care!

Teddy Bear Den

Teddy Bear Den

The Teddy Bear Den is working hard to improve the lives of the limited income pregnant women in Sioux Falls. All of this by encouraging healthier pregnancies, healthier babies and a healthier community. We couldn't make this happen without the support of Avera's nurses and doctors, you are changing lives and we love it!

Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation

Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation

The Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation is moving health forward by funding innovative and creative teaching strategies, like these sensory paths, that help students learn self-regulation strategies. We have also provided funding to purchase yoga mats, singing bowls, kinetic sand, heart rate monitors, cardio drumming equipment, calming kits, and more!

Boys & Girls Club of the Sioux Empire

Boys & Girls Club of the Sioux Empire

At Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire we’re moving health forward by creating environments where staff and children big to small feel a sense of belonging and support. Creating a culture of well-being benefits everyone’s health.

Levitt Sioux Falls

Levitt Sioux Falls

Levitt at the Falls is moving health forward by offering 50 FREE, outdoor professional concerts for the community to enjoy this summer. We will offer people the chance to dance, to be uplifted, and connect as a community in the beautiful outdoors through the healing power of music.

Feeding South Dakota

Feeding South Dakota

Feeding South Dakota is moving health forward in all 66 counties of South Dakota by providing foods to encourage in our distributions - this means we bring fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, protein and dairy products to families and individuals who do not have access to nutritionally adequate foods.

Habitat Sioux Falls/Restore

Habitat Sioux Falls/ReStore

Habitat Sioux Falls/ReStore is moving health forward by partnering with local, hardworking families to build safe, secure, and affordable homes where children can thrive!

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Volunteering Spirit

We rely on a network of volunteers across our facilities to help meet the needs of our patients, but we also have a network of employees who take time to volunteer in their communities.

We’re proud of this dedication to the spirit of giving.

Volunteer at Avera

Moving Health Forward

Avera is a health ministry rooted in the Gospel. Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values.

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