Avera foundations offer a way in which people could share in the Avera ministry of health and healing.
The generosity of many friends provides our foundations with the dollars to meet health care needs of people throughout eastern South Dakota and neighboring states. With these gifts, we are able to touch many lives in many ways while furthering our mission of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
– Winston Churchill
Why Give to Health Care?
Philanthropy dollars allow health care to be the best that it can be. Revenues generated through insurance payments or Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements only go so far in covering health care services and facilities. Generous gifts help pay for programs, building features or technology that are above and beyond what’s standard.
When people give to health care, they become part of something that’s life-saving and impactful for not only individuals, but entire families. People give because they wish to benefit their community, meet critical needs of others, respond to a recent personal or family experience, give back to society, set an example for others, live out religious beliefs, or leave a lasting legacy.
How your Gift Helps Others
Gifts to Avera are put to use in many varied ways. Your donations:
- Give patients comfort at end of life through hospice care
- Ensure that NICU infants have access to the latest technology
- Support cancer patients through wigs, survivorship care and navigation services
- Help patients and their families with added expenses such as travel and lodging at the time of illness
- Provide an affordable and welcoming place to stay at hospitality houses
You can direct your giving to the Avera Health Foundation, or the Foundation at your local hospital:
Volunteer at Avera
Another way to support Avera is through your time and talents. Avera offers many volunteer opportunities through which you can gain new skills and experience, meet new friends, and gain a sense of meaning and purpose as you invest in the lives of others.
Just a few of these opportunities include assisting hospice patients, rocking NICU babies, welcoming patients and visitors, escorting patients to their destination in the hospital, working in a hospital gift shop, sewing prayer quilts, knitting caps for newborns, helping with activities at a nursing home, providing clerical support, and more. Learn how you can volunteer through the following links, or contact the Volunteer Services office at your local hospital or care facility.