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Current Projects & Volunteer Opportunities

The Sioux Valley Optimist Club is proud to support a wide range of youth focused programs in our community. Our members can make the most out of their involvement by either volunteering their time and talents at club sanctioned and supported program's events or helping to make our fundraising projects a success.

See below for a list of our major ongoing and annual projects

Golfing for Kids Fundraiser


Raising Money for the Kids!

2024 marks the 9th Annual Golfing for Kids Tournament. The event will once again be held at the beautiful Spring Creek Golf Course (Harrisburg, SD) . The game features a 4-Person Scramble Format with special on hole games and pin prizes.

How to support:

  • Play/Enter a Team

  • Sponsor a Hole

  • Sponsor the Event

  • Volunteer at the Event

  • Recruit Teams & Sponsors

CHS Birthday Parties

Volunteer Opportunity 2x Per Month

Monthly birthday's at Children's Home Society is the club's flagship and longest running project. Twice each month, the SVOC hosts a birthday party for the residents at CHS. The club provides a gift for the kids celebrating a birthday in that month, provide cake and ice cream for the entire unit, and pitches in to celebrate. Celebration takes place during the afternoon on select dates and last only 30 minutes.

How to support:

  • Sign up to pick up cake & ice cream

  • Sign up to join us for a birthday celebration

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Super Bowl Pool Fundraiser

Raising Money for the Kids!

The Super Bowl Pool booklet fundraiser is one our favorite projects during the year. Booklets are sold for $20 each with payouts each quarter of the Super Bowl for the matching number.

How to support:

  • Sponsor a booklet ad

  • Volunteer to help sell

  • Buy a book

OI Junior Golf - DMM District Qualifier

Central Valley Golf Course - Hartford, SD

The SVOC is proud help to promote and support the Hartford Area Optimist Club as they host our districts Optimist International Junior Golf  Qualifier at Central Valley Golf Course. The event is open to all children ages 10-18 to play for a chance to qualify to play in July at the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship in Florida.

How to support:

Monthly Group Volunteer Events or Individual Opportunities

Our club tries to schedule at least 1 other group volunteer event every month. We also get requests from non-profits and other programs in the community that may need volunteers to help at specific events. Keep an eye on the events calendar for updates and opportunities that come up!

Events/Programs the SVOC members volunteered with recently:

  • Caring for the Kids Celebration & Golf Classic (Children's Home Society)

  • HorsePower
  • The Banquet
  • Project S.O.S.
  • Junior Achievement of SD
  • Sioux Empire United Way
  • Children's Home Shelter for Family Safety Gift Wrapping
  • Christmas Gift Wrapping @ Children's Home Society
  • Journey of Hope
  • Winter Solstice Celebration w/ the SFSD Office of Indian Education
  • Spooky Science at the Washington Pavilion

Book Donations & Support

Childhood Health & Wellness Initiatives

Supporting childhood health and wellness is one of the pillars of Optimist International. The Sioux Valley Optimist Club partners with several authors and suppliers to provide books to the local children's hospitals and elementary schools. These aren't just ordinary books, but these also include activities and themes that address mental health, bullying, and challenges commonly experienced with chronic illness and how to deal with the "What ifs".

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