Sioux Empire United Way helping kids, families find summer fun

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - The Sioux Empire United Way is looking to make summertime more fun and productive for kids.

With its program Connecting Kids, organizers help families who many not have the money to do so themselves.

The Washington Pavilion is a long-time partner of the Sioux Empire United Way, serving hundreds of kids over the last 10 years.

"We offer a lot of opportunities both during the school year and during the summer for kids who love performing arts, visual arts, science with a broad range of over 100 different summer camps," Community Learning Center Director Rose Ann Hofland said. "A very active performing arts program during the school year. We have a lot of students who benefit from those programs, but who are in need of a little financial assistance."

The Sioux Empire United Way allows kids from kindergarten through 5th grade to participate in activities of their choice. In 2017, the organization helped 678 kids do just that.

"If a family member or guardian comes to us saying they want to get their kids involved in sports, we point them in the right direction, telling them there are 24 agencies and they can contact us for assistance," Sioux Empire United Way Executive Assistant Britni Ridge said.

They said this Connecting Kids program -- appropriately named -- is literally about providing access and connecting the community.

If you or someone you know has a child or children who would like to participate in activities through the United Way's Connecting Kids program, see the attached link.