Become an ESGR volunteer!

South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) volunteers come from all walks of life. We are business executives, civic leaders, retired military and patriotic citizens. Our organization is looking to add volunteers to our team.

ESGR, a Department of Defense office, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 4,700 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education and prior military service bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, service members and their families. Together with Headquarters ESGR staff and a small cadre of support staff for each State Committee, volunteers work to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve.

ESGR offers an individual opportunities to volunteer in a variety of ways. South Dakota ESGR has committees which can help you develop leadership skills, improve public speaking and organization skills. Some of the committees include Employer Outreach, Ombudsman, Public Affairs, Awards, and Military Outreach.

So why do we do it? For some of us, it is “giving back” because we received help and assistance from the organization. Or becoming a dedicated volunteer gives us a sense of pride and accomplishment. Or we have some extra time to spare. Some have even said that beings they had never served in the military that it was their way to support/serve now. No matter why one chooses to volunteer the time one dedicates to an organization is appreciated.

Just what does ESGR do? Our organization offers free education and training to civilian employers of service members, service members and their families. A volunteer chooses how much time they would like to be involved, in whatever capacity the volunteer chooses and can improve the relationships our service men and women have with their employers.

If you are interested in volunteering, check out ESGR at

How to Volunteer: To volunteer with ESGR, please contact your State Committee. Contact information can be found at:

Contact Information

South Dakota National Guard
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
2823 West Main Street
Rapid City, SD 57702