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For over 25 years, United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton have thanked and highlighted extraordinary community leaders through our Volunteer of the Year award.  In 2016, the United Way Board of Directors announced they would rename the annual honor after long-time volunteer and community advocate Pam Kettering.


Nominees for the Pam Kettering Spirit of Volunteerism Award are United Way’s Volunteers of the Month, all nominated by their peers for their incredible work serving others. This year’s nominees included Mike Marlow, Dave Abbott, Carol Myers, Duke Ellingson, Sandra Winkelman, Julie Moderegger, Natalie Gubbels, Paul Struck, Colleen Craig- Davis, Scott Kooistra, Jennifer Kirchner and Marty Wermers.


During United Way’s Community Campaign Kickoff and Appreciation Event, the annual Pam Kettering Spirit of Volunteerism Award was presented to a community member who is dedicated, giving and available to help at a moment’s notice, Mr. Dave Abbott.


Dave has been an active volunteer since his retirement in 2004 and shares his time amongst The Center’s Meals on Wheels program, Food for Thought’s Sack Pack program, Patriot Guard Riders and United Way of Greater Yankton. And when Dave and his wife Karen head to Arizona each winter, his volunteering does not stop.  He continues his service with Arizona’s Meals on Wheels, Back Pack and the Patriot Guard Riders programs.


We asked Dave to share more about his volunteer service here in the greater Yankton community:

What do enjoy the most about volunteering? “Volunteer work is enjoyable because you meet people, and it’s a way to bring people together for a great cause.”

What has been your favorite volunteer experience? “It is difficult to pick the best volunteer experience, as they are all great, but I always love seeing the smile on a person’s face, that is the best feeling.”

What does the Pam Kettering Spirit of Volunteerism award mean to you?  “It is an incredible honor to receive this award. I view volunteering as a way to give back to a community that has been very good to me and my family for almost 40 years.”


What advice would you give to others interested in volunteering?  “Do it! Pay it forward, or backwards, just get out there and lend a hand. There are so many people within our community that need volunteers to help them. That’s what we strive to do, pay it forward and help others.”


Congratulations Dave and THANK YOU for your dedication to volunteerism and to our community!


For more information on local volunteer opportunities or to nominate a Volunteer of the Month, please visit or call United Way of Greater Yankton at (605) 665-6766.



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