United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton held their Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Mount Marty College, sharing the impact and success of the past year, and thanking those who make it happen.
Mount Marty Student United Way members welcomed United Way Board Members, Staff and Community Impact Partners to campus and highlighted how great things happen when we as a community work together to help others.
United Way Board President Shauna Kauth shared United Way’s Year in Review and 2018 Community Impact Report highlighting community wins and the collaboration of local programs all focusing on Education, Financial Stability and Health. “UNITED, we have accomplished some big wins for our community in 2018. We merged Big Friend Little Friend within the umbrella of United Way programming and expanded its’ outreach into the Yankton School District. We worked closely with Mount Marty as they launched their student led United Way organization to mobilize a young, new group of volunteers in our community. We also partnered with Servant Hearts Clinic and the SD Human Services Center to continue the mission of The Clothing Closet providing essentials to those who have encountered a difficult time. We are blessed to live in such a generous and loving community, full of “hand-raisers” who answer the call to address critical needs.”
Kauth also thanked United Way Community Impact Partners for their work, stating, “As United Way volunteers and agency partners, you know that our work cannot be accomplished alone. We must work together, as UNITED partners, to continue the great work being accomplished every single day.”
Kauth also thanked Elizabeth Fullenkamp, Avera Health for serving as United Way Allocations Chair and Chris Fathke, First National Bank of SD, for his leadership as Finance Chair. United Way staff, Lauren Hanson – Executive Director; Tara Bartekoske, Volunteer Program Coordinator; Carly Manahan - Community Impact Coordinator and Betsy Thomas – Development & Administrative Coordinator were also recognized for their dedication amongst many new and positive changes within the organization.
Partner Agency & Community Impact Reports were presented by United Way Big Friend Little Friend, Boys & Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, LSS Center for Financial Resources, Servant Hearts Clinic, Southeast CASA, Yankton Transit and Girls on the Run. Program representatives shared details on programming and impact made locally.
United Way Board of Directors welcomed new members Bridget Benson, First Dakota National Bank; Marcus Long, Mount Marty College; Luke McDermott, HyDro; and Heather Olson, Yankton School District. Also introduced were the 2019 United Way Executive Committee members, President- Lindsay Hovden, DenHerder Law; Vice President – Jeremy Johnson, South Dakota Human Services Center; Allocations Chair- Ashli Danilko, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital; Allocations Co-Chair - Sarah Sager, Plains Marketing; and Finance Chair- Marcy Moser, First Dakota National Bank.
Retiring Board Members Marc Bies, Lori Lincoln, Betty Viau and Bernie LeCates were then recognized for their years of dedicated service to the greater Yankton community.
Newly elected United Way President Lindsay Hovden expressed appreciation to community donors and volunteers for the success of United Way’s annual Community Campaign, thus far reaching 99% of the $700,000 goal then concluded the meeting by thanking partners and volunteers for their passion to work together to improve our community. “We look forward to the continued impact made by United Way and our Partner Agencies in 2019, because without them there would be critical needs that go unmet. We are excited about continued collaborative efforts between agencies and partners in the community, and how by working together, UNITED, the sky is the limit on what can be accomplished.”