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spark is a coalition of representatives from a variety of organizations whose goal is to connect community leaders and volunteers, while gaining knowledge and understanding of community needs. Members meet monthly to share information and look for opportunities to improve the community by working together to solve community problems beyond the scope of any single organization.


Mission:     spark raises awareness of area services and programs and ignites collaboration to address community needs.


Purpose:     To provide a forum for discussion of community needs and services.


                       To encourage coordination of existing services and resources on the local and state level.


                       To develop and implement improvements in the understanding, knowledge and services of agencies and programs.


                       To provide community service and educational opportunities for community volunteers, agencies and programs. 

To learn more about spark, call (605) 665-6766 or email

SPARK Committee Message

Dear Community Partners,  

Last year, United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton, in collaboration with Yankton Volunteer Leaders, launched spark ~ Connections for Community, whose goal is to connect leaders and volunteers, while gaining knowledge and understanding of community needs. 

In an effort to “ignite” the upcoming 2017/2018 spark season, which will consist of monthly community conversations with rotating important community topics, we invite you to attend:


Community Provider Resource Fair
Avera Professional Office Pavilion
Tuesday, August 22nd
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Give & Take is a resource fair designed for community providers to learn from local non-profit and human services agencies on policies, procedures, and facilitated programs. We will also be hosting Poster Sessions where new program information, best practices and innovative service ideas will be shared.

Thank you,

SPARK Executive Committee

Jesse Bailey, President
Sherri Rodgers-Conti, Vice President
Nancy Wendande, Amy Haberman, Deanna Branaugh, Deb Overseth, Kristi Patton, Nathan Johnson, 
Katelyn Schram, Angela Knodel, Jozie Einrem, Lauren Hanson, and Tara Bartekoske

Monthly Community Conversations 

8:30am First Fridays, September - April

Avera Professional Office Pavilion

409 Summit Street