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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

President's Message

Thank you for your interest and participation this year in spark, Connections for Community!

Each month, community members participated in conversations based upon our community’s greatest needs. Community Conversations have rotated important topics such as hunger, housing, child care, nutrition, and child abuse awareness.  Other community spark initiatives included Make a Difference Day Coat & Winter Wear Giveaway and Community Resource Fair, as well as an annual workshop to help build stronger non-profit boards. 

Please note, there will be NO COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS held during the months of MAY, JUNE AND JULY. The spark Executive Committee will continue to meet over the summer months planning upcoming spark events and community conversations. We are seeking any feedback or topics you would like to see during our next cycle of Community Conversations. Please share with United Way at

We would also like to hear success stories related to connections or collaborations made during a spark Community Conversation, again please share them with us on our Facebook page or via email. 

As President, I also want to recognize and thank our hard-working, innovative team for all the time and energy that made the year such a success.  United Way of Greater Yankton is changing and growing with the community and spark is a shining example of  building a program that produces positive outcomes.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in August.

SPARK Executive Committee

Nancy Wenande, President

Jesse Bailey, Vice President

Sherri Rodgers-Conti, Amy Haberman, Deanna Branaugh, Deb Overseth, Kristi Patton,
Jozie Einrem, Lauren Hanson, and Tara Bartekoske

Monthly Community Conversations 

8:30am First Fridays, August - April

Avera Professional Office Pavilion

409 Summit Street