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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


Monthly Community Conversations: 

8:30am First Fridays, September - April 

Avera Professional Office Pavilion, 409 Summit Street

Upcoming Events:

Could you survive a month in poverty?

On May 4th, SPARK, Connections for Community, invites you to spend a few hours finding out.

It is difficult for those of us who have enough to truly understand the situations that families living in poverty experience every day – the decisions made, and the fears and frustrations they feel. That is why SPARK, Connections for Community invites you to walk a mile in the shoes of those facing poverty by participating in a Community Action - Poverty Simulation.

Poverty Simulations are a powerful, experiential opportunity for people to learn about and engage in poverty reduction. By participating in a simulation, community members increase their understanding of the dynamics of poverty and experience, on a small scale, the struggle for self-sufficiency many people in Yankton County face.

Participants experience a full range of encounters, obstacles and challenges, while trained volunteers populate the simulation as business owners, teachers, police officers, agency workers, service providers and government employees. The simulation replicates a month in the life of a family living in poverty. The ultimate mission of each of these families is to provide food, shelter and other basic needs with a limited income.

SPARK will host 2 separate sessions, both held on May 4, 2018 at Mount Marty College Cimpl Arena, with each being approximately 2 hours in length. We invite you and up to 5 co-workers to attend either session!

SESSION 1:       8:30-11:00AM

SESSION 2:      1:00-3:30PM

This event is free of charge and space is limited, so we ask that you please pre-register by Friday, April 20, 2018. 

Register today!