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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@yanktonunitedway.org


Monthly Community Conversations: 

8:30am First Fridays, September - April 

Avera Professional Office Pavilion, 409 Summit Street

SPARK Summer Break: 

As we conclude our 2018/2019 season, United Way of Greater Yankton and the spark Executive Committee would like to thank the Yankton community for their support and participation in spark, Connections for Community!

spark raises awareness of area services and programs and ignites collaboration. Each month, members participate in conversations based upon our greatest needs as a community. This year’s Community Conversations have focused on critical topics such as addiction and childhood trauma.  Other community spark initiatives this year have included Make a Difference Day Coat & Winter Wear Giveaway, a Community Resource Fair, United Way’s Community Needs Assessment, as well as a screening of the documentary “Resilience” focusing on ACE.  Thank you for being a part of these conversations and supporting these critical community needs.

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 events. We are seeking any feedback or topic ideas community members would like to see during our next cycle of Community Conversations. Please share your ideas with United Way via email at spark@yanktonunitedway.org.

We would also like to hear success stories related to connections or collaborations made during a spark event. Did you meet a new community member or gain a new partnership? Did you learn more about an organizations’ impact in the community? Are you implementing something new into your programming based on topics discussed? Again please share with us!

As a committee we are excited about the possibilities spark will bring and look forward to continued collaborations being made to address needs! See you at spark’s next Community Conversation - August 2019!

For more information, contact United Way of Greater Yankton at (605)665-6766 or visit www.yanktonunitedway.org/spark


SPARK Executive Committee
Sherri Rodgers-Conti, President
Kate Schramm, Vice-President

Jesse Bailey, Amy Haberman, Kristi Patton, Deanna Branaugh, Frani Kieffer, Lisa Schmidtz, Lauren Hanson, and Tara Bartekoske