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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

SPARK Executive Committee:

Kate Schramm, President

Frani Kieffer,Vice-President

Jesse Bailey, Todd Brandt, Kristi Patton, Desiree Johnson, Jennifer Powell, Sherri Rodgers-Conti, Lisa Schmitz, Lauren Hanson, Julie Dykstra