United Way of Greater Yankton’s volunteer group, LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change.) is celebrating 3 years of giving back to the greater Yankton community.

LINC is focused on harnessing the power of early-career individuals who are passionate about local issues and what United Way of Greater Yankton is doing to change lives and improve our community. LINC members get behind worthy causes, make a difference and network with other young professionals.

LINC delivers unique social and volunteer events to members 21 and over. There is no membership fee to participate in monthly LINC events, just opportunities to take part in volunteer service projects and get to know other young adults who are passionate about giving back.

This past year, over 40 LINC members contributed over 300 hours of service to benefit local nonprofit organizations — impacting over 1,000 lives.

• Stuff the Bus — volunteer event

10 LINC members helped United Way sort, set up and inventory the Stuff the Bus School Supply Store, which served over 150 local youth.

• United Way Community Campaign Kickoff — social event

15 LINC members joined over 100 community leaders learning about the impact of United Way and our community partners.

• Pints for a Purpose — social event

12 LINC members met to sample Oktoberfest brews and creatively assembled Halloween themed activities for United Way’s Big Friend Little Friend mentoring program.  

• Raise the Roof — volunteer event

8 LINC members volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, assisting a local veteran with home repairs in recognition of Veterans Day.   

• Ugly Sweaters Good Deeds — social event

32 LINC members met up at Cheers, put on their best ugly sweaters, and conducted a personal hygiene drive for Yankton Food for Thought.    

• Pack 4 Sack Pack — volunteer event

24 LINC members volunteered for Yankton Food for Thought’s Sack Pack program and prepared 350 packs for local youth.

• Prom of the Ages — social event

50 community members came together in their best retro prom attire, raising $3,500 to benefit local youth enrichment programs such as Big Friend Little Friend, Girls on the Run and Yankton High School Post Prom.

• Advocacy in April — social event

16 LINC members enjoyed some Charlie’s Pizza while learning from the Center for Prevention of Child Maltreatment.

• eXchange 3.0 — social event

20 LINC members participated in a unique networking opportunity at The Landing, gaining insight from Yankton’s top business and civic leaders!

• Be Amazing — volunteer event

8 LINC members volunteered alongside community members to assist Yankton Special Olympics with their annual Amazing Race Event.  

The volunteer group’s upcoming social event, LINC’s 3rd Birthday Bridge Bash, will be held on Thursday, July 25, at 5:30 p.m. during the Music at the Meridian festivities.

LINC will celebrate the impact made on local non-profits during the 2018/2019 LINC year with music, beverages from Ben’s Brewing Co, cupcakes and more! Opportunities to volunteer for Bridging Yankton’s upcoming Step Forward to Prevent Suicide Walk and for Big Friend Little Friend’s upcoming in-school mentoring season will also be available. Young professionals who are looking to become engaged in contributing to the betterment of our community are invited to come by the LINC tent to learn more!

For a schedule of upcoming events or to get involved with LINC, please visit www.yanktonunitedway.org/linc, email linc@yanktonunitedway.org, or call United Way at 605-665-6766.


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