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Heidi Appel
Spink Co Coalition Administrative Director     
1005 W 1st Street, Suite #2, Redfield, SD 57469



Provide preventative education, resources, and offer structured support for critical incident situations in agricultural mental health and well-being, community trauma, and natural disasters.


We envision a community network of resources to aid in the well-being of our neighbors.


Spink Area Support Network is a skilled team of response-ready community volunteers that can facilitate services in an effort to prevent a critical incident and offer structured support during the aftermath. The network will respond within our rural agricultural communities to critical incidents including suicide, sudden traumatic death or threat thereof, natural disasters, extreme financial distress, and other situations as determined by the network.


Agricultural Mental Health & Well-being
  • Identify rural agricultural stakeholders who have front line access to South Dakota farmers and ranchers.
  • Develop and distribute prevention education tools to stakeholders in rural communities.
  • Provide critical incident management tools to rural communities.
  • Follow up with communities and individuals affected by agricultural mental health and wellbeing to continue to provide resources.
Natural Disasters
  • Identify stakeholders who can provide resources and tools in the event of a natural disaster.
  • Train stakeholders and first responders' in preparation of a potential natural disaster.
  • Provide resources and respond to natural disasters.
  • Follow up with communities and individuals affected by natural disasters to continue to provide resources.
Community Trauma
  • Identify potential community traumatic events.
  • Identify stakeholders and skilled team members of response-ready volunteers.
  • Train stakeholders and skilled teams of response-ready volunteers for potential community traumatic events.
  • Respond to community traumatic events such as suicide, sudden trauma death or threat thereof, extreme financial distress, and other events determined by the network.
  • Follow up with communities and individuals affected by community trauma to continue to provide resources.

Contact:    Heidi Appel, Administrative Director


$1,240 Grant for Grain Bin Rescue Equipment

grain bin crew
Spink County Coalition receives a $1,240 grant for grain bin rescue equipment

Huron, SD--The Spink Area Support Network (SASN), subcommittee of the Spink County Coalition, received a $1,240 grant for grain bin rescue equipment which was donated to the Redfield Fire Department. The equipment will be used as needed during grain bin entrapments to help rescue a victim as quickly and safely as possible. The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America's (VCSAmerica) Working Here Fund.

"We understand the importance of keeping our communities safe and appreciate the efforts of the Spink County Coalition," said Michelle Pluta, Regional Vice President of Retail Operations at FCSAmerica's Huron office. The Spink County Coalition is one of the 55 organizations to receive a Working Here Fund grant in the first quarter of 2020. FCSAmerica awarded $95,551 during the latest grant cycle ending March 31, 2020.

Farm Credit Serives of America is proud to finance the growth of rural America, including the special needs of young and beginning producers. With $31.4 billion in assets and more than $5.9 billion in members' equity, FCSAmerica is one of the region's leading providers of credit and insurance services to farmers, ranchers, agribusiness and rural residents in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Learn more at www.fcsamerica.com.

- Please take Note -
Medical Masks

A collection site for fabric and supplies to make masks for our medical personnel is available inside the south door of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1514 East 1st Street. People can either come and drop items off or pick up things they may need to sew masks.

They can also call me at 450-1385 to check to see if there is something there they may need. Here is the link for the types of materials that can be used as well as patterns for how to make them.
Health Care Needs

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a Critical

$10,000 Community
Innovation Grant

PIERRE –The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) presented a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant (CIG) to the Spink Area Support Network (SASN). Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the Community Innovation Grant program supports efforts to find breakthrough solutions to community challenges across the state. The grant will aid the organization to reach stakeholders and communities in the area that will be valued members of the network and who can benefit from the support the larger group can provide. ( SEE MORE )

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