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Community Assistance Program

The South Dakota Community Assistance Program consists of Community Action Programs that provide services to low-income South Dakotans. Services vary by agency and may include weatherization, community transportation, food pantries and emergency services.

Four Community Action Programs are located throughout the state in Rapid City, Sisseton, Madison and Lake Andes. These private, nonprofit agencies are funded by Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) dollars.

Community Service Block Grant

Western SD Community Action Agency - Rapid City

The Western South Dakota Community Action Program is the only Community Action Program working with the commodity program. The program's purpose is to make a positive impact upon the causes and effects of poverty. It supplies those living in poverty with the resources and assistance necessary to help them overcome these conditions.

Service Area
Bennett Butte Corson
Custer Dewey Fall River
Jackson Haakon Harding
Lawrence Meade Pennington
Perkins Ziebach

For More Information:

Western South Dakota Community Action Agency
Shawn Burke; Executive Director
1844 Lombardy Drive
Rapid City, SD 57703-4130

Phone: 605.348.1460 or 800.327.1703
Fax: 605.348.8440

Grow SD - Sisseton

Grow SD works to help individuals and families find ways to solve basic problems and assist people in improving their lives and becoming more self-sufficient. The major focus of the agency is housing and weatherization programs.

Grow SD has outreach offices in Aberdeen and Tulare. Grow SD is involved in property management through HUD and is managing several apartment complexes in Veblen and other small communities.

Service Area
Beadle Brown Campbell
Day Edmunds Faulk
Hand Hughes Hyde
Marshall McPherson Potter
Roberts Spink Stanley
Sully Walworth

For More Information:

Grow SD
Marcia Erickson, CEO
104 Ash St. E.
Sisseton, SD 57262-159

Phone: 605.698.7654 or 800.245.3895
Fax: 605.698.3038

Inter-Lakes Community Action - Madison

Inter-Lakes Community Action (ICAP) was chartered in 1966 as a private non-profit Community Action Program. ICAP originally served Lake and Miner counties and has expanded since then to Brookings, Clark, Codington, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Miner, Minnehaha and Moody counties.

ICAP's central office is located in Madison. There is also an office in each of the counties served to make sure people can find it.

One-third of ICAP's Board of Directors consist of representatives of the low-income, who are elected by the low-income in each county. Public officials (county commissioners) and private-sector representatives make up the other two-thirds of the Board. Each county in the service area has an equal voice on the Board, as do each of the three sectors.

Service Area
Brookings Clark Codington
Deuel Grant Hamlin
Kingsbury Lake Lincoln
McCook Miner Minnehaha
Moody Lake Lincoln

For More Information:

Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership
Eric Kunzweiler, Executive Director
PO Box 268
111 N. Van Eps Ave.
Madison, SD 57042-0268

Phone: 605.256.6518 or 800.896.4105
Fax: 605.256.2238

Rural Office of Community Services - Wagner

Rural Office of Community Services (ROCS) focuses mainly on emergency services and homelessness prevention. They administer senior meals and transportation programs throughout the 20-county service area. ROCS also does weatherization and housing preservation. Outreach offices are located in Tripp, Yankton, Winner, Mitchell and Chamberlain.

Service Area
Aurora Bon Homme Brule
Buffalo Charles Mix Clay
Davison Douglas Gregory
Hanson Hutchinson Jerauld
Jones Lyman Mellette
Sanborn Todd Union

For More Information:

Rural Office of Community Services, Inc.
Peter Smith, Executive Director
PO Box 547
106 SW West
Wagner, SD 57380

Phone: 605.384.3883 or 800.793.3290
Fax: 605.384.3737

Charitable Information

Community Action Agencies are private, nonprofit organizations governed by a board of directors whose members come from three diverse segments of the local community.

  • One-third low-income sector
  • One-third private sector
  • One-third public sector

By combining resources from the local, state, private and federal levels, Community Action Agencies enable low-income people of all ages to secure the opportunities they need to obtain and maintain economic security.

Community Action Agencies appreciate financial and non-financial support from individuals and organizations. You can aid in the battle against poverty by making a donation or volunteering your time.