May is Community Action Month
Saturday, May 04, 2013
The national office of the Community Action Partnership designates May as National Community Action Month to recognize Community Action Agencies’ work fighting poverty on the local level. Each year, Community Action Agencies such as GROW South Dakota help Americans achieve financial stability through various programs and services. “We want to call attention to increasing financial difficulties many in our community are facing,” said Marcia Erickson, Chief Executive Officer. “For the past few years, we’ve been dealing with a weak economy that is creating unemployment for people, many of them low- income. GROW South Dakota creates opportunities for people to thrive and prosper personally and economically through a variety of programs and services”, said Erickson.
GROW South Dakota also known as Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program has been in existence since 1966. The mission of the organization is “Serving Peoples’ Needs to Promote Community Excellence”. The organization has assisted more than 6,800 clients become more self-sufficient through the Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program, Low-Income Energy Assistance weatherization and furnace repair-replacement programs. GROW South Dakota has assisted over 9,500 individuals with housing counseling and financial education, and over 1,550 have received home improvement loans or grants. GROW South Dakota also offers free tax preparation, housing loans, business loans, and owns/manages rental properties for low-income individuals. For more information on GROW South Dakota, call 605-698-7654 or visit our website at www.growsd.org. GROW South Dakota is an Equal Opportunity Organization.