May is Community Action Month-Observing 50 Years of Community Action Service to South Dakota
Monday, May 02, 2016
On August 20, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act which created a variety of programs, including Community Action Agencies, as part of his War on Poverty. He knew then as we know now, that the war against poverty must be won in the field, in every private home, in every public office, from the courthouse to the White House.
Recently, the Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program (NESDCAP) dba GROW South Dakota celebrated their 50th year of community action in South Dakota. GROW South Dakota is a non-profit agency serving the following 17 counties in South Dakota: Beadle, Brown, Campbell, Day, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, Hughes, Hyde, Marshall, McPherson, Potter, Roberts, Spink, Stanley, Sully and Walworth. GROW South Dakota was established to wage the war on poverty by implementing innovative and cost-effective programs to improve the lives and living conditions of families and individuals; by providing support and instruction for everyone in need of assistance.
“Community Action Month is a wonderful time to honor and celebrate the impact community action has in the lives of families and communities across the country,” stated Marcia Erickson, GROW South Dakota CEO. “Agencies are successful every day in helping families achieve economic security. Given that the needs of each family and community are unique, community action is able to use a range of resources and programs to meet local needs in creative and impactful ways.”
Despite experiencing budget cuts, shrinking resources, and increased demands for services during these challenging economic times, GROW South Dakota has been successful assisting the low-income senior citizens, families, children, and everyone within our service area to achieve and maintain economic security.
For more information regarding the agency please contact (605) 698-7654.