Interlakes Area United Way
March 3, 2020: Thirty-seven programs and agencies to receive support

Interlakes Area United Way (IAUW) will invest $117,765 in local non-profits in 2020. The money will bolster 37 programs and organizations in the region which address and support mental and physical health, education and financial stability. 

Representatives from some 2020 partner agencies with IAUW board members

"We are thrilled to support so many worthwhile causes in our region," said Lori Gustaf, president of IAUW. "We're proud of our partner agencies and the critical work they do in delivering services to the people of this region."

IAUW coordinates financial and volunteer resources for non-profit agencies in Lake, Miner and Moody Counties in South Dakota. Their goal is to strengthen and support communities and create opportunities for a great life by focusing on health and wellness, children and youth enrichment, education and development, basic needs and support, and senior outreach.

Grant funding was made possible by the generosity of individuals and businesses who donated to IAUW's most recent campaign drive, which concluded in December of 2019, as well as various other fundraising efforts held throughout the past year.

"We had a terrific year," she said. "Our annual WIN BIG raffle sold out for the first time ever, garnering $50,000 towards grant funds. Plus, our campaign raised over $77,000 in donations and pledges. We hope this success carries into 2020's efforts."  

To receive funding, organizations must apply and meet allocation guidelines. The IAUW board reviews applications and considers them based on several factors, including community impact, program effectiveness and fiscal management, among others. 

2020 recipients include:

American Red Cross: Disaster Cycle Services
Boy Scouts of America: Madison Area Scouts
Boy Scouts of America: Sioux Council Boy Scouts
Boys & Girls Club of Moody County
Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity: New Home Construction
Children's Care Corner
Colman-Egan Schools: Little Hawks Pre-School
Community Counseling Services
Delta Dental Mobile Program (Madison and Flandreau locations)
Dolly Parton Imagination Library
Domestic Violence Network
East Dakota Transit
Flandreau Public School: Weekend Fuel
Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizons: Girl Scout Leadership Experience
High Plains Alternative School
Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership: 60's plus dining
Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership: Miner School Supplies
Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership: Moody School Supplies
Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership: Early Head Start Parent Incentive Program
Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership: Early Head Start Supplies Support
Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership: Homeownership Education Program
Interlakes Senior Citizen Center
Lake County Dive Team
Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota: Everyday Heroes Mentoring Program
Madison Area Swim Club: Madison Makos
Madison High School Club Baseball
Madison Middle School: MakerSpace/Art Club
Madison VFW Teener Baseball
Madison Youth Wrestling Club
Moody County 4-H Robotics
Oldham Ramona After School Program
Rutland Elementary Out of School Time
Salvation Army of Madison: Temporary Welfare Assistance
Sample Strong
Valiant Living

IAUW announced 2020 allocations at its recent Annual Meeting, held February 3.