Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership's goal is to empower people to live, not just survive.
Madison youngsters are getting a jump start on their education. Their Head Start program wouldn't be possible without the help of the Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership.
"Head Start's income guidelines are the lowest of any program we administer. It's 100 percent of poverty, which is extremely low," Executive Director Cindy Dannenbring said.
Inter-Lakes programs don't just serve the young. They serve different areas in different communities. Some other programs include meals for seniors who may otherwise be forced to move out of their homes. In some areas, they operate thrift stores.
"In those rural counties, many times Inter-Lakes Community Action is the only service provider out there. So we do a multitude of things. It is very important to me and to our board of directors that we do not duplicate services that are already being offered in a community. That's not a concern when you get into the rural counties of South Dakota," Dannenbring said.
Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership is a 2013 recipient of an Avera Tradition of Caring in KELOLAND grant, which means the non-profit is sharing in $200,000 of public service air time on KELOLAND Television.
"We've been told so many times that we're the best kept secret. Well, it's not really a secret but we haven't had the resources to go out and market, so to speak, or tell our story," Dannenbring said.
Now that story is being told, Inter-Lakes continues to help those in need and make life better for people of all ages.
The area served by Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership runs from Grant County in the north to Lincoln County in the south.