IAUW announces 2022 program funding

Interlakes Area United Way (IAUW) will award $127,025 in grant funding in 2022. The money will bolster 33 non-profit programs and organizations in Lake, Miner and Moody Counties.

President Lori Gustaf made the announcement at IAUW’s Annual Meeting February 15. Representatives from several of the organizations receiving funding were in attendance.

IAUW welcomed a great turnout for its Annual Meeting February 15.
IAUW President Lori Gustaf announced 2022 allocations at the meeting as well as reviewed 2021 program success stories.
Madison Middle School Principal Cotton Koch spoke about the school’s MakerSpace/Art Club, which will receive funding in 2022.

IAUW coordinates financial and volunteer resources for non-profit agencies which address and support mental and physical health, education and financial stability.

To receive funding, organizations must apply and meet allocation guidelines. The IAUW board reviews applications and considers them based on community impact, program effectiveness and other factors.

Regional Disaster Officer Dan Wall, left, accepted funding from IAUW President Lori Gustaf on behalf of American Red Cross – Disaster Cycle Services.
Michelle Madsen accepted funding on behalf of Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota’s Mentoring Services program at Flandreau Middle School.
The Interlakes Senior Citizen Center is a 2022 funding recipient.
Kali Ahlers, psychologist for the Flandreau Public School District, spoke on behalf of Moody County Child Protection Team, a 2022 funding recipient.

“Nearly all of the agencies who requested funding for 2022 will receive 80% or more of their request,” said Gustaf. “We are proud of that number and are so grateful for our generous donors and advocates. With their help, we can continue to enrich lives and strengthen the communities we serve.”

Gustaf said IAUW focuses on programs related to health and wellness, youth enrichment, education and development, senior outreach and basic needs and support. 2022 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 – Build Madison
  • Children’s Care Corner
  • Delta Dental Mobile Program
  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • Domestic Violence Network
  • East Dakota Transit
  • Flandreau Elementary Weekend Fuel
  • Girl Scouts – Dakota Horizons Leadership Experience
  • High Plains Alternative High School
  • Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership – Administration building
  • ICAP 60’s Plus Dining
  • ICAP Head Start Pre-Birth to Five
  • ICAP Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
  • ICAP Miner County School Supplies
  • ICAP Moody County School Supplies
  • ICAP Delta Dental Mobile Program – Flandreau visit
  • Interlakes Senior Citizen Center
  • Lutheran Social Services Mentoring Services at FMS
  • Madison Middle School MakerSpace/Art Club
  • Moody County Child Protection Team
  • Moody County 4-H Robotics
  • Madison VFW Baseball
  • Rutland Elementary Out of School Time
  • The Salvation Army – Temporary Emergency Welfare Assistance
  • Studio 52
  • Trinity Lutheran Preschool
  • Valiant Living
  • The Wholeness Center

Grant funding was made possible in part by the generosity of individuals and businesses who donated to IAUW’s most recent campaign drive, which concluded in December. Other fundraising efforts included IAUW’s annual WIN BIG Raffle and Dine Out to Donate promotion.

The East Dakota Transit is a 2022 funding recipient.
Pictured with Gustaf from Moody County Child Protection Team are, from left to right, Taylor Carpenter, Cody Johnson, Kali Ahlers, Kari Lena-Helling and Chelsea Molden.

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