ABOUT

​MISSION AND HISTORY

Historically, the Agency has undertaken anti-poverty programs and projects designed either at the national level, to meet needs that are widespread throughout the country, or designed within the Agency itself, in partnership with the low-income community, to meet needs unique to the local population. Many successful efforts, including Operation Mainstream, a job training program, Head Start, a detox program, and Legal Aid, were spun off. Today WSDCAA provides services through the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Program and a host of programs and projects that address the needs that have been identified by the low-income population in the service area.

Western South Dakota Community Action Agency (WSDCAA) was incorporated in 1965 as 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for the purpose of conducting the Federal Office of Economic Opportunity’s War on Poverty in Rapid City, SD. The agency soon expanded to serve all of Pennington County, and since then has incorporated an additional 14 counties, including Bennett, Butte, Corson, Custer, Dewey, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Perkins and Ziebach, all in the western half of the state, into its service area. Members of the low-income, government and civic sectors from each of these counties are represented on the Agency Board of Directors. In addition, staff collaborate with the Oglala Sioux Tribe, which provides community-based services to persons in Shannon County.

In aggregate, these counties are comprised of 29,741 square miles, nearly 50 percent of the State’s land base. They have a total population of 184,530 of which 26,469 is low-income. To serve this widely dispersed low-income population, the Agency has organized and nurtured a network of 14 low-income volunteer organizations comprised of over 200 volunteers. Most of these local organizations have been in existence for over 20 years. Under contract with the administrative office in Rapid City, these organizations deliver goods and services to the low-income populations in their counties on a totally volunteer basis. These goods and services are intended to address the ‘needs gap’ in the budgets of low-income households, which, for a minimum wage household of three, can mean an annual budget deficit (exclusive of the cost of health insurance) of a minimum of $4,000. In this manner, over 12,000 low-income people, or about 45 percent of the poverty population in the service area, is annually assisted in reducing, although not eliminating, their budget shortfalls.

RAPID CITY TEAM

NAME

DAVID

LAURIE

BILL

RICHARD

SANDY

JOE

 

POSITION

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

BUSINESS MANAGER

WEATHERIZATION PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR

LIHEAP FURNACE COORDINATOR

COMMUNITY SERVICES COORDINATOR

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

 

DIRECT EXTENSION

605-877-4748

605-872-1974

605-877-4614

605-872-1070

605-872-1019

605-872-1774

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BENNETT COUNTY

MARY THOMPSON

ROZ BOLZER

MARCELLA (SALLY) ZACHER

BUTTE COUNTY

CONNIE BAIER

ROGER SCHIFFNER

JEANETTE HOFF

CORSON COUNTY

<GOVERNMENT POSITION OPEN>

<CIVIC POSITION OPEN>

<LOW-INCOME POSITION OPEN>

CUSTER COUNTY

JIM OLSON

CARRIE ALM

DEBORAH CLEVELAND

DEWEY COUNTY

<GOVERNMENT POSITION OPEN>

JOHN BACHMAN

<LOW-INCOME POSITION OPEN>

FALL RIVER COUNTY

SANDRA BURDETTE

BEA OLSON

KAREN MONTGOMERY-SMITH

HAAKON COUNTY

BETH FLOM

AMY GARRIGAN

<CIVIC POSITION OPEN>

HARDING COUNTY

DEB BROWN

SHIRLEY LATHAM

DONALD PAKLIN

JACKSON COUNTY

<GOVERNMENT POSITION OPEN>

<CIVIC POSITION OPEN>

<LOW-INCOME POSITION OPEN>

LAWRENCE COUNTY

IDA MARIE SNORTELAND

VALERIE MEINERS

LAURA PETSCH

PERKINS COUNTY

WAYNE HENDERSON

<CIVIC POSITION OPEN>

<LOW-INCOME POSITION OPEN>

ZIEBACH COUNTY

KRISSY JOHNSON

<LOW-INCOME POSITION OPEN>

<GOVERNMENT POSITION OPEN>

MEADE COUNTY

CHARLIE WHEELER

DEB LOOBY

CONNIE BURDITT

PENNINGTON COUNTY

TOM REED

MERI CLASON

<CIVIC POSITION OPEN>

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1844 Lombardy Drive

Rapid City, SD 57703

 

laurie@wsdca.org

OPENING HOURS

WSDCA staff members are in the office and available most weekdays.

MONDAY - FRIDAY

08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

COMMODITY PICK-UP

MONDAY - FRIDAY

09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

ADDRESS

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1-800-327-1703
605-348-1460

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