The GOLD Standard | South Dakota Community Foundation

The GOLD Standard

August 27, 2021 // South Dakota Fund Grants

COVID hit the GOLD program pretty hard.

Kristie Maher, Stanley County GOLD site coordinator
Back Row L to R: Stephanie Judson, President/CEO, SDCF; Kristi Maher, Site Director, Stanley County GOLD program; Ginger Niemann, Senior Program Officer, SDCF Front Row: Stanley County GOLDkids

– Fort Pierre’s Community & Youth Involved Center is home to the Stanley County GOLD out-of-school time program that serves 75 students year-round. GOLD is a licensed childcare program for youth ages 5-11. The GOLD Leaders program for youth ages 11-14 provides opportunity for community service, personal development and career education.

In March 2020, the Stanley County GOLD program shut its doors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and didn’t reopen until June 2020 with a socially distanced, COVID-responsible approach. To address CDC guidelines, they included Zoom meet-ups, an Artist in the Community program modified for Zoom delivery and small group outdoor programs. This approach necessitated increased employee time and an increase in staff. These extra costs resulted in a large financial burden.

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) provided a $20,000 South Dakota Fund grant to Community & Youth Involved, Inc. This grant provided support to help address the financial shortage created from the pandemic.

“COVID hit the GOLD program pretty hard”, declared Kristie Maher, Stanley County GOLD site coordinator. “The Community & Youth Involved Center is grateful to the South Dakota Community Foundation for funding that will allow us to provide activities to increase the academic achievement and physical, social and emotional wellness of our GOLD kids”.
“Having reliable, safe and accessible childcare and after-school programs is a necessity for today’s workforce”, said Ginger Niemann, Senior Program Officer, SDCF. “These services are vital and assure local economies can get back on track”.

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About the SDCF

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