Southern Iowa Economic Development Association recently released its 2011 annual report where it shows 17,480 individuals in 7,309 households received some form of assistance.

According to the report, the private not-for-profit SIEDA serves the people of Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren and Wapello counties.

Matt Greiner, current board chair, said since 1965 their goal has been the elimination of poverty and offering the opportunity to achieve self-sufficiency.

"As a private not-for-profit corporation, we have gained a reputation at the county, state and national levels to swiftly affect positive changes in the lives of our eligible population," Greiner said in the annual report. "We will protect our reputation by maintaining the highest ethics, quality and compassion as we remain poised for any expanded role geared toward the elimination of poverty."

SIEDA community action of southern Iowa employs 140 and has a board of directors with 24 members. The 2011 annual report includes the following as board members: Appanoose County, Nancy Sayres (deceased), LInda Rouse and Steve Kerber; Davis County, Brooke Miller, Matt Greiner and Leon Wilkinson; Jefferson County, Karen Tedrow, Lee Dimmitt and vacant; Keokuk County, Ernie Dubuis, Michael Hadley and vacant; Mahaska County, Deora Shaffer, treasurer, Greg Gordy, secretary, Sarra Abbott and Amy Harper; Van Buren County, Colleen Duke, Marvin Philips and Sandy McLain; and Wapello County, Sister Irene Munoz, Jerry Parker-Chair, Victoria Siegel and two vacant seats.

Nancy Sayres was on the SIEDA board of directors for 12 years. She passed away on Feb. 19, 2012.

According to the report, SIEDA is one of the 18 community action agencies covering every Iowa county that are responsible for identifying the unique needs of their communities' poverty population and designing programs to meet those needs.

SIEDA is a private agency that receives a majority of its funding from government sources like federal, state grants, local funds, client fees, private resources and donations.

According to the annual report, SIEDA is involved in Head Start, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Parents as Teachers, PAT Child Care Educators, Family Development and Self Sufficiency, Parenting Wisely, multiple substance abuse service programs and housing stabilization programs like Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Emergency Crisis Intervention Funds and Weatherization.

According to the annual report, SIEDA in 2011 received funding from federal, state and other sources. Federal funding came to $8,471,950; state funding came to $2,125,718; and other funding came to $55,275.

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