Collective impact is the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for addressing a specific social or environmental problem. Traditionally, efforts to address problems have focused on “isolated impact” – scaling or replicating single approaches, initiatives or organizations. Collective impact argues that this approach is inadequate for many problems. It provides a framework for actors from business, government, health, education, and civil society to align and coordinate their efforts to create large-scale, lasting, systems-level social change.

Dakota County Connections is a community collaborative in Dakota County, Nebraska that unites partners from many different community agencies for the single purpose of improving the quality of life and social-emotional well-being of children and families in the community. The combined expertise and resources of the community partners, the financial and professional support of Nebraska Children & Families Foundation, and the facilitation and fiscal services provided by Siouxland Human Investment Partnership ensure a successful organization that is having an impact on families.

Dakota County Connections serves the following towns and cities in Dakota and Thurston Counties: Dakota City, South Sioux City, Emerson, Homer, Hubbard, Jackson, Pender, Rosalie, Thurston, Walthill, Winnebago.

Mission Statement

The mission of the collaboration is: “Our children will have a safe and healthy community, with a network of caring adults that will link family, school and community”.

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Thank you to everyone who attended on September 13, what a wonderful meeting. We had Rebecca Krohn with the Siouxland Community Foundation and Heather Hennings with United Way of Siouxland. They both shared about "Resource Sharing" and the positive impact it has in supporting each other and the children, youth, families, and communities we all serve. We also heard from Dr. Cyndi Hanson with Northeast Community College about collaborating to build Community Child Care Solutions, Erica DeLeon with One Siouxland about Welcoming week activities coming up that will include all of our communities, and lastly Brenda Sale, she shared about the collaboration with Voices for Foods. ... See MoreSee Less

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