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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We had a fantastic turn out at our November DCC meeting with wonderful presenters and great connections and conversations among partners!

We heard from Eldon Bensen with Boys and Girls Club sharing about the new Satellite club they are opening at the South Sioux City middle schools. Erica DeLeon spoke about Mohamade Warsame sharing about a recent event that taught newcomers about preparing for winter and winter driving tips. Dawn Kimmel, SIMPCO, shared about the services they offer. Lastly, Pam Everett, who was honored for her work in helping to keep our community clean.
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Congratulations to Pam Everett whospoke to Dakota County Connections this morning on her litter campaign. She and Mick have been selected to be on the Keep Northeast Nebraska Beautiful honor roll. Thank you for your effort to keep our city clean of litter! Pictured with Pam are Sally Reinert and Dawn Kimmel from Keep Northeast Nebraska beautiful. ... See MoreSee Less

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