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.
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”.
We had a great meeting on May 10. We heard from Matt Ohman with SHIP, Abbie Engle shared with the group about parents interacting with infants/toddlers (PIWI),... Read More »
Mom’s (Women’s) Night Out-Free for everyone!! Call Women Aware to register by May 10th -712-258-4174 May 16th(Wed.) from 5pm-8pm at Girls Inc. Dinner and... Read More »
Our focus group, Voices for Food, recently placed two new raised gardens around the community to increase the number of fresh foods we have for families. These... Read More »
We had an incredible meeting on April 12th with special guests the First Lady Susanne Shore, Federal Associate Commissioner Jerry Milner, and State Senator... Read More »
On Thursday, April 12, 2018 First Lady Susanne Shore and Jerry Milner, who as Commissioner of the Administration for Children, Youth and Families serves as the... Read More »
Another outstanding collaboration is on the books! Thank you to all who attended our March 8th meeting, and a special thank you to Erica DeLeon for her... Read More »
Thank you to all who attended our February 8th meeting. We were so fortunate to have had such informative and interesting speakers from Nebraska Appleseed,... Read More »
Go to www.nebraskaimpact.com for volunteer opportunities or get involved with your local collaborative. Provide a financial gift to a... Read More »
Dakota County Connections had a display up in the South Sioux City Library. The display shared information about the different services the program... Read More »
This brief video explains the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, the groundbreaking research revealing the link between childhood... Read More »