Dakota County Connections Updates, May 2018

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 Childcare provided.

This year’s theme is “Safety First” Breakout Sessions include: HIV/STDs- Your Sexual Health 2. Women’s Self-Defense 3. Home Safety- Radon Gas!

STARS, Riding Center-May 15th – 6pm

*Volunteer Orientation* – 33148 K22, Sioux City IA

Fishing Derby-sponsored the SSC Optimists

May 19thin the morning at Crystal Cove – more details to come!

Iowa School of Beauty-FreeHaircuts for Men and Women in uniform

Friday -May 18thand Saturday – May 19that Iowa School of Beauty-3320 Line Drive Sioux City IA 51106

Call to make an appointment: 712-274-9733

Attention Gardeners!!

Over 1,700 people in our community are considered food insecure; about 500 of those are children.

You can help feed a family and a community simply by growing an extra row of produce and donating to families in need.

It’s Easy!

“Grow an Extra Row”

Locate a produce collection site at www.Dakota.unl.edu

or call Nebraska Extension at 402-987-2140

Drop off your produce.

Volunteers Needed:

Unity in Action is looking for volunteers to help with their “Get out to Vote Campaign” for the 2018 elections.

For more information contact Cristina at 402-412-3333 or cristina.topete@unitedinactionne.org

Dakota County Health

Colorpalooza-5K Fun Run/Walk & Community Event

June 2nd, 2018 9am – 2pm R. O. C. Wall-Riverview Outdoor Center 1280 Riverview Dr. So. Sioux City

They are still looking for Sponsors, runners, walkers, and vendors. The non-profit vendor/reps. Receive a space no charge.

If you have questions, please contact the Dakota County Health Dept. at 402-987-2164.

GiGi’s Playhouse-Sioux City-Creating Inclusive Spaces for Individuals with Special Needs in Siouxland

July 13th 9am-1pm (835 B Gordon Drive, Sioux City, IA 51101) 712-226-7529

Drone Camp:

July 9-13, 2018 at Northeast Community College-Cost $150

Ages 9-11- Morning Sessions M-F, 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Ages 12-14-Afternoon Session M-F 1:00pm-5:00pm

Drone Camp is about hands-on learning, innovation and adventure. You’ll take to the skies and become an honorary junior drone pilot.

One Siouxland Press Conference– Thursday June 7th– And Community Meeting– 9:30am-11am. The Location is still TBD Erica will let us know!

Pride Picnic 2018

June 9thAll Day- 10am-6pm

Chris Larson Park on the waterfront

Free Organizational Fair- Organizations can have free space at our Community Fair noon-4:00

Bring your own tables & chairs. Call 223-0931.

Pride Prom

June 1st, 2018 8-11 pm

First Unitarian Church, 2508 Jackson

Biking for School Supplies

July 31st, 2018 At the Cardinal Complex Park by the Jr. High School – Great opportunity for our youth to ride their bikes through a course and learn about bike safety, get fun school supplies, and many fun groups will be there with fun give-a-ways and activities.

Tri State Early Childhood Conference

Oct. 13th, 2018 (Marina Inn) Delta Marriott on the River, Conference Center

Flyers will come from Carol Larvick, at the Dakota County UNL Extension Office and Erika Fink, ESU #1 ELC.


Voices for Food

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 raised gardens were placed at Siouxland Community Health of Nebraska and Heartland Counseling where wonderful individuals will help us with growing fresh produce.



April 12th Meeting

We had an incredible meeting on April 12th with special guests the First Lady Susanne Shore, Federal Associate Commissioner Jerry Milner, and State Senator Joni Albrecht, and many other special speakers. There were over 120 partners collaborating together with a beautiful cooperative spirit to connect the progress our community is making in helping vulnerable families with multiple state and even federal efforts to continue to build a sustainable and effective prevention system.

You can view the presentation here.

Also, view all of our notes for April here.

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Bring Up Nebraska

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 administration’s top official overseeing child welfare funding and policy, will be in attendance at the Dakota County Connections meeting. They will be joined by State Senator Joni Albrecht, Mayor Rod Koch, and other dignitaries.

Together they will champion Bring Up Nebraska, a statewide prevention initiative, and recognize the prevention efforts and successes taking place in Dakota County. Commissioner Milner believes that Nebraska, and Dakota County in particular, are models in community-based prevention work. He looks forward to sharing what he experiences during his visit with other states and communities.

Over 50 business and community leaders will be in attendance to see first-hand the groundbreaking work that is being done at a local level in regards to prevention, as well as to learn more about the roles organizations and individuals in our community can play in order to prevent problems from becoming crises for children and families.

WHO: First Lady Susanne Shore, Commissioner Jerry Milner, Dakota County Connections, and Nebraska Children and Families Foundation

WHAT: Bring Up Nebraska

WHEN: Thursday, April 12, 2018 9:00am central

WHERE: Cardinal Conference Center, 4401 Dakota Ave., S. Sioux City

About Dakota County Connections

Dakota County Connections is a community collaborative comprised of local partners who believe that strong community partnerships are the key to safe, healthy, and successful lives for all people in Dakota County. It’s for that reason Dakota County Connections is committed to raising awareness, improving access to resources and building relationships.

About Nebraska Children and Families Foundation and Bring Up Nebraska

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation supports children, young adults, and families at risk with the overall goal of giving our state’s most vulnerable kids what they need to reach their full potential. In partnership with community collaboratives and state and national partners, we are proud to be leading Bring Up Nebraska, a statewide prevention initiative designed to give local community partnerships the ability to develop long-term plans using the latest data to prevent life’s challenges from becoming a crisis for Nebraska families and children.


March 8th Meeting

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 wonderful presentation on “One Siouxland”.

See Erica’s presentation here!

Here are the photos:

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February 8th Meeting

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, Immigrant Legal Center & WellCare Health Plans.

Thank you again. Your participation made it another fantastic collaboration!


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Introducing Bring Up Nebraska, a Statewide Prevention Initiative




Go to www.nebraskaimpact.com for volunteer opportunities or get involved with your local collaborative.

Provide a financial gift to a community collaborative or learn more about Bring Up Nebraska by visiting www.bringupnebraska.org.

Find out more about how you and your community can join Bring Up Nebraska by contacting Jennifer Skala at jskala@nebraskachildren.org.


Dakota County Connections Library Display

Dakota County Connections had a display up in the South Sioux City Library. The display shared information about the different services the program provides for the community.


Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

This brief video explains the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, the groundbreaking research revealing the link between childhood trauma and the adult onset of chronic disease, mental illness, violence and being a victim of violence.


Scholarships for Single Parents

Attention Single Parents!

Are you ready to continue you education, but you need financial assistance?

Scholarships & Certification Grants awarded annually.

Proceeds from United Way of Siouxland’s Annual Women’s Power Lunch provides funding to make these awards possible.

Award Eligible Schools

  • Briar Cliff University
  • Morningside College
  • Northeast Community College
  • Wayne State College
  • St. Luke’s College
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College

Call Women Aware at 712.258.4174 for more information.

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