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), and Tonya Bauman shared about her agency Building Blocks Foster Care.
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
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.
“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.
Unity in Action is looking for volunteers to help with their “Get out to Vote Campaign” for the 2018 elections.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.