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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.

Growing Community Connections (GCC) is a collaborative that unites partners from our communities including: many agencies, businesses, schools, churches, city officials, families, and more, for the purpose of improving the quality of life for the children, youth, and families that reside in the area. The combined expertise and resources provide a power house of support to those most in need. Nebraska Children & Families Foundation provides much-appreciated funding as well as many professional supports, and the facilitation and fiscal (backbone services) are provided by Siouxland Human Investment Partnership, both these agencies along with our wonderful partners ensure a successful collaboration that is having a powerful impact on families. GCC uses the Collective Impact approach to solve many of today’s complex community challenges. By working together, we can capitalize on the vast resources partners already have and are willingly sharing.

Growing Community 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: “Improving the quality of life and social-emotional well-being of children, youth, and families of our communities.”.


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