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.
The mission of the collaboration is: “Improving the quality of life and social-emotional well-being of children, youth, and families of our communities.”.
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... Read More »
Dakota County Connections Updates November 2018 What: Optimist’s Soup & Dessert Luncheon, bake sale and raffle Who: South Sioux City Optimists... Read More »
Dakota County Connections Updates October 2018 What: 29th Annual Tri-State Early Childhood Conference Who: Child Care Providers, Preschool Teachers,... Read More »
Thank you to everyone who joined us on October 11 at our monthly meeting. We heard from Sarah Deck with Juvenile Diversion about our DCC community goal,... Read More »
Dakota County Connections Updates September 2018 What: Her Health Women’s Center Diaper Dash Who: Everyone, walkers and runners Where: Crystal Cove, South... Read More »
Thank you to everyone who attended on September 13, what a wonderful meeting. We had Rebecca Krohn with the Siouxland Community Foundation and Heather Hennings... Read More »
Makerspace Now thru August 13th, 2018. What is a Makerspace? It is a work space for making learning, exploring and sharing tools and equipment. It is... Read More »
Thank you to everyone who could join us for our August 9 meeting. It was a fantastic meeting with highlights from two of our focus groups, Matt Ohman presented... Read More »
We had a fantastic Dakota County Connections meeting on July 12th! The collaboration and it’s wonderful partners continue to grow in number every month.... Read More »
South Sioux City Chamber Speed Networking July 19th, Noon to 1:00 pm at the Delta Hotel Food Bank at 1st Lutheran Church 3601 Dakota Ave. SSC First and Third... Read More »