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Wednesday night, Sioux City’s Crop Walk committee crossed the final “finish line” of its 2022 event. Back on October 16th, the committee held its annual walk to help raise money to fight hunger locally and globally. Walkers raised more than $26,000. Wednesday, the committee presented a check for $6,750 to the Community Action Agency of Siouxland.
Local non-profits received an early Christmas present thanks to local college’s students. The students held a silent auction to raise funds for Girls Inc., the Food Bank of Siouxland, the Sanford Community Center, the Community Action Agency of Siouxland, and the WIT Food Pantry.
With temperatures continuing to get colder this week some Siouxlanders may need help paying for their heating bills. he Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps pay heating and bills for families and individuals. Over the past few months, the program has seen more people applying than in previous years. Jean Logan, the executive director at the Community Action Agency of Siouxland believes inflation plays a part in why more people are applying for LIHEAP.
The Woodbury County Emergency Management agency has announced that the temporary shelter for residents who were displaced by the fire at the apartments on Pierce Street will be closing. Partnering agencies include the Community Action Agency of Siouxland, Siouxland Red Cross, Salvation Army, Warming Shelter, and the Sioux City Housing Authority.
Sioux City Fire Rescue crews spent Friday, Dec. 9, putting out hot spots inside the Ida Apartments, and assessing the damage done by Thursday night’s fire. According to Woodbury County Emergency Management the Community Action Agency of Siouxland, Siouxland Red Cross, Salvation Army, Warming Shelter, and Sioux City Housing Authority are all working together to help the residents.
The Sioux City Human Rights Commission announced the recipients of the War Eagle Human Rights Award for 2022. This year’s winners are Gary Turbes, Treyla Lee, and Trisha Caxsep gu wiga Etringer. Trisha is Native American representative on the Inclusive Sioux City Committee and serves on the Native American Advisory Board for the Sioux City Police Department, Community Action Agency, the Warming Shelter, and Indigenous Voices Rising.
The Missouri River Runners held their annual Turkey Trot at Adams Homestead in honor of David Romo who passed away this summer. Food items donated were given to the George J. Williams Memorial Food Bank with the Community Action Agency of Siouxland.
One way for people to pay less on their heating bills is through what’s known as the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The executive director of the Community Action Agency of Siouxland, Jean Logan, said the program will help people who may get less hours of work in the winter months.
The union donated a total of $5,000 to several local non-profit groups including The Community Action Agency of Siouxland, Noah's Hope Animal Rescue, The Gospel Mission and the Food Bank of Siouxland.
To help bring awareness to homelessness the 18th annual Siouxland Sleep Out was held at Cone Park for everyone in the Siouxland area. The executive director for the Community Action Agency of Siouxland, Jean Logan said thanks to events like this one they’ve been able to help many people.
Siouxland Sleep Out's 18th Annual Event was another success raising funds for Shesler Hall, Community Action Agency, SafePlace, Gospel Mission, Hope Street of Siouxland, and The Warming Shelter.
The Iowa Finance Authority awarded almost $5 million to support homelessness assistance initiatives in Iowa with four of them being in Siouxland. The Community Action Agency of Siouxland received two awards totaling more than $47,000.
The Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors recently approved more than $4.7 million in federal and state grants to assist 44 agencies with homelessness assistance initiatives during the 2023 calendar year. Community Action Agency of Siouxland received $47,373.
The 18th annual Siouxland Sleep Out will once again be held to raise awareness for National Hunger and Homeless Month. Community Action Agency of Siouxland, The Gospel Mission, Hope Street of Siouxland, SafePlace, Shesler Hall, the Warming Shelter and the Mental Health Association of Siouxland have partnered for the event. All funds raised will stay in Siouxland.
With colder temperatures continuing to approach Siouxland, residents may find their heating bills costing more this year. “It provides a portion of what you need to keep warm in the winter time and that has really made a difference for families. you’re able to buy the prescriptions you need, and the groceries you need, and pay your bills on time because you got this assistance to help you.” said Jean Logan, Executive Director for the Community Action Agency of Siouxland.
An annual event to raise awareness of and end hunger in Siouxland and around the world took place on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 16th. The group walked to the Community Action Agency of Siouxland, where they dropped off donations of nonperishable food.
Siouxland’s unpredictable weather can be tough without heating or cooling, but a local family won’t have to worry about that anymore. Patrick and Leeta Erickson reached out to the Community Action Agency of Siouxland and the organization referred the family to Kalin’s Indoor Comfort. Kalin’s Indoor Comfort partnered with air conditioning and heat provider Lennox through their Feel The Love Program to give a free heating and cooling unit to a family in Sioux City.
For the second year, Kalins Indoor Comfort has installed a high-efficiency heating and cooling system in the home of a deserving Siouxland resident. The family was referred to Kalins for this program by the Community Action Agency of Siouxland.
The CROP Walk is an event to help fight hunger in Siouxland and around the world, by collecting donations and giving back to the people and organizations that need it most. There will be a 3.5-mile walking route to the Community Action Agency of Siouxland, a recipient of the donations.
A financial assistance program in Iowa is coming to an end this summer. We’re concerned that there are people who still have not fully recovered form the pandemic, who are still in crisis and with this program ending, we’re going to have Iowa families who are falling behind in rental assistance,” said Jean Logan.
Tolerating the heat in Siouxland is not easy, but it can be especially challenging for elderly people. “With these temperatures being so brutal into the 90s and the triple digits, we have seen quite a few people calling us to get air conditioners,” Jean Logan said.
The Iowa House and Senate have unanimously passed a tax relief bill. KCAU 9 spoke with the Community Action Agency of Siouxland about how this bill will help their clients.
When people have to pay extra each week for necessities like food and gas, giving back to the community can fall to the back of their minds. “I do believe it has impacted our donations,” said Jean Logan, Executive Director of the Community Action Agency of Siouxland. “Giving is down. Inflation is certainly taking its toll on families. The higher prices of gas and food I know are impacting what we’re receiving... With the additional food assistance that had been received during COVID ending, this is the first month that that has taken effect, so we are seeing an increase in families that are coming in for food, especially given that the cost of food has really increased.”
The City of Sioux City hosted a panel discussion with local non-profits that help the impoverished community.
This week the Community Action Agency of Siouxland is celebrating the “Week of the Young Child.” The week promotes the importance of early learning for children.