Beginning in April, Sieda Community Action will hold Community Relations Group meetings in seven counties in southeast Iowa. The quarterly meetings aim to increase public awareness of Sieda’s current programs and help Sieda learn more about the needs of the communities and citizens they serve.

The meetings will launch in Wapello County on April 21st at the Sieda Resource Center at 725 W. Second Street in Ottumwa. Subsequent meetings will be held in Mahaska, Davis, Keokuk, Van Buren, Appanoose, and Jefferson Counties, respectively, and continue every quarter.

Sieda Community Action invites the Community Relations Group members to contribute experiences from their communities and learn about how Sieda’s programming affects those living in the county. By gathering the experiences of the local citizens, our agency can best determine its future services in the area. Complimentary lunch will be served at the meetings.  

“We’re very excited about the formation of the Community Relations Groups,” said Brian Dunn, Executive Director of Sieda Community Action. “We frequently hear that, for as much as we do, no one really has a great understanding of what our organization is all about. We hope that these groups will help us begin a conversation between Sieda and the communities we serve, so we all can work to develop solutions to the issues facing residents.”

While Sieda will be inviting participants to the group meetings, the meetings are open to any who wish to attend. Everyone who attends will be able to fully participate in the conversation. For any inquiries, please visit the Sieda Community Action website at You may also contact Luke Ridout, Outreach Specialist at Sieda Community Action by email at 641.682.8741.