News & Updates

News & Updates2017-12-22T14:48:29+00:00

Community 1st Credit Union Helps Sieda Community Action Share the Warmth

Sieda Community Action is pleased to recognize Community 1st Credit Union as the sponsor for the 2019-2020 coat drive. From now through March 1, 2020 Community 1st Credit Union will be collecting new or gently-used coats at their locations in Bloomfield, Centerville, Fairfield, Oskaloosa, and Ottumwa. The coats collected will be distributed to families in need throughout Sieda’s seven-county [...]

November 6th, 2019|Agency News|

Increasing Awareness of Problem Gambling

Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services are increasing awareness of the dangers of gambling in our ten-county catchment area. Staff is speaking with lottery retailers and patrons, looking at trends in gaming and discussing signs of problem gambling. As part of this effort, the team is promoting Sieda’s Gambling Treatment and Prevention Programs and the Iowa hotline 1-800-BETSOFF. The [...]

October 30th, 2019|Behavioral Health and Treatment Services|

Starting November 1st, Heating Assistance is Available

Starting November 1st, heating assistance is available to income-eligible utility customers through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  Sieda will accept applications for the general public in our seven counties, see bottom of page for details. You may be able to complete your application online during the application season. Click here to apply online. This is a new online [...]

October 25th, 2019|Agency News, Housing Stabilization|

Talking to Your Children about Drugs and Alcohol

Parenting isn’t easy. Especially when it comes to talking to your children about alcohol and drugs. Many parents hope to avoid the subject entirely. However, as a parent, you have far more influence than you think, and talking honestly about alcohol and drugs can have a real impact. Iowa Department of Public Health, reports that children of parents who talk [...]

October 9th, 2019|Behavioral Health and Treatment Services|

Parents as Teachers Group Connection

It is that time of year when many of our programs will be enjoying community events, fairs, and parades across our counties. Sieda’s Parents as Teachers with the support of the other Family Support Programs held a Dinosaur Play Group Connection. Sieda's Parents as Teachers (PAT) invited families with young children to come to learn, read, create, interact, and have a great time bonding. As [...]

October 4th, 2019|Family Support Services|

LIHEAP for Elderly or Disabled Begins October 1st

LIHEAP (heating assistance) applications for households with at least one person that is elderly (60+) or disabled will begin Tuesday, October 1st. Please visit or call your local Sieda Community Action office for more information. Applications for all other households starts November 1st. The 2019-2020 LIHEAP has been established to help qualified low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for [...]

September 27th, 2019|Agency News, Housing Stabilization|

New Vaping and Tobacco Cessation Program for Teens

According to the 2018 Iowa Youth Survey, 22.4% of 11th grade students, 8.3% of eighth grade students and 2.4% of sixth grade students currently use e-cigarettes. The long-term health consequences for youth using these products are unknown. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) now offers a special program for teens who want to quit using tobacco, including e-cigarettes. The [...]

September 19th, 2019|Behavioral Health and Treatment Services|

Sieda Closed Friday, September 13th

The Sieda Community Action's offices will be closed Friday, September 13th for an All-Staff meeting from 8:00 to 1:30.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

September 12th, 2019|Agency News|

Helping Students at Back-to-School Events

Thanks to our partnerships with businesses, individuals, and organizations, Sieda Community Action was able to provide school supplies to nearly 600 students in three Southeast Iowa counties. The Sieda School Supply Program Distributions in Appanoose, Jefferson, and Wapello counties help provide supplies and backpacks for students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade at no cost to the caretakers. The school [...]

September 11th, 2019|Agency News, Housing Stabilization|