News & Updates

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

Sieda Seeks Candidate from Van Buren County for Board of Directors

Sieda Community Action is seeking candidates from Van Buren County to serve as low-income representative* on our board of directors. Sieda’s Board of Directors is the governing body of the nonprofit corporation and is responsible for establishing corporate policy, including matters related to the establishment of the agency goals and objectives, the agency's program planning, the agency's budget, and [...]

August 29th, 2019|Agency News|

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|

Help 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|

Study of Gambling in Iowa and Prevention Concerns

Gambling problems can happen without being totally out of control. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), describes at-risk gamblers as those having one or more of the symptoms listed below. With problem gamblers being in the highest risk classification. People with at-risk gambling behavior may not experience their consequences alone. A gambler's negative physical, emotional, and financial repercussions [...]

September 4th, 2019|Behavioral Health and Treatment Services|

Drug Free Workplace Training Available

Prevention Staff with the Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services Unit (BHTS) provide training for our area businesses on drug-free workplaces. In Iowa, if a business performs drug testing, they must provide supervisors with an initial two-hour training followed every year with a one-hour refresher training.  Therefore, Sieda Prevention Staff provides workplaces with information on how substance misuse can [...]

August 28th, 2019|Behavioral Health and Treatment Services|