By Jazmon Boose |
Working in Child Abuse Prevention, I can say that most parents never want to abuse or neglect their children. However, parenting is a difficult honor, and adults can lack resources and knowledge about positive parenting skills. Because of the Early Childhood students at NICC, more parents have been connected to needed resources and support. I would like to express the gratitude I feel for the Early Childhood students who have been volunteering with daycare at our parenting classes. Continue reading
One of the most serious threats to our youth may be lurking on your shelves.
You have the power to reduce drug abuse.
Over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drug abuse is on the rise. Youth perceive OTC and prescription drugs as “safe” alternatives to other illicit drugs. This is untrue and poses an immediate threat to our communities. Helping Services is working hard to decrease this abuse by partnering with local pharmacies and businesses that sell these medications. It is with your help that we can educate sellers of these medications about the dangers associated with over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Continue reading
Drug trends have changed dramatically over the past ten years. That’s why we’re working hard to inform and equip your family with ways to address and reduce local synthetic drug use, increased marijuana use, and high rates of binge drinking, tobacco use, and prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse. We encourage your family to learn about these trends and talk with one another about your values and expectations when it comes to drugs. Then, get others involved by inviting them to events, writing to your paper’s editor, or just having conversations about these challenges.
This Month’s Family Discussion: What are five ways to avoid drug and alcohol abuse? Continue reading
By Tessa Willie |
In 2012, 80% of male high school students in Iowa chose not to use smokeless tobacco. In 2005 this number was 72%, meaning more and more students are choosing not to chew. To encourage all students to make that same choice, February 16–22 has been proclaimed “Through With Chew Week” to call attention to the dangers of smokeless tobacco. Continue reading
By Kathy Schwartzhoff |
Sometimes you set a goal that stretches you beyond your comfort zone, and it is exhilarating when you reach it. That is what is happening with Mentoring Programs at Helping Services. Continue reading
Are you tech savvy? Do you like to take pictures or edit videos? Are you looking for a great volunteer opportunity to gain resume experience with a well known reputable agency that gives back to the community?
If you answered “YES” to these questions, then we need your help to bring awareness to intimate partner, domestic, and dating violence! Helping Services’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center is looking for a volunteer to help with the development of an online volunteer training. Continue reading
Guest Post by Courtney Adam |
ERASE is a coalition of neighbors promoting community health and individual wellness in Winneshiek County. By hosting programs and promotional events, members work to reduce the negative effects of alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and prescription drugs on individuals, families, and their communities.
My name is Courtney Adam and I work for NEICAC Health Programs.
As someone who works with teens and also being from Northeast Iowa, I have seen the effects of underage drinking on our communities. ERASE wants to get the public involved in decision-making and works hard to create healthy environments for our young people!
I joined ERASE because I want to help make a difference and see change, and it’s great to feel like I can have a part in that!
“Wellness” has been a buzzword for a while now. What does being well look like in your family? Are you still trying to figure it out, teach it to your children, or make it a value your teens will have as they grow older? Winneshiek County has a variety of sources of wellness for everyone in your family. All of us who are part of ERASE are excited to join you on your wellness journey. Over the next five months, we will share with you the fun, adventurous, and creative ways your families can be well, by connecting you with things going on right in Winneshiek County.
This Month’s Family Discussion: What does being “well” mean to you, and what is one thing I can do to help you improve your wellness? Continue reading
Guest Post by Shannon Nagel |
Youth Helping Youth is the theme this year for the Burr Oak Luther League Ham and Turkey Dinner. The proceeds from our Ham and Turkey Dinner event will benefit the Mentoring Programs at Helping Services. Continue reading
This three week class covers six different lessons. The lessons teach parents the same intervention tools used by teachers in their kid’s classroom for greater consistency and greater results. Continue reading