Helping Services 2014 Annual Report

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#GivingTuesday 2014 | Raise $ to Give Car Seats to 10 Families

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Some  families we serve do not have the resources to purchase car seats for their children. This #GivingTuesday we hope to raise $750 so that our Family Educators can provide a car seat to ten families within Allamakee, Clayton, Howard, and Winneshiek counties when they have no other resources available to purchase this important safety equipment. These families will also have the seat installed by our staff who are certified child passenger safety technicians.

If unable to afford a new seat, low-income families resort to buying out-of-date and possibly unsafe, used seats. In addition, the holiday expenses this time of year can sometimes mean buying a safe option takes less priority.

By reaching this goal, we can help local families keep their most precious cargo safe.

Donate to provide 10 car seats for local families.
Thank you for being part of the #GivingTuesday movement.

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Five Keys to Quitting- American Cancer Society

In preparation for the Great American Smokeout, this article was reposted with permission from the American Cancer Society – ACS . From providing cancer information, programs and services, to ACS events, they have been working for 100 years to eliminate cancer.

1. Get ready.

    • Set a quit date.
    • Change your environment:
      • Get rid of all tobacco, cigarettes, and ashtrays in your home, car, and workplace.
      • Don’t let people use tobacco in your home.
    • Go over your other attempts to quit – think about what worked and what didn’t.
    • Once you quit, don’t go back – not even one puff or chew!

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Why Join Your Local Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition?

By Carol Hopp, Community Prevention Specialist |

Want to get involved in creating and maintaining a safe and healthy community? Your local coalition offers a great opportunity to support and participate in substance abuse prevention and education. As we all know, abusing alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs contributes to risky decision making, traffic accidents, declined academic achievement, vandalism, pollution, chronic health problems, crime, and even death. It also affects a community’s reputation and attractiveness for new businesses and residents. Continue reading

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Kaia Used Her Birthday To Benefit Others

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For her 12th birthday, Kaia Neal had the idea that, instead of her friends bringing presents to her birthday party, that they bring a donation that would be given to a local charity.  Kaia wanted the donation used to help a family.  Her mom suggested they give the donation to Helping Services. So, Kaia decided to use the donation for the Resource Center Christmas Giving Project at Helping Services. Continue reading

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Holiday Lights Soon Ready for Visitors

By Renee Matt, IT Coordinator |

2014 set up staffOver 80 community members recently volunteered for the Holiday Lights setup day. Teams joined together to raise up their favorite displays in a morning of fun, hot chocolate, and teamwork.  In a few short weeks, Pulpit Rock Campground in Decorah will be transformed into a winter wonderland when Holiday Lights opens Thanksgiving night at 5:30 p.m. Continue reading

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Online Training is the Wave of the Future

By Renee Matt, IT Coordinator |

Lights! Camera! Action! Today another star is born in Internet land. To be more specific, another star presenter for the Online Domestic Violence Awareness Training. Staff at Helping Services were put to the task of taking a traditional face-to-face training and translating into a 30-hour online format. Continue reading

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Alcohol Use in Dubuque County: We Need Your Input!

What do you know about alcohol laws in Iowa? What about consequences related to alcohol?

Help DASAC better serve neighbors, protect youth, and equip local businesses. Share your thoughts and take the survey. Continue reading

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Two-in-One Training Opportunity: Responsible Beverage Server and Over-the-Counter Drug Seller

By Carol Hopp. Community Prevention Specialist |

Local businesses care about keeping our communities safe from underage and binge drinking and other substance abuse dangers. To be prepared to protect the public, alcohol license holders and servers and businesses that sell over-the-counter medications are taking time to get trained through the Helping Services two-in-one Responsible Beverage Server and Over-the-Counter and Prescription Drug Training. Continue reading

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3rd Annual Pet Walk in Cresco to End Domestic Violence


By Trish, Bilingual Advocate |

Domestic violence has been in the news quite frequently these past few weeks. Some of our neighbors are also victims of this crime, and their pets can be threatened by violence, too. Seven out of ten pet-owning victims of domestic violence who seek safety in a shelter report that their abuser also threatened, injured, maimed, or killed their pet. Their abusers did this to seek revenge or to control the victim. Continue reading

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