It’s October, which means fall has arrived (with a mix of rain, sun, and snow!) here in northeast Iowa. As the season changes, one thing remains the same: The work our team does at Helping Services for Youth & Families continues to be important, impactful, and life-altering.

You will find the latest edition of our bi-annual Newsletter in your mailbox soon, which I encourage you to read and share with a friend. You can find the digital version by visiting www.helpingservices.org/newsletter. I wanted to take a minute to highlight a few of the articles that fill those pages.  

The cover article speaks to the importance of the Tigerhawk Connections Learning Center, now in year 4 at the West Union Elementary.  We are excited to partner with the North Fayette Valley School District to provide this valuable learning tool for students in K-5 grade. You might know a Callie or Cane (actual names withheld to respect privacy) in your life who could benefit from such a program in your community.

Not only does October mean chilly weather ahead, it also signifies Domestic Violence Awareness Month. One way that you can help domestic violence survivors in your community is to become a volunteer with our Domestic Abuse Resource Center. For more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Brittany McIntyre, at bmcintyre@helpingservices.org or 563-380-4976.

If there has been a constant over the past 13 years, it’s that Holiday Lights will be shining bright at the Pulpit Rock Campground over the holidays. Helping Services looks forward to hosting the 14th annual edition of Holiday Lights this year. Holiday Lights will open this year on Wednesday, November 21, with the walk-through night from 5:00 to 7:30. Following the walk-through night, the campground will be open every night through Christmas for vehicular traffic from 5:00 to 9:00. Thank you for supporting this important annual fundraising event for Helping Services.

Finally, I would highlight some of the Prevention work our team does focused on Tobacco. You will notice a few ways that we work in the community on the back cover of the newsletter. You will probably notice that your favorite park is nicotine free. Learn more about ways we can provide resources for community by contacting info@helpingservices.org or 563-387-1720.       

Thank you for spending a few minutes reading through the newsletter this month, and perhaps sharing it with a friend. My continued gratitude for your support and care.

Carson Eggland
Executive Director

 

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