Connection Circles and Community Projects

Over the years, the program has evolved and changed. Projects were an integral part of the curriculum until COVID. During COVID, the Board of Directors supported a change in direction and the participants were grouped into “Connection Circles”. This proved to be a positive enhancement to the program and the Connection Circles allow the participants to explore topics more thoroughly in a smaller and more intimate group. In the 2022 – 2023 session, projects were re-introduced. Projects are smaller in scale and less time intensive, but still add significant value to the community organization that is collaborated with and offer a great learning experience to the participants.

Examples of projects completed by various classes:

Welcoming Bags – (Partnered with the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce) – The group developed gift bags for companies to distribute to guests and newcomers to Siouxland containing items made locally.

I Am Siouxland – (Partnered with the Siouxland Y) – The group will inform and encourage area non-profits of a new website to share resources and fulfill needs of clients served by the agency.

Barrier-Free Park and Ball Field – (Partnered with The Miracle League).

Up From the Earth – Group members worked with churches and neighborhood groups to promote the planting of “one more row” to donate to churches for distribution to the needy.

Aviation Education – (Partnered with the Mid-American Air Museum) – Members will work to provide tablets equipped with apps and information pertaining to the specific museum display to help visitors.

Signage – (Partnered with Mary Treglia House) – Signage was created in the languages of the clients to make the services offered more visible to all clientele.

Room Renovation – (Partnered with the Council on Sexual Abuse) – A complete room was renovated to be a friendly place for children