SDIA’s 2017 Accomplishments

SDIA’s 2017 Accomplishments

2017 Accomplishments Because of your support, 2017 was an incredible year of disaster response missions and opportunities to help our fellow Sheep Dogs in need get off the couch and reengaged in living life. Here's how YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE in the lives of the nearly 3,500 people we assisted in 2017.     DISASTER RESPONSE MISSIONS 425 Members and Volunteers deployed on 4 different major disaster response missions to Texas (hurricane), Florida (hurricane), Michigan (flooding) and Puerto Rico (hurricane) assisting 2,570 people and clearing 224 properties of trees & debris. Our WA Team also distributed water and sports drinks to fire fighters battling wild fires in Washington state, bringing total water distributed to 2,817 cases, and 1,950 pounds of food and supplies delivered to those devastated by natural disasters. OUTDOOR ADVENTURES SDIA sponsored 187 Sheep Dogs in Need to participate in 18 Outdoor Adventures, including hunting, skydiving, fishing, obstacle races and our national trip to Washington DC & the Marine Corps Marathon. Our Outdoor Adventures get these...
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Nominate Your Sheep Dog of the Year TODAY!

Nominate Your Sheep Dog of the Year TODAY!

  DO YOU KNOW OF A SHEEP DOG WHO LIVES OUT OUR MOTTO, "HELPING OTHERS IS A WAY OF LIFE?" Our Sheep Dog of the Year awards are an important way to recognize those among us who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their military or first responder professions (law enforcement, fire & rescue, and EMS/paramedic).   These awards are presented to Sheep Dogs who have modeled exemplary and/or heroic service during the year 2017. Although a single heroic incident may be worthy of consideration, special consideration is given to those nominees who have distinguished themselves and their profession throughout their careers.   The nominations period is now open for our 2017 Sheep Dog of the Year awards, so if you know of a Sheep Dog worthy of this special recognition, please complete the Nomination form and submit it by the March 1, 2018 deadline.   Awards will be presented at our 6th Annual Heroes Gala on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the John...
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SDIA & Fallin Feathers Partner for Final 2017 Hunt

SDIA & Fallin Feathers Partner for Final 2017 Hunt

Last month, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) sent three Sheep Dogs in Need on our final Outdoor Adventure of 2017 . They were welcomed by Fallin Feathers Duck Club in Pocahontas, AR, for two exciting days of duck hunting December 12-14, 2017. In addition to incredible hunting grounds, the atmosphere at Fallin Feathers helped foster the camaraderie many Sheep Dogs search for outside their military and/or first responder professions. Getting injured veterans and first responders off the couch and around other Sheep Dogs who have been through similar situations is vital to inspiring a positive state of mind and perspective for the Sheep Dog and their family. We are excited to announce Fallin Feathers will partner with SDIA for another hunt this month (January 15-18), and hopefully many more to come. Know of a Sheep Dog in need who would benefit from the camaraderie and excitement of our Outdoor Adventures? Go to www.sheepdogia.org for more information or contact Scott West or...
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Christmas Outreach Makes Holiday Bright for Sheep Dog Families in Need

Christmas Outreach Makes Holiday Bright for Sheep Dog Families in Need

The scene at SDIA's 4th Annual Christmas Outreach Party on Saturday, December 16, was one of joy and excitement for all the children and families in attendance. Because of the generosity of so many giving and caring people, SDIA made Christmas wishes come true for more than 250 children! All of these kiddos have parents that are currently serving, or have served, in the military or first responder community, and are struggling with financial difficulties this holiday season. The ability of SDIA to help those that make our country a safer place - our nation's Sheep Dogs - truly brings the meaning of the holiday season to life. Our Christmas Outreach party is an event that we look forward to every year; we invite the families we are helping for Christmas and make sure they know how much we appreciate them during this special time of year. We cannot say Thank You enough to the many volunteers and businesses - like Walmart...
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SDIA Teams Up With Flight of Hope on Follow-Up PR Mission

SDIA Teams Up With Flight of Hope on Follow-Up PR Mission

While Hurricane Maria is long gone, much of Puerto Rico still lacks electricity, clean water, medical supplies, and more. KForce’s Flight of Hope, including 4 Florida members of SDIA, went on a follow-up mission to Puerto Rico and distributed much needed supplies. SDIA is honored to be part of Flight of Hope’s collaborative effort to continue assisting the people of Puerto Rico. Flight of Hope is thankful for our onsite team and appreciates their quick response to needs, as this post from one of their member’s Facebook page says: “I want to thank the disaster response team #sheepdog for their incredibly fast response. I drove to this lady’s house to deliver supplies this past Monday and offered to purchase her a tarp. [SDIA] called me this morning and immediately drove to Hatillo, PR, to assess damage and take measurements. Great Collaboration!” Great work, SDIA members! Thank you for your willingness to assist those in need. ...
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Give to SDIA on #GivingTuesday and Your Donation Could Be Doubled!

Give to SDIA on #GivingTuesday and Your Donation Could Be Doubled!

Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday. Beginning at 7am CST on Tues., Nov. 28, Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match up to $50,000 per nonprofit or $1,000 per fundraiser/donate button - meaning YOUR DONATION could be DOUBLED! It's simple - just visit our Facebook page on Tuesday at 8am and make your donation with our Donate button. Your donation to Sheep Dog Impact Assistance will allow us to ENGAGE, ASSIST and EMPOWER more of our nation's Sheep Dogs - military & first responders - than ever before. Every dollar you give will help fund our Disaster Response, Outdoor Adventures, and Holiday Assistance programs. These programs are a crucial element in helping our heroes - especially those injured in combat or the line of duty - continue to have a positive mindset and perspective. How do these programs help? For Sheep Dogs, the standard of camaraderie and peer support is very high. Without it, Sheep Dogs struggle and...
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Christmas and Hunting Don’t Go Together…or Do They?

Christmas and Hunting Don’t Go Together…or Do They?

While they may not seem to go together - Christmas and hunting - for Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) and the brave men & women we serve, the idea behind both is the same: Helping Others is a Way of Life. We help the children of Sheep Dogs in need have a Merry Christmas by providing them with gifts and necessities their families are unable to give. And we help Sheep Dogs who have been wounded in combat or the line of duty go on all-expenses-paid Outdoor Adventures by collecting donations to sponsor them. Why do we sponsor them for Outdoor Adventures? By getting them off the couch and engaged in a healthy activity - like obstacle course races, hunting, fishing, skydiving - with others who have been through similar traumatic experiences, they feel a sense of belonging and camaraderie that is non-existent in civilian life. Being able to share their struggles and emotions facilitates organic healing, and reminds them they are...
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SDIA Members Sending & Delivering Supplies to PR

SDIA Members Sending & Delivering Supplies to PR

Since their Disaster Response Mission to Puerto Rico in October, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) members from Florida have worked tirelessly with local churches and area residents to purchase and collect a truckload of supplies for those devastated by Hurricane Maria. They have partnered with Flight of Hope, who will deliver many of these items today directly to Puerto Rican residents in need as well as other relief organizations for distribution. Included in this shipment are 250 generators, 3,000+ pounds of food & medical supplies, over 1,000 water purification systems, clothing, cleaning supplies, tarps, batteries, and hygiene products. We are incredibly proud of these members and all they are doing for our fellow citizens! But they aren’t stopping there. Early next month, these members from Florida (and one from Kansas) will head to Puerto Rico to bring a bit of joy and happiness to the holidays. The six-person team will be in Puerto Rico from December 5-9 to deliver more needed supplies,...
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