SDIA + CTL Honor, Remember Veterans & First Responders during Memorial May

SDIA + CTL Honor, Remember Veterans & First Responders during Memorial May

#GetOffTheCouch with Carry The Load's 9th Annual Memorial May Campaign. From your home, your streets, anywhere!   If you're like us, you're itching to get out of the house - or at least do something different at home. Well, we've got a great idea for you!   As a 2020 Non-Profit Partner of Carry The Load (CTL), we look forward each year to sharing their mission to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day through Memorial May activities, and be part of honoring and remembering the sacrifices our military, veterans, first responders, and their families make daily.   In the past we would get large groups/teams together and walk in CTL's Relays and Rallies across the US, as well as their Memorial March in Dallas on Memorial Day. This year will look different as we all participate virtually in our homes and nearby areas, but your support and involvement are vital to the success of their mission...and ours.   We invite you to honor the sacrifices of our nation's heroes...
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Veteran Forges New Life with Vet Programs & SDIA

Veteran Forges New Life with Vet Programs & SDIA

Ralston “Rolly” Porro served with distinction during three tours with three separate branches of the military: Marines, Navy, and Army. During his third tour as an Army Paratrooper, he suffered significant injuries when he was thrown from the gun turret of his transport by an improvised explosive device (IED). He suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), was rendered unconscious, and was medevaced out of the Arghandab Valley to Kandahar, Afghanistan. He awoke the next day in the hospital, struggling with the trauma of his injuries, the lingering effects of a serious concussion, and a small scar on his forehead as a reminder. Rolly’s struggles with his TBI continued after returning home to Chicago, and he sought help with the US Department of Veterans Affairs and his local Vet Center. There he found traditional treatment, along with yoga and meditation, and learned about Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) and its mission. Rolly also began a long and grueling Veteran’s Court program, a...
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SDIA Assists Those in Need During COVID-19 Crisis

SDIA Assists Those in Need During COVID-19 Crisis

CORONAVIRUS TAKES OVER As the world watched and began reacting to the coronavirus (COVID-19), SDIA started searching for responsible ways in which to help our members, volunteers, and fellow Sheep Dogs (veterans and first responders) Get Off The Couch™ and stay engaged. We also looked for safe ways to assist those in need during the pandemic…this new challenging type of disaster. SDIA has been hard at work and will continue with this effort as long as this health crisis affects our nation.   All of SDIA’s Chapters and Teams are led by Sheep Dogs, many of whom are currently on the frontlines in our communities serving in law enforcement, fire & rescue, or emergency medical services. Finding ways for our members and volunteers that are willing and able to serve during this pandemic was a challenge, but Jeff Watts (Central AR Chapter Commander) led the way. He worked with Little Rock area government and medical professionals to develop a protocol to deliver critical...
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SDIA, NWA COVID–19 Task Force Seeking Donations of PPE

Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) is pleased to be partnering with the NWA COVID–19 Task Force to collect critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and distribute it to Northwest Arkansas-area public safety officials to help protect them as they serve those in need.   Due to supply-chain constraints, availability of necessary PPE is limited. To help, SDIA and the NWA COVID-19 Task Force are asking the community for donations of the following items during this public health crisis. CRITICAL NEED: Protective Coveralls (cotton, Tyvek or like material) Face shields N95 masks OTHER IMPORTANT ITEMS NEEDED: Alternative Cleaning/Disinfecting Solutions Clorox or PDI wipes Digital thermometers Exam gloves Eye protection Gowns Hand sanitizer Isolation gown Masks Plastic gowns Sewn homemade cotton masks Shoe covers Surgical masks   Items may be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM at the following locations.  Fayetteville Fire Station 1, 303 W Center, Fayetteville, AR 72701; leave the donations inside the Entr Rogers Police Department, 1905 South Dixieland Rd, Rogers, AR 72758;...
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SDIA Day of Giving: Our Mission Continues

SDIA Day of Giving: Our Mission Continues

You're invited to participate in our SDIA Day of Giving: The Mission Continues online fundraising event this Thursday, April 2, from 8AM - 8PM that will allow you to support those who protect us every day. Our Social Distancing Hosts, Jayme Lingo and Michael Nimmo, will be LIVE on Facebook and Instagram at 8AM, 12PM and again at 7PM. We will also be posting information and videos every hour on the hour throughout the event on our Facebook Event page.                   This event is open to those in the Northwest Arkansas area, as well as those around the US, because we want all of our supporters to have access to our exclusive live Telethons, to hear from our Teams & Chapters across the country, and to have the opportunity to engage and have fun with some of our staff. All money raised will go towards our efforts to support vulnerable populations during the current pandemic as well as continuing our mission to engage,...
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SDIA RESPONDS: COVID-19 DISASTER RESPONSE INITIATIVE

SDIA RESPONDS: COVID-19 DISASTER RESPONSE INITIATIVE

As our nation continues to adapt to the growing number of confirmed cases and lifestyle changes resulting from coronavirus (COVID-19), Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) continues to do what we can to engage and assist our nation’s Veterans and First Responders, as well as our communities in need.   SDIA is now testing processes and procedures to safely and responsibly assist those in our communities who are quarantined due to a diagnosis of COVID-19 or self-quarantined due to high risk of contracting the virus. We are working with local authorities and organizations to coordinate critical assistance (delivering food, water, and/or required medications/supplies) to the elderly, disabled, and other high-risk individuals who may not recover from a COVID-19 diagnosis.   Our representatives involved in these tests are following the guidelines provided by the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), the White House, and Arkansas State officials to ensure the safety of our representatives and those we are assisting, including, but not limited to: Confirming they...
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SDIA’s Updated Statement on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SDIA’s Updated Statement on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) continues to closely monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to prevent our employees, their families and our supporters from contracting and/or spreading the virus. Last night the CDC announced revised guidance for businesses and mass gatherings/large community events. The steps SDIA is taking to comply are as follows. SDIA’s National Office in the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary’s will be closed March 16-30, with all staff working remotely. Please call 417-812-6035 for questions, or use email and/or text messaging to contact us. Decisions for extending or ending our office closure will be communicated when available. SDIA’s 8th Annual Heroes Gala is currently scheduled for April 18; we are exploring the best course of action to take regarding this annual fundraising event, and will announce our decision/plans on Monday, March 23. SDIA’s scheduled Outdoor Adventures will be evaluated on an individual basis, and those involved...
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SDIA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

Like the rest of the world, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) is very closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is following the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to prevent our employees, their families and our supporters from contracting the virus. In the CDC’s “Interim Guidance for Businesses” it states, “For the general American public, such as workers in non-healthcare settings and where it is unlikely that work tasks create an increased risk of exposures to COVID-19, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low,” except for those at high risk which includes older adults, those with compromised immune systems, and people who have serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease). According to the CDC and Arkansas Department of Health (ADH)’s COVID-19 websites, the incubation period for COVID-19 to manifest symptoms appears to be 2-14 days after exposure, and quarantine periods are for 14 days. With our 8th Annual Heroes Gala scheduled 35...
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