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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Yellowstone Adventure Provides Camaraderie, Healing for Veterans & First Responders

Yellowstone Adventure Provides Camaraderie, Healing for Veterans & First Responders

Sheep Dogs Arrive at Yellowstone for Camaraderie & Snowmobiling Wednesday, January 29, was a beautiful day at the Bozeman, Montana, airport as Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) welcomed more than 35 veterans and first responders to town for a weekend of camaraderie and snowmobiling in West Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park.   Many of the Sheep Dogs were participating in an SDIA Outdoor Adventure for the first time, and there was nervous excitement, and some anxiety, on many faces. Roger, a Navy veteran, was one of them. He sat alone for a while, and though he spoke with anyone who talked with him, he was quiet, watchful and apprehensive among so many strangers. He had taken a monumental step in helping himself by going on this trip – simply leaving his house was a battle he often didn’t win. But that day he had left his house…and went to an airport, and flew on two planes to get to Bozeman - HUGE wins...
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SDIA is Celebrating 10 Years of Helping Sheep Dogs #GetOffTheCouch in 2020

SDIA is Celebrating 10 Years of Helping Sheep Dogs #GetOffTheCouch in 2020

SDIA IS TURNING 10! It's hard to believe, but on July 13, 2020, SDIA will be 10 years old. That's: 10 years of helping our nation's heroes #GetOffTheCouch; 10 years of Disaster Response Missions and Outdoor Adventures; 10 years of lives changed by bringing Sheep Dogs together; and 10 years of working with amazing volunteers, supporters and sponsors to make it happen. Here's a quick look at where we started, and how we got to where we are today.   OUR HISTORY When Hurricane Katrina wiped out entire communities in 2005, people the world over were shocked by the devastation, and the fact that people sat for days without help…hungry, thirsty, injured, suffering and even dying. As most watched the horror unfold helplessly from their living rooms, the idea of Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) began to take shape when then USMC Gunnery Sergeant Lance Nutt used years of emergency and logistical training to lead a strategic relief effort to Pass Christian, Mississippi. It was...
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Happy New Year 2020!

Happy New Year 2020!

Happy New Year! 2019 was an incredible year, and we've got big plans to make 2020 - our 10th Anniversary - our biggest and best yet! We can't wait to share it all with you, because YOU made it all possible. It's hard to believe, but on July 13, 2020, SDIA will be 10 years old. That's: 10 years of helping Sheep Dogs #GetOffTheCouch; 10 years of Disaster Response Missions and Outdoor Adventures; 10 years of lives changed by bringing Sheep Dogs together; and 10 years of working with amazing donors, supporters and sponsors to make it happen. We have many things planned to make 2020 our most exciting year yet. We'll soon be launching limited edition merchandise, and have a special event in the works - as well as incredible guests like American hero Noah Galloway and US Army veteran and country singer/musician Matt Williams lined up for our Heroes Gala on April 18. For now, we simply want to wish you a...
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