Our Mission Continues with Outdoor Adventures

Our Mission Continues with Outdoor Adventures

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Office and Northwest Arkansas Chapter have dug deep to find ways to adapt, improvise and overcome many of the challenges presented by the guidance/mandates in place. While we have postponed our large-scale adventures to 2021, #OurMissionContinues! Our reformatted Outdoor Adventures now include groups of 10 or fewer whenever possible, and we press on to keep our Sheep Dogs off that couch. Since June, we have taken more than 60 Sheep Dogs in need on 2-day adventures to experience the thrill of off-roading with razors at Rush Springs Ranch, skydiving at Skydive Fayetteville, rockcrawling with Rockcrawlers 4x4 Club NWA at Byrd's Outdoor Center, water activities on Beaver Lake, and with the recent cooler weather, indoor axe throwing, climbing and more. While it sounds like we're “just having fun,” the camaraderie, peer support and sense of belonging participants feel during these adventures is critical to the overall well-being of each Sheep Dog attending. Check out our Facebook photo albums to...
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Hurricane Laura Disaster Response Missions 1.0 & 2.0

Hurricane Laura Disaster Response Missions 1.0 & 2.0

  SDIA's Hurricane Laura 1.0 Disaster Response Team (DRT) worked hard last week assisting people in the DeRidder, Louisiana, area. The Team of 53 volunteers from Arkansas (Central and NWA), Florida, Kansas, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas: assisted 1,608 people (including 168 Veteran and First Responder families); cleared 66 properties of 265 downed trees; mucked-out and performed mold remediation in 6 homes; covered 111 structures with tarps; and distributed 8,046 lbs of food, water and supplies.   Despite the work done, there is much more to do. SDIA will be deploying a second DRT to Louisiana Sept. 14-18, 2020. The DRT will conduct chainsaw operations, tree & debris removal, tarping structures, mucking-out homes, distributing food/water, and other recovery tasks.    If you are available to deploy and are not high-risk for COVID-19, please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. After registering, you will be added to the list of DR volunteers and will receive deployment information as it becomes available.   Requirements for Deployment Health/Medical...
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SDIA Deploying Disaster Response Team for Hurricane Laura Recovery

SDIA Deploying Disaster Response Team for Hurricane Laura Recovery

Overnight Hurricane Laura slammed into the Texas/Louisiana coasts with Cat 4 strength. The need for assistance in recovery is great, and Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) is responding. SDIA will deploy a Disaster Response (DR) Team from Sunday, August 30, to Friday, September 4, to the Lake Charles, Louisiana, area to perform chainsaw operations, trees & debris removal, tarping roofs, and other assistance as needed.   The Northwest Arkansas DR Team, along with volunteers from other SDIA Teams and Chapters, will depart from the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary’s at 10:00am on Sunday, August 30.   Those who are not high-risk for COVID-19 and are willing/able to deploy next week, may register to volunteer at https://podio.com/webforms/22528178/1589227.   While this is a challenging time for most Americans, SDIA would greatly appreciate the public joining their DR Team by making any financial donation possible. No donation is too small - and every bit will help SDIA assist those affected by Hurricane Laura and other natural disasters.   Monetary donations...
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SDIA’s Response to COVID-19: Our Mission Continues!

SDIA’s Response to COVID-19: Our Mission Continues!

     HOW WE’VE HELPED From March 24 thru May 20, 2020, SDIA’s Teams & Chapters across the US have delivered food, masks, disinfecting supplies and other necessities to those in need. 16,777 People assisted 127,360 lbs Food, Water & Meals delivered 754 lbs Disinfecting Supplies delivered 56,525 lbs Donated Food Transported to Food Banks 5,998 N95, Medical & Handmade Masks delivered 29 Prescriptions & other items delivered       WHERE WE’VE HELPED From Hawai’i to New York City, our Teams & Chapters have been busy helping residents and frontline essential workers stay safe and healthy.     HOW YOU CAN HELP Your generous donations - large & small - will help us reach our goal of $100,000 by September 1. YOUR kindness, caring and support literally saves & changes lives! Another option is to become a recurring donor in our 10th Anniversary campaign - "$10 for 10"! Sign up and your monthly donation will automatically come to us and be used to help change the lives...
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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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