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 Silent Auction Bidding Now Open!

SDIA’s Silent Auction Bidding Now Open!

Get a head start on your Christmas shopping! We've collected hundreds of high-quality Silent Auction items from local businesses and national companies and they're ready to take your bid! We've got something for everyone on your list with a variety of children's toys, home decor, household, outdoor, entertainment, fitness, and pet items and so much more.   Browse the Silent Auction items item by item, or by item category - you can even add items to a watch list while you decide on a bid. Just click or scan the QR code at left, or visit www.SDIA10.givesmart.com. (Winners are responsible for picking up items or paying shipping costs.) BIDDING WILL CLOSE AT 8PM ON AUGUST 25.     DID YOU KNOW  The CARES Act passed by Congress in response to the COVID-19 crisis - best known for its Payroll Protection Program SBA loans - also has provisions that increase the tax-deductibility of donations to charities. During 2020, individuals can deduct 100% of their donations to 501(c)3...
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SDIA Hosting 10th Anniversary 10K Ruck March June 27 in Honor of Fallen Heroes

Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) is ready for their 10th Anniversary 10K Ruck March at a new location – Lawrence Plaza in Bentonville – on Saturday, June 27, 2020, from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Funds raised from the event will allow SDIA to continue its mission to help Sheep Dogs (Veterans and First Responders) Get Off The Couch™ and continue serving through their Disaster Response Mission, Outdoor Adventure and other programs.   Along the route, SDIA will be honoring five fallen heroes, including Fayetteville’s own Officer Stephen P. Carr, 27, who was killed in the line of duty on December 7, 2019. He was hired by the Fayetteville Police Department in April 2017, and was a patrol officer assigned to the Dickson Street Entertainment District. Officer Carr was known as a "gentle giant." He was calm, fair, and truly cared about the individuals he served in the entertainment district. The other honorees are: Sergeant 1st Class Javier Jaguar Gutierrez, 28, died on February 8,...
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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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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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