The month of July at Dakota Woodlands was full of summer fun, community support, and ended with a bed of roses. Our residents received vases full of beautiful roses from HyVee customers supporting HyVee's Operation Send a Smile Campaign. A smile is surely what our residents received! Thank you to all that supported this wonderful campaign. Your act of kindness brightened the day of those experiencing difficult times.
Each year as the school year comes to an end, Dakota Woodlands (DW) hosts a party for those that live at the shelter. It’s a tradition for DW to celebrate this time of year, recognizing a child’s success of completing the school year and applauding parents for supporting their children in this accomplishment.
This year we welcomed 30 former residents to this celebration that lived at DW in the past year, in addition to the 22 families staying with us. With the help of volunteers, many activities were lined up for this event that included food, games, prizes and arts & crafts. The children enjoyed jumping in the inflatable bouncy house, catching a surprise from the fishing pond game, experiencing the artistry of Henna Tattoos, jazzing it up with face painting, and receiving books from our book giveaway. We even had drawings for special prizes, giving our families a chance to win gift cards and bicycles!
A heartfelt thank you to our generous community of volunteers and donors for making this event possible! We would like to recognize Chef Jeff from New Horizon Foods for creating and donating a spectacular display of fruit offerings for our residents. This made the menu extra special! These delicious fruit trays were accompanied by walking tacos, variety of meats and toppings, veggie trays, yummy baked goods, popcorn, and a selection of beverages.
Congratulations to all of the school aged children for a job well done! YOU are amazing!
Congratulations to board member Mary Devine for being named the Wells Fargo 2017 Volunteer of the Year! On April 26, 2017 the Wells Fargo Volunteer Service Award Program donated $1000.00 in honor of Mary Devine for her volunteer service to Dakota Woodlands.
Executive Director Beth Bromen and Diana Harms, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for Dakota Woodlands, were with Devine as she accepted the honor.
Dakota Woodlands is happy to be a recent recipient of a Social Impact Grant from the Catholic Community Foundation (CCF). This grant was made possible by many donors – past and present – whose annual generosity and belief in the power of endowment has allowed CCF to steward and grow endowment funds. These funds provide annual grants to meet the greatest needs in our community.