Family and Children’s Council of Black Hawk County announces the hiring of Stephanie Shavers as the new Program Coordinator overseeing Healthy Babies.
“Stephanie’s experience working with at risk families, passion to support parents and history of making positive change in the Cedar Valley stood out the most. Her references, peers and professional colleagues confirmed Stephanie’s dependability, knowledge and ability to achieve success!” Shelly Smith, Executive Director
Stephanie comes to Family and Children’s Council with seven years of experience working with local at risk youth through mentoring, educating, advocating and challenging youth and parents to succeed. This spring she will graduate from UNI with a BA in Family Services to add to her Bachelor’s in Criminology from Upper Iowa University. Prior to joining Family & Children’s Council Stephanie was a Behavioral Specialist with the Waterloo Community Schools and a Family Support Worker with Lutheran Services in Iowa.
As Family & Children’s Council Stephanie with facilitate Healthy Babies and PASS. Healthy Babies is a prenatal education program designed for women. The Healthy Baby program aims to support women to deliver healthy babies through support, friendship, and education. Healthy Babies also supports women after they deliver their babies from birth until age 5. The statistics linking poverty and socio-economic environment to low birth weight babies are staggering. Black Hawk County is 20 out of 99 with a high rate of low birth weight babies.
Contact Stephanie at 319-234-7600 ext. 20 with any questions or to find out how you can promote the Healthy Babies program.
The UAW and volunteers of Family & Children’s Council are organizing a Trivia Night fundraiser, Thursday April 3rd. Teams of six compete against each other for a traveling trophy, prizes and bragging rights. Questions are taken from ten different categories to see which team will take home the trophy. All proceeds will benefit Family & Children’s Council programming.
When: April 3rd, Thursday 6:00pm – 9:00pm 2014
Where: UAW 838 in Waterloo (Near the intersection of LaPorte Rd and Mitchell Ave.)
How: Early Bird Registration of $90.00 a team ends March 31st. Grab five of your friends and sign up today! After the 31st registration is $100.00
Door Prizes, raffles, food sales and a cash bar are all available to assure everyone has a good evening.
To register on-line, complete the form below.
For the month of May, Family & Children’s Council of Black Hawk County was given a challenge by an anonymous donor to raise up to $5,000 that this donor would match. This challenge was not an easy task to accomplish, but with the help of some gregarious sponsors FCC was able to reach its goal by the end of the month.
The importance of this fundraiser for Family & Children’s Council results in a vast amount of programming that FCC would not be able to do otherwise. With the summer months being slower in donations for FCC the contributions that came through could not have come at a better time. The challenge that was set for FCC could have been difficult, but with the individuals and organizations that donated FCC was able to reach pass the challenger’s goal.
The importance of the donations that were received reaches beyond Family & Children’s Council, and is able to touch the lives of many in our community. With the money that was raised and that is matched will go towards the continuation of school programs for children and classes to strengthen families. “The need for both sets of these programs are vital to the community because with strong families, comes a stronger community and that is what our focus is here at Family & Children’s Council,” says Shelly Smith, Executive Director of FCC.
Family & Children’s Council strives for the betterment of the community, but without donations such as the ones received for the May Challenge it would not be able to have the impact that it does. Family & Children’s Council would like send out a big thank you to all of the donors that helped raise over $7,300! The anonymous donor will match the first $5,000 dollars, totally over $12,000 to help run programs to better the community. “Words cannot describe how pleased I am with the May Challenge outcome! I just want everyone that donated to know that myself and all of FCC is very grateful to have such great people willing to help our organization,” says Smith.
Family & Children’s Council would like to send out a special thank you to the following people and organizations who are the reason that FCC was able to reach its goal:
Belinda Alexander, J. Philip East, Louis Hellwig, Rick & Bea Koontz, Chastity & Eric Mueller, Susan Runkle, Marilyn Teig, Mary Ellen Warren, Wendell & Betty Wexter, and Cathy Young.
BH Retired School Personnel, Sunrise Exchange Club, Tyson Foods, UAW 838, and Westminister Presbyterian Church
For the month of May, Family & Children’s Council of Black Hawk County was given a challenge by an anonymous donor to raise up to $5,000 that this donor will match. This challenge is a difficult task to accomplish, but with the help of United Auto Workers 838, FCC is getting closer to their $5,000 goal that must be complete by May 31st, 2013.
The importance of this fundraiser for Family & Children’s Council results in a vast amount of programming that FCC would not be able to do otherwise. With the summer months being slower in donations for FCC the help that UAW is able to provide comes at a perfect time. The goal set by our gracious friend is a challenge that FCC intends on being able to accomplish, but with the $1,000 donation given by UAW the goal is within our reach.
The UAW 838 and the FCC have similar interests due to the fact they both are set on the betterment of the local community. The UAW 838 Community Services Committee works hard to connect people to services in our community for both members and non-members to ensure the advancement of our community.
With the $1,000 donation that UAW 838 is giving towards the $5,000 match challenge gets FCC closer to being able to accomplish the goal that is set for them. With this funding FCC will be able to provide programs to help prevent child abuse and work to strength families.
Family and Children’s Council would not be where it is today without generous donation, such as the one from UAW, to be able to provide the services to the community that it currently does.
For more information on Family & Children’s Council or the May challenge please contact executive director Shelly Smith at 319.234.7600, ext. 17 or email@example.com.