National Night Out Connects ProAct with Community

August kicked-off with National Night Out, and a number of our sites celebrated! Participants had a blast meeting with first responders and law enforcement.

In Eagan, they celebrated by inviting the Eagan Fire Department, and participants got to explore the fire truck and meet their neighborhood firefighters.

In Red Wing, the police, fire and EMT crews from Goodhue County and the city of Red Wing came with fire trucks, an ambulance and squad cars. Participants learned about officers' gear and vehicles, and were also able to hop inside the vehicles to check them out!

ProAct connects our participants with the community each week. Events like National Night Out provide an excellent opportunity for not only our participants to see all that our communities have to offer, but also to build meaningful relationships with local leaders, small businesses, and our neighbors.

Exciting Changes are Coming to Red Wing

While we're still enjoying beautiful autumn weather, there's no denying that winter weather won't be far behind. There are those bad weather days when it's difficult for participants to get outside, or roads may be dangerous to travel far. That's why ProAct Red Wing is changing a section of our work floor into a brand new indoor gym!

For participants who may have mobility issues or just want another place to stay active, this spot will include an indoor basketball hoop, volleyball net, mats for a yoga and an exercise studio. We are excited about this project!

ProAct Red Wing is currently getting bids for gym curtains, paint and more, and we look forward to sharing more as this exciting project comes together! This will be an important resource for our Red Wing participants and will ensure everyone can still have fun and stay healthy on those cold winter days.

Hot Days & Summer Fun Across Our ProAct Sites

August was non-stop summer fun for ProAct participants!

Red Wing got creative with art, crafts and games. They also took fun trips to local parks, the zoo and county fairs. There was even time to stop for some delicious donuts in Cannon Falls!

In Hudson, participants stayed cool at the movies, checking out the new Pixar film Elemental. They also hopped across the river to Stillwater where they visited some animals at the pet store and experienced all things spooky at the Halloween Store. Animals Class had a great time creating an octopus, while Culture Club learned about Brazil.

In Shakopee, the Parks & Rec Class enjoyed the summer weather by hosting three picnics and playing some fun games. The Let's Go Fishing program was also able to hit the lake. What's more, Shakopee is excited to share two new clubs that started this month - the Library Club and Walk Club!

Finally, in Eagan, Gardening Class enjoyed the fruits of their labor and made fresh caprese salads using ingredients they’ve been growing all summer. Yum! Groups also took trips to Como Zoo, and for World Lizard Day, a group of reptile lovers took a trip to Snake Discovery. The Easy Drawing Class drew a Ferris wheel in honor of the Great Minnesota Get Together, and everyone enjoyed a special treat - donuts on a stick!

All smiles at Minnehaha Falls!

Games Class headed indoors to beat the heat.

So many beautiful outfits at the Princess Ball!

Enjoying some fun and games!

Getting in the spirit at the Halloween Store.

Enjoying the county fair!

ProAct has so many amazing artists!

Let's Go Fishing!

August by the Numbers

Total Hours: 45,220

Participants Served: 717

Independent Hires: 3

Monthly, ProAct’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee focuses on educating staff, participants and stakeholders in areas of culture, diversity and disability. The committee chooses one diversity related area and a disability as its educational focuses for the month. Bulletin boards, e-mails, class projects and other tools are used to educate staff and participants at each of our four locations.

The committee chose Celiac Disease and Women's Equality Day for the month of August.

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