October 2021
YMCA job fulfills lifelong desire to work with children
Chelsea Greene has wanted to work with children since the fifth grade, and ProAct has helped fulfill that desire with placement and support for a new day care job at the Eagan YMCA.

“When they had an opportunity for a teaching assistant, Chelsea and her interests really fit the bill,” said employment specialist Nick VanderVegte. -more- | -watch-
Brother appreciates service

“ProAct has been a blessing for my brother. They are organized, courteous and treat him with respect.”
Bob Brennan, via Google reviews
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
ProAct's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee focused on two efforts in October: LGBTQ+ History Month and Mental Health Awareness.
Technology for participants
Give to the Max is coming November 18 and Technology for Participants is the focus of ProAct's 2021 campaign. Watch for more information soon!
By the numbers | September
  • 761 participants
  • 15 independent hires
  • 41,320 hours of service

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Monthly staff recognition
ProAct honors staff each month who go above and beyond the call of duty with gifts and recognition. Kudos in October went to:

Amanda Ballard
Lori Clemens
Bev Dols
Kathy Thayer
Participants at all sites enjoy community outings
ProAct's Day Support Services took advantage of beautiful weather and joined participants in the community for engaging activities. Check out some highlights below or click to view locations: Eagan, Red Wing, Shakopee, Hudson
Defining terms: WIOA
Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a federally funded program designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.
Harvest Moon Week festival celebrates fall season
When the ProAct CEO asked participant John F. who his super hero was, he said, “My dad is my super hero and I carry him in my heart forever.”
ProAct's first annual Harvest Moon Week festival commenced the week of September 27. Filled with games, activities, theme days and prizes, participants and staff celebrated the fall season and the rising of the Harvest Moon, also known as the Corn Moon.

In Red Wing, participants were enthralled by fall colors and sport team theme dress days. They made wreaths and squirrels for Plaid Day, headed outside for a scavenger hunt and a candy corn race and bean bag toss made for some busy entertainment. A moon dance and game of pin the nose on the pumpkin wrapped up the week's activities.

Eagan answered the why question at its kickoff and read storybooks about the Harvest Moon. Plaid patterned clothing and focus groups for fall decorations were followed by a 10-apple scavenger hunt with
a bonus golden apple. Carnival day had bowling, a hula hoop contest and the candy
corn relay. Later, it was the hot moon rock game mimicking musical chairs and hot potato. Decorating mugs preceded moon pie treats, which had rave reviews!

At ProAct's western outpost in Shakopee, it was all purple and the Vikings for team gear day, the greatest hit for participants and staff. Multiple prizes for games and a scavenger hunt search happened along with a moon walk dance. The coloring contest winner, Rosie, said thank you about 100 times, and was as happy as someone on Christmas morning. Tim Y. was a runner up.

Not to be outdone, Hudson participants and staff played pass the moon rock and guess the candy corn. Spirit dressing was a fun and creative outlet. Activities were incorporated into the life skills class schedule. Staff brought the creativity and clients took on the challenges. And, the Green Bay Packers were well represented.
Fine weather, community engagement, quality of life
ProAct's Day Support Services took advantage of beautiful weather and joined participants in the community for engaging activities. Hudson participants made the short trip to Madison's Place Playground in Woodbury for all-inclusive activities, and traveled further to Minnesota's Largest Candy Store in Jordan to purchase delicious treats and interact with store patrons.

Shakopee participants took in multiple area parks, playing yard Yahtzee, walking trails and playing discussion games. Individuals practices social and safety skills, saying hello to people and waving. Next up: pumpkin patches and apple orchards.

Parks were also on tap for Eagan participants, who visited Thomas Lake Park and Lebanon Hills. Minnehaha Falls and Como Pavilion along Como Lake were especially enriching and two groups took in Como Zoo, where they realized how much they missed seeing the animals.

In Red Wing, participants brought unneeded items to the Salvation Army and took direction from staff there. They visited over lunches at Colvill, Bay Point and Memorial parks. On the sweeter side, visits to Hi Quality Bakery in Cannon Falls and Hanisch Bakery in Red Wing were favorites. Participants ordered items, paid, received change and receipts, some with staff assistance. And, early in September, they collected 40 pounds of food for National Food Bank Day and donated them locally.
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