2020 North Dakota Needs Assessment

If you live in North Dakota, we want to hear from you!  Regardless if you're a provider, client, Board member, community member, advocate, or just want to chime in, Community Action Partnership of North Dakota and North Dakota State University invite your feedback through a community needs assessment survey. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Please note, this survey is specific to your region in North Dakota. Click on the county where you live and complete the survey!

Why a Community Needs Assessment?

Each of the eight regions in North Dakota will see comprehensive results that showcase the needs in their specific geographic region related to employment, income and asset-building, education, housing, health and social/behavior development, civic engagement and other supports.

At Community Action, we continually conduct needs assessments across North Dakota because our Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program supports community-based, anti-poverty programs. Local Community Action agencies receive funding from CSBG to develop local action plans based on assessment of needs, currently available services and locally available public and private resources. Action plans target one or more of three main themes: 1) Individuals and families with low incomes are stable and achieve economic security; 2) Communities where people with low incomes live are healthy and offer economic opportunity; and 3) People with low incomes are engaged and active in building opportunities in communities. 

Our survey closes on August 31, 2020.

Thank you to the Consensus Council for providing funding for this important needs assessment! 


The Promise of Community Action

Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

 


About Community Action

Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are nonprofits originally established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America's War on Poverty. Today, North Dakota has seven CAAs on the front-lines of the battle. These seven agencies provide essential services to every region and all 53 counties of the state.

CAAs enable low-income people of all ages to secure the opportunities they need to obtain and maintain economic security.

How to Respond with Kindness in Times of Darkness

How to Respond with Kindness in Times of Darkness

2020 is here, and we can now look back on the past year with appreciation and gratitude. 2019 was a great year, but of course, there were some difficult times—times of hardship, times of grief and times of tragedy. 

When bad things happen, how do we act individually, and how can we come together as a society? How can we be kind in times of darkness? Today we’re going to talk about just that, and how we can continue to live altruistically when facing heart-wrenching times.

1. Practice empathy.

The No. 1 thing to remember when responding to times of darkness is empathy. Empathy can be difficult when those affected by hardship are far away, look different than us or even have entirely different cultures.

But empathy—and putting yourself in someone else’s shoes—crosses all boundaries, unites us and helps us to remember that no matter what happens, none of us have to go through it alone. Notice that we say empathy and not sympathy. Sympathy says, “I’m sorry this is happening to you,” while empathy says, “Help me understand what is happening to you.” Practicing empathy in times of tragedy not only helps those suffering, but helps you grow as well.

 

2. Listen to others.

How can we be empathetic to the plight of others? By listening, which is not the same as hearing. We often hear what other people say, but don’t actually register what they’re thinking, meaning or wanting to happen.

We can respond to hard times by listening to those involved, even if it means listening to people we may not always agree with. Listening acknowledges someone’s feelings as valid and invites them into a conversation—creating a more altruistic dialogue—rather than an argument.

 

3. Give gratitude.

When we see terrible things happening in the world around us, it is important to remember to be grateful for the wonderful things we have in the world and our individual lives. A little gratitude goes a long way to living an altruistic lifestyle.

Gratefulness shows that you recognize negative situations around you, and you choose to find joy in the positives instead. When we practice gratitude, we have a kinder outlook on life overall and create a more altruistic lifestyle.

 

4. Lend a helping hand.

If you feel inclined, and it’s possible, see how you can help in difficult situations. If there’s been a specific tragic event, see if there’s anything you can do to support the victims’ families. If there’s a situation that’s been going on for a long time, look into donating to a charitable organization or volunteering your time to make a difference. No matter what it is, any impact you can make in the lives of those suffering creates a more loving world overall.

 

5. Remember perspective.

Finally, remember that for all the darkness there is also light. When tragedy strikes, embrace kindness by keeping perspective: This is not the end. This is not the worst thing ever. There is still a future. 

Don’t dismiss difficult times, but embrace the potential for good after the period has passed.

 

The future holds good and bad—this much we know. However, if we remember to stand for kindness, individually and together, we can continue to live a more altruistic lifestyle and support those who need our help.

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