Siouxland CARES About Substance Abuse

Siouxland CARES is a volunteer driven community coalition formed to bring about community changes related to alcohol and other drug abuse and related violence. Formed in 1987 to address adolescent substance abuse, CARES has expanded its efforts to include the abuse of alcohol and other drugs and related violence by all age groups. CARES is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation.

Siouxland CARES and Sioux City were the recipients of the 2011 Iowa Community of Character Award.

CARES coordinated the effort to have Sioux City, Iowa certified as a SAFE (Substance Abuse Free Environment) Community in 1991 and is a former member of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).

Siouxland CARES is an affiliated agency of the United Way of Siouxland and a former Drug Free Communities Support Program grantee from the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and ONDCP (Office of National Drug Control Policy).

Our 13-member Board of Directors, 50+ member Advisory Board, and committee volunteers represent the many community systems including:

  • Parents
  • Youth
  • Media
  • Aftercare
  • Treatment
  • Government
  • Justice
  • Health Care
  • Business
  • Civic Groups
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Educational Institutions
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Religious
  • Institutions
  • Military

Siouxland CARES 2018 Accomplishments

Community-Wide Awareness, Resources, Education and Support

Number of Volunteers & Hours

349 volunteers contributed 6,580 hours

 Coordinated or participated in Meetings Aimed Reducing Substance Abuse


Materials Distributed


 Positive Youth Development Sessions