" The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others .” 
― Deann Hollis
Happy April everyone! There are a lot of exciting things going on in our community and around the state. First, I want to thank all of the young people who took part or will take part in our spring Days of Caring. Last week we had over 1,500 students in the Muscatine school district take part in a day to give back to their community. We hope that this will inspire these students to continue to give back in the future as well. This month, we’ll have similar days for L-M and Durant schools.
                
This week I had the opportunity to attend the Governor’s Future Ready Iowa Summit. Our state has a goal that by 2025 70% of our workforce will have some kind of education or training beyond high school. We need this to happen to match the demand that we have for jobs in our state. United Way fully supports this goal and we think that all organizations have a role to play in getting us there. When those in our community receive better education and training, we’ll be a better fit for the jobs that are available not only today, but in the future as well. Better education and training also opens the opportunities for better pay, which is one way to make sure households are self-sufficient and able to meet their basic needs.

Making Muscatine better takes a community effort. I hope you’ll find a way to get involved and give back in any way that you can.

Thank you for reading!
Shane Orr
Executive Director
Upcoming Events
April 1st-30th
Durant Day of Caring 
April 12th
April 13th, 7-9 am
DaBeet's Kids First Fundraiser 
April 26th
L&M Day of Caring 
April 27th
April 30th, 11am-1pm
Save the Date!
Pearl Pub Party
June 10th, 3-6 pm
Kids First Vintners Dinner
October 22nd
Muscatine Data
Households Utilizing DHS - 2,877
US Unemployment Rate - 4.1%
Iowa Unemployment Rate - 2.9%
Muscatine Unemployment Rate - 3.6%
United Way Data
Did You Know?

United Way held it's 11th Day of Caring in the fall of 2017. Five years ago, Day of Caring went from one day, into a fall Day of Caring for businesses and a spring Day of Caring for the school district. We have also added Durant Community School district and L&M School District to have their own day in the spring.
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Congratulations to the winners of Disney tickets! United Way held a Day of Action in November. Everyone that volunteered at least 2 hours was put into a drawing for Disney tickets. The tickets arrived last month, and all the winners have received their tickets.
Jason Smith was one of our board members willing to auction off 2 hours of volunteer time at our Business After Hours in December.
He was asked to spend his time volunteering for MCSA. Jason and fellow Monsanto employees put in some new walls to create more office space at MCSA. They spent a few hours each day for a week making this happen for MCSA. Thank you everyone for your support!
For more volunteer opportunities, please visit volunteermuscatine.org
Community Events
Muscatine Community School District held it's annual Day of Caring on March 28th. Students from all the schools in the district were found all around town cleaning up senior's yards, cleaning up the riverfront, painting and cleaning at local non-profits, and so many more projects we can't cover them all! A total of 1,940 volunteers put in 7,760 hours of work for 62 projects on this day! This is such a great opportunity for the students in the community to do good work and help others! Thank you to everyone that had a part in making Day of Caring happen!
For more Day of Caring photos, please visit our Facebook page.
Upcoming Events