"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” 
― Aesop
The weather is getting warmer. The start of spring brings a time for cleanup in preparation for the summer months ahead. Area students will be doing their part to help at their Day of Caring. At the end of this month, Muscatine students will be volunteering their time to help at area schools, parks, non-profits, and homes. There will be a record number of young people participating this year, with approximately 1,600 students giving back to their community. Next month, students at L&M and Durant will be doing their part in those communities. It’s a great reminder that it doesn’t just take financial resources to make communities better places to live, work, and raise a family. Time is a valuable resource as well. I would encourage everyone to get involved in making a difference. There are volunteer opportunities for almost any interest and area non-profits would love to have you help. You can call our office or register at  volunteermuscatine.org .
 
Thank you for reading!
Shane Orr
Executive Director
Upcoming Events
MHS Day of Caring 
March 28th
April 1st-30th
April 7th, 5pm-??
Durant Day of Caring 
April 12th
April 13th, 7-9 am
Save the Date!
DaBeet's Kids First Fundraiser 
April 26th
L&M Day of Caring 
April 27th
April 30th, 11am-1pm
Pearl Pub Party
June 10th, 3-6 pm
Muscatine Data
Households Utilizing DHS - 2,892
US Unemployment Rate - 4.1%
Iowa Unemployment Rate - 2.8%
Muscatine Unemployment Rate - 2.8%
United Way Data
Did You Know?

In 1952, at least 341 cities in the U.S. conducted united campaigns. There are now over 1,400 United Ways across the U.S., and 1,800 across more than 40 countries.
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Career Mentoring Program

Aligned Impact Muscatine's Adult Education and Training strategy group has been hard at work designing a pilot Career Mentoring program. We are currently recruiting passionate volunteers to help us get this program off the ground. This program is ...

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American Diabetes Alert Day

March 27, 2018 is American Diabetes Alert Day.  Over the last 20 years the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled and 7.2 million are still undiagnosed.  9 out of 10 people diagnosed– have type 2 diabetes. 

The purpose of the Diabetes Alert Day is to encourage people to take the Type 2 DM risk assessment test. This is available at www.diabetes.org . Take a few moments to answer a few questions to determine if you are at risk. 

Diabetes is a chronic disease, and although there is no cure, it can be managed by making healthy food choices (eating more of a plant based) moving more every day, staying at a healthy weight, taking medications consistently when prescribed and by monitoring your blood glucose routinely.

The Diabetes Education and Wellness Program at Unity Point Health – Trinity Muscatine offers a team of expert educators who can help you better understand diabetes. The team will provide you with the tools needed to reduce the impact diabetes may have on your life. Individual counseling sessions and group classes are offered. Sessions may include: counting carbohydrates, healthy food choices, insulin therapy initiation and training and blood glucose meter training. 

For more information you may contact Ellen Ryan with Unity Point Health – Trinity Muscatine at 563-262-4126.
She was asked to spend her time volunteering for Senior Resources' Meals on Wheels program. She enjoyed visiting the senior's homes. Phyllis and her dog, Abby, loved having a visit from Lupe and Shannon Abel, Meals on Wheels Coordinator. Thank you everyone for your support!
Lupe Vazquez was one of our board members willing to auction off 2 hours of volunteer time at our Business After Hours in December.
If you would like to volunteer for Meals on Wheels, or at Senior Resources, please contact them at 563-263-7292 or click HERE for their website.
For more volunteer opportunities, please visit volunteermuscatine.org
Community Events
Summer Lunch Planning Underway
Click below to see the article in the Muscatine Journal
Goal Planning
United Way Board and Staff spent some time in February
working on goals.
Upcoming Events