August 2021 Newsletter
In this issue:
  • A Message from United Way Staff
  • United Way 2021 Campaign Kickoff
  • Iowa's 21 Day Equity Challenge
  • John Deere Golf Outing
  • Campaign Updates
  • United Way Success Story
  • Upcoming Events
  • United Way Internship Openings
A Message from our staff:
Dear Friends,

As summer winds down, things continue to build up here at United Way. There are so many great things happening that we are excited to share with you. We hope that you take the time to read through all of our upcoming events and participate where you can!

We hope you were able to join us in person or virtually for our Campaign Kick-Off breakfast that happened on August 24th. This event celebrated achievements from the last year such as impacting over 55,000 lives in the tri-state as well as looked forward to our next campaign season in which we hope to exceed our 1.2 million campaign goal.

UWDATS has worked alongside a cohort of other United Ways across Iowa to create the 21 Day Equity Challenge. As of today, over 200 local people have registered to participate in this free learning opportunity that starts September 1st. We hope you check it out and consider signing up!

Our third annual Over The Edge Event is less than 2 weeks away. Stop down at the Hotel Julien Dubuque on Friday, September 10th to see all the action. Don’t forget to support your favorite edger by making a donation, sharing this post on Facebook, and/or being their cheerleader on the big day.

We are now accepting nominations for Dubuque National Service Recognition Awards in the categories of National Service Impact Award, Volunteer Service Impact Award, and Equity Impact Award. This event provides an opportunity to appreciate and recognize volunteers and National Service members in our community. Winners will be awarded on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.  Nominate the wonderful volunteers you know!

These are just a few of the amazing things going on with United Way. Our theme this year is United We Can and we know that with the generous support of community members such as yourself, we CAN make a difference and impact lives!
Impact a life today. Donate here
United Way 2021 Campaign Kickoff
On August 24, we had a wonderful campaign kickoff breakfast! We announced our goal of $1.2 million for this upcoming campaign year and had lots of wonderful partners speak about United Way, our work, impact, and the importance of supporting our community.
Thank you to all our speakers: April Finnin Rink of Finnin Ford, Bob Woodward of Telegraph Herald, Lisa Turner of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Amanda Dupont of East Central Intergovernmental Association, Lauren Czeshinski of Cottingham & Butler, Joe Muzik of Progressive Processing/Hormel, and Sue Hafkemeyer of MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center.
Also, thank you to Katie Weidemann of Northeast Iowa Community College for being a rockstar emcee, Joie Wails Music for performing, Steve's Ace Home & Garden for the lovely flower arrangements, Brooke Boddicker for the photos, and the Diamond Jo Casino Dubuque for sponsoring the event.
Sign Up for Iowa's 21 Day Equity Challenge
Join thousands of your fellow Iowans to develop a deeper understanding of what holds people back in our state — and what small steps you can take to help create a more equitable Iowa for everyone.

The 21 Day Equity Challenge will take place from September 1-30, 2021. This is a self-guided, online journey designed for Iowans to discover, learn, and grow together. 
John Deere Golf Outing
John Deere Dubuque Works. a long-time supporter of United Way, hosted a golf outing to raise funds for United Way. Thanks to the employees of John Deere, they were able to raise close to $3,000 for our Community Impact Fund, which impacts over 55,000 local lives in our community
Campaign Updates
As we start our 2021-2022 campaign year, we are excited to share about our collaboration and work with great businesses and our Funded Partners. During the month of August, the following businesses ran campaigns showing their support of United Way:

Almost Home, Caterpillar, Catholic Charities, Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, Community Solutions of Eastern Iowa, Dubuque Dream Center, Fountain of Youth, Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, Helping Services for Youth & Families, Hillcrest Family Services, Opening Doors, Regional Transit Authority, St. Mark Youth Enrichment, The Salvation Army, The Workshop, UPS

Looking for creative ideas for your campaign? Look here on our campaign toolkit or email

Thank you all for showing what it means to LIVE UNITED!
Thank you McDonough Foundation
Thank you to the McDonough Foundation for your generous grant! The funding will go to help support our Women United programs -- Sprout into Reading and Little Free Libraries.
If you want to learn more about these programs, visit our website here:
Thank you DRA
Thank you to the Dubuque Racing Association for their generous grant of $15,000 to United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States! These funds will go towards some much needed updates to our building, which will ensure a safe environment for us to continue our work. Thank you again!
Over the Edge 2021: Friday, September 10

United Way will be hosting its 3rd annual Over the Edge Fundraising Event! Edge (or rappel) off the Hotel Julien Dubuque by raising $1000 (or more!) for our Community Impact Fund, which directly impacts over 55,000 local lives in our community.
Sign up to Edge, see our Edgers or sign up to volunteer below!
Benefit Concert for United Way
Dubuque Bank & Trust presents Jake Dodds!

Jake Dodds is returning to the tri-states for an iconic performance at the Historic Five Flags Theater, benefitting United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States. The concert will take place on Friday, October 1, 2021, at 7:00 PM.

Ticket prices start at $20 and box seat packages are available. Stop on down at the Five Flags ticket office to get your tickets now or click the link below to access through TicketMaster.
Join the United Way Team!
Interns Wanted!
We accept interns year-round for two different positions within our office.

Community Building & Impact/Volunteer Engagement Intern

Development & Marketing Intern

Why Intern at United Way?
"Interning at the United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States was a great experience! They were flexible with my schedule and worked with me to ensure that my internship met the requirements set forth by my college for a Public Relations major. They allowed me the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects to build my portfolio and I was able to learn a lot about the world of nonprofit marketing! It was a great way to earn college credit while making an impact on my community!"- Jenna Meehan, Summer 2020 Development & Marketing Intern
Volunteer Opportunities
Food Delivery

UBFMDBQ will deliver by both bicycles (weather permitting) and by car! Please report to the Dubuque Rescue Mission Kitchen a few minutes prior to 4pm. We will review the route to answer any questions.
The route locations/times are as follows:
4:00 - 4:25  Dubuque Rescue Mission 398 Main Street,
4:30 - 5:00 Carnegie Stout Library area - corner of 11th & Locust St
5:10 - 5:30 corner of 6th & Locust St (Ecumenical Towers) 
5:45 - 6:00 Jackson Park 
Mentor Youth in Dubuque Area

Mentor Dubuque is looking for adults to volunteer as a mentor to a youth living in the Dubuque area. This is a fun and fulfilling way to get involved in your community!

We have 11 girls and 17 boys who are currently waiting for a mentor! The youth have a diverse range of interests, you could share your passions today with a youth that might interest your mentee.
Grant Writer's Team

The Fountain Of Youth Program is looking for volunteer grant writers to work as part of a team for the organization. Our overall mission as an organization is to eradicate generational poverty one adult at a time! We are currently searching for larger possible federal grants to help take our program to the next level. 
Whether you make a one-time gift or set up recurring monthly payments, every donation matters.
We are stronger together!