December 2019 Newsletter
In this issue:
  • Community Grant Sessions
  • 2019-2020 Campaign Updates
  • United We Rock- Amber & Adam at Mac's Wine Cellar
  • United We Rock- 2020 Events
  • Over The Edge 2020
  • Volunteer Opportunities
Community Grant Sessions
United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States (UWDATS) hosted two community sessions for non-profits interested in applying for the upcoming 2020-2022 Community Impact Fund Grant Cycle. Over the past 5 years, United Way transitioned from a traditional funding model to Community Impact. Our United Way network of funded partners has grown over this transition.
"I'm very proud of the work that our organization has done to prepare for a new era for our United Way. The shift to a new model of funding has required many efforts from staff, our Board of Directors, our nonprofit community, and other volunteers who have worked diligently to ensure we are prepared for a successful implementation. We have worked with all our partners, and now formally shared with others through our Community Sessions to bring awareness about our community's priority needs as well as to provide training and support around writing strong grant applications and reporting on community-wide goals." - Danielle Peterson, President/CEO of United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States

The community sessions provided an overview of the grant process and answered questions regarding the grant application. The Community Impact Fund is an full competitive grant open to any local nonprofit program within our 10-county service area who is able to impact health, education or income/financial stability, which are United Way's pillars of focus. Use the button below to access Grant guidelines on the United Way website. The grant application opens on January 2, 2020.
Campaign Updates
As we continue the 2019-2020 campaign aiming to reach our goal of $1.5M, we are excited to share about our collaboration with great businesses, including our Funded Partners. During our first half of our fiscal year we have had completed and turned in campaigns from the following businesses and organizations:
Thank you to all of these businesses and organizations and we are excited to keep our campaign growing with more support from additional businesses and organizations as their campaigns run this upcoming spring! Help us reach our goal by donating today!
Join us and enjoy Amber & Adam at Mac's Wine Cellar in Maquoketa on Saturday December 28th! Stay tuned for upcoming music and venue information.
Local Bands, Local Venues, Local Support! #UnitedWeWin
Join us for United We Rock events in 2020! Local Bands, Local Venues, Local Support! For more information use the link below:
Mark your calendars for Over The Edge 2020 which will be held on Friday June 26th, 2020! Stay tuned for more information !
Volunteer Opportunities!
Start the new year off with an impact!
Mentor Dubuque is looking for volunteers who want to mentor a youth in the community. Mentor-mentee pairs do things like go bowling, catch a movie, eat pizza together, hike, etc. You simply spend 4-5 hours each month with the child you are matched with.

Currently there are 11 girls and 17 boys waiting for a mentor.

Mentor Dubuque is also looking for adults to volunteer as a mentor to a youth living outside of Dubuque.
Bernard area : : Looking for one man interested in mentoring.

Maquoketa area: Looking for three men interested in mentoring.

Farley area: Looking for one man interested in mentoring.

The youth have a diverse range of interests! If you are ready to have fun while volunteering, contact them today!
Each year, volunteers come together and provide free tax preparation to low-to-moderate income community members. VITA focuses on assisting community members with Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC).

Operation: New View and Dubuque Tax Aide through AARP provide training to volunteers interested in being Tax Preparers, Quality Reviewers, Site Coordinators and Greeters. *Greeters welcome taxpayers to the sites and assist with an initial checklist at intake. *Tax Preparer volunteers then prepare the tax returns for the low-to-moderate income community members. These returns are then checked by a *Quality Reviewer volunteer for accuracy and submitted to the IRS. *Site Coordinators are available to assist volunteers with any questions or clarifications needed during the tax preparation process. AARP Tax Aide will have availability during the day and Operation: New View will have availability for the evenings. 
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