July 2020 Newsletter
In this issue:
  • A Message from our President/CEO
  • New T-Shirt Design Reveal
  • Dubuque Family Needs Survey
  • Donate Books to Women United
  • United Way Job & Internship Openings
  • Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
Upcoming:
  • Over the Edge- Become an edger!
  • Digital Campaign Kickoff
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A Message from our President/CEO:

Dear Friends of United Way,

We continue to have a busy summer, adapting to this new virtual world. The success of our work relies strongly on our connections—with our donors, nonprofits, business partners and community. Doing so virtually can be a challenge. Lucky for you, we are up for it! We know that over 42,000 people last year were impacted by our work and we can’t let them down. We also recognize we will need your help to share our message far and wide to be successful. Here’s what you can count on:
  • We are creating shareable virtual information for partners and donors to see the impact we make in the community and to let people know how they can join us in impacting local lives. This includes videos from partners, donors and more. Plus, we've created print materials including a brochure and annual report, demonstrating our local impact.
  • We will continue to hold our Over the Edge event on September 4th at the Hotel Julien Dubuque building with additional safety precautions. This event helps generate much needed dollars for our community impact fund. Currently through this fund, 31 partners are offering local programming supporting health, education, and income. If you wish to sign up as an Edger to assist us in reaching our $80,000 goal or to make a donation to one of the BRAVE Edgers who have committed to assist us, please do so here: https://dbqunitedway.org/over-the-edge
  • We will host a first-ever VIRTUAL Campaign Kickoff on Thursday, September 10th at 8:30 am, hoping that our message can be even more widely shared across our 10-county, tri-state coverage area.
Finally, you can count on us to be leaders in the community, taking action around our communities’ most pressing issues—before, during and long after this pandemic.
Thank you for your support and in sharing our great work within your businesses, social media, and personal circles. Thank you for LIVING UNITED.
Danielle Peterson
President/CEO
Thank You, Donna!
We would like to recognize Donna Roeder, our Director of Finance, who is retiring after working with our organization for 5 years! Thank you for all the work you have done over the years! We will miss you a great deal and wish you the very best in your retirement!
New T-Shirt Design Reveal
Check out this awesome new T-Shirt we designed in partnership with Elite Ink! Don't worry, you can still buy the gray shirt we featured last month too!

Not only will you have the most stylish shirt in town, $10 of every shirt purchased goes to the United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States' Community Impact Fund. Additionally, thanks to Sandra Kirkendall of Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors, an extra $5 will be donated (up to $250) for each shirt purchased. Your purchase will help advance over 40,000 local lives in the areas of health, education, and income stability!
Dubuque Area Family Needs Survey
Dubuque Area families are encouraged to complete this survey to share the needs of their family. This information will be used to develop a community response to support local families due to COVID-19. It is available in English, Spanish, and Marshallese.
Please share the survey with others!
Women United is seeking new or gently used children's books for the Little Free Libraries established in our area. Looking for books for ages infant through middle school. Books can be dropped off inside door at United Way office (215 W 6th) between 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Join the United Way Team!

M  anager of Finance/Administration
Interns Wanted!
We accept interns year-round in 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
Thank You to KWWL & the Community!
We would like to show our appreciation for KWWL and all of their hard work during our Day of Giving Telethon! T hanks to our generous community we were able to raise $1,165 for our COVID-19 response efforts!
Sign up to Go Over the Edge!

Interested in Edging (or rappelling) off the roof of the Hotel Julien Dubuque building and raising money to help nearly 40,000 people in our community?

Over The Edge is a unique opportunity for individuals and organizations to raise money and support United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States. All funds raised will go to our Community Impact fund which supports  31 LOCAL partner agencies impacting health, education and financial stability/income. Help take us Over The Edge!

There is still time to sign up to go Over the Edge! Find out more information at https://dbqunitedway.org/over-the-edge
Save the Date!
Congratulations to Cottingham & Butler!
Cottingham & Butler completed the first workplace campaign of our 2020-2021 campaign season. Over the course of the campaign staffers raised over $18,000 for United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States - an 18% increase! Congratulations on your successful campaign and thank you for supporting our mission to improve the lives of people in our community!
Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
The American Red Cross of Eastern Iowa works to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies in our community.
They are in need of virtual volunteers to fill several positions on their Engagement Team.

Openings include:
  • Hero Care Caseworkers: work to connect military families with a range of services
  • Social Media/Digital Volunteer: maintain and deliver the Red Cross message across multiple platforms
  • Disaster Action Team: provide 24 hour online support to families impacted by disasters
  • Volunteer Engagement: support and mentor new volunteers and assist them in their on-boarding and initial trainings
Operation Empower is an organization dedicated to serving populations affected by domestic violence, substance use disorders, physical/mental disabilities,domestic abuse, and homelessness. Operation Empower works to empower people by provide assistance with budgeting, transportation, employment, education, food, obtaining appointments, life skills, and recovery oriented services.
Openings include:
  • Grant Writers: Grant Writers will be provided with general and financial information in order to fill out grant applications for Operation Empower.
  • Grant Finders: The role of Grant Finders is to research the availability of government and corporate grants and relay that information to Grant Writers.
Unity Point Health is looking for volunteers to make handmade masks to be dropped off at their Dubuque location. These masks will be distributed to employees that do not work on the front-lines and visitors. There is a template and instructions that can be found on their website.
Additionally, they are in need of donations of:
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Face Shields
  • Gowns
  • N95 Masks
  • Procedure Face Masks
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Eye Protection
  • Exam Gloves
  • Food

These can be dropped off between 11AM- 1PM Monday- Friday at
Finley Hospital
350 N Grandview Ave
Dubuque, IA 52001
(Loading Dock on 3rd Street).

Whether you make a one-time gift or set up recurring monthly payments, every donation matters .
We are stronger together!