Living United December Edition
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Thank you for being part of something greater!
Together, we LIVED UNITED last year!

sproutDRA Helps United Way 
"Sprout Into Reading"
United Way is pleased to announce the start of a new early childhood literacy program - Sprout into Reading - in Dubuque, Delaware, Clayton, Allamakee and Fayette counties, thanks to generous support from the Dubuque Racing Association.

"Because family involvement is one of the top indicators of early literacy success, we developed a cost effective program for our greater service area that provides quality books and includes helpful literacy strategies from trained staff to increase family involvement," Danielle Peterson, United Way President/CEO, explains. Research shows the earlier families become involved in children's literacy practices, the longer lasting the effect.

Sprout into Reading is outcome-based and targets low-income youth ages birth to five years of age. A key focus of the program is to provide direct distribution of books to qualifying children through strategic partnerships with Parents as Teachers of Four Oaks, Helping Services for Youth & Families in Northeast Iowa, Parent Share & Support, Inc., Regional Medical Center - Manchester, Crescent Community Health Center, Dubuque County Visiting Nurses Association, and Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.  More information can be found on United Way's  website .

December 10, Noon-3 p.m.

Women UNITED, an initiative of United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States, is currently operating the "Sprout Into Reading" program. The group has decorated a tree (shown in top photo) for the Roshek Holiday Non-Profit Day. Stop out and support Women UNITED's efforts at the Roshek Holiday Non-Profit Day!
heroThe Hero Effect, an inspirational, monthly docu-series, is a partnership between United Way Worldwide and Dolphin Entertainment. 

Next episodes air December 10, 2016 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. CST on OWN.

Café  Momentum - Youth Empowerment:  Chad Houser left his career as a fine dining chef to start Café Momentum, a Dallas-based restaurant and culinary training facility. He is transforming young people's lives by providing a positive environment for teens recently released from juvenile detention centers. Café Momentum helps equip employees with job and life skills mentoring, including leadership, social, vocational, financial, parenting and anger management skills. Café Momentum was created through GroundFloor, a social incubator housed by United Way of Metro Dallas.

Mission United - Veterans:  As a former Army Company Commander in the Vietnam War, Stephen witnessed firsthand the struggles that soldiers face when they come home. After his daughter was injured in Iraq, he helped launch and lead Mission United, an initiative in partnership with United Way of Broward County aimed at re-acclimating veterans to civilian life.
United Way Funded Partner Non-Profits  thank
The following non-profit funding partners LIVE UNITED each year through United Way employee campaigns. We want to thank and recognize them for their financial contributions while recognizing the tireless work they are engaged in throughout our region.

American Red Cross of Northeast Iowa
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dubuque
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque
Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA
East Central Intergovernment Agency/ECDC
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois
Hillcrest Family Services
Iowa Legal Aid
Northeast Iowa Council of Boy Scouts
Opening Doors
Riverview Center
Salvation Army
Substance Abuse Services Center (SASC)
The Workshop

holidayHoliday Helpers Needed
Volunteers are needed on December 10 from 4-7 p.m. to help families "shop" for Christmas at Operation: New View. It's an easy way to give back and costs nothing but a few hours of your time!

Contact Tina Hasken, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, at 563.588.1415 x 210 for more information.

You've likely been wondering what came of our Help Our Homeless Initiative. Well, it has taken us a while to provide an update because the initiative was so successful it ran through November!

Support poured in from the University of Dubuque, IIW P.C., Sageville Elementary School, Bryant Elementary School, UnityPoint Finley, Kohl's, Sedona Staffing, Southwestern School District, FarmTek, St. Stephen's Food Bank, Kennedy Mall and the Roshek Building.

As we're waiting for final donations to be dropped off, this is just a sampling of the items left to distribute! 

For a list of homeless programs and shelters supported through this endeavor, visit our website!
Community donors are being sought to serve as investment panelists in the areas of health, education or income. These volunteers will help determine where funding is distributed in the year ahead by reviewing grant applications. The time commitment is mid-January through February or March, depending on availability of the volunteer.

This is a great opportunity to better understand the needs of your community and what organizations are doing to help meet those needs. If you have a passion for improving the health, education and income stability of individuals and families, contact  Chris Chapin-Tilton at 563.588.1415 x 206!

Together, we recognize there are no quick fixes. Band-Aids are not enough. We have to look at the big picture, and how our work connects with each other. In other words, lasting solutions take a while, and all of us. Thank you for LIVING UNITED this fall!

Abeln Abstract & Title Company
Alliant Credit Union
Alliant Energy
Alliant Energy Foundation
American Trust & Savings Bank
Andersen Corp./Eagle Window & Door
Art Pape Transfer
Artistic Cleaners
Berger Benefit Connections
B.L. Murray Co., Inc.
Brissey Realty
Burger King
Crescent Community Health Center
CS Technologies
Delaware, Dubuque & Jackson Co. RTA
Dubuque Anesthesia Services
Dubuque Community School District
Dubuque Stamping & Mfg. Inc.
Dupaco Community Credit Union
Dubuque Plastics

Eagle Tool Company
Edwards Cast Stone Co.

The Friedman Group
Giese Manufacturing Co. Inc.
Hughes & Tranel Law Office
J.D. Auto Sales
Jim Kircher & Associates
John Deere Dubuque Works
John Deere Foundation
Kane Appraisal Services
Klauer Manufacturing
Lincoln Financial Group
Loras College
McCullough Creative Group, Inc.
Mulgrew/Perfection Oil Co.
Mutual Wheel Co.
Norby Distributing
NE Iowa Area Agency on Aging
O'Connor & English Insurance Agency
Pepsi-Lime Rock Springs
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #125
Premier Bank
Premier Linen & Uniform Rental
Printers Plus
Radio Dubuque
Rhomberg Fur & Leather Gallery
Rockwell Collins Bellevue
Rockwell Collins Charitable Corporation
Rockwell Collins Manchester
Randy Roussel Masonry Contr.
Schwendinger Construction
Sheehan Auto Electric Corp.
Sisters of Charity, BVM - Mt. Carmel
Sisters of the Visitation
State Farm - Nancy Wallace
State Farm - Joe Buchheit
Straka Johnson Architects
U.S. Bank
Wagner Accounting & Tax Service
Westmark Ent./Kendall Hunt Publishing
Woodward Foundation

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