Living United 
March Edition

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programProgram Update- Disaster Services
  Just over a year ago, students living in the Visitation Building at Loras College awoke to the ringing of a smoke alarm and a unique situation. A lightning strike had ignited the historic building into flames. All students were evacuated safely, but many lost belongings and had nowhere to go immediately after the early morning blaze. To watch the Red Cross video about this event, click here.

  The American Red Cross acted quickly. "We were given a blanket, and they kept asking if we needed anything," one student remembers. The Red Cross was able to provide financial assistance and hygiene kits to help with immediate needs during this disaster. It is because of the disaster services program that victims in the tri-states have immediate access to resources. The American Red Cross focuses on providing safe shelter, food, emotional support, emergency relief supplies, recovery assistance and basic mental health services in the community during times like these. March is also Red Cross month, learn more about how the American Red Cross is making a difference in our community here.

Campaign Update - $1,651,000 and Counting
Haven't had a chance to LIVE UNITED with a gift to United Way this year? 

If you believe we work best when we work together...
If you believe there are some in our community who need a little extra support...
If you believe you have a few extra dollars to spare...

Please consider a gift to this year's campaign. Our fiscal year ends on May 31, and we anticipate funding over 30 programs, including four-six new programs! We are hoping to raise just under $50,000 before year-end and would love to count your gift among those making a difference in our community. Give online at or text LIVEU to 71777!

grant Grant Update

A wide range of community volunteers have put in countless hours the last two months reviewing United Way funded partner program applications. Over 25 programs will be supported via the Currently Sponsored Programs funding stream in 2017/2018, and 16 new programs are being evaluated for New & Targeted Initiatives funding.  Many thanks to the 24 review panelists assisting in this important community process.  Funding announcements will be available in late April/early May.

Community Needs Assessment

Did you know...
  • One in five respondents to a survey of 511 parents in Dubuque reported they turned down a job or worked fewer hours due to lack of childcare options?
  • Interviews with 24 mental health care providers in Dubuque indicated a limited ability to meet the community's need for quality mental health services?

Sobering statistics and findings about the community's need for quality childcare and mental health services are now available through a collaborative effort of Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, United Way and numerous other organizations.  The full findings and recommendations for the future are available at  Project HOPE.  Community meetings are planned to address report recommendations.

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homelessHelping Combat Homelessness
Homelessness in our community is an issue impacting all of us!  Did you know there were 271 homeless people in Dubuque during a January homeless count?  Today we are celebrating a great win for our community and the efforts to combat homelessness.  United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States, ECIA, and Opening Doors submitted and were awarded a collaborative grant through the Iowa Finance Authority for the Coordinated Entry process for our Eastern Iowa Region of Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson, and Clinton counties. The funding will allow our service region to plan, establish and operate a coordinated entry system in order to provide the best possible services to people experiencing homelessness. We will be working throughout the region to share the information of coordinated assessment, data collection options, and training opportunities and are excited to begin this work.  Look for us to connect with many of our local partners to continue to build and strengthen efforts to support homeless individuals in our community.

WomenWomen United Update
  March has been a busy month for Women UNITED...
    Over 825 books were distributed to children from birth to age 5 in low-income families throughout the United Way service area. Primary distribution points for the Sprout into Reading Program are Parents as Teachers programs in five counties, Crescent Community Health,  Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association, Guttenburg Hospital and the Delaware County Regional Medical Center. Free books and helpful literacy tips for parents are distributed quarterly.

    Twenty-six Women UNITED volunteers participated in the March 2nd "Read Across America"  celebration.  Women UNITED volunteers read at Dubuque-area public and parochial schools.
Natural Disaster Preparation
   United Way, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and a host of community organizations have started meeting regularly this spring to prepare for possible natural disasters.  Known as Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD),  COADs are part of a state-wide network to provide community disaster education, hazard analysis, training exercises, classes for community leadership, local emergency management plans, and the expertise of its members to bring holistic disaster awareness to its community and citizens. 

The Dubuque COAD's next meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 7, at 9 a.m. at Red Cross, 2400 Asbury Road, Dubuque.  For more information, email   Chris Chapin-Tilton.


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 year!

Corporate Recognition
Diamond Circle
Platinum Circle
($15,000 - $24,999) 
A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co.
American Trust & Saving Bank
Dubuque Bank & Trust Co.
John Deere Foundation
Klauer Manufacturing
Medical Associates Clinics & Health Plans
Mystique Casino

Alliant Energy Foundation
Andersen Corp. / Eagle Window & Door
Woodward Foundation
Gold Circle
($10,000 - $14,999)
Silver Circle
($5,0000 - $9,999)
Rite Hite Corporation
Westmark Enterprises / Kendall Hunt 
US Bank
Flexsteel Industries
Spahn & Rose Lumber Co.

Bronze Circle
($1,000 - $4,999)

Ambraco Inc.
Black Hills Enegry
Crescent Electric Supply Co.
Dubuque Anesthesia Services
Dupaco Community Credit Union
Dutrac Community Credit Union

Eagle Tool Company
Honkamp Krueger & Co
Honkamp Krueger Financial Services
Progressive Processing/Hormel
Mike Finnin Ford & Kia
Mulgrew/Perfection Oil Co.

Paulson Electric Co.
Pepsi-Lime Rock Springs
Premier Bank
Rockwell Collins
Sister of Charity, BVM - Mt. Carmel
Target Stores
The Friedman Group
Union Hoermann Press

($500 - $999)
($250 - $499)
Colony Brands / Swiss Colony
Dubuque Co. Abstract & Title Co.
Dubuque Screw Products Co.
Edwards Cast Stone Co.
Giese Manufacturing Co. Inc.
Modern Woodman of America
Norby Distributing Co.
Premier Tooling & Manufacturing Inc.
Rhomberg Fur & Leather Gallery
Theisen Supply

Alliant Credit Union
Casey's General Stores
Environmental Management Services of Iowa Inc.
Gordon's Toggery
Klauer Optical Co.
McCullough Creative Group Inc.
Schwendinger Construction
Sedona Staffing Services
Straka Johnson Architects
Welu Printing Company

($1 - $249)

Abeln Abstract & Title Company
Archer Daniels Midland Company
Art Pape Transfer
Artistic Cleaners
B L Murray Co. Inc.
Berger Benefit Connections
Brissey Realty
Burger King
Chavenelle Studio Metal Works
Contempo Styling Salon
Coborn's Incorporated

Creative Touch Gallery
CS Technologies
Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
Dubuque Plastics
FED Design Inc.
Happy Joes Pizza & Ice Cream
J.D. Auto Sales
Kane Appraisal Services
Kunkel & Associates, Inc.
Mutual Wheel Co.
O'Connor & English Insurance Agency

Premier Linen & Uniform Rental
Radio Dubuque
Sheehan Auto Electric Corp.
Shopko - Dubuque
Shopko - Dyerville
Sisters of the Visitation
State Farm Ins. Co
State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance
Tandem Tire & Auto Service Center
United Brotherhoods Carpenters Local #678
WHKS & Co.

Employee Recognition
A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co
Adams Company
Alliant Credit Union
Alliant Energy
American Trust & Savings Bank
AmeriHealth Caritas
Andersen Corp. / Eagle Window  & Door
Anderson-Weber, Inc.
Archdiocese of Dubuque
Archer Daniels Midland      Company
AT & T
Berry Plastics Corporation
Black Hills Energy
Boys & Girls Club of Greater    Dubuque
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque
City of Dubuque
Coborn's Incorporated
Colony Brands / Swiss Colony
Cottingham & Butler
Creative Touch Gallery
Crescent Community Health  Center
Crescent Electric Supply Co.
Delaware, Dubuque & Jackson Co Regional Transit Authority
Diamond Jo Casino
Dollar General
Donation X Change
Dubuque Anesthesia Services
Dubuque Bank & Trust
Dubuque Community School  District
Dubuque Golf & Country Club
Dubuque Screw Products Co.
Dubuque Stamping & Mfg. Inc
Dupaco Community Credit Union
DuTrac Community Credit Union
Eagle Tool Company
East Central Intergovernmental  Association
Exelon Foundation
Flexsteel Industries
Giese Manufacturing Co. Inc.
Goodwill Industries of NE Iowa
Grand River Medical Group
Greater Dubuque Development  Corp
Hillcrest Family Services
Holy Family Catholic Schools
Honeywell Hometown  Solutions
Honkamp Krueger & Co.
Honkamp Krueger Financial  Services
IBM Dubuque Global Delivery Center
Iowa Legal Aid
Jim Kircher & Associates
John Deere Davenport Works
John Deere Dubuque Works
John Deere Foundation
John Deere Waterloo  Operations
Johnson & Johnson
Keystone AEA #1
Klauer Manufacturing
Lincoln Financial Group
Loras College
McCullough Creative Group 
Medical Associates Clinics &  Health Plans
Mercy Medical Center -  Dubuque
Mike Finnin Ford & Kia
Mi-T-M Corporation
Modern Woodman of America
Mulgrew/Perfection Oil Co.
Mutual Wheel Co.
Myers-Cox Co.
Mystique Casino
NE Iowa Area Agency on  Aging
Northeast Iowa Community  College
Northeast Iowa Council - Boy  Scouts of America
O'Connor & English Insurance  Agency
O'Reilly Auto Parts
Opening Doors
Paulson Electric Co.
Plumbers & Pipefitter Local  #125
Prairie Farms Dairy
Premier Bank
Premier Tooling &  Manufacturing, Inc.

Principal Financial Group
Printers Plus
Progressive Processing /  Hormel
Radio Dubuque
Remax Advantage Realty
Riley Mazda Subaru  Mitsubishi
RockFarm Supply Chain  Services
Rockwell Collins - Bellevue
Rockwell Collins - Employees  United Fund
Rockwell Collins -  Manchester
Roussel Masonry Contr./Randy
Salvation Army
Shoko Dyersville
Shopko Dubuque
Sisters of Charity, BVM - Mt.  Carmel
Spahn & Rose Lumber Co.
State of Iowa One Gift  Program
Substance Abuse Services  Center
Target Stores
The Friedman Group
The Workshop
Theisen Supply
U.S. Bank
Union Hoermann Press
United Way of Dubuque Area  Tri-States
Unity Point Health - Finley  Hospital
Universal Giving
University of Dubuque
Veridian Credit Union
Wagner Accounting & Tax  Service
Walmart - Dubuque
Wartburg Theological  Seminary
Wells Fargo Advisors
Welu Printing Company
Western Dubuque School  District
Westmark Enterprises /  Kendall Hunt
Woodward Communications /  Telegraph Herald
WHKS & Co.
Zephyr Aluminum Products

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