March 2021 Newsletter
In this issue:
  • A Message from our President/CEO
  • Free Rides to COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
  • United Way Receives Funds from COAD
  • Easter Bunny Supports United Way
  • Campaign Updates
  • United Way Internship Openings
A Message from our President/CEO:
Dear Friends,

United Way is a name most recognize yet few completely understand the breadth of work that is done through our organization. When thinking of support for vulnerable local populations, United Way is there, making it happen. United Way impacts the community through three different channels; the COMMUNITY level, the NONPROFIT SECTOR, and through our FUNDED PARTNER NETWORK. Support in each of these areas is important to have a strong, resilient, and thriving community and we are proud to be there to help MAKE IT HAPPEN!
 
United Way fights for every person's healtheducation, and financial stability in every community we serve!
  • Give: United Way raises money to strategically invest in quality nonprofit programs that demonstrate impact where our community needs it most! Our FUNDED PARTNER NETWORK is comprised of 31 local nonprofits. You can see all 31 incredible partners, here: https://dbqunitedway.org/funded-programsUnited Way elevates the needs, motivates donors, and invests in programs proven to make a difference! To join our team of donors, helping impact over 42,000 local lives annually, click here: https://dbqunitedway.org/donate
  • Advocate: United Way convenes groups to share local data and collaboratively address community-wide issues such as food scarcity, homelessness, brain health, disaster relief, substance use, housing, and childcare needs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, United Way began facilitating weekly and now monthly NONPROFIT SECTOR calls to build partnerships, address pandemic needs, and keep communication flowing between providers. Also, during the pandemic, calls to our  2-1-1 Information and Referral Line skyrocketed as people tried to stay on top of which local resources were available to help.
  • Volunteer: Volunteerism has shifted during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is still vital to the COMMUNITY. In a typical year, there is a value of nearly $500,000 of volunteer hours captured through United Way’s Get Connected portal which matches community members with meaningful volunteer experiences! Sign up today at https://dbqunitedway.org/volunteer.
 
Through our work with our COMMUNITY, NONPROFIT SECTOR, and FUNDED PARTNER NETWORK, United Way is making it happen. United, we are dedicated to addressing our community’s most significant barriers, working TOGETHER to create change.

Sincerely,
Danielle Peterson
President/CEO
Impact a life today. Donate here
Dubuque County Regional Transit Authority: Free Rides to COVID19 Vaccination Clinics
RTA is now giving free rides to COVID-19 clinics in Delaware, Dubuque and Jackson Counties. To schedule your free ride, call 24 hours in advance at either 563-588-4592 or 1-800-839-5005.

RTA services are open to the general public and available to persons of all income levels. All vehicles are wheelchair accessible. All trip requests are subject to RTA's availability.
Thank you Casey's!
United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States wants to say a big THANK YOU to Casey's for their generous donation of $500!
United Way Receives Funds from COAD
United Way successfully wrote a grant to Dubuque’s Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) that was reviewed by their Long-Term Recovery Committee. Disaster Recovery Funds were awarded for our Community Impact fund that directly supports our local nonprofit network. We are grateful to the COAD committee for their support and dedication to helping Dubuque recover from the pandemic. 
Easter Bunny Supports United Way!
United Way partnered with the Kennedy Mall to celebrate Easter with the one and only Easter Bunny! For two weekends in March, United Way coordinated the Easter Bunny photos at the mall. For every picture posted on social media with the hashtag #unitedwaydbq, our organization received a dollar donation from Kennedy Mall.

Thanks to all of the generous community members, we were able to raise $490!
Campaign Updates
As we continue the 2020-2021 campaign, we are excited to share about our collaboration and work with great businesses and our Funded Partners. During the month of March, the following businesses ran campaigns showing their support of United Way:

ImOn Communications, REMAX Advantage Realty, O'Connor & English Insurance Agency, TriCor Insurance & Financial Services, and Walmart.

Looking for creative ideas for your campaign? Look here on our campaign toolkit or email ellen.dettmer@dbqunitedway.org

Thank you all for showing what it means to LIVE UNITED!
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
Build a Mounting Ramp

We are in search of an experienced carpenter who could build us a mounting ramp for our adaptive horseback riding program. Plans and materials are provided. We just need the labor and know how to put the piece together!!!
Delaware County Volunteer Drivers

Provide rides to places like doctor and dentist appointments, the grocery store, the pharmacy...wherever people need to go within Delaware County. Build relationships and feel a sense of fulfillment while connecting people to valuable resources in your community!
To get started, complete the Volunteer Driver Application and return to Tricia Wagner, twagner@ecia.org
Food Delivery

Dubuque Area Labor Harvest and Community Solutions of Eastern Iowa are partnering to have groceries delivered to those in need. We are in search of volunteers to help with delivery of these groceries. 
 
Deliveries will occur on Saturdays and Thursday starting at 11 AM. Volunteers will go to the Dubuque Area Labor Harvest (423 W. Locust Dubuque, Iowa 52001) and be able to pick up the groceries with the address of delivery. The volunteer will deliver the meals to the door step and either ring the door or knock so the person knows the groceries have been delivered. 
Whether you make a one-time gift or set up recurring monthly payments, every donation matters.
We are stronger together!