May 2020 Newsletter
In this issue:
  • A Message from our President/CEO
  • Dubuque United Way awards $850,000 in local grants
  • Welcome to Paula Paider Licht
  • How Do I Volunteer?
  • 2-1-1 Stickers & Flyers
  • Over the Edge: Date Changed
  • United We Rock Against COVID-19
A Message from our President/CEO:
It’s quickly coming to the end of our fiscal year at United Way and the staff and the Board of Directors are working diligently to offer the most community-wide support we can. This month we announced the funding awards for our 2020-2021 year. After a five-year transition period to a new model of funding, we offered fully competitive grants for the first time in our history. Our team of Investment Review Panelists worked hard to read and score grant applications coming in, finally making funding recommendations to our board. We are happy to announce that we allocated $850,000 to 31 nonprofit funded partners this upcoming year, including 9 NEW partner organizations. You can learn more about each of those organizations and the programs they offer here:

United Way is also the convener for our local FEMA board, which allocates funding to local nonprofits helping to address food needs in Dubuque County. This month we were able to allocate additional CARES Act funding on top of our Phase 37 funding. These awards totaled over $76,000 for our nonprofit partners to help address food scarcity across the county
  • United, we continue to participate as a leader with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and numerous other organizations, in our Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD), working to help allocate Disaster Relief funding to those nonprofits who have applied for support.
  • United, we continue to hold weekly human service nonprofit provider calls each Thursday at 9 am to update one another and to streamline communication for efficiencies throughout our area.
  • United, our 211 Information and Referral hotline as well as our Get Connected Volunteer portal continues to offer free additional resources for community members to help address needs for local resource information or volunteer inquiries.
  • We recognize the impact COVID 19 has placed on our entire community. We are proud of the investments we have made that allow each of you to access the quality supports you and your families may need at this time. We wish you all health and safety and ask that you remember, United We Win.

We will get through this together. We are here, helping all of us LIVE UNITED.
Dubuque United Way awards $850,000 in local grants

Citing fundraising challenges, United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States on Thursday allocated $150,000 less in grants for local programs this year than in 2019. The organization announced the allocation of $850,000 to 31 programs of local nonprofit...

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Please help us welcome Paula Paider Licht to our team. She will join us as our Director of Community Building and Impact on June 3.

Here is a bit more about Paula!
Paula has her bachelor’s degree in Art Therapy and minor in communications. She has been working in the nonprofit world since 2004 with most of her career spent at Hillcrest Family Services in various roles including prevention education, public relations, marketing, and mentoring. Through her work at Hillcrest, she has become familiar with United Way’s mission vision and values. Paula has written grants for United Way funding, assisted with volunteer events, and presented at many United Way campaign kick-offs. She loves public speaking! Along with her connections to United Way, she is familiar with many of the current and newly funded partners through service connections/referrals, coalition work, and community events. She is passionate about making her community a safe, healthy, and inclusive place for all. Paula said she is most looking forward to “learning more about the amazing work of the many funded partners.”
We want to say a huge THANK YOU to the  Rotary Club of Dubuque . Their membership donated $500 through their Rotary Relief Fund. The money donated to United Way will go towards meeting food related needs in our community.

If you want more information about Rotary, visit their website at

When you invest in United Way, you invest in your community. Listen as Gary Dolphin, the Voice of the Hawkeyes, explains how United Way is helping those in need.
Are you or someone you know in need of groceries? 

East Central Intergovernmental Association  and  Dubuque Area Labor Harvest  are partnering to distribute and deliver groceries to those in need. Call 1-833-587-8322 to get more information.
2-1-1 Flyers & Stickers

Does your organization want to help spread the word about our 211 Resource Hotline? Email to request stickers and flyers. For more, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
We are encouraging people to go to and complete the new State of Iowa assessment to determine if you are eligible for a COVID-19 test. The assessment will take you approximately 5-10 minutes.

  • To request a test, anyone can visit the website to complete the short assessment and determine testing eligibility.
  • Testing will be prioritized for those who have symptoms, for those who have come in contact with a positive case, or for essential workers.
  • Based on the assessments gathered from around the state, drive through test sites will be set up in various areas for registered individuals to be tested.
  • If testing is needed, you will be scheduled for a free drive-through test. You will receive the date, time, location, and instructions.
  • You can take an assessment more than once and it does ask about underlying health conditions.
  • If you test positive for the virus, you will answer more questions to help prevent spreading the virus. You may be asked where you have traveled recently and who you have been in contact with.
Over the Edge: Date Changed!

We have changed our Over the Edge date to Friday, September 4 at the Hotel Julien Dubuque.
There is still time to sign up to go Over the Edge! Find out more information at
Volunteer Opportunities
The Fountain Of Youth Program's overall mission is to eradicate Generational Poverty They assist people who have been or are currently in poverty as well as people who have been or are currently incarcerated with goal setting in relation to basic life skills, knowledge of self and others, citizenship, education, and financial literacy.

They need volunteers for:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Programming
  • Grant Writer
Mentor Dubuque is looking for volunteers who want to mentor a youth in the community. Our mentor-mentee pairs do things like go bowling, catch a movie, eat pizza together, hike, etc. We simply ask you to spend 4-5 hours each month with the child you are matched with.
We have 11 girls and 17 boys who are currently waiting for a mentor! The youth have a diverse range of interests, you could share your passions today with a youth that might interest your mentee.
If you are ready to have fun while volunteering, contact us TODAY!
*During COVID-19 matches do not meet, but during this time we can get you ready to volunteer*

Are you a people person with great customer service skills? 
The American Red Cross has a critical need for Volunteers to assist Blood Donors throughout the blood donation process during this challenging times.

Time commitment varies. Required: 1-plus shift per month. Shift time is 5 to 6 hours.

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