Volunteer Newsletter
Spring 2019
Your greatness is not what you have, it is what you give.
In this issue:
  • Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
  • College students give back.
  • How Far Have We Come Event
  • Hockey For All
  • Bellevue Elementary 5th Graders Project

Upcoming Events:
  • Give Back Iowa Challenge
  • Days of Caring
  • Du It In 2
  • Great Give Day
  • Over The Edge
  • Dubuque Make A Difference Day
  • Stand Down
Martin Luther King Jr.
College Students Give Back
College students from three local colleges participated in volunteer projects on January 21 as a way to honor Martin Luther King's legacy. Emmaus students came together at the United Way office to make tie-blankets that were distributed to a local shelter. Clarke students spent their day volunteering to clean up and organize The Rescue Mission and Loras students spent their day volunteering at Almost Home.

How Far Have We Come?
On the evening of January 21st, The Fountain of Youth, Multicultural Family Center, Wartburg Seminary, Sustainable Dubuque and United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States came together to host the How Far Have We Come event. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy was celebrated with inspiring performances, cultural integration and networking opportunities. The free, family-friendly event was held at the Multicultural Family Center and included light food and activities for the children who attended. This event will occur annually to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.
Hockey For All
What a night with the Dubuque Fighting Saints! Friday February 22nd, the Fighting Saints played against the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders in a thrilling game. United Way took over the Red Zone in honor of John Deere Dubuque Works and the Fighting Saints partnering up for the month of February. This promotion was a culmination of a month long celebration of diversity and inclusion. During the month, players of the Fighting Saints volunteered each week at different funded partners to do their part in giving back. Players of the team served Audubon Elementary School, Dubuque Boys and Girls Club and the Workshop in Galena. The month long event was an opportunity to connect the team atmosphere to the culture of inclusion and diversity in our community.

United Way was privileged to be the recipient of the 50/50 raffle during the game. A big thank you to John Deere Dubuque Works, Dubuque Fighting Saints and everyone who attended the game to promote our cause. All money raised at the game helped us impact LOCAL lives through United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States!
Bellevue Elementary 5th Grade Project
For the second year, Bellevue Elementary 5th grade students wanted to give back to their community. They reached out with a special project in mind, and with the help of Hodge, Run 4 The Troops, United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States and Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) the students got the opportunity to create 50 bags filled with necessity items (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body wash, etc.). Law enforcement, the local pantry and local Veteran services were provided with the bags the students made so they can be given to people in need in Jackson county. Along with necessity items, each student wrote a note of encouragement for each bag.

Way to go Bellevue 5th Grade Students and thank you for giving back to the community!
Upcoming Events
Make a difference with the 5th Annual Give Back Iowa Challenge
Days of Caring 2019
This year the annual Days of Caring, presented by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals of Dubuque, will be held on Friday April 26th, 2019.

Last year 53 agencies had 67 projects. Over 1,300 volunteers provided 5,673 hours. This saved our local nonprofit community over $143,000!! To check out how to get involved in Days of Caring, visit United Way's Get Connected Volunteer Portal by clicking here.
Du It In 2!
On Wednesday May 1st, 2019 from 4:30-7pm , volunteer at the Du It In 2 event at Loras College and discover new, fun ways you and your family can improve your overall health and well-being by participating in over 15 two-minute activities. Local professionals will be there to discuss how you can achieve your health and well-being goals.
Volunteers are needed to assists with directions, parking, and event activities.
If you are interested in volunteering please click here .

The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque is hosting an online giving event to help strengthen our community!
On Thursday May 9th, 2019 from 12 am-11:59 pm  donations made to United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States will help us continue our mission of building strong communities. Donations will receive BONUS dollars from surrounding organizations to keep the morality high! If you cannot join us on the day of this event, you may schedule your donation in advance from April 18 until May 8th. Donations may be made to multiple organizations. Watch the scoreboard the day of the event to see what donations are being made! Visit www.GreatGiveDay.org for more information.
Ropes Volunteers are needed for
Over the Edge Dubuque!
Mark your calendars for Friday June 28, 2019 from 9AM-5PM for Over The Edge Dubuque!

All proceeds go to support our Community Impact fund, which invests in 36 LOCAL programs impacting health, education and income/financial stability.

To help the day be a success, ropes volunteers are needed for edger assistance.

Check out United Way's Get Connected Volunteer Portal for more information and how to sign-up!

If you are interested in going "Over The Edge" check out more details click here .

Dubuque Make A Difference Day
This is the 11th year for this annual Dubuque community event and on Saturday, June 28, St. Mark's Community Center will be transformed into a Household Essentials "Store" to offer soap, towels, etc. to those in need. This one-day event is designed to bring household essentials to those in need through referrals from local agencies.

Volunteers will be needed and will be personal shoppers and "clerks" to help "customers" navigate through the store and select what they need. As in years past, this event is all about People Helping People!!
Check out the Get Connected portal for more information!

Dubuque Area Stand Down Event
 The 3rd annual "Stand Down" to homelessness event will be held at the Dubuque Boys and Girls Club on October 24th from 10:30-1pm. The Stand Down event is an opportunity for veterans and individuals in need to be offered a safe environment to be connected with supplies and services provided in the community.

Participants will be offered free hair cuts, flu shots and a meal along with the opportunity to sign up for services. Workforce employment opportunities will be available for individuals seeking a job! RTA and the Jule will be offering free rides to those in need of commuting. Transportation will be established for surrounding Dubuque counties. Please contact 24 hours in advance in order for transportation to be coordinated.

Volunteers are needed to help with registration, serve a meal and other activities. Join United Way and many community organizations in our fight to end homelessness!
Current Volunteer Opportunities