November 2019 Newsletter
In this issue:
  • Community Grant Sessions
  • 2019-2020 Campaign Updates
  • United We Rock
  • Volun-Beer: Income Pillar
  • Thank you Dubuque Racing Association
  • Over The Edge 2020
  • Volunteer Opportunities
Community Grant Sessions
United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States (UWDATS) will be holding two community sessions for non-profits interested in applying for the upcoming 2020-2022 Community Impact Fund Grant Cycle. Sessions will be on Tuesday December 3 rd from 10 am-12 pm and Friday December 6 th from 10 am-12 pm at Keystone AEA (2310 Chaney Road, Dubuque Iowa).
“We are especially excited for this upcoming grant cycle opportunity as it concludes the transition period we have used to prepare our nonprofits, volunteers, donors, and the community to fully understand and embrace the shift our local United Way has made to fully implement a community impact model of funding. This marks the first time any nonprofit organization that impacts health, education or income/financial stability can apply to receive funding from a single funding stream within our organization,” comments Danielle Peterson, United Way’s President/CEO. “Our new model of funding increases program and organizational accountability and is built on the framework of program collaboration to maximize impact at the community level.”  

It is highly encouraged for those planning to apply for the grant to attend one session and to RSVP to . Nonprofit programs must serve communities in our 10-county, tri-state coverage area to apply.
The community sessions will provide an overview of the grant process and will answer questions regarding the grant application. Grant guidelines will be made available on the United Way website ( ) on December 1 st , along with a timeline for the grant process.
Campaign Updates
As we continue the 2019-2020 campaign aiming to reach our goal of $1.5M, we are excited to share about our collaboration with great businesses, including our Funded Partners. During the past couple months:

Colony Brands, Dubuque County, Dubuque Community School District, DuTrac, Friedman Group, Medical Associates, Hodge, Collins Aerospace of Bellevue, John Deere Dubuque Works, Loras College, Premier Tooling and Telegraph Herald showed their support for United Way by running their campaigns.

DuTrac, Dubuque Community School District, Collins Aerospace in Bellevue and Dubuque County invited United Way staff to present and share updated information focused on advancing the health, education and income/financial stability of those in need in our community.

John Deere Dubuque Works had a United Way Agency Fair to provide information on all of our Funded Partners and how we collaborate to provide impact in the community. Mentor Dubuque and Almost Home provided presentations to the group focusing on how United Way provides support in numerous ways including: funding, marketing, volunteerism and more.

Premier Tooling held their campaign and St. Mark Youth Enrichment presented with United Way.

Telegraph Herald hosted their campaign and The Dream Center presented with United Way.

Our Funded Partners have also been hard at work providing much needed services and running United Way campaigns with their employees. More campaign updates to come each month!

Thank you Colony Brands, Dubuque County, Dubuque Community School District, DuTrac, Friedman Group, Medical Associates, Hodge, Collins Aerospace, John Deere Dubuque Works, Loras College, Premier Tooling and Telegraph Herald and to all our Funded Partners! We are stronger together!

Help us reach this goal by donating today!
United We Rock has been a hit! We have been able to party with Tanner Sheckel at the Dubuque Marina & Yardarm, Joie Wails Band at 1st & Main, and The Boogie Monster at the Blu Room! We are excited to continue this music fest with upcoming shows featuring Amber & Adam at Mac's Wine Cellar in Maquoketa on Saturday December 28th! Stay tuned for upcoming music and venue information.
Local Bands, Local Venues, Local Support! #UnitedWeWin
Volun-Beer: Income Pillar

Let's create
Basic Needs Kits!
Who is ALICE?
Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed represents the increasing numbers of individuals and families who are working but are still unable to afford basic needs.

Did you know in Iowa:
-1 in 8 people are living in poverty.
-12% of households face financial hardship & 25% fall below the ALICE threshold.
-Over 450,000 households, or 37% of the population, struggle to afford basic household expenses, this is an increase of 27% since 2010.
-More than 40% of senior households fall below the ALICE threshold.

With community support, United Way has assisted our community in receiving:
-Over 300 legal cases for over 700 community members were closed, which included cases involving family law matters, income/financial stability, and housing issues.
-Over 600 community members were connected to homeless support services and disaster services.
-Almost 400 community members were provided with shelter and/or domestic violence services.
-Over 15,500 community members were provided with a hot breakfast or emergency food.

In order to combat homelessness and financial instability, volunteers came together at Stone Cliff Winery on Tuesday November 19th and created basic needs kits for the local community. Kits were distributed to:

Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association
Opening Doors
Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA

“Many of the individuals the VNA serves have very limited income and struggle to afford housing, bills, and/or purchase basic need items. The income kits from the United Way give our staff the ability to help those individuals who need it most. One income kit truly helps the recipient take a deep breath and know that it is one less thing they have to worry about for a while.” - Brittany Hubanks, Manager at UnityPoint Health Visiting Nurse Association

Thanks to the volunteers that created these kits and to Alliant Energy Foundation for providing the funding for the kit materials.
Thank you Dubuque Racing Association
United Way would like to thank the Dubuque Racing Association (DRA) for funds to support recent marketing efforts. Every budgeted dollar we can utilize to share our message helps us put more money into supporting quality non-profit programs that work to meet our mission of advancing health, education and income/financial stability for those in need in our community. Thank you DRA! 
Mark your calendars for Over The Edge 2020 which will be held on Friday June 26th, 2020! Stay tuned for more information !
Volunteer Opportunities!
Each year, volunteers come together and provide free tax preparation to low-to-moderate income community members. VITA focuses on assisting community members with Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC).

Operation: New View and Dubuque Tax Aide through AARP provide training to volunteers interested in being Tax Preparers, Quality Reviewers, Site Coordinators and Greeters. *Greeters welcome taxpayers to the sites and assist with an initial checklist at intake. *Tax Preparer volunteers then prepare the tax returns for the low-to-moderate income community members. These returns are then checked by a *Quality Reviewer volunteer for accuracy and submitted to the IRS. *Site Coordinators are available to assist volunteers with any questions or clarifications needed during the tax preparation process. AARP Tax Aide will have availability during the day and Operation: New View will have availability for the evenings. 
Operation: New View is holding their annual Holiday Helpers event and volunteers are needed!

Holiday Helpers are needed to create a Holiday to remember for local families in need! 

We are inviting 50 Holiday Helpers to join us. Help make this Holiday extra special for families in need. 

*Set-up crew-
8:30-9 am Set up the toy store

*1st shift - 9-11 am 
Set up toy store, register families, be a parent shopping buddy, assist with getting gifts to vehicles

*2nd shift-11am-1pm 
Register families, be a parent shopping buddy, assist with getting gifts to vehicles, clean up toy store

*Clean-up Crew -1-1:30pm clean up the toy store