November 2021 Newsletter
In this issue:
  • A Message from United Way President/CEO
  • Upcoming Event
  • Tradehome Shoes Donation
  • Volunteer Dubuque
  • Thank you Anderson Window and Doors
  • Gender Pay Gap
  • Thank you Alliant Energy
  • Wreaths of Hope
  • Campaign Updates
  • United Way Internship Openings
A Message from our President/CEO:
Dear Friends of United Way,

November officially marks the beginning of the holiday season for many. Some prepare for lavish meals, gifts, shopping and gathering of family and friends, celebrating togetherness and tradition in a variety of ways. It can be easy to get caught up in the joy of the season, but I’m asking you all, just for a moment, to think of those who may not be experiencing the same enjoyment as others; those who are struggling financially or those finding it difficult to cope with stressors or health-related concerns. There are people right here in our community wondering where they will live, if they can afford food, pay for medical costs, childcare, or get rides to work. The holidays are difficult for many and even though there may be smiles on our friends’ faces, knowing their true thoughts and worries, may stop you in your tracks. I’m asking you to think of those faces this holiday season too. UNITED WE CAN make an impact.

  • GIVE: To you it may mean one less meal out or an extra outfit, but to over 55,000 people in the tri-states who accessed the 31 programs United Way supported last year. Every dollar matters and impacts the health, education, and financial stability of those in need. Donate.
  • Advocate: Talk about it! “When people know better, they do better.” (Maya Angelou) Let others know of the barriers in our community and encourage them to act with you to make a difference.
  • Do you know 28% of our local households are comprised of working families who can’t meet a basic needs budget each month? (ALICE Household Info.)
  • Almost 8,000 people saved nearly $800,000 in our community using United Way’s free, re-usable SingleCare Prescription Savings Card!
  • Yes, homelessness is a problem right here in our community! Did you know there is a homeless hotline where people can call if they are homeless or in fear of losing their housing? 1-833-587-8322
  • Volunteer: This is the time of year when many people want to participate in volunteering for our area nonprofits. Here is where you can go to find a meaningful volunteer experience today.
Thanks for making this season more joyous for all of us! Thank you for LIVING UNITED!

Danielle Peterson
Dimensional Brewing Tip Night
Dimensional Brewing Company Donating Tips to United Way!

Support United Way by grabbing a drink at Dimensional Brewing on Thursday, December 2! The bartending team will be donating 100% of tips from the evening to United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States, which supports over 55,000 local lives in our community.

Our theme this year is UNITED WE CAN and we are asking people to bring a canned food item when they stop by! United We can combat food scarcity in our community.

The Joie Wails band will also be playing, starting at 5 pm!
Tradehome Shoes Donation
Tradehome Shoes knocks our socks off! Thank you so much to Tradehome Shoes for donating over 300 packages of socks to United Way for us to distribute to those in need in our community!
Post needs on
Are you or your organization in need of volunteers? Be sure to post your need on Volunteer Dubuque (formerly Get Connected), which has thousands of people registered and ready to give their time back to the community.
Post your need here!
Thank you to Andersen Window & Door for selecting United Way as the recipient of the 50/50 raffle at their employee appreciation night at a recent Fighting Saints Game!
Local officials discuss ongoing gender pay gap

Although the gap has narrowed in recent decades, local and national authorities say the fight for parity between male and female wages continues. A recent study from the small business advocacy website analyzed data from the U.S....

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Alliant Energy supports United Ways across Iowa and for that, we are truly grateful! Thank you, Alliant Energy employees and retirees for supporting your community and helping us fight for the education, financial stability, and health of everyone in the Dubuque Area Tri-States! #EnergyForGood #AlliantEnergyLivesUnited #LiveUnited
Wreaths of Hope
United Way had the privliage of creating a wreath for Diamond Jo Casino's Wreaths of Hope contest. Our Women United group gathered to create this sweet gingerbread creation! The community can vote DAILY for their favorite nonprofit's wreath. The three organizations with the most votes will be awarded cash prizes. Please consider voting for United Way!
Campaign Updates
As we progress into our 2021-2022 campaign year, we are excited to share about our collaboration and work with great businesses and our Funded Partners. During the month of November, the following businesses ran campaigns showing their support of United Way:

American Red Cross, Dream Center, Eagle Tool Company, Friends of the Family, Girl Scouts of Eastern IA and Western IL, Green State Credit Union, Hillcrest Family Services, Honkamp Krueger & Co., PC, Iowa Legal Aid, Klauer Manufacturing Co., Loras College, MidwestOne Bank, Mindful Minutes for Schools, Progressive Processing/Hormel, The Salvation Army, Two by Two Character Development

Looking for creative ideas for your campaign? Look here on our campaign toolkit or email

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

Gardeners maintain native plant garden plots along the Rountree Branch Trail. Some garden knowledge and experience is preferred, but we're willing to train! Duties include regular weeding, mulching and occasional planting. Work is flexible and as-needed.
Program Support

Become a program support volunteer and complete tasks such as covering the front desk in Dubuque when the office coordinator is our of the office, creating hospital and/or law enforcement response packets, destroy old client files while maintaining confidentiality, and complete cleaning and organizing duties around the office. 
Program support volunteers can set their own schedule and complete tasks on their own time--some of them from the comfort of their own home. Volunteer coordinators want potential volunteers to know that we strive to break down any barriers to joining our program that may exist. 
Ready to get started right away? Fill out the application on our website at 
Board Member Candidates

Dubuque County Early Childhood, a nonprofit organization, is seeking board members. The board receives state funding to build community partnerships and programs that serve children age birth to five. Board members work together as leaders and advocates to help address early childhood needs in the area.
At this time, the board is seeking male citizens living in Dubuque County who are interested in appointments to 3-year terms. This is due to Iowa's gender balance law for public boards. However, female citizens also are welcome to apply for future openings.
Call 588-1620, email, or visit here.
Whether you make a one-time gift or set up recurring monthly payments, every donation matters.
We are stronger together!