September 2021 Newsletter
In this issue:
  • A Message from United Way President/CEO
  • Over the Edge a Huge Success!
  • United Way Partners with Dubuque Works
  • Golfin' with Dolph
  • Campaign Updates
  • United Way Success Story
  • Upcoming Events
  • United Way Internship Openings
A Message from our President/CEO:
Dear Friends of United Way,

You will see in this issue what an amazing month September has been for United Way and our community as a whole! Thanks to numerous Edgers, volunteers, sponsors, and donors, we raised over $92,000 for our community impact fund through our most successful Over the Edge event. I can’t wait for you to read more about it below and check out some pictures too! I commend all of you who had a part in making this event so successful! But fall is just beginning!

We have started many United Way workplace campaigns, offering employees of various businesses the opportunity to hear about our community needs, to learn of the amazing local programs we have vetted to address them, and to potentially donate through payroll deduct to help us reach our $1.2M goal this year! We are so grateful for our business partners who extend their employees this opportunity to learn how to Give, Advocate and Volunteer in our local community!

If you’re wondering how you or your business can get in on this action, let us know! We welcome new businesses to join our community of supporters that are committed to making a difference to those that need it most. What better way to have some workplace fun than working together to do something amazing for our community? We welcome individuals too as volunteers and donors, of course!

We look forward to connecting with many of you this next month as we prove together that UNITED WE CAN!

Danielle Peterson
Over the Edge a Huge Success!
On Friday, September 10 we had another successful Over the Edge event! Thanks to our sponsors and 55 Edgers, we were able to raise over $90,000 for our Community Impact Fund, which will directly impact over 55,000 local lives in our community.

Thank you to all of our Edgers, volunteers, and Over the Edge staff for making the event a success. Also, thank you to Dan White and Austin McElroy for the great photos!

One Edger stated, "Remember you are raising funds to support your community and you will have one of the best days of your life while edging! If you are looking to check a box on your Bucket List, this is a MUST DO! It's a win-win to have fun while helping your neighbors and community!

Thank you to all our sponsors:
Spahn & Rose | $10,000
Alliant Energy | $7,500
Green State Credit Union | $5,000
Andersen Windows & Doors | $5,000
Sedgwick | $1,000
Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque | $1,000
Carpenter's Local #678 | $750

In-Kind Media Sponsors:
KWWL, Telegraph Herald, QueenB Radio, Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, OnMedia, Curt's Signature Signs
United Way Partners with Dubuque Works
United Way is one of the many partners in Dubuque Works, working in collaboration to create a skilled workforce to meet local employer needs. We have heard from many businesses of the workforce shortages you are each experiencing. Here is an opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion, led by experts in the field. Register here for more information: 
Workforce Roundtable offered Free through Iowa Workforce Development

Join us for the 2021 Workforce Roundtables as we highlight workforce strategies.
Featured topics:
  • Workforce programs
  • Employer Services at IowaWORKS
  • Resources to hire, train and retain workers
Learn from others and share your workforce strategies. Register today!
NICC has upcoming Opportunity Dubuque training programs starting in October. Culinary on October 18th and Semi Truck on October 4th Tuition assistance is available and child care assistance for eligible programs. These are just two of the certificate programs offered through NICC and Opportunity Dubuque. You can find more information here
Golfin' With Dolph
Thank you to our long-time board member and supporter, Gary Dolphin, for selecting United Way as one of two recipients of the funds of the first Golfin' With Dolph event!
O'Keefe brings 'Caddyshack' to Thunder Hills

PEOSTA, Iowa - Michael O'Keefe stood over the ball and lined up his putt as a foursome watched from just off the fringe. The actor perhaps best known for portraying Danny Noonan in the 1980 cult classic golf comedy "Caddyshack" pulls the putter...

Read more
Campaign Updates
As we start 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 September, the following businesses ran campaigns showing their support of United Way:

Dubuque Area Labor Management, Dubuque Bank & Trust/HTFL, Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA, Dubuque Regional Humane Society, FedEx, Finnin Ford & Kia, Illinois Tool Works, Principal Financial Group, Substance Abuse Service Center, Target, US Bank

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!
Benefit Concert for United Way
Dubuque Bank & Trust presents Jake Dodds!

Jake Dodds is returning to the tri-states for an iconic performance at the Historic Five Flags Theater, benefitting United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States. The concert will take place on Friday, October 1, 2021, at 7:00 PM.

Ticket prices start at $20 and box seat packages are available. Stop on down at the Five Flags ticket office to get your tickets now or click the link below to access through TicketMaster.
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
Sit with Residents at Dr. Appointments

We are in need of volunteers to help with escorting residents to their doctor appointments. The Stonehill Transportation department provides the transportation to and from the appointment. The volunteer’s role would be to provide resident assistance to their appointment at the clinic. Volunteers will be required to complete a screening when volunteering and wear a mask. For more information please contact Lori Pottebaum, Volunteer Coordinator at 557-7180 ext. 1212.
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,, or mail to:
Amanda Dupont,
7600 Commerce Park
Dubuque, IA 52002
Board Member Canidates

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