Volunteer Newsletter
Spring 2020
"To make a difference in someone's life you don't have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect. You just have to care."
- Anonymous
In this issue:
  • COVID-19 Update
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Events
  • Read Across America
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
  • Get Connected- Track Your House

Upcoming Events:
  • Census 2020
  • Over The Edge 2020
  • Back To School Bash
  • Stand Down
  • Volunteer Reception Center Training
  • Ways To Give Back
Amid the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic we are encouraging all community members to be proactive. United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States is committed to ensuring that our region's most vulnerable families have the support they need to weather the short and long term impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Events
Emmaus Bible College students came together in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and made blankets for local homeless shelters. Thank you to the students for coming together on this day of service!

United We Win!

Volunteers came together to read to area youth on Dr. Seuss' Birthday! Read Across American was celebrated across the nation and we were lucky to have dedicated volunteers spend their day reading to our local youth.

Thank you to all the volunteers, schools and students that made this event possible. Stay tuned for more information on next year's event.

Thank you for such amazing support, we are stronger together!
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
It has been a busy tax season and volunteers have been hard at work helping support the VITA process for those in our community. Due to COVID-19 the VITA locations have closed. For updates on the VITA process please connect with 2-1-1.

Call 2-1-1 from a landline phone or call 800-244-7431 from a cell phone.

Live United.
Get Connected - Track Your Impact
Last year, over 19,000 hours were logged by community members and they provided an impact of over $450,000 in savings for local nonprofits! Want to know your individual impact?! Make sure you log your hours into the Get Connected Portal and see your community impact add up! You can add current and previous hours through opportunities on Get Connected or that you did on your own. Use the button below to log in and start adding in your hours today!
Upcoming Events
The City of Dubuque is committed to and prepared for providing all essential services to our residents during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   Most City of Dubuque offices and facilities are closed to the public through at least April 12, 2020, but staff are still working. We are continuing to provide services to the public electronically, by phone, by mail, and when/if necessary, by appointment.

Respond When You Receive Your Invitation
The 2020 Census is underway and is ready for America to respond. The first invitations are arriving in the mail at an estimated 140 million households between last Thursday, March 12 and this Friday, March 20.
Plan to include everyone you expect to live in your home on April 1.
You can respond online in one of 13 languages and find assistance in many more.

Mark your calendars for Over The Edge 2020 which will be held on Friday June 26th, 2020! Stay tuned for more information !!
Ways To Give Back
American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to donate blood at blood drives and to virtually volunteer. To check out more information click here
Dubuque Area Labor Harvest and Community Solutions of Eastern Iowa are partnering to provide delivered groceries to those in need in the community. In order to deliver these groceries volunteers are needed. Deliveries will occur on Saturdays from time to time. To volunteer today, click here. To get groceries delivered to your home dial: 1-833-587-8322.
The Dubuque Botanical Garden & Arboretum have much work to do, and it can be done individually or in very small groups with social distancing intact (raking leaves, pulling dead flowers, pruning roses, picking up branches, etc.). If anyone is interested, please call me at the Arboretum. 563-556-2100
Resources Unite is looking for volunteer drivers, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. If interested, people can email josh@resourcesunite.com with their phone number. Volunteers will have no contact with the client as they will drop supplies to the client at their front door.