Volunteer Newsletter
Summer 2019
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
- Robert Collier
In this issue:
  • Changing Minds Event
  • Du It In 2 Event
  • Volunteer Reception Center
  • Days of Caring

Upcoming Events:
  • Over The Edge
  • Dubuque Make A Difference Day
  • Stand Down
  • Volunbeer
  • Volunteer Opportunities
Changing Minds Mental Health Resource Fair is dedicated to awareness, education, understanding and advocacy of mental and brain health issues in Iowa.

This year's program included Dr. Matthew Vasquez from the University of Northern Iowa, who discussed trauma and suicide. The keynote speaker was Kevin Hines who, at the age of 19, attempted suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate bridge. Both speakers shared their information and incredible stories to create awareness in our community about suicide and trauma. Stop The Stigma Awards were also presented to honor individuals and businesses working to end mental health stigma.

Du It In 2!
On Wednesday May 1st, 2019 , volunteers at the Du It In 2 event at Loras College discovered new, fun ways you and your family can improve your overall health and well-being by participating in over 15 two-minute activities. 100 participants attended with 19 community vendors! Local professionals were there to discuss how you can achieve your health and well-being goals.
Volunteer Reception Center Training
On Monday, June 3rd, 2019 from 10a to 1p, community members interested in volunteering in the wake of a disaster, came out to the Jule Operations and Training Center in order to better prepare themselves for what would be expected of them in the wake of a disaster. Volunteer Reception Centers (VRC) are critical in managing spontaneous volunteers in any emergency/disaster response. The VRC assists in turning spontaneous volunteers into a united force and are crucial in avoiding a disaster within a disaster. To learn more about Volunteer Reception Centers, visit Get Connected or contact United Way.
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, was held on Friday April 26th, 2019.

This year:
50 non-profit agencies were served
1,077 volunteers participated
5,004 hours were donated

Totaling :
$131,339 in economic impact of hours and supplies!
Upcoming Events
Over the Edge Dubuque!
Mark your calendars for Friday June 28, 2019 from 11AM-4PM for Over The Edge Dubuque!

Come by and have some lunch while watching your community members!

All proceeds go to support our Community Impact fund, which invests in 35 LOCAL programs impacting health, education and income/financial stability.

Come check out this exciting event and join us for the After Party at Dimensional Brewing!
Dubuque Make A Difference Day
This is the 11th year for an annual Dubuque community event. On Saturday, June 29, 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 are needed to 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 10:30am-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, a meal, and 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. Transportation will be established for surrounding Dubuque counties. Please contact 24 hours in advance in order for transportation to be coordinated.

 Join United Way and many community organizations in our fight to end homelessness!
Are you "Thirsty for Change?" Stay tuned for our upcoming Volunbeer events that will be hosted during our campaign season. We will be having three different volunteer events to focus on impacting the health, education and income/financial stability in our community.
Current Volunteer Opportunities