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Do you know anyone looking for a great intern/field placement opportunity? United Way has available openings available for the following areas: 

-Community Impact and Volunteer Engagement
-Resource Development and Marketing
-Grant Writing
-Graphic Design

The great thing about these positions is you get experience in various areas of a strong non-profit.

Please share this great opportunity with others. To learn more contact Jessica Bleile at: 
jessica.bleile@dbqunitedway.org
 
2018 Days of Caring

Area businesses and organizations participated in the annual Dubuque Community Days of Caring for 2018. 

This year 53 agencies completed 67 projects for area non-profits. Over 1,300 volunteers donated over 5,500 hours in our community on one day! This equals a value of over $143,000!

Thank you to everyone involved in this great community wide opportunity. 
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The EITC is designed to "make work pay" by supplementing low-wage work with additional income. The intention is to move a family with a full-time low-income worker above the poverty line.  The goal is to benefit both the worker and any children and dependents that may rely on their limited income. The EITC was created in 1975, in part to offset the burden of increased social security payroll taxes on low-wage workers.

Operation: New View and AARP provide sites and services to prepare taxes for families and individuals who are eligible for EITC. This tax season Operation: New View and AARP were able to prepare and submit 1,847 tax returns for over 1,500 taxpayers. Over $740,000 will be received through Earned Income Tax Credits!
Upcoming Events:
-ARC Games
-America's River Festival
-Dubuque County Fair
-Sustainability Fair
-Back to School Bash
-Stand Down
-All The Way Home
-Kids Expo
-Dubuque Make A Difference Day
Investment Review Panelists
Twenty-four (24) volunteers donated and dedicated their time to reviewing grants and making allocation recommendations for the 2018-2019 grant allocation. 

Isn't giving money the fun part? Many people ask this question and realize that giving the money may be one of the hardest parts. 

"There are so many great organizations providing strong outcomes, that it makes it difficult to prioritize who should be funded." states United Way President/CEO Danielle Peterson. "Our volunteers take extreme care in their recommendations so we direct funding to the strongest programs meeting the greatest needs in our community that align with our mission."

An Investment Review Panelist appreciated the oral presentations from the applicants and stated, "Hearing passionate individuals speak about their causes and getting to engage in dialogue was a great part of the process."

For 2018-2019 United Way was able to fund 36 programs through 25 organizations!
Dubuque On The Move's Du It In 2 Health Event
Dubuque On The Move's Du It In 2 event  had o ver 250 registrants  this year for health awareness event. This event focused on showing community members new way to improve their overall health and well-being. Loras College students and faculty put together 15 different activity stations. The stations provided a basic overview of different exercises and how to make them easy, fun and family friendly. Over 11 vendors attended the event providing information on their services and health awareness. 

Mark your calendars for our next annual event which will be held in May of 2019!
National Preparedness aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, such as tornado, floods or earthquakes.

When a major disaster occurs, volunteers just naturally come....it's human nature. Through coordination and planning, that natural response to help our neighbors and community in times of need can be maximized to become even more effective.
 
A Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) is where individuals and groups of volunteers are registered and referred to local agencies to assist with relief efforts after a disaster has occurred. 

To better prepare our community to coordinate large numbers of volunteers in the event of a disaster, a VRC training will be offered on Wednesday, June 20, 6-8 p.m. at the Dubuque County Emergency Management Agency, 14928 Public Safety Way, Dubuque.
 
Ongoing VRC training is provided by AmeriCorps, American Red Cross of Northeast Iowa, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Dubuque, Retired Senior Volunteer Program and United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States. The general public is invited to attend.

Please RSVP by contacting Jessica Bleile at Jessica.Bleile@dbqunitedway.org 
Take Back The Night
Take Back The Night is an event for survivors of sexual abuse and assault to share their story and create awareness in the community. Almost 100 people attended this years' event, which is a tri-college event. United Way is a proud supporter and funder of organizations such as Riverview Center, Helping Services, and Dubuque YMCA/YWCA Victim Services Shelter, which provide abuse and assault services. 

 
Volunteer Management Tip! 

Set up your Get Connected agency profile and 
keep your volunteer needs and events updated 
so volunteers can find you easily.


United Way is very pleased to offer Get Connected, which 
is generously funded by the Volunteer Generation Fund, 
as the latest way we give our neighbors the opportunity to care
 for one another. We sincerely hope you enjoy using Get 
Connected to give back! At this time we have over 3,500 
volunteers registered on the site and over 100 non-profits
that are updating their volunteer needs daily.



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Corporate & Community Games Volunteers

ARC is looking for volunteers for 
this fundraising event that helps support their mission of empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to achieve their highest quality of life. 

They need many hands to make this event successful.  From the planning stages to take down- volunteers play a vital role in the Games.

We will need volunteers for set up, working games and tear down of the event.

We are also looking for teams of family, friends or co-workers to compete in the Games. 

There are prizes for the Best Team Spirit and Best Dressed! Show us your creativity! Y

ou can also win the Athletic Supporter Award by raising the most money and take home the coveted "Chicken on a Stick Trophy".



Design a T-Shirt for our Gentleman Campaign to Help End Domestic Violence!

According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence within their lifetime. Waypoint developed the Gentleman Campaign® in 2013 in an effort to spread awareness about domestic violence. 

Throughout the month of October, events are held that recognize the men who are true gentlemen and celebrate their direct impact on ending domestic violence.

One of the main components of the Gentleman Campaign® are t-shirt sales to help spread awareness about domestic violence and Waypoint's services. Each year, over 300 t-shirts are sold throughout the community, and we are looking for support in creating this year's design! Graphic design experience is preferred as the design will need to be completed in professional design software to send to the t-shirt company.


Jail & Prison Ministry Volunteer Mentors and Circles of Support

Through a vast network of volunteer mentors and support circles, Catholic Charities' Jail & Prison Ministry program strives to prepare and support ex-offenders as they work toward positive re-entry into family and community life. 

Mentors meet with offenders in prison or jail as well as after their release to provide the needed support to resist relapse into old habits and lifestyles. Circles of Support allow for larger groups to meet with one client and assist him/her meet his/her goals after being released from incarceration. 
Both volunteer opportunities help ex-offenders establish positive relationships, experience healthy social activities, and connect with community resources that can aid in finding work, affordable housing, and meeting basic needs.
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