United Way Celebrating 90th Year
Investment Review Panelists
Our Investment Review Panelists continue to be hard at work focused on some new opportunities with our Funded Partners. 

Volunteers will participate in Funded Partner Visits to gain education and awareness on the programs we fund in the community. We are just starting this process and doing pilot projects with some of our Funded Partners, who have graciously volunteered to be a part of the pilot process. 

We will also be focusing on learning more about our partners by reading and discussing their reports. Volunteers were able to evaluate the year-end reports and will soon be evaluating the renewal request reports. Being able to read these reports gives a view into what impact is being made in the programs with their United Way funding. 

If you are interested in joining our Investment Review Panel, please contact us at
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. Volunteer opportunities are coming up for those who are interested! Keep your eyes open for this training and opportunity!
Upcoming Events:
-Stand Down

-Ribbon Cutting- Join United Way and the Chamber of Commerce on at our office on 215 W. 6th Street Thursday October 11th from 4:30-6 PM as we celebrate our 90 years in the community. 
-All The Way Home

-Kids Expo

-VITA Opportunities
-Holiday Helpers
-Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
-Read Across America
United For 90- Celebrating 90 Years of Serving Our Community
United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States began as the Dubuque Community Chest in 1928. At the time the Dubuque Community Chest was organized, there were only 350 Community Chests in the entire United States. Over the years, our local United Way has continued to grow and evolve, responding to varying community needs. Today, 90 years strong, United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States impacted over 40,000 across our tri-state area people last year.

In honor of our 90th, we kicked off this years campaign with a challenge of having 90 new or improved campaigns to help reach our goal of $1.625M. If you weren't able to join us for the kickoff, here are links to our materials: 

If you work at a business that doesn't currently have a United Way workplace campaign but are interested in learning more about it, please email or to join our team of donors supporting 36 programs click here.  
Back To School Bash
The Back To School Bash was a hit again this year. Volunteers helped the kids create puzzles of what they see in their future and Women United provided books and healthy snacks!
Day of Service
Emmaus Students participated in a day of service, giving back to their community during their first week of school. Thank you Emmaus Students and thank you to the Arboretum, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Dream Center and Rescue Mission. 

Day of Service
John Deere Dubuque Works put together some Little Free Libraries for our Women United Group. Thank you John Deere Dubuque Works!

Day of Service
US Bank participated in 3 different volunteer opportunities: Opening Doors, Boys and Girls Club and St. Mark Youth Enrichment. The volunteers got a chance to help with projects and interact with the organization and their participants!

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.

Visit our website.

2018-2019 Volunteers for Dubuque Area Classrooms

Junior Achievement (JA) empowers young people to own their economic success. They reach work-readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. They have hands on programs to prepare students to proactively manage their finances, be entrepreneurial and develop career readiness skills that will be recognized and valuable in the global workforce.

Volunteering for JA is a great way to get involved with your school. You will recieve training and all the materials you need to succesful in the classroom. Visits typically last less than an hour, and involve five to seven visits. 

Schools in need are: Aquin Catholic (Cascade), Cascade Elementary, Dubuque Lutheran School, Dubuque Senior High School, Eisenhower Elementary, Epworth Elementary, Hoover Elementary, Kennedy Elementary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Peosta Elementary, Sageville Elementary, St. Columbkille Elementary, Jefferson Middle School, Carver Elementary, Washington Middle School, Potosi School and East Dubuque Elementary.

Donation Transport Driver, Visitor Center Volunteer, Respite Camp Counselor

Camp Courageous is looking for someone that likes to drive a car/pickup with a trailer and would help camp out in picking up donation in the Monticello, Manchester, Dubuque area. 
Weekly or bi-weekly volunteers are preferred.

We are searching for dependable, responsible, friendly individuals to volunteer in the Visitors Center at Camp Courageous. Visitor Center volunteers greet visitors, answer phones, give tours of the camp, sell camp store items, and may do other office tasks. No special skills are needed other than the desire to welcome others to learn more about Camp Courageous 

Camp Courageous offers Respite Care Weekends 23 times a year. Campers come and enjoy all camp has to offer all in one fun filled weekend. This volunteer opportunity takes the campers on a zip line ride or on our lake to go canoeing and lots more. We need volunteer counselors with a passion to work with individuals with intellectual disabilities to volunteer along side our trained staff to provide a safe and positive experience for each and every camper. 

Painting Volunteers Needed

Bethany for Children & Families has offered aid and support to children and families in western Illinois and eastern Iowa since 1899.  Agency services include adoption; foster care; programs that provide counseling and therapy services to children at their school; a mobile dental program that visits children at their school to provide dental examinations and cleanings free of charge to those children who have no insurance or have Title XIX insurance; an after-school program that helps at-risk youth learn anger management and social skills; programs to help families and teens overcome homelessness; child welfare services that provide protective and preventative services to children who are at-risk or are victims of abuse or neglect; and education programs for junior high and high school students that teach self-esteem, respect, risks of sexual behavior, and responsibility.

Bethany for Children & Families is seeking a couple of volunteers to help paint the agency's office in Maquoketa, which is located at: 

115 S 2nd Street
Maquoketa, IA 52060

This office is primarily used to provide mental health therapy sessions to children and their families. There are two rooms and, depending on the number of volunteers, the project could last up to two days. 

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." AESOP