"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”
― Muhammad Ali
March marks the transition to spring. It’s also a transition month for us at United Way. Our Community Investment process has just wrapped up this month. That’s the way that we invest the money we raise into programs that are making a difference in our community. Over the past month, teams of community volunteers reviewed grant applications, toured agencies, and listened to presentations. Finally, teams discussed funding recommendations based on what they had reviewed. Through this process, we make sure that our funding decisions are made by volunteers that represent our community. We thank all of the volunteers who were part of this process this year!
Even though we’ve wrapped up our funding decisions, it doesn’t mean that things aren’t busy. We continue to look for ways that we can have the most impact. In some cases, that means changes to our focus and the way we do things. Over the coming year, we’ll update you on these changes and how they will make a difference for people in our community.
Thank you for reading!
Shane Orr
Executive Director
Upcoming Events
Disney World Ticket Raffle
March 15th-April 15th
Community Baby Shower
April 1st-30th
Kids First Pancake Breakfast
April 22nd, 7-9am
Day of Caring T-Shirt Design Contest
Due July 1st
For volunteer opportunities, please visit volunteermuscatine.org
Antonio Dabeet was our volunteer contest winner! Antonio is registered at volunteermuscatine.org and spent at least 5 hours volunteering during February. His name was drawn from all the volunteers, and won a gift card and a Live United shirt. Thank you for volunteering, Antonio!
United Way of Muscatine's Day of Caring is just around the corner! Please click the picture above to find information on how to volunteer, or to sign up to have work done.
Community Events
Food Rescue
In February, the Food Rescue program hit $2million worth of food rescued since 2014. That is a LOT of food saved from the landfill and given to those in need.
4-H Packing Event
Muscatine County 4-H members packed meals for the Muscatine area food pantries. We love seeing the young people of our community get involved and volunteer. Thank you!
February 18-22nd was Random Acts of Kindness Week. United Way featured 4 members of our community during the week. Click on the photos above to read each of their stories!
Public Health can assist in testing you for a few diseases that have some difficult signs to diagnose or a test that may be required by an employer to get before you can become their employee. One particular test is PPD, or purified protein derivative.  This test is performed to identify if you have tuberculosis. TB is the more common name. 

TB is a contagious disease that is spread from person to person through the air. Some symptoms include fever, tiredness, chest pain, and coughing, sometimes coughing up blood. The test is simple but must be completed in two visits to the clinic. It is placed just inside your arm with a small injection that stays near the skin causing a temporary bump. The second visit must be scheduled at least 48 hours from the first visit and is simply for the nurse to look to see if you had a reaction to the injection.
Yearly PPD tests, which you may hear them called Mantoux test or tuberculosis test, are a must for all healthcare workers or those going into the healthcare field. This is because health care workers have a higher chance of getting into contact with another person that has active TB.

There are two categories of tuberculosis: latent and active. Latent TB means the germs are in the body, but the person is not showing signs of sickness and they are not considered sick and contagious. Active TB means the person is sick with the germ and is showing signs or symptoms of the disease. This disease can be treated by your doctor if you are tested and follow all the care instructions, but it can be deadly if not treated.

Protecting yourself if you are in contact with someone that you know has TB is the best defense. It’s recommended to use a mask, or respiratory protection, if you are unsure if a person has TB and when around anyone who is showing signs of being sick or coughing. Being safe is better than being sick.

Each year, health care workers recognize World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24 th to raise public awareness about the health, social and economic consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the worldwide spread of TB. This date marks the day in 1882, when Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB. This opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this difficult disease. To this day, for those who have not been treated by a doctor, TB remains the world’s deadliest infectious killer.

Trinity Muscatine Public Health is here to help with PPD testing needs. Appointments can be scheduled at our office by calling (563) 263-0122. Our highly skilled staff can also provide you clear education and direction for any questions you may have on TB and understanding your risks.
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