"Help one another. There's no time like the present, and no present like the time.”

― James Durst
This month I wanted to share with you a few ways that you can support the work we’re doing at United Way of Muscatine that you might not have considered. In order to improve our community for generations to come, you can leave a legacy gift by creating a bequest intention. This is a statement of intent to make a future gift from your estate. You can also make a simple change to a retirement plan, a 401(k), 403(b) plan, or IRA or insurance policy by adding a beneficiary designation directing that a portion of the plan, IRA, or policy be gifted to United Way. Finally, if you have an IRA and are over the age of 70 ½, you can allocate some or all of your annual required minimum distribution from the IRA directly to United Way. An IRA charitable rollover is becoming an ever more popular way for supporters to benefit local United Ways. If you have an interest in giving back in any of these ways, in addition to gifts of cash, stocks, or other investments, please give our office a call.
Thank you for reading!
Shane Orr
Executive Director
Upcoming Events
Learning Lab-Customer Service
June 5th, 9am
Kids First Pearl Pub Party
June 9th, 3-6 pm
School Supply Drive
June 1st-30th
Day of Caring T-Shirt Design Contest
Due July 1st
Kids First Pancake Breakfast
July 4th, 8-10am
Intern Day of Caring
July 11th, 8am-12pm
For volunteer opportunities, please visit volunteermuscatine.org
My name is Laken Werner and I am a junior at Louisa­Muscatine High School. I created Helping Kids Win because I saw a need in the community to give everyone an equal chance to participate in sports. I was participating in the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student program which includes designing a project of my choosing. I first started creating ideas and projects to raise money for my project. I decided to go through United Way because I knew they have a good program that would help me expand and grow my project. I had a lot of help and support from others to help me through my project and help me bring things through to completion.

In order to raise money I created a volleyball tournament through Helping Kids Win. I had six teams participate and overall $650 was raised. It was a round robin tournament for all ages. Then I decided to create a fundraiser night at Salvatore’s and collected $500 from tips and restaurant donation. My hope is that by using the money, Helping Kids Win can create opportunities for children who can’t afford the needed equipment to participate in athletics. Athletics has had an impact on my life and provided me with many different opportunities that have built character and strong relationships. I hope I can provide as many opportunities as possible for underserved youth in our community and continue Helping Kids Win for years to come.
We are looking for volunteers for flood cleanup! Please click on the image above to find out how to help!
Community Events
Preschool is more affordable than you think! 4 year old preschool is free at many preschools and tuition scholarships are available for 3 year old preschool through Early Childhood Iowa Muscatine County. To learn about the preschool scholarship program and transportation resources to help make preschool possible for your child this fall visit:  https://www.ecimc.org/early-learning-scholarships
United Way is extremely grateful to receive a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine for the Summer Lunch Program. These funds will help keep the program running smoothly this summer! Thank you!
College Decision Day
Muscatine and West Liberty high schools held College Decision Day events. This was Muscatine’s 3rd annual event and West Liberty’s first. Visit each school’s social media page for more pictures.
Student Day of Caring
Student Day of Caring was held this spring at 3 area school districts: Muscatine, L&M, and Durant School Districts. Please visit our social media pages for more photos!
The Baby Shower was a huge success! Hundreds of items were collected and distributed to LSI, Public Health, and the Y. Thank you to all who held a drive and/or donated!
Stamp Out Hunger was held on
May 11th. 10,446 pounds of food was collected by postal carriers, along with the help of United Way and Boy Scouts.

All food collected will go to the Muscatine County Food Pantry and The Salvation Army.
According to the Center for American Progress, less than 1 in 3 children have a full time stay at home parent, which means a large number of children under 5 years of age are receiving care from someone other than a parent. It is vital that child care providers are equipped with the tools necessary to promote safe and healthy environments, healthy child development, social skills and education. My role as a Child Care Nurse Consultant is to provide support and education to child care providers from child care centers, preschools and private homes.

In addition to being a Registered Nurse, I completed The Iowa Training Project for Child Care Nurse Consultants sponsored by Healthy Child Care Iowa, The Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Board of Nursing. I work closely with child care providers to help develop policies, provide health and safety assessments, provide on-site consultation, technical assistance and monitor recalls related to child safety. I review records to make sure children have access to and are up to date on routine medical/dental care, developmental screenings, immunizations and make the necessary referrals to health care providers and community services. I provide trainings for care providers to educate them on Medication Administration, Safe Sleep for Babies, Injury Prevention, Caring for Children with Special Health Care Needs, and Emergency Preparedness, to name a few. My office is located at Unity Point Trinity Muscatine Public Health and the services I provide are free of charge to assist child care providers in Henry, Louisa, Muscatine and Washington Counties to offer a safe, healthy and nurturing environment.

Abbie Derksen, RN
Child Care Nurse Consultant
Upcoming Events