March 2018
WOMEN UNITED SERVICE  ACTIVITIES
UPCOMING 


Story-time
 at Carnegie Stout Library
Thursday May 24th
Thursday June 21st
Thursday July 19th
Thursday August 23rd
Carnegie Stout Public Library 6:30-7 pm
Women UNITED will be sponsoring an evening story-time where each child will enjoy hearing great stories and go home with a new free book from each session. For ages 3 and up with their favorite adult. 

Recent
Community Baby Shower
Women United participated at the Jackson County and Dubuque County Community Baby Showers this month! These showers are an opportunity for pregnant women or families with children under the age of 1, that are low to moderate income, to learn about the resources in their community. These events allowed Women United to share information on their Sprout Into Reading program and the importance of early literacy. 



Read Across America 
 
 
As part of the "Read Across America" day on March 2, in celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday, Women United organized readers to visit Dubuque Community and Holy Family Catholic Schools. Volunteers had fun sharing "Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?" and a related activity with over 1200 children in 60 classrooms.   A drawing was held for the book in each classroom, and each of the students received a Dr. Seuss bookmark to take home. Many local "celebrities" participated in the festivities to help children celebrate Dr. Seuss and share their love of reading.

Community Clothes Closet
Interested in helping?
Would your workplace be interested in donating to our Clothes Closet? Contact admin@dbqunitedway.org for more information.


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities!
Community Clothes Closet

Volunteer opportunities for the Community Clothes Closet are on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5 pm. This opportunity would include sorting, steaming, and keeping the closet in order.

Story-Time

Do you like reading, singing and doing crafts? Women UNITED has partnered with the Carnegie Stout Public Library to do these fun activities during story time, which is held on the 4th Thursday of each month from 6:30-7 pm. 

Drives

Would you like to help in the coordination to collect items for non-profits in our communities? Women UNITED organizes drives and collections for items such as: gently used books, hygiene products, food, etc.

Community Events

Do you like to join in community events and fundraisers? Women UNITED often participates in events and fundraisers throughout the community to assist in awareness and fundraising.

Little Free Libraries & Sprout Into Reading

Are you passionate about getting books into the hands of low-income children? Help us with our Little Free Libraries and Sprout Into Reading initiative and provide free books for children in our community.

For any information on how to get involved please contact admin@dbqunitedway.org
Sprout into Reading Update


Sprout Into Reading is heading into another great year of being able to provide free books to low income children ages 0-5 to encourage early literacy! 

Sprout Into Reading is a United Way initiative that is lead by Women United. Women United has partnered with numerous agencies to ensure books are provided to children across our 10-county region. 

If you know of a program that serves low income children ages 0-5 and would like to partner with Women United on this imporant initiative, please contact admin@dbqunitedway.org. 
WU LEADERSHIP COUNCIL 


Katie Lange
Judy Wolf
Karen Babler
Michele Kaiser
Julie Kouba


 

If you are interested in learning more about Women UNITED, programs we are working on, and/or ways to participate, please call United Way at 
(563) 588-1415 or email  Katie Lange  or Judy Wolf.
"In American Society today, we need to have volunteerism. I truly believe that it is the glue that will hold us together and it will be the energy that will take us into the 21st century."

Barbara Michalski
Former United States Senator
In office from 1987 - 2017


Want to learn more about Women United? Attend our monthly meetings that are held every third Thursday of the month at 4 PM at the United Way Office (215 W. 6th Street, Dubuque, Iowa)
Next meetings are: May 17th, June 21st, and July 19th. 
FEATURED LEADERSHIP COUNCIL  MEMBER
 
Michele Kaiser

Current Responsibilities
Michele is the Manager of Supplier Quality for John Deere Dubuque and Davenport operations. In this position, Michele leads the effort with her teams to work with the C&F supply base to improve the quality, reliability, and performance of our purchased components in conjunction with Distinctive Product Quality efforts. She leads efforts to support C&F supplier quality related activities on a Divisional basis and ensures alignment with the Enterprise on common processes and activities.

Work Experience
Michele joined Deere in 2011 as Sr. Engineer responsible EGR cooler development for iT4 and FT4 engines, as well as 6.8L air system development. In June 2013, she was appointed CI Engineering Manager for S350 T4 Engines, responsible for leadership of warranty issue resolution. In December of 2014, she accepted the position of Backhoe Program Manager, which she held until accepting her current position in April 2017. Prior to John Deere, Michele worked in product engineering at Behr (now Mahle). In her six years with Behr, 3.5 years were spent in new product development and advanced engineering in Stuttgart, Germany. Michele also worked in engineering for Cummins, Inc. She holds a BS degree in Engineering from the University of Dayton and a Masters of Engineering Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has co-authored three technical papers and holds one international patent. Michele is fluent in German.

Special Interest
Michele resides in Dubuque, Iowa with her husband Jim. She enjoys volunteering as a test cook for America's Test Kitchen, is active with the United Way as a member of the Board of Directors, and is a member of the SAE Commercial Vehicle executive council.

Favorite Development Quote
Never ask that standards be lowered to meet where you are; rather, beg that they remain high and through stubborn determination meet them. ~Lindsey Smith


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HOW YOU CAN JOIN
 
Women UNITED Membership

- Charter Women UNITED members have pledged $1,000 as a new contribution or in addition to their annual United Way campaign contribution.

- Visionary Women UNITED members annually pledge $500 to the annual United Way campaign.

- ALL women are welcome to participate in Women UNITED-sponsored volunteer activities.