July, 2017
WOMEN UNITED SERVICE  ACTIVITIES
UPCOMING 
 
Annual Back to School Bash
Saturday, August 5th: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Comisky Park, 255 E 24th Street
Women UNITED and other community organizations help prepare the children of low income families for the school year.  For more information email Julie Kouba.
 
Food Packaging Fun for a Good Cause
Thursday, September 7th
Location and time to be announced
Women UNITED will be one of a dozen teams vying for the AWESOME noodle trophy. The goal is to package 25,000 meals for distribution to local food pantries. For more information email admin@dbqunitedway.org
 
RECENT

 
YP Days of Caring
Many hands make light work!  Women UNITED's  2017 Days of Caring team did clean up at Storybook Hill's Children Zoo in April. 

Sprout into Reading Update
 
It's a fact: In the first six years, children learn at a much faster pace than at any other time
in their lives, which is why exposing them to reading at a young age is critically important.

It's also a fact that Women UNITED is dedicated to ensuring that low income children have access to books in their homes through the Sprout into 
Rea ding Program. Since the program's launch in late 2016, over  2,500 books have been distributed by seven partnering agencies in the Iowa counties served by United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States.

The program, developed through research on similar programs in other areas of the state and in discussion and collab oration with multiple organizations, targets children ages birth to five years of age.

Just a sprinkling of the positive comments coming in from the partnering organizations, parents and children include:

From a partnering organization:  "The kids we serve love to be read to but oftentimes their access to books is limited. Thanks to Women UNITED, we can help our families expand their collection of books at home."

From a parent: "We enjoy receiving the wonderful books because it gives me the opportunity to read with my children and spend time with them while reading"

From a happy four-year old:  "I love the book Corduroy , my mom read it to me when I was younger!"

The fact of the matter: Women UNITED members are delighted with the Sprout into Reading results to date and look forward to expanding their literacy activities in the future.

More Little Free Libraries popping up, thanks to Women UNITED
Little Free Libraries have recently been installed in five Western Dubuque Community School District elementary school playgrounds, thanks to a  collaboration of Women UNITED, the Dyersville Young Professionals organization, and employees of FarmTek, also based in Dyersville.

Pre-built libraries purchased by Women UNITED were painted as part of a DYP-sponsored family activity day in May. The libraries were then installed by school district staff and books were supplied, thanks to a book drive held earlier this year by FarmTek employees.


Women UNITED has nine additional pre-built libraries for distribution in the 10-county United Way service area and is seeking partnering organizations that will paint and install the libraries, as well as provide ongoing maintenance. The goal is to provide 24/7 access to books (and encouraging a love of reading!) in areas where books are scarce.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, one of the most successful ways to improve the achievement of children is to increase their access to books, especially at home.

Organizations interested in co-sponsoring a Little Free Library can learn if they qualify by emailing admin@dbqunitedway.org. Please state Little Free Library in the email subject line.

Sharing our Message at the Spring Membership Social



Over 20 women attended Women UNITED's May 4 th Spring Membership Social to learn more about the group's mission to meet the needs of the community in hands on service activities related to health, education and income/financial stability. Representatives of United Way's funded partners were also on hand to discuss how their programs and services relate to the Women UNITED mission.

"We were pleased with the turnout and will continue to have opportunities in the upcoming year so more women can learn about potential service opportunities," comments Judy Wolf, Women UNITED co-chair.  
WU LEADERSHIP COUNCIL 


Katie Lange
Judy Wolf
Karen Babler
Tanya Moore
Beth Triplett
Julie Kouba


Congratuations to Katie Lange, who recently assumed the Women UNITED co-chair position. She will serve along with founding member Judy Wolf.  We look forward to her ideas and energy.  More information about Katie can be found below in the Featured Leadership Council Member spotlight.  


Mary Ann Conzett

Special thanks to Mary Ann Conzett, who has faithfully served as the Women UNITED co-chair since 2014. Mary Ann has been a tireless leader who brought a strong community-minded spirit to Women UNITED's activities.  We appreciate her dedication and look forward to her continued involvement in our future volunteer opportunities.

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.

COMMUNITY CLOTHES CLOSET

The Community Clothes Closet sponsored by Women UNITED continues to serve individuals in need of gently used employment-related clothing.

Located in the lower level of NICC's Town Clock Center at 680 Main Street, the closet is open the following times:

Monday
9am-noon
Tuesday noon-5pm
Wednesday noon-5pm
Thursday
9am-noon


Interested in helping?
Volunteers are needed on the first Wednesdays of the month at noon and the third Wednesdays of month at 5 p.m. for clothes sorting, steaming and other tasks in order to maintain the closet.  Each volunteer session lasts about an hour but the length of time is dependent on the tasks to be completed. Email admin@dbqunitedway.org for info.

"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

FEATURED LEADERSHIP COUNCIL  MEMBER
 
Katie Lange
Newly Elected Women UNITED Co-chair

Katie, a graduate of Clarke University, has been in the accounting industry for 18 years. She was at Honkamp Krueger for 17 years and recently joined Alliant Credit Union as Controller. She is now overseeing the day-to-day accounting functions and financials of the credit union. Katie has also been active in the community as she is a current member of the Women UNITED Leadership Council, volunteer for the annual Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thon and past board member of Dubuque County Early Childhood. Katie is married and has three boys that fill all her free time.  


Why do I volunteer with Women UNITED?
"I became interested in Women UNITED at the start of the Clothes Closet. I loved the idea of helping provide clothing to individuals who were job searching. I quickly realized that Women UNITED was about much more than that. It is a group of women who really want to give back to the community, not only monetarily, but also by utilizing their own talents and time. I've also served as the co-chair of the Sprout into Reading Program. This program provides books to several agencies in Dubuque, Clayton, Fayette, Delaware and Allamakee counties. With the help of the agencies, we choose age-appropriate books for children ranging from 0-5 years old and provide these books quarterly.  

"Nelson Mandela once said 'There can be no greater gift than that of giving one's time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.' From the Clothes Closet, the Annual Back to School Bash at Comisky Park, meal prep for those in need, and many other activities, I am able to do just that."  
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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.