Every citizen deserves to feel financially stable. United Way's funding priorities include:

  • Programs that provide for basic needs, including physical and / or financial security.
  • Programs that help individuals / families navigate human and legal services to secure basic needs and address financial crises.
  • Programs to help individuals / families improve money management skills to secure and maintain financial stability.

United Way funds the following income stability programs

Volunteer Services:
American Red Cross of Northeast Iowa

Provides an enriching & rewarding experience that transforms the desire to help improve communities & people’s lives.

Disaster Services:
American Red Cross of Northeast Iowa

Offers basic humanitarian response following small & large-scale disaster emergencies with the primary goal of providing immediate relief to victims of disaster.

Emergency Food Pantry:
Salvation Army

Provides food through the food pantry on an emergency basis to clients who find themselves food insecure.

United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States

Empowers people with the information and tools they need to make smart decisions about purchasing their prescription medication will lead to stronger and healthier communities.

Foster Grandparent Program:
Project Concern

Provides the opportunity for limited-income seniors to work as one-on-one mentors to children with special needs in elementary schools, early education centers, & summer learning programs.

Homeless Prevention:
Project Concern

Helps move individuals & families who are homeless towards stable housing & maximum self-sufficiency while providing supportive services.

Income & Housing Stabilization:
Iowa Legal Aid
Provides civil legal assistance that helps Dubuque County low-income individuals & families remain in their homes & have sufficient income to meet their basic needs.

Jail & Prison Ministry:
Catholic Charities

Provides mentoring & support to individuals being released from jails & prisons to assist them in positive re-entry into family & community life through achievement of self-sufficiency & reduction of recidivism.

Maria House:
Opening Doors

Provides a transitional housing program for woman and children that assists woman in setting up & accomplishing individualized goals.

Meal & Educations Program:
Boys & Girls Club

Provides a nutritionally balanced lunch or evening meal & also teaches members how to prepare a nutritional snack.

Mental Health Counseling:
Catholic Charities
Hillcrest Family Services

Provides professional counseling for individuals, couples, children and families experiencing various social, emotional, and interpersonal struggles.

Scouting for Food:
Northeast Iowa Council of Boy Scouts

Provides service to the community with a variety of projects including food drives and playground cleanups.

Service to the Armed Forces:
American Red Cross of Northeast Iowa

Provide support & assistance to the U.S. Armed Forces & their families with 24-hour access to timely & reliable emergency communications, case management services and access to emergency financial assistance.

Senior Program:
Salvation Army
The Workshop

Serves individuals with disabilities by providing them with stimulating activities to keep them mentally & physically active as they transition out of traditional vocational programs.

Teresa Shelter:
Opening Doors

Provides woman & children with an emergency shelter and extended stay program focusing on immediate needs and individualized goal plans.

Victim Services Shelter:
Dubuque Community YMCA / YWCA

Provides the specific type of security & restoration services victims need when they are in danger.