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.

My Smart Money:

Looking for a resource to help manage money? Check out this free online interactive program that offers calculators, quizzes and other tools.

Click here to access this opportunity.

Making Tough Choices Challenge and Breaking the Cycle of Poverty:

Try to complete the challenge of making tough choices by putting yourself in the shoes of a family that is above the federal poverty level, but struggling each month to meet a survival budget.

Click here to to do the Take Tough Choices Challenge

Click here to break the cycle of poverty.

Child Care Needs Assessment

Project HOPE, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, conducted a needs assessment that took a focused look at needs and barriers to economic opportunity in Dubuque. To select focus areas, 75 professionals were surveyed across a broad cross-section of service providers. Mental health and child care services were overwhelmingly identified as needs. Click here to acccess the full report.

2-1-1 Connecting to the Services

Many people in our community struggle when trying to navigate and make connections to services they need. United Way 2-1-1 is a free health and human service information and referral resource. You can also look at the 2-1-1 Counts and see what the trends are for your specific area. Click here to see more information.

Individuals can call 2-1-1, 319-739-4211, 1-866-469-2211, or search our website database for a variety of resources including: food, clothing, shelter, information about the Affordable Care Act, free medical clinics, employment supports, energy assistance, and much more.
If you would like to see if your agency/organization iformation could be placed on the 2-1-1 site and used for referrals, please click here to check out the inclusion/exclusion policy, adding a new agency, or updating your agency info!

Who do we help

Individuals, families, and the greater community all benefit from United Way 2-1-1. Those who call 2-1-1 work with trained and certified Information and Referral Specialists who assist individuals and families in finding possible resources to meet their needs. Information about where people call from (i.e., zip code), what they call about, and gaps in services are then shared to assist with community planning.

  • Basic Human Needs Resources – including food and clothing banks, shelters, rent assistance, and utility assistance.
  • Physical and Mental Health Resources – including health insurance programs, Medicaid and Medicare, maternal health resources, health insurance programs for children, medical information lines, crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling, and drug and alcohol intervention and rehabilitation.
  • Work Support – including financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs.
  • Support for Older Americans and Persons with Disabilities – including adult day care, community meals, respite care, home health care, transportation and homemaker services.
  • Children, Youth and Family Support – including child care, after school programs, educational programs for low-income families, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring and protective services.
  • Emergency Suicide Prevention – referral to suicide prevention help organizations. Callers can also dial the following National Suicide Prevention Hotline numbers operated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services:
  • 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
  • 1-888-SUICIDE (1-888-784-2433)
  • 1-877-SUICIDA (1-877-784-2432) (Spanish)


ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) represents the increasing number of individuals and families who are working but are still unable to afford basic needs. Iowa is one of the few states that have participated in the ALICE Project, therefore information for Illinois and Wisconsin are unavailable at this time.

ALICE data discovered that at least one-third of the U.S. population of employed persons are making insufficient wages for survival. The United Way ALICE Project is designed to create conversations and a better understanding of the scope of the struggles that working Americans face. It also acts as a call to action! The ALICE Project illuminates issues that align with the three United Way pillars: health, education and income stability. For the full report, please click here.

As United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States develops investment strategies to improve the health, education and income of our communities, the following statistics, and a wealth of additional information will be used to identify areas for improvement.