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Dubuque, IA– August 11, 2017 John Deere Dubuque Works Employees will receive a Governor’s Group Volunteer Award from Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg during a special recognition ceremony held September 1, 2017 in Cedar Falls.

John Deere Dubuque Works’ Employees will be honored with the presentation of a group award by United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States for their commitment to volunteering to support our community.

“I am pleased we can provide a way to help organizations honor the devoted volunteers who help the organization deliver on its mission”, stated Adam Lounsbury, Executive Director of Volunteer Iowa. “Volunteers across Iowa are contributing their time and talent in incredible ways to help solve the most pressing challenges in their communities.” Danielle Peterson, President/CEO of United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States states, “As a community, we thank John Deere for supporting employees’ efforts to give back to the community through volunteerism at United Way and many other local organizations. We are all stronger because of you!”

More than 600 awards are being presented this year during ceremonies held at several locations around the state. It is estimated that more than 31,000 hours of service, with an economic impact of more than $727,000, were served by this year’s honorees during the past twelve months.

Coordinated by Volunteer Iowa, the Governor's Volunteer Award program—now in its 34th year—provides an easy way for Iowa nonprofits, charitable organizations, and government entities to honor their volunteers with a prestigious, state-level award. More information is available at volunteeriowa.org.



DUBUQUE, Iowa – July 17, 2017 United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States announced today that funding for food-related supports is available to Dubuque County nonprofits

**Letters of request are due by 5 pm on July 28, 2017.

The Dubuque County Local Emergency Food and Shelter Program is accepting food-related funding applications for its annual grant award. A local board comprised of representatives from United Way, Red Cross, Operation: New View Community Action Agency, Homeless Advisory Coalition, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Opening Doors, the Salvation Army, Dubuque Area Congregations United and local labor groups will accept funding requests and distribute more than $18,000 in state funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

To be eligible for FEMA funding, organizations must be non-profit organizations within Dubuque County, have a voluntary board and have an annual audit procedure. Eligible organizations must not discriminate and demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.

One page letters of request will include the monetary amount requested, an explanation of how the funding will be used and a brief explanation of how the organization distributes food and meets the needs of the community.

Letters can be emailed to Jessica Bleile at jessica.bleile@dbqunitedway.org or mailed to the United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States office, 215 West 6th Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001 and must be received by 5 pm on July 28, 2017.


United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States and FamilyWize Help Local Community Save $501,847 on Prescription Medications

Health Impact Report reveals partnership has helped 4,539 community members

Dubuque, IA—August 4, 2016—United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States and FamilyWize announced today that local community members have saved $501,847 on prescription medications through the organizations’ partnership. The results were revealed in the annual Health Impact Report, a compendium of data reflecting the health and financial support offered by United Way and FamilyWize in its joint community initiatives across the country.

Over 1,000 United Ways have collaborated with FamilyWize to help 9.6 million Americans save more than $1 billion, with an average savings of 40 percent since the partnership began.

Key community highlights from the Health Impact Report for the community include:

ˇ $501,847 savings on prescription medications

ˇ 4,539 community members helped

“All too often we see families struggling to stay healthy due to the high cost of their prescription medications,” said Judy Wolf, interim director of United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States. “Partnering with FamilyWize has allowed us to offer new, free resources to our community members for managing their finances and improving their families’ quality of life. It’s encouraging to see the true impact our partnership has had and we look forward to supporting more families.”

“We are proud of our work with United Way and the far-reaching impact we have achieved,” added Dan Barnes, CEO and Co-Founder of FamilyWize. “The current U.S. healthcare landscape remains difficult for millions of Americans to navigate, and rising prescription medication costs are causing many to sacrifice health to afford other basic necessities. With United Way, we are working towards a goal of helping even more families become educated on their options for finding cost-efficient prescription medications.”

The FamilyWize program is free and saved participants an average of 43 percent off of their prescription medications in 2015. Accepted at more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide and covering all FDA approved prescription medications, the FamilyWize card has no eligibility requirements and is available to anyone. To sign up for the program, visit www.familywize.org, download the Android or Apple app, or print out the card. The card is also available at the United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States.

About FamilyWize

Since 2005, FamilyWize has helped almost 10 million Americans live healthier lives by saving them more than $1 billion on life-saving prescription drugs. By aggregating large groups of patients, FamilyWize advocates and negotiates for deep discounts on prescription drugs which it then passes these discounts on in full to patients. FamilyWize partners with some of the most respected community groups and health care providers in the country, including United Way Worldwide, Mental Health America, and American Heart Association, among thousands of other community organizations. To join FamilyWize, download our app at https://familywize.org/prescription-savings-card/get-your-free-card/.

About United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States

United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States connects people and resources to advance the health, education and income of those in need in our community. For more information about United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States, visit DBQUnitedWay.org.


Call 2-1-1 for Essential

Community Services

DUBUQUE, IA (August 4, 2016) 2-1-1 is an easy to remember three–digit telephone number for individuals and families in need of health and human service information and referrals.

“Calling 2-1-1 provides a shortcut through what can be a bewildering maze of agency phone numbers,” Judy Wolf, interim director of United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States, comments.

Until July 1st, 2-1-1 service had been available in Dubuque, Jackson and Delaware counties through Project Concern. “When we learned Project Concern was closing, our board wanted to make sure there wasn’t a gap in this vital service for people in need. It also gave us an opportunity to enhance and grow what had traditionally been available to callers from Jackson and Delaware counties,” she adds.

Effective July 1, 2016, United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States contracted with United Way 2-1-1, headquartered in Cedar Rapids/Hiawatha, to provide 2-1-1 services for individuals in Dubuque, Delaware and Jackson Counties. Persons may reach the helpline by calling 2-1-1, 319-739-4211 or 866-469-2211. Because some smaller cell phone carriers do not yet recognize 2-1-1, all three numbers are provided.

2-1-1 works a bit like 9-1-1. The 2-1-1 center’s referral specialists question callers, access databases of resources available from private and public health and human service agencies, match the callers’ needs to available resources, and link or refer them directly to an agency or organization that can help.

A very wide range of services are provided, Wolf notes. “Calling 2-1-1 helps elderly or disabled persons, those who do not speak English, those going through a personal crisis, or people new to their community, among others,” she explains.

Types of Referrals Offered by 2-1-1

§ 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.

United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States and call center staff in Cedar Rapids/Hiawatha are currently working with area agencies to update and expand the type information available from Dubuque, Jackson and Delaware counties in the 2-1-1 database. Representatives from nonprofits and governmental entities seeking more information can contact Chris Chapin-Tilton, United Way Director of Community Building & Impact by calling 563-588-1415 or emailing chris.chapin-tilton@dbqunitedway.org.

About United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States

United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States connects people and resources to advance the health, education and income of those in need in our community. For more information about United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States, visit DBQUnitedWay.org.

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Online Community for Nonprofits Arrives; Agencies Excited

DUBUQUE, IA (June 15, 2014) United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States has increased the potential for volunteerism, advocacy and involvement in the community through the launch of a free online community today at DBQUnitedWay.org/Volunteer.

Get Connected is an online platform provided in partnership with the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. It allows interested individuals to see the many ways they can make a difference and provides agencies a venue to promote their volunteer opportunities and needs.

“It’s a one-stop shop that raises awareness and builds relationships between organizations and individuals who are willing to provide a helping hand,” says Chris Chapin-Tilton, director of community building and impact at United Way. “The website provides an effective way to learn about volunteer opportunities, especially for those who are new to the community and looking to network.”

The new portal will create matches among charitable/community organizations and citizen volunteers by offering service opportunities based on the interests identified in the individuals’ profiles.

Over 25 local nonprofit organizations have already posted a wide range of volunteer opportunities on the United Way portal. These include helping middle and high school girls develop leadership skills at an upcoming Girl Scout “Raise Your Voice” conference and providing nutrition education to seniors on limited incomes through the Iowa State University extension office. Local opportunities can also feed into a statewide site at VolunteerIowa.org.

Responding to needs is easy and can make a significant impact. “Like so many nonprofits, RSVP relies on volunteers to fill critical community needs. Get Connected is easy to use for even the newest internet users to find the right volunteer opportunity,” says RSVP director, Beth Kelchen. “The potential Get Connected has for the community is the most exciting part.”


Women UNITED to Host Gathering

DUBUQUE, IA (June 10, 2015) Women UNITED, an affiliate of the United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States, will host Coffee and Cocktails on Tuesday, June 23, from 5-7 p.m. at Inspire Café. The event is open to women in the tri-states who are seeking an opportunity to get involved in community initiatives through volunteerism, advocacy and giving. A brief presentation at 6 p.m. will provide information on current and upcoming Women UNITED initiatives and projects. Women may RSVP for this event by June 19 to (563)588-1415 or admin@dbqunitedway.org.


United Way Announces Recent Hires

DUBUQUE, IA (May 8, 2014) The United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States announces the hire of four new staff members.

Donna Roeder, CPA, has joined United Way as Director of Finance and Operations. She joined the organization from Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids where she served as finance and accounting manager. Roeder is responsible for the financial reporting, budget and general operations of the United Way.

Wendy Scardino has joined United Way as Director of Resource Development and Donor Relations. She joined the organization from Amperage Fundraising Advisers where she served as a regional fundraising adviser. Scardino is responsible for fundraising and donor services, including workplace campaigns.

Chris Chapin-Tilton has joined United Way as Director of Community Building and Impact. She was previously with the Sisters of Charity, BVM as the development director. Chapin-Tilton will work with nonprofit agencies and other United Way stakeholders to address specific community-centered issues.

Lori Fiebelkorn has joined United Way as Executive Assistant. She was previously with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.