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The New Faces of United Way

Apr/28/17 - Source: Danielle Peterson, President/CEO | Category: News

April 28, 2017

Danielle Peterson
United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States
Cell: 563.599.1346 (This will be the best way to reach Danielle this week.)

Chris Chapin-Tilton
Director of Community Building & Impact
United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States
Office: 563.588.1415, ext. 206

The New Faces of United Way

DUBUQUE, Iowa – United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States (UWDATS) is excited to announce grant awards to 38 programs that support health, education and income stability for tri-state residents. These awards include the addition of 13 new and targeted programs that are made possible through donations to this year’s United Way campaign.

The awards made for the upcoming 2017 – 2018 allocation year are a result of United Way’s new investment model, which was announced in July 2016, and includes two funding streams: Currently Sponsored Programs and New & Targeted Initiatives.

“One of the goals of our New & Targeted Initiatives funding is to address specific health, education and income issues within our 10-county coverage area and expand our support to outlying counties,” comments Danielle Peterson, President/CEO. “It’s just one of the many ways we are working collaboratively with community partners to identify needs and find solutions.”

Increased funding has been earmarked for programs in Allamakee, Clayton, Delaware, Fayette, and Jackson counties as a result of the New & Targeted Initiatives.

In the last year, United Way has participated in research initiatives and utilized recently available data to direct its work for the 2017 – 2018 allocation cycle as well as the years ahead. This includes A.L.I.C.E. data, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, provided by United Ways of Iowa; county health rankings and roadmaps data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the recent community needs assessment on mental health and childcare produced through a partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and Project Hope.

Homelessness and mental health are two of the key issues benefiting from United Way’s expanded funding initiatives.

Two programs addressing differing aspects of homelessness through the East Central Development Corporation (ECDC), which is a nonprofit extension of the East Central Intergovernmental Association, will receive funding. A portion is designated to help pay for a homeless coordinator position that will work with all area shelters and programs supporting the homeless in our communities for better service and coordination.

“Homelessness is an issue that has many different faces, depending on the community,” comments Amanda Hohmann, ECIA Continuum of Care SNAP manager. “We recognize there are gaps in services. With United Way’s assistance, we will provide outreach in a larger coverage area as well as look to other local grants available in the various communities to provide support.”

With additional funding, Riverview Center, which provides comprehensive services to survivors of sexual violence, will expand therapy services in Allamakee and Clayton counties. Thanks to United Way dollars, Riverview will offer survivors quicker access to more comprehensive mental health services. “Since funding at the state and national level is continually at risk, United Way’s support for these services is vital to the mental health and healing journey of the women, men and children in our communities who are experiencing trauma as a result of sexual violence,” Carrie Melton, Riverview Executive Director, states.

“It’s an exciting time to be part of United Way,” states Wendy Runde, general manager at the Diamond Jo and chair elect for the United Way board of directors. “There is a lot of momentum and energy around our work. Change doesn’t happen overnight. But it does happen, and it takes all of us doing what we can. We could not do what we do without our thousands of generous donors, partners, advocates and volunteers.”

For information on giving, advocacy and volunteerism in your community, contact United Way at 563.588.1415 or visit the United Way website at www.dbqunitedway.org.

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. The organization brings individuals and other groups together around innovative solutions to impact thousands of lives annually. For more information about United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States, visit DBQUnitedWay.org.


2017 - 2018 United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States Grant Awards




AmeriCorps *Partners in Learning
Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools *Green Dot Violence Prevention
Dream Center *Youth Mentoring/Academic Center
Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA Licensed Early Childcare Program
Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA Licensed School-Aged Childcare Program
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois Leadership & Character Building
Hillcrest Family Services Mentor Dubuque
Northeast Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America Advancement Program
Northeast Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America Exploring Program
Northeast Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America Scoutreach Program
St. Mark's Youth Enrichment *Conscious Discipline Curricula
The Workshop/Galena Comprehensive Vocational/Educational Training
United Ways of Iowa Foster Grandparent Program

Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association *Representative Payee Program
American Red Cross Disaster Services
American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces
American Red Cross Volunteer Services
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dubuque Meal/Nutrition Education Program
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dubuque Triple Play Wellness Program
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque Mental Health Counseling
Helping Services of Northeast Iowa *Domestic Abuse Resource Center
Hillcrest Family Services Community Mental Health Services
Riverview Center Violence Prevention Education Program
Riverview Center *Sexual Violence Therapy Services
Region 8 Regional Transit Authority *Delaware Co. Rides to Wellness
Substance Abuse Services Center High-Risk Youth Program

Almost Home *Homeless Services (Shelter)
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque Jail & Prison Ministry Program
Cedar Valley Friends of the Family *Emergency Shelter Program
DBQ Area Labor Harvest *Food Pantry
Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA Victim Services Shelter
East Central Development Corporation *Centralized Homeless Coordinator
East Central Development Corporation Continuum of Care-Special Needs Assistance
Hillcrest Family Services Foster Care Community Integration
Iowa Legal Aid Financial Stability Program
Opening Doors Maria House
Opening Doors Teresa Shelter
The Salvation Army Emergency Food Pantry

United Way 2-1-1 Information and Referral
Sprout into Reading Literacy Program

TOTAL $1,135,000

*Denotes New & Targeted Initiatives Funding