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Listed below are the nominated nonprofit organizations. Learn more about each nonprofit by clicking on the links below... 

Cans for NON-Profits, Inc. collects and recycles redeemable cans and bottles for nonprofit. Sustainable and collaborative efforts help them give back! They use revenues derived from the redemption of cans and bottles, along with other revenues, to support nonprofit organizations, charities, and individuals in need, while reducing the human impact on our environment, and promoting good sportsmanship, education, and land stewardship. 

Centralia-Peosta Volunteer Fire Department is fully Volunteer and a Non-Profit organization. CPFD provides Rescue, EMS, and Fire Protection to approximately 10,336 individuals in a 25 Square Mile radius, with 35 full-volunteer members. Members of the department hold certifications of Firefighter I & II, NREMT-P, NREMT-B, and NREMT-EMR.

Dubuque Area Labor-Management Council's (DALMC) mission is to promote and maintain a positive labor-management environment which is conducive to workforce development, education, retention and new business attraction by providing a forum to improve and expand labor-management collaboration in the private and public sector within the tri-state area. DALMC impacts the overall community by providing labor-management relations through training programs and other partnership programs. DALMC also is a key community organization that provides workforce development programs to middle and high school students. They provide opportunities to area students to explore careers that we need to fill in the tri-state area. This is done through various career fairs, job shadows, school presentations, tours of local companies, educational program booklets and other career events. Tech WORKS, a DALMC career exploration program, focuses on student interested in the skilled trades because that is one of our biggest workforce needs in the tri-state area. By sparking interest in students to pursue a skilled trade, and building a link from education to employment, we are growing our local workforce. The program prefers to have the students start as early as their freshmen year but can enroll as late as their senior year. With each student we track the classes they are taking, tours they go on, presentations they attend during career fair days, and ultimately where the students go after graduation. The Dubuque Area Labor-Management Council (DALMC) believes in increasing the number of diverse students participating in our programs. They have been learning over the past few years what is causing our diverse population of students from taking courses in the industrial technology area. DALMC is working with the Dubuque Community School District to incorporate some additional training programs for the industrial technology teachers.

Dubuque Dream Center is a Community Outreach Center committed to mobilizing youth and families to build on Dr. King's Dream of transforming communities by embracing, empowering, and unifying those who live there. We strive to inspire vision and purpose through: Impacting Youth, Strengthening Families and Building Community. The Dubuque Dream Center strategy — to Impact Youth and Strengthen Families — begins with our In Your Life Mentoring model. On the foundation of genuine relationships, In Your Life Mentors are strategically connected around an individualized plan to provide a child with the assets they need to be successful in school and in life. The program is structured to strategically impact students through our Academic Center, Career Development, Spark Activities, Healthy Meals (along with Meal Mentoring), Character Development Curriculum, and Family Engagement. The Dubuque Dream Center's long-term vision includes holistic initiatives to benefit the entire community. Our essential youth impact structure includes: Academic Initiatives, Character Development, and College and Career preparation.

Junior Achievement of the Heartland believes in "possible." Each day, we work to help young people discover what’s possible in their lives. We do this by helping them connect what they learn in school with life outside the classroom. We let them know it’s possible to invest in their future, to gain a better understanding of how the world works, and to pursue their dreams. We show them that it’s possible for tomorrow to be a better day. Junior Achievement’s proven lessons in financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship are shown to positively impact the lives of young people. These lessons align with national and state educational standards and are delivered to millions of students across the country with the help of our education partners and volunteers from the local community. Research shows that JA Alumni are more likely to have a college degree, feel confident managing money, have career success, and have started a business as an adult.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) brings stigma-free brain and mental health efforts to the forefront allowing our expanding service areas to be compassionate communities where those with lived and shared experience, can thrive. We focus on education, support and advocacy for peers and their families. We believe in advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves and work collectively to live and build a stigma free community where mental/brain health services are equitable and sustainable. We believe in community support, as all of our programs and services are free of charge. NAMI Dubuque provides interim care (non-clinical) by way of support groups, education classes, materials, presentations and programming using evidence based models. We strive to be an approachable, accessible nonprofit organization that meets the needs of other agencies through resource sharing and providing emotional support and complementary care for peers and their families that live within Dubuque, Jones and Delaware counties and surrounding areas.

Platteville United Methodist Church - Community Giving focuses on ways to Learn God, Love God, Serve God, and Share God. We provide support to 11 adopted families throughout the year. We distribute food at Ruby's Pantry and serve over 300 families each month through this mission. We provide a free community meal and serve over 300 meals each month, including delivering meals to senior living facilities in Platteville. We are the distribution site for Coats for Kids and the Platteville Holiday Project. We support Operation Snackpack at the schools and provide food to Family Advocates. We have made donations to a wide variety of social service organizations throughout the year. We collected over 2800 pairs of shoes to donate to Haiti. We are involved with a large number of community projects to assist with supporting various groups of people in need.

Research for the Kids is a local nonprofit organization driven by the tragedy and hope to remember Sarah Reiss and to honor Matthew Wessels. Both have experienced the outstanding service, care, compassion, and talents provided by the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. So for Sarah, Matthew, and many other kids, we are organizing our 15th Annual RFTK to raise funds for Brain Tumor and Heart Defect Research Programs at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Resources Unite strengthens the Dubuque community by creating connections. Resources Unite helps connect people to volunteer opportunities and resources that lead to a happier and more engaged way of life. They can help you change the world. Resources Unite keeps hearing from everyone in the community about how they want to help make the world a better place, but they don't know where to start. Well, that's what Resources Unite is here help make those connections to engage and strengthen the community. 

Whispurring Hope Animal Rescue helps animals that are lost, abandoned, abused, sick, injured or simply just can't survive on their own. We strive to help in any way we can. We also work to help educate the public about the importance of spay/neuter and the proper care of animals. We rely heavily on volunteers and fosters. We believe animals should be housed in a home with a loving family whenever possible over being in a shelter or kennel situation. Our staff, volunteers, fosters & vets work endlessly to do everything possible to give each and every animal that comes through our doors the love and care they need to properly adjust into a new home and have a long, healthy life.