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Dubuque Launches Volunteer Website

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - It's been said, "Volunteers don't just do the work, they make it work."

That's the theory behind a new volunteer program in Dubuque.
The city is launching a new website to help volunteers connect with organizations that need volunteers.

Organizers of one popular Dubuque festival say the new website will be very helpful.

When the weather forecast calls for rain, "Dubuque and All That Jazz" organizers call for volunteers, and up goes a huge tent to cover the stage.

But finding people to help put that tent up can be even more complicated.

Dubuque Main Street's Christie Rang said, "we need 10 volunteers to put that up so we are calling our sponsors, we are calling everyone we know."

Organizers say access to an organized list of volunteers would make last minute set up so much easier.

Rang said, "It's tough. We could not do this without our volunteers. "

But for the volunteers helping on Friday afternoon, helping out is just common sense.

Bryce Parks said, "It's not like "why do you volunteer?" It's why don't you volunteer. Why doesn't everybody volunteer? It would be much easier and faster if everybody pitched in."

The website is active, but not expected to be complete until March, 2013. You can find it here.

Volunteer Dubuque! will be featured at the First Annual Volunteer Fair, a two-day event taking place at the St. Mark Community Center, 1201 Locust St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 12 and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept 13.