New Dubuque Non-Profit Aims to Connect Volunteers with Agencies

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - A new non-profit organization in Dubuque is aiming to connect people with agencies in need of volunteers.

Former Dubuque Riverview Center Executive Director Josh Jasper launched the new organization which is called Resources Unite. The website also has a database of non-profit agencies that offer services for people in need. Jasper says the idea is for Resources Unite to become the one central hub for people needing help and those who want to volunteer in Dubuque.

Inside the Maria House, a transition shelter for women and children, Development Director Ann Lorenz noticed the house had very few children's movies.

"I put the request out there at 1p.m. A half hour later, Josh got the challenge going and a couple hours later I had a lady at my door here with a whole bag full of DVDs," Lorenz said.

This non-profit agency is now stocked with, all the movies the little ones want. Jasper said that effort is one small example of Resources Unite's bigger mission.

"Everyone wants to do these remarkable things, and often times we don't though because of lack of resources,' Jasper said. "The reality is, the resources are here, it's just sometimes we don't do a good job of sharing them."

Local non-profits say budget cuts are forcing them to depend on volunteers now more than ever.

"When we get them to connect we will get them to volunteer, " Jasper said.

Away from the virtual world, Resources Unite is also creating a Volunteer Center in Dubuque's Millwork District.

"Think of it as kind of like a co-sharing space," Jasper said. "Many cities have co-sharing space where people who don't have office space go and spend a couple hundred bucks per month just to work in a space with other people. It will be like that, but with no rent. "

Those interested in checking out Resources Unite can check out their website by clicking here.
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