Seasonal Programs

Andrew Connolly Make A Difference Day

Andrew Connolly Make A Difference Day (ACMADD) is an annual weatherization challenge. Volunteers help elderly, disabled, and veteran community members get their homes ready for winter by doing yard work, putting plastic on windows, and performing basic household chores as needed. On October 24, 2015, the 9th annual ACMADD, 350 volunteers helped out at 75 homes and community projects. 

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School Supplies

School supplies are distributed to children at the beginning of the school year. This program aims to reduce the
amount of supplies that a household has to purchase. In 2015, our outreach offices were able to provide more than 190 children with school supplies. .

To support this service in Jackson County, our office partners with Community Partnership for Protecting Children to collect needed supplies. In 2015, this event provided 119 children with school supplies.

If you are interested in donating school supplies to help support children in your community, please see our Wish List page for more information.

Coats for Kids

Coats for Kids provides warm winter coats, jackets, hats, and mittens to kids to help them stay warm during the cold winter months. Coats are available throughout the year in all counties on a referral basis.

Santa’s Helper

Santa’s Helper helps keep Christmas in the family by connecting families in need with sponsors during the holiday season in Dubuque County. People in our local community sponsor a family and provide gifts for them during the holiday season.

Additionally, there will be a toy giveaway December 17th, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Colts Bingo Hall for families that did not sign up for a holiday program anywhere else. Toys will be available for children 12 years of age and younger and families should bring a box or garbage bag with them to carry the toys in. To be eligible to pick up toys, families must bring social security cards for every member.

Interested in sponsoring a family or volunteering for Santa’s Helper? Please contact Mary Billmeyer at (563) 556-5130 ext. 12 or to learn more.

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Rent Reimbursement

Operation: New View CAA assists clients with filing out their Iowa Rent Reimbursement Claim for the State of Iowa program for a small fee of $5. This allows elderly and disabled people to receive a percentage of their rent reimbursed the previous calendar year. The program will start in mid-January.

Eligible individuals:

  • Lived in Iowa all or part of 2015 and live in Iowa now
  • Meet household income guidelines
  • The rental unit you live in is subject to property tax
  • You (or your spouse) is 65 years of age or older, or 
  • You (or your spouse) were age 18-64 as of December 31, 2015 and disabled. Proof of disability must be attached to your claim.