With Feed the Need, Dubuque teens raise money for and awareness of youth needs
The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque’s Youth Area Philanthropists, or YAPPERS, raised more than $4,000 on October 31 during their annual Feed the Need soup lunch and silent auction to benefit local children and teens.
Fed the Need is the YAPPERS’ biggest fundraiser of the year, which supports grants that the group makes to organizations that serve the needs of local youth. The event and the group itself offer opportunities for high school students to learn about philanthropy, grantmaking and the impact they can have on communities and families.
“Feed the Need is such a great event because it shows how much people care about their community,” said Avery Fair, a senior at Wahlert Catholic High School and third-year YAPPER.
For $10, guests could dine on all-you-can-eat soup, salad and bread donated by Junction 21, Milkhouse Bakery, Hy-Vee and Inspire Café. In addition, they could bid on items and gift packages donated by local businesses and organizations.
To date, Feed the Need has raised more than $62,000 that supports the YAPPERS’ annual grantmaking. Applications for YAPPERS grants open in February, and awards are announced in May.
For students in the group, reviewing and making grants is an educational and eye-opening experience that helps them understand the needs of youth in the community and how they can make a difference through philanthropy.
Fair said that when she joined the YAPPERS, she had no idea how to review grants — she only knew that she loved nonprofits and the essential support they provided the community. But she quickly learned the process and gained a deeper connection with local organizations.
Being part of the group also have given her a chance to go on site visits, where she and her peers learn about the work the grant-receiving organizations do.
“My favorite part of being a YAPPER is doing the funding at the end of the grant cycle,” she said. “It’s great to see where the money is going and having an impact.”
The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque thanks Feed the Need sponsors Junction 21, Milkhouse Bakery, Hy-Vee, Inspire Café, Theisen's Home*Farm*Auto, Klauer Manufacturing, Great River Learning, Chip & Julie Murray, and Mike & Natalie Hoffmann.