WATERLOO, IA – Cedar Valley United Way Emerging Leaders and Lark Brewing are partnering to host a ‘Librewery’ event Thursday, May 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. The Emerging Leaders' 'Librewery' combines both books and brew for a cause. Volunteers are invited to Lark Brewing, located on University Avenue in Waterloo, for a book labeling race and assembly of books for the Books for Babies program. United Way's Books for Babies program provides nearly 2,500 board books to babies born in the Cedar Valley each year.


Cedar Valley United Way is in the final week of the 2015 campaign. Contributions for the campaign are being accepted through Sunday, January 31.

“Cedar Valley United Way’s impact can be seen all across our community,” said Pam Delagardelle, president/CEO of UnityPoint Health – Allen Hospital and co-chair of the 2015 United Way campaign. “United Way has a hand in supporting after-school and child care programs, disaster services, elderly transportation, community meals, help for victims of domestic violence and 2-1-1 Information and Referral services.”

Early childhood experiences put children on a path for success

Tammy was a desperate mother who called Cedar Valley Preschool and Child Care for help.

Tammy’s oldest daughter, age 12, could stay home after school, but her nine year old and two year old sons needed services urgently.  After calling 41 providers and trying an unregistered home provider for a month, the “red flags” were profuse.  Her oldest son, Rob, had told her stories she found hard to believe, such as the dog nipping at them, the caregiver calling them names, etc. Rob began thinking he just wanted to stay home like his sister does.