Meet the Chairs of the 2017 CVUW Campaign

WATERLOO, IA—On August 30th, Cedar Valley United Way will kick off its 2017 campaign at the Rally for the Valley. Over 500 business professionals will unite to raise excitement for the work being done in the Cedar Valley.

Leading the 2017 campaign will be co-chairs Jeff Olson, Dan Trelka, and Tony Thompson. As prominent faces in the community, they are already working hard to cultivate support among local businesses and individuals and ensure the success of this year’s campaigning efforts.

With the kick-off event nearing, Olson, Trelka, and Thompson are highly anticipating the positive impacts that the upcoming campaign will have on the community. “Great things are happening in the Cedar Valley! I want to be a part of that experience,” said Trelka, campaign co-chair and Waterloo chief of police.

Olson, also a campaign co-chair and the Cedar Falls chief of police, explained how his appreciation for the Cedar Valley influenced his desire to help lead this year’s United Way movement. “We have so many people that care about and contribute to making the Cedar Valley a great place to live,” said Olson.

United, we fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in the community. Thompson, another campaign co-chair and the sheriff of Black Hawk County, says he values United Way because “they are diligent in their efforts to both evaluate the root cause of issues, and champion results-oriented programs and processes that have an important impact on those issues.” Thompson is excited to help lead the charge this year and motivate the community to take action against the problems in the Cedar Valley.

As they continue to prepare for the 2017 campaign that launches in just a few weeks, the co-chairs shared goals they hope to accomplish through their campaign efforts.
 “I want to meet with those community members who are uniquely willing to invest in making change and improvements throughout the Cedar Valley,” said Thompson. He also hopes to expand United Way’s positive impact on the Cedar Valley by collecting more funds than United Way has ever received.

Trelka is also driven to exceed past campaign totals this year. “We’re going to break records,” said Trelka. “The United Way has unlimited potential, and I want to show this community just how much we can accomplish when we work hard together,” he stated.

 Similarly, Olson wants to widespread support in order to be able to successfully meet the needs of people in the Cedar Valley. “I hope that we receive the donations needed to help the many families and individuals in need. There is a lot of need in the Cedar Valley and the United Way can help these people, whether their need is short or long term,” said Olson.

Cedar Valley United Way is thrilled to have such dedicated and enthusiastic co-chairs leading the 2017 campaign. With their determination, passion, and persistence driving the movement, Cedar Valley United Way will surely accomplish incredible things during this year’s campaign. By Living United, we’re strengthening the community and creating positive change in the Cedar Valley.

We are Cedar Valley Strong. Together, we can change lives. To learn more about Cedar Valley United Way, visit For more information on Cedar Valley United Way’s Rally for the Valley, contact Ashley Stoppel at