Getting Involved

A culture of participation

One sure way to make connections in this community is to get involved in an organization outside of your work or home life.

Dubuque takes pride in citizen participation. The most important resource our community has is its people. Volunteers who work, who invest, and who care about making a long-term change in the community make it a better place to live, work, and play. All are invited to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism. Many national and international civic organizations, such as Young Professionals (YP), Jaycees, Rotary, Kiwanis, Noon Optimists, and others, have chapters in Dubuque that meet weekly and monthly. 

Additionally, Greater Dubuque Development, in partnership with Northeast Iowa Community College's Town Clock Center for Professional Development, has created an interactive, hands-on learning experienced called Distinctively Dubuque. This program provides participants with valuable knowledge about the community in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. This program is FREE of charge. To learn more, click here.

Dubuque is also home to a vibrant arts and culture scene. The City of Dubuque, along with the Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, funds many programs and activities including the Art of the River exhibit. Displayed at the Port of Dubuque along the picturesque Riverwalk, this free, fun activity allows citizens to view ten pieces of public art. To learn more about the Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and Art on the River exhibit, click here.

Have questions about getting involved in the community? Contact Greater Dubuque Development at 563.557.9049 or by email to