True to their mission that is to preserve, educate and serve, Four Mounds hosts and facilitates a number of events and programs that either preserve the natural and historical resources of the estate, educate the youth and community or promote leadership, stewardship and innovation. Below are some of the events that the estate has participated in:
Millwork Collective Volunteer Fair. This was an open house which catered to those who were looking to use their free time for some kind of volunteer work or participate in service of a non-profit organization. Here, many non-profit organizations looking for people to do short-term commitments gathered together and greeted prospective applicants who were interested in becoming graphic artists, CPAs, writers, photographers, writers, website designers and anything that was needed at the time.
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Aside from Four Mounds, this event was also attended by non-profit organizations like NAMI, HEART, Presentation Lantern Centre and many more.
Christmas Tea: This was a special Christmas fundraiser. The proceeds went to the Women’s Fellowship mission for the preservation of the Four Mounds estate.
The Great Cardboard Boat Race. This is an annual event hosted by the Dubuque Marina and Yardarm for the benefit of the Four Mounds’ HEART Program.
Spring Fashion Soiree: Various boutique owners gathered in one place to showcase the different spring and summer fashions that are available. It started with a fashion show hosted at the Grey House and then a dinner with some homemade drinks. Guests were given their own wine glasses and were allowed to bring their own bottles of wine.
Trivia on the River: This was composed of a trivia contest, a raffle and some barbecue and brew on the Four Mounds grounds that overlooked the Mississippi River. Trivia contestants had the chance of winning gift certificates from participating restaurants while those who joined the raffle had the chance of winning overnight stays at the Four Mounds White House or Grey House.
Wood Window Workshop: Four Mounds had over 60 attendees to three different workshops on different aspects of window restoration and efficiency. This event aimed to empower home and building owners with the means to maintain their historic window systems, allowing them to last the next century.
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Perhaps, the biggest ongoing project of Four Mounds is the Housing Education and Rehabilitation Training or HEART Program. On its face, this program was aimed at the rehabilitation of many old homes along the historic Jackson St. so that they can be viable for selling to first time, low-income homeowners.
But more importantly, HEART is a special hands-on training program that helped students achieve their dreams of getting a high school diploma. It was aimed at mostly students in the Dubuque Community Schools (16 to 19 years old) that were identified to be at the risk of dropping out of their own classes, those who came from broken homes or those who had some other problem. The program has provided its volunteers an avenue for both classroom and hands-on learning while learning to rehabilitate these homes.
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