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The Week in Social 5/4–5/8

Everywhere you look, Iowans are uniting like never before. While times may be tough right now, we’re seeing it won’t stop the great people in the state from supporting one another. Many have taken to social media to help those in their communities, share helpful resources or to simply highlight something positive to bring joy to others. This Week in Social will round-up the best of #IowansUnite and share these uplifting stories.

Iowa native Maddie Poppe partnered with Cedar Valley Strong, a local movement to support locally owned businesses, for a free virtual concert that was live streamed on Facebook and YouTube. The “American Idol” winner performed some of her newly released songs, talked about her experiences in the music industry and answered audience questions about her favorite spots in Cedar Valley. The concert was free of charge to watch, but donations brought in thousands of dollars that were pumped back into Cedar Valley businesses for the #GreatCedarValleyGiftCardSale.

TapOnIt’s Local Lists is doing the work to help customers support their favorite local businesses. The free resource contains current hours, the businesses’ social media channels, purchasing options, online menus and other ways that everyone can help support local establishments. The site currently has seven Iowa locations listed, including Ames, Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City and Quad Cities. You can search by location, by business category and by business name.

"You have to help when you’re in a position to help,” said Big Grove co-founder Doug Goettsch. That’s what it’s all about."

Work meetings are known to get a little stale from time to time. The perfect solution? Mix things up with an Iowa-themed background. We’ve created a list of the best Iowa Zoom backgrounds we could find to help you stand out. Whether you’re longing for a summer trip to Arnolds Park in Okoboji or want to keep it classy with the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, this list has plenty of attractions from around the state to help spice up your next office call or happy hour.

May 6 marked National Nurses Day in the U.S., and the University of Iowa took to social media to release an uplifting message about the difference their nursing students make in the Hawkeye state. The video features University of Iowa nurses working while showing off some impressive stats about their program: University of Iowa-trained nurses work in every single one of Iowa’s 99 counties, the College of Nursing is home to five nationally ranked graduate programs, and 82% of the state’s advance practice nurses graduated from Iowa.

Need an excuse to take a little coffee break? Iowa Culture has you covered. If you head over to their Facebook events page, you’ll find a bevy of fun virtual activities to take your mind off work for a while. They’ve had concerts, short film viewings, meet and greets with artists, virtual tours and more. The #IowaCultureCoffeeBreak is live on weekdays at 3 p.m. and has virtual events planned for months to come.

Published May 11, 2020

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