6 Ways to Straighten Out Your Finances in 2017

Don't put it off any longer: January is the perfect time to get your finances in order.

Canesha Funderburke, financial education coach at the Financial Capability Network (FCN)—a United Way program—offers tips to take control of your money and your...

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5 Reasons to Get Your High School Equivalency—and How to Do It

If you don't have a high school diploma, you're not alone.

34,000 central Iowans age 18 and older don't have one. Fortunately, a new free program makes earning your high school equivalency diploma (HSED), formerly known as the GED, easier than ever...

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3 Steps to Free Professional Tax Preparation

United Way's VITA program offers free tax preparation at one of six locations in central Iowa for anyone who made $58,000 or less last year.

The New Year brings new resolutions -- and the start of tax season. If your goal is to get organized this...

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Join us in advocating for central Iowans

Each year, United Way brings together businesses, nonprofits, and the public sector to set policy priorities that improve the lives of central Iowans. This December we released our legislative agenda, detailing our priorities.

Our agenda supports...

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10 New Year's Resolutions to Make Central Iowa a Better Home for All

Instead of making a long list of New Year's goals, try setting a theme to shape your aspirations and actions throughout the year. One option could be: "Make an impact on our community."

Here are 10 New Year's resolutions to help you live out your...

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Give Back with Books

As your holiday shopping wraps up, stop by Barnes & Noble in West Des Moines on December 8 or 21 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. to purchase a gift for a child in need of books.

On these days, volunteers from United Way of Central Iowa will assist shoppers...

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Bring HOPE to a family in need this holiday season!

This holiday season, United Way of Central Iowa is collecting food and personal-care items for our HOPE families. You can help us by donating specific items requested to meet these families' needs.

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5 Reasons You Should Give to United Way of Central Iowa

Central Iowa is our home. All of our successes start here. So do our challenges. By uniting our efforts, we can empower every central Iowan to succeed.

1. You can help central Iowans like Sam.Samanth Fink was pregnant, homeless, and addicted to...

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Holiday Helping Hand

The giving spirit of the holidays is already infusing central Iowa.

Looking for ways to give back to your community while bonding with family or friends? Check out more than 150 volunteer opportunities with United Way of Central Iowa and our funded...

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2016 Tocqueville Society Award: Lynn Graves

Lynn Graves has been honored with the 2016 Tocqueville Society Award. The award is United Way of Central Iowa's highest honor, given annually to an individual or couple who exemplify inspirational and sustained leadership and service to the central...

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