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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5 Myths about Missing School

You probably played hooky once or twice as a kid—savored that sweet feeling of sleeping in and watching daytime television. So when you hear about students who are chronically absent—missing 18 school days or more a year—you might imagine hundreds...

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10 Steps to a Community Garden

Iowa is 50th in the nation—dead last—when it comes to fruit and vegetable consumption. We eat less green stuff than anybody else.

Some community members are working to change that by creating community gardens. These shared spaces allow neighbors...

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Child Care Q&A: Why Providers Need an Assist

The many quality child care providers in central Iowa are an essential part of the community—and their services are an important piece of the puzzle for many working parents. But the community and the state are still figuring out how to navigate the...

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Stacking the Deck Against ACEs

Children are resilient. You hear it all the time. And they are: they bounce back from skinned knees, broken bones, and fights with friends. But that doesn’t mean children are immune to trauma. Increasingly, the kids of central Iowa are put in...

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The Sky's the Limit

For Kwizera Imani, school was a gift. It was a privilege that many kids in the Mtabila refugee camp in Tanzania didn’t receive. Most importantly, school was a solace. He threw himself into academics to help deal with the grief of his mother’s and...

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