Book Buddy

 Kindergarten is harder than you think. It’s more than playtime and naptime; it’s the foundation of an education that will carry them to high school graduation and beyond.

Once a child enters kindergarten unprepared—without baseline literacy skills...

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Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation

What are you going to eat for dinner tonight? If you don’t know yet, are you certain you can stop off at a restaurant or scrounge something up in your fridge? There is comfort and security in knowing that nutritious food is easily available to you....

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Solheim Cup benefits READ to SUCCEED

A year till it’s here: the Solheim Cup, a premier international women’s golf tournament, comes to Des Moines Golf and Country Club in August 2017. And if you buy your tickets in the month of August 2016, you can help United Way of Central Iowa and...

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Life used to be a lot simpler. Kids played outside without encouragement, and “screen time” wasn’t even a phrase. But in the 21st century, raising, teaching or caring for kids is more complicated. It can be difficult to know what’s best for kids’...

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Volunteer for Graduation Walk

In one Saturday morning, you can help a young person make the most important decision of his or her life: to graduate from high school.

The eighth annual Graduation Walk is Saturday, August 27, 9:00 a.m. to noon. United Way of Central Iowa, Des...

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