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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You Say Potato: The Telligen Giving Garden

Most of us aren’t farmers, so harvest season passes us by without a thought. But this year—over at Telligen in West Des Moines—employees dedicated late August and September to rooting out potatoes—a harvest of hundreds of pounds for the...

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11 Things You Should Know About Refugees in Iowa

Iowa has become a refuge for thousands—a place to call home for those who thought the word had no meaning left. These refugees have survived catastrophes in their personal and political lives. In Iowa, they can and do thrive. But only when Iowans...

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Day of Action

On Tuesday, September 13, thousands of central Iowans joined forces to tangibly improve our community in a single day.

Thanks to this annual event that promotes volunteerism and engagement with community-wide challanges, United Way of Central Iowa...

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A Refuge for New Iowans

Their stories are astounding. Their perseverance is inspiring. Their grit is unyielding.

Together with community partners, United Way of Central Iowa is celebrating these new Iowans during the first-ever Refugee Summit on October 7 and 8 at...

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Walking Toward the Future

On Saturday, August 27, for the eighth annual Graduation Walk, 476 volunteers visited the homes of 1,487 Des Moines middle and high students who were either chronically absent or undercredited. The volunteers provided resources to help students...

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Meet the 2016 Loaned Executives

Each year, community-minded employers lend key personnel to United Way to serve as full-time fundraisers and community ambassadors during the annual campaign.

These Loaned Executives  give United Way the essential "person-power" to take our...

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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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