Graduation Walk: Change a Life in one Saturday Morning

Grad Walk 2019 Logo WhiteOne in six students drop out of high school. That one decision can have compounding effects, including fewer opportunities for employment and higher rates of incarceration.

At United Way of Central Iowa, our annual Graduation Walk encourages students teetering on the edge to recommit to school. And we need your help again this year.

This year, Graduation Walk will be held in October, allowing us to use real-time data to visit middle and high school students who have missed at least five days in the first month of schoolYou’ll connect personally with the student and their family, collect information on their challenges, explain the community support systems available, and  and encourage them keep going to graduation.

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United Way of Central Iowa leads the fight for the health, education, and financial stability of all central Iowans.

We do this by bringing together central Iowa businesses, donors, volunteers, nonprofits, community leaders, subject matter experts, and those in need. United we lock arms to form sustainable solutions and tackle our community's toughest challenges. Together we LIVE UNITED.



United Way of Central Iowa focuses on issues in our community in the areas of Education, Income, and Health—the building blocks for a quality life. Below are six focus areas that encompass much of our work. Click below to find specific information about that issue here in central Iowa—and how United Way is leading the fight.

I want kids to have  quality care and learning  from the start.

Teen Success

Thriving Workforce

I want to remove barriers so more families can be financially stable. 

I want our community to encourage all families to make healthy choices.

I want all central Iowans  to have food and a safe  home they can afford. 


2019 ci report hero imageEach year United Way leads the fight for the health, education, and financial stability of all central Iowans by working toward the Community Goals for 2020.  

The Community Impact Report, is published each year at the annual LIVE UNITED luncheon, provides updates on progress made toward the community goals for 2020, as well as highlighting the key focus areas in each category of EDUCATION, INCOME, and HEALTH. Specific initiatives and the results they have produced are also included.

View the Report Online


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