VITA: Free Income Tax Preparation Service

If you earned $58,000 or less in 2019, visit one of our two locations in Central Iowa to receive free preparation of your income tax return. 

Locations are open now until April 15. Times are subject to change. Please call 211 for the most current information. 

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 Community Gardens Mini-Grant Application

Community gardens play a critical role in supporting high-poverty  neighborhoods. If you are a nonprofit organization and have a community garden or want to start one, apply for a mini-grant! 

The completed application form is due February 17 at 5 p.m.Apply for a Mini-Grant

TOTES for Teachers

Help us replenish the classrooms − and support our teachers − in the Des Moines Public School district by collecting school supplies and donating a tote for elementary school, middle school or high school classrooms. 

Please consider hosting a supply drive from now until February 18 at your place of business. 
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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.

I want youth to have  support through middle school and high school to graduate.

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. 

I want youth to have  support through middle school and high school to graduate.


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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