The 5 Elements of a Thriving Community are the interconnected areas of focus United Way of Central Iowa uses to create strategies and set goals to improve the lives of every person in our community.
Support the efforts of the OpportUNITY Affordable Housing Workgroup to address affordable housing and reduce cost-burdens for families seeking homeownership.
Support a direct appropriation for the Double Up Food Bucks program allowing SNAP participants better access to healthy, nutritious fruits and vegetables.
Support maternal-child home visitation programs and their expansion to ensure a healthy start for children through prenatal and maternal health care.
Lead efforts to build investment in the childcare workforce to support quality, affordable childcare for all.
Support the recommendations of the Iowa Skills2Compete Coalition including:
Lead efforts to increase affordable access to quality childcare and promote stabilization in the childcare workforce.
Support efforts to expand equitable access to broadband across central Iowa.
Maintain current investments in Future Ready Iowa, adult basic education, PACE programs, pathway navigators, industry sector partnerships, and GAP tuition assistance.
Support the Future Ready Iowa initiative to help Iowa's workforce grow through new investments that build on the solid foundation of programs and funding currently in place.
Expand PACE programs to include apprenticeships and other work-based learning opportunities.
Lead efforts to expand engagement with the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training program (SNAP E&T).
Support the recommendations of the OpportUNITY Re-entry Taskforce:
Support efforts to address identity theft among those entering incarceration through assistance in financial counseling and credit report freezes.
Support local ordinances and agency rules that require landlords to demonstrate how tenant application fees are utilized to discourage misuse.
Lead children’s mental health and well-being by leading the Coalition to Advance Mental Health in Iowa for Kids (CAMHI4KIDS).
Educate policymakers on the importance of overall oral health in partnership with the Oral Health Iowa coalition.
Lead the recommendations of the Well Kids of Central Iowa Coalition.
Support the recommendations of the Iowa ACEs 360 Coalition (Adverse Childhood Experiences).
Learn about current legislation, committee meetings and legislators at the Iowa General Assembly website.
This website includes press releases, commentary and constituent services for Iowa’s governor.
Use this website to find your representatives in the Iowa Senate and House of Representatives, and the contact information for each.
Visit this website to find the homepage of your elected official in the U.S. House of Representatives.
This website provides contact information and other details about the President of the United States.
Contact information and details for Iowa's Senators:
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