5 Ways to Improve Health in Your Community

Living a healthy lifestyle is more than choosing to eat well and exercising. Our health is most determined by where we live, including whether we have access to healthy foods, opportunities to safely be active outside, and a network that encourages...

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How Does Giving to United Way Benefit You?

For starters, your donation to United Way of Central Iowa creates a significant impact on your family, neighbors, and the people you meet every day in your community.

By fighting for the health, education, and financial stability of all central...

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READ to SUCCEED makes gains in student achievement in two years

A community-wide effort to improve central Iowa students’ reading skills has recruited 500 reading mentors and launched several strategies that are showing success. United Way of Central Iowa announced the results of its READ to SUCCEED campaign at...

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Sweet 16 years of impacting young children in central Iowa

United Way of Central Iowa announced a new name for the Women’s Leadership Connection (WLC) at its 2018 Premier Event on August 30, 2018. The new name—Women United—honors a diverse and vibrant group of women leaders who are making an impact locally...

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Farmers' Market program increases access to healthy foods

Central Iowans are among the worst in the nation for consuming fruits and vegetables. According to the Gallup-Sharecare Well-being Index, Des Moines is ranked 185 out of 186 communities for consuming fruits and vegetables.

Only half of Iowans...

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$1.5 million grant will support individuals returning from prison

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded United Way of Central Iowa’s Central Iowa Works a $1.5 million grant to support individuals returning from prison to become employed and avoid re-offending.

The grant will allow Central Iowa Works to launch...

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United Way welcomes five board members

United Way of Central Iowa’s board of directors has approved the addition of five members for a two-year term starting July 2018.

“Our board brings diverse expertise and significant leadership to maximize our efforts in improving the health,...

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Opportunities to grow retail industry workforce in central Iowa

United Way of Central Iowa’s Central Iowa Works convened a meeting with area retail and service industry employers and other community stakeholders on June 7, 2018, to share results from the retail analysis report – Preparing for Partnership: An...

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10 facts you should know about poverty in central Iowa

One in three central Iowans doesn't earn enough to cover basic expenses without support. Many struggle to find enough food to eat or a place to sleep at night, while others manage by piecing together jobs and support. Yet, they are one flat tire or...

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Central Iowa’s graduation rate increases to all-time high

The percentage of central Iowa students graduating high school within five years increased to an all-time high of 93.6 in 2016, from 92.8 percent in the prior year, according to data released by the Iowa Department of Education on April 11. The...

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