Give where you live on #GivingTuesday

After a long and hopefully fulfilling weekend focused on food, family, and finding the best shopping deals, today is an opportunity to focus on another side of the holiday season.

#GivingTuesday is an international day of online giving established...

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Holiday Volunteer Opportunities: 5 Ways to Give as a Family

During the holiday season, maybe you enjoy a meal with close friends, attend a service at a place of worship, go shopping on Black Friday, take a drive to see lights, or open gifts with grandparents. For many families, this time of year is also...

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United Way of Central Iowa earns top rating from Charity Navigator

United Way of Central Iowa has received the top rating—4 stars—from Charity Navigator, the largest independent charity evaluator in the nation. The rating demonstrates United Way's strong financial health and commitment to accountability and...

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Donate food for families in need during the holidays

You can bring a box of hope to a family in need this holiday season.

Through our Hope for the Holidays food drive, United Way of Central Iowa is collecting food, cleaning items, and gift cards for 40 families in need at our funded programs


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Give back with books this holiday season

This holiday season, as wrapping paper is ripped off gifts, many kids will find hidden gems among their toys: books that will take them on adventures and turn them into lifelong readers and learners. But not all kids will get them.

In middle class...

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Central Iowa students need to see many paths to success

For many students, for many reasons, college may not be an option. Yet, many alternative paths exist that can lead to well-paying jobs and long-term financial stability. As stakeholders at businesses, schools, nonprofits, and the community, we have...

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Remarkable reading results for 4-year-olds

As Book Buddy volunteers met their preschool reading partners over the past few weeks—the kids they will be working with throughout the school year—they were greeted with smiles and hugs.

They were also met with some gratifying new data that makes...

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The Food Issue No One Talks About

In central Iowa, we are surrounded by food. In farm fields, in supermarkets, in a thriving restaurant scene we are justifiably proud to brag about. But we are also surrounded by hunger. And that's something we don't talk about. Something many of us...

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Tom Mahoney honored with prestigious Tocqueville Award

Tom Mahoney has been honored with the prestigious 2017 Tocqueville Society Award. This award is United Way of Central Iowa’s highest honor, given annually to an individual or couple who exemplify inspirational and sustained leadership and service to...

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UWCI Commends Future Ready Iowa Policy Recommendations

United Way of Central Iowa commends Future Ready Iowa Co-Chairs, Gov. Kim Reynolds and Dan Houston, and the Future Ready Iowa Alliance, for the final policy recommendations released yesterday. 

“The practical recommendations of the Future Ready Iowa...

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