Why Everyone Should Know About 211

 

211 is a free service to find help. Iowans can connect with 211 to learn about local resources available to get them through whatever challenge life has thrown their way.

Everyone knows when to call 911. We want to make 211 just as well known....

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Percentage of Self-Sufficient Central Iowans Increased in 2018

On December 19, 2019, the U.S. Census Bureau released its 2018 five-year estimates for different data points, including population, housing, and income. Within the release, the results showed improvement from the previous year for the percentage of...

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4 Reasons Volunteering is the Best New Year's Resolution

When considering New Year's resolutions, it’s easy to set a long list of vague ambitions: exercise more, learn a new skill, spend more time with family and friends, experience new places and so on. But if you want to combine all those goals into...

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Give Back with Books

As your holiday shopping wraps up, stop by Barnes & Noble in West Des Moines on December 11 or 20 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. to purchase a gift for a child in need of books.

On these days, volunteers from United Way of Central Iowa will assist...

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Supporting a Community That Cares

Sunnie Richer was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany after her parents fled war in Lithuania. At age 3, she immigrated with her family to the United States, grew up in Chicago, and eventually, moved to Des Moines to head IBM’s Iowa...

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Children in crisis: A new mental health response for central Iowa

Last November, 15-year-old Jontavious Logan of Des Moines entered a manic state. Diagnosed with autism and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), Jontavious can sometimes hurt himself and others close to him when he’s manic. That evening, he became...

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The Power of Giving

For anyone who ever wished to have the power to make a really big impact on their community, and on the world, GivingTuesday can be a dream come true.

Last year, more than 3.6 million people from 150 countries joined together to raise $400 million...

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Rich and Kim Willis honored with Tocqueville Award

Rich and Kim Willis have received the prestigious 2019 Tocqueville Society Award. This award is United Way of Central Iowa’s highest honor, given annually to an individual or household who exemplifies inspirational and sustained leadership and...

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4 insights from a Loaned Executive

I just started working at United Way of Central Iowa in August with the Loaned Executive program. I had done a little work for them in a communications class in college, so I thought I knew what they did and what it was all about, but boy, was I...

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Starting Small: A Guide to Giving to Charity and Making a Difference

If you’re looking to get involved in your community but aren’t sure where to start or what’s expected of you, the nonprofit world can be intimidating and confusing. For instance, you may be asking: “How much should I give to charity?” or “What...

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