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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The Power and Promise of Women United

Guest Contribution from Teree Caldwell-Johnson

The work of Women United reminds us of what a few capable and committed women—living united—can do. For you see, the Women United promise is deeply rooted in the possibilities, the potential, and the...

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Summer job gives youth experience for the future

As some may say, youth hold the key to a better future. However, without work experience before their adulthood, youth are more likely not to succeed in their future career. 

The Youth Summer Employment Program (YSEP) at Oakridge and the Evelyn K....

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10 Ways to Boost your United Way campaign by 10 percent

Running a United Way campaign is your opportunity to make an incredible impact in your community. By inspiring giving throughout your organization, you are fueling the fight for the health, education, and financial stability of all central Iowans....

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