Funding critical community needs during COVID-19 pandemic

United Way of Central Iowa recently invested $518,724 in 44 of its nonprofit partners across Polk, Dallas, and Warren counties in response to their emerging needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This investment is the first distribution from...

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21-Day Equity Challenge: Uniting Central Iowans to Learn and Grow

United Way of Central Iowa is excited to offer our community a new, localized 21-Day Equity Challenge, beginning on October 5, 2020 at

All central Iowans are invited to register to join the free 21-Day Equity Challenge, a...

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Help shape the future focus of United Way of Central Iowa

United Way of Central Iowa invites all members of our community within Polk, Dallas, and Warren Counites to its upcoming Beyond 2020 Virtual Townhall Meetings to help shape the focus of its future mission.

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A Change to Iowa's Childcare Cliff Effect Legislation

United Way of Central Iowa has been advocating to eliminate the childcare “cliff effect” for well over a decade. This effort is a current priority of central Iowa’s OpportUNITY Plan to take action against poverty in our region.

Where we’ve been with...

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COVID-19’s Impact on Capitol Park Early Learning Center

In an effort to keep the students, the staff, and their families safe, Capitol Park Early Learning Center suffered big losses. And more could be on the way.

Capitol Park Early Learning Center has been a part of the Des Moines, Iowa, community since...

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Who was Alexis de Tocqueville?

Learn more about the name behind Tocqueville Society from guest contributor and United Way of Central Iowa Tocqueville Member, Tim McCulloh.

As my company’s United Way Campaign approaches, Alexis de Tocqueville’s name comes up time and again. The...

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Bright by Text Supports Local Families with Young Children

United Way of Central Iowa partners with Bright by Text to support at-home learning and provide access to credible resources for families with children prenatal to age eight during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

United Way of Central Iowa has...

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Americans with Disabilities Act

Two years ago, I accepted a position at Central Iowa Works under the leadership of Pat Steele. I quickly learned that Pat had a tremendous passion for those underserved and often marginalized in our community, especially people with disabilities....

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Summer Meal Meet-Ups Offers Free Meals to Anyone Ages 18 and Under

Summer Meal Meet-Ups, a program offering free meals to kids throughout the summer, invites anyone ages 18 and under to one of the many meal sites in Iowa to receive free and nutritious meals.

Summer Meal Meet-Up’s is one element of United Way of...

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Why Pride Month Matters More During a Pandemic

The pandemic exposed us all to the isolation many LGBTQ+ people feel year-round.

Across the country, many people experienced social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. But did you know that isolation is more intense for LGBTQ+ members of the...

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