United Way announces progress toward Goals for 2020

At the LIVE UNITED celebration on April 24, 2019, United Way of Central Iowa announced progress toward the community’s Goals for 2020 in Education, Income, and Health with the release of its 2019 Community Impact Report. The event also honored Athene

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Central Iowa partnership launches Housing Interpretation Hotline

A 24/7 Housing Interpretation Hotline has been launched to connect central Iowa landlords with residents who have language barriers. The effort is led by OpportUNITY’s New Iowans work group in partnership with the Iowa International Center, U.S....

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Suku Radia selected to help major giving strategy

Suku Radia has been selected to join a newly formed United Way Worldwide council focused on growing major and planned giving. The U.S. Council on Tocqueville and Million Dollar Round Table will elevate and promote major giving strategies as a key...

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Mirrors and windows: How kids see the world through books

The books we read as children do more than sweep us off to sleep at bedtime, teach us our letters, and help prepare us for school. 

They also serve as mirrors as we learn who we are and windows as we discover the outside world. Through books, we see...

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How you can improve mental health in central Iowa

You may know a friend or co-worker who experiences issues with mental health. Or, you have heard that Iowa ranks among the worst states for access to mental health care. Many groups are coming together to talk about mental health in our community...

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11 ways you can fight poverty in central Iowa

Poverty seems like an impossible problem to solve. Many barriers prevent individuals from achieving financial stability, and the solutions seem just as puzzling. 

Yet, there is something we all can do. It starts by asking this one questionHow can...

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10 New Year's Resolutions to Make Central Iowa a Better Home for All

Instead of making a long list of New Year's goals, try setting a theme to shape your aspirations and actions throughout the year. One option could be: "Make an impact on our community."

Here are 10 New Year's resolutions to help you live out your...

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More central Iowans are financially self-sufficient

The percentage of central Iowans who were financially self-sufficient increased to 67% in 2017, up 1.1% from the previous year and up 1.8% since 2015, according to the latest U.S. Census data released this December.

Since 2015, nearly 25,000 more...

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Best Charitable Gifts to Make in 2018

With the introduction of tax reform earlier this year, you may be looking at your finances and wondering how you can continue to be charitable. There are many ways you can make a difference at United Way of Central Iowa while enjoying financial...

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Give back with books this holiday season

Updated October, 29, 2018

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...

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