4 Steps to Transforming Our Community

United Way of Central Iowa leads the fight for the health, education, and financial stability of all central Iowans. But how do we actually do that? It involves a lot more than just investing funds in community programs.

Many complex issues—such as...

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4 Reasons to Join LINC

Kelsey Arganbright is from small town Iowa and works as a marketing services specialist. Bimal Paul came to Des Moines from India and works as a software engineer. Mark Nelson is passionate about his job as a project manager for a local construction...

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4 Ways to Support Middle School Students to Graduation

Middle school is a time of transition. Students attend new buildings and learn new routines. Relationships shift and evolve. Academics become increasingly rigorous—all while experiencing significant physical, social, and emotional...
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Central Iowa's most generous donors

United Way of Central Iowa recognizes central Iowa's most generous donors—more than 4,000 individuals and families who made a Leadership Circle contribution of $1,000 or more during the 2016 United Way campaign.

We invite you to visit our public...

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8 Issues We Fought for in 2017

Each year United Way of Central Iowa works with legislators, communities, programs, and leaders across the state to advocate for public policies that align with our Goals for 2020 in Education, Income, and Health.

In the 2017 Iowa legislative...

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The sun shines on Literacy Solstice

On June 20, the longest day of the year, more than 1,000 volunteers came together at sites across the city to build literacy kits for central Iowa's kids.

This is the second year that United Way of Central Iowa has hosted Literacy Solstice from...

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Make Reading Together Part of Your Summer Fun

Whether you are picking up groceries, waiting at the doctor's office, cooking from a recipe, or hanging out at home, you have an opportunity to read with a child.

Making time to read together for 15 minutes every day makes a difference, especially...

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Exercise Equipment at Park Promotes Community Health

Improving our health begins where we live, learn, work, and play. That is why we are excited to introduce adult exercise equipment at Evelyn K. Davis Park.

Installing exercise equipment at the park offers more than a chance to exercise: It...

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Bridges to Success Celebrates 80 Students at Graduation

On May 7, I was honored to attend the Bridges to Success graduation at Roosevelt High School to celebrate 80 students who achieved their high school equivalency diplomas. Since it was my first time at this event I didn’t know what to expect, but...

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This Is How Central Iowa Lives UNITED

Our 2017 LIVE UNITED Celebration drew a record crowd to Prairie Meadows to recognize our community's collective achievements to improve the health, education, and financial stability of all central Iowans. Here are the highlights shared at the...

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