5 Ways to Welcome Refugees to Central Iowa

Welcoming and supporting refugees is on people’s minds these days—and in our conversations. Refugees share our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces in central Iowa. They enrich our community economically and culturally. In return, you can help...

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The numbers behind central Iowa's health

A new infographic by United Way of Central Iowa  released this week showcases the importance of focusing on health where central Iowans live, learn, work, and play. 

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What Life is Like After Prison

“I was more scared to leave prison than I was to go to prison.”

Jamie Roos shared her story of re-entering society after serving 16 years at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville to a crowd of about 60 people on Thursday,...

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Day of Action unites 4,500 community volunteers

On Tuesday, September 12, more than 4,500 volunteers from local companies and organizations volunteered their time to make an impact on the community. 

Over the past 24 years, United Way of Central Iowa has organized this massive, one-day volunteer...

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2017 Graduation Walk reaches 2,000 students and families

Nearly 2,000 students and families were reached in one Saturday morning during the 2017 Graduation Walk!

Graduation Walk took place on August 26 with 500 volunteers and Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS) staff members visiting the homes of students at...

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10 Ways to Throw an Unforgettable Campaign Event

Dunk tanks, dance competitions, and obstacle courses are all fun ways to celebrate the United Way of Central Iowa campaign season. These events are not just ways to connect wtih co-workers or show off hidden talents; they also engage people in...

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Live Local, Give Local

In a metro that has been named No. 1 in community pride, you are proud to live local.

Maybe you frequent the thriving local restaurant scene or shop at independent boutiques. You buy produce at a farmers market or volunteer at your kids’ school. You...

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Meet the 2017 United Way Campaign Loaned Executives

This month, 11 Loaned Executives joined our United Way of Central Iowa team as we ramp up our 2017 giving campaign. These Loaned Executives are recent retirees or college graduates, they work at local companies, or just moved to Des Moines. All of...

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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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