Good Jobs Challenge Grant to fund Central Iowa HealthWorks Program

United Way of Central Iowa has been awarded nearly $1.8 million as one of 32 Good Jobs Challenge grantees, part of a $500 million investment nationwide.

The winning projects were selected from a competitive pool of 509 applicants. The grant, awarded...

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Welcome New Board Members

United Way of Central Iowa Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of seven members, who began their two-year term on July 1, 2022.


United Way of Central Iowa’s board and cabinet members bring diverse expertise and significant...

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Summer Meal Meet-Ups Provides Free Meals for Kids and Teens

A United Way of Central Iowa OpportUNITY initiative helps ensure anyone 18 and under in our community continues to not only receive food, but nutritious food when they’re not in school.

Summer Meal Meet-Ups, a program offering free meals to kids...

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Stuff the Bus and Its Impact on Our Community

Over 32,000 books will be donated to central Iowa kids from United Way of Central Iowa’s annual Stuff the Bus Book Drive.

Employees from 27 central Iowa organizations, along with several individual contributors from the community, donated 32,216...

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How the Macomber Endowment Supports UNITED to THRIVE

The Macomber endowment, a generous gift that will continue year-after-year, will help United Way of Central Iowa foster an equitable, engaged, and empowered community now and in the future.  

Recently, the Community Foundation received its largest...

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Putting the Pieces Together to Foster a Thriving Community

At this year’s LIVE UNITED event, the organization shared community needs under its strategic imperative, UNITED to THRIVE, and recognized organizations and individuals doing exceptional work in the areas of giving, advocating, and volunteering....

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Double your volunteer interest by using the Central Iowa Volunteer Hub

Is a nonprofit you’re connected with looking for ways to boost their volunteer engagement? Learn how the Central Iowa Volunteer Hub can help.

Through the Central Iowa Volunteer Hub, the local nonprofit you work for or work with can connect with...

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Uniting the Caring Power of Our Community through #VAXDSM

In mid-September 2020, Rev. Jonathan Whitfield arrived late to a meeting. The group gathered, representing fellow members of the faith community and social service organizations, had been meeting weekly to discuss creating a new initiative to...

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211: Iowa’s Lifeline to Help

On February 11, United Way of Central Iowa’s 211 Day, help your neighbors get the help they need by telling them about 211.

Thousands of Iowans continue to seek help through 211 Iowa, a free 24/7 information and resource referral service, as we...

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Volunteer Spotlight: The Season of Giving

Throughout the holiday season, people feel a stronger sense of family, community, and gratitude for where they live – especially when they live here in central Iowa. Naturally, many want to find ways that they can give back some of the good that...

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