Shirley Burgess

Shirley Burgess
Shirley Burgess is the Volunteer Engagement Officer for United Way of Central Iowa.

Recent Posts

4 ways to give back when you retire

After dedicating decades to your career, creating a network of colleagues, and building a legacy of giving back to your community, facing retirement can be met with excitement, as well as unsettling change. Deciding how you want to give back to your...

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Holiday Volunteer Opportunities: 5 Ways to Give as a Family

During the holiday season, maybe you enjoy a meal with close friends, attend a service at a place of worship, go shopping on Black Friday, take a drive to see lights, or open gifts with grandparents. For many families, this time of year is also...

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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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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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4 Reasons to Step Up Your Volunteering

When time is scarce, it's easy for volunteering to fall further down our priority list. But volunteering is better for us and for the community than we imagine. Consider what volunteering could mean for you. If you already volunteer, know that the...

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Turn Spring Break into a Give-Back Week

Planning a stay-cation this Spring Break? Why not make it a week of giving back to your community?

For each day of Spring Break week, we offer one idea to volunteer with a local organization that partners with United Way of Central Iowa to improve...

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Holiday Helping Hand

The giving spirit of the holidays is already infusing central Iowa.

Looking for ways to give back to your community while bonding with family or friends? Check out more than 150 volunteer opportunities with United Way of Central Iowa and our funded...

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Day of Action

On Tuesday, September 13, thousands of central Iowans joined forces to tangibly improve our community in a single day.

Thanks to this annual event that promotes volunteerism and engagement with community-wide challanges, United Way of Central Iowa...

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Buddy Up with a 4-Year-Old

 Kindergarten is harder than you think. It’s more than playtime and naptime; it’s the foundation of an education that will carry them to high school graduation and beyond.

Once a child enters kindergarten unprepared—without baseline literacy skills...

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Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation

What are you going to eat for dinner tonight? If you don’t know yet, are you certain you can stop off at a restaurant or scrounge something up in your fridge? There is comfort and security in knowing that nutritious food is easily available to you....

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