Shirley Burgess

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

Recent Posts

Volunteer for Graduation Walk

In one Saturday morning, you can help a young person make the most important decision of his or her life: to graduate from high school.

The eighth annual Graduation Walk is Saturday, August 27, 9:00 a.m. to noon. United Way of Central Iowa, Des...

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Power Lunch ROCKS!

There are a lot of things a six-year-old can do with a bag of rocks. Build a castle. Lay out an imaginary battle. Roll them around like cars. Learn to read. That last one is what Bill, a kindergartner at Norwood Elementary in Des Moines, did with...

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Central Iowa’s Longest Day: Literacy Solstice

When the sun rose on the longest day of the year—at 5:40 a.m., no less—it shone its first rays on 30 United Way staff and volunteers industriously coloring, cutting and assembling large quantities of paper. Fueled by caffeine and upbeat music, they...

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Literacy Solstice: 1,200 volunteers on the longest day of the year

On June 20 —Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year—more than 1,200 central Iowans will volunteer at sites across the community for Literacy Solstice, the signature event of United Way’s READ to SUCCEED campaign.

Volunteers will start the day...

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Spring into Health: Giving Gardens

Standing desk. Treadmill desk. Office yoga. We invent so many ways to keep us active and healthy at work, when a little time spent outside in the sunshine would do us all good—and do good for others.

Seven central Iowa companies have taken on the...

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Celebrating National Volunteer Week

The week of April 10 is National Volunteer Week. United Way salutes the 10,000 central Iowans who each year volunteer their skills, knowledge and time to help United Way fulfill its mission and make progress toward Goals for 2020.

Volunteers are...

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