This holiday season, United Way of Central Iowa is collecting food and personal-care items for our HOPE families. You can help us by donating specific items requested to meet these families' needs.

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Items can be dropped off November 28-December 9 at United Way of Central Iowa, 1111 9th Street, Suite 100, Des Moines. 

Your donations will brighten the season for our HOPE families—single-parent families who are struggling to make ends meet and who face barriers such as homelessness, food insecurity, lack of transportation, limited education, and extreme poverty.

The HOPE Initiative is a multi-generational, integrated, and comprehensive approach to connecting these families with the resources they need in education, income and health.

Thank you for your generous support. Great things happen when we LIVE UNITED!

FEATURED IN PHOTO: Rahel Ngejah is the single mother of 5 children. She works fulltime as a housekeeper at Marriott Hotel. Through the HOPE Initiative at Oakridge Neighborhood Services, Rahel has attended several classes including financial education, computers, driver’s education and workplace skill courses. Rahel attends ESL classes at DMACC. Rahel has been doing all she can to learn how to support her family and has been an excellent example for her children. Her oldest daughter is now attending Central College.

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Helene Grossman

About The Author: Helene Grossman

Dr. Helene Grossman is director of community impact services for United Way of Central Iowa. She leads the community-wide OpportUNITY initiative and is the main author of the OpportUNITY Plan.