Our 2017 LIVE UNITED Celebration drew a record crowd to Prairie Meadows to recognize our community's collective achievements to improve the health, education, and financial stability of all central Iowans. Here are the highlights shared at the event. 

Community Impact Report


Our 2017 Community Impact Report outlines our collective achievements in 
making central Iowa a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

 View the Community Impact Report

Videos


The following videos were showcased at the event.

Stories of Success

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Award Winners

Connie Boesen
Advocate Award

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Matt McDermott
Volunteer Award

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Athene USA
Spirit of Central Iowa Award

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The following organizations were also honored: 

  • Give Awards: Delta Dental of Iowa, SHAZAM, Meredith Corporation
  • Advocate Awards: Polk County Health Services, HCI Care Services and Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa, Nationwide
  • Volunteer Awards: Delta Dental of Iowa, ITA Group, Wells Fargo

 

Photos

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Stories

We shared four stories on the different versions of the 2017 Community Impact Report. 

Mikeesha

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At age 30, Mikeesha came to a crossroads. A single mother of two, she was unemployed and struggling financially—with no clear plan for where to go next.
 

 

Aaron

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Seventeen years after dropping out of high school to care for his newborn, Aaron achieved his high school equivalency diploma and hopes to open a business.

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Minerva

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Minerva worked with a United Way-funded program at Visiting Nurse Services to be the mom her daughter needed and to improve their health.

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Honor and Scott

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Five-year-old Honor was in tears on his first day of Power Read. With the help of his mentor Scott, his transformation has been remarkable.


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Mary Sellers

About The Author: Mary Sellers

Mary Sellers is the President of United Way of Central Iowa. As the organization’s chief executive she leads United Way’s strategies to achieve substantive community impact in the priority areas of education, income and health to improve lives and build a stronger central Iowa. She joined United Way in February 2012 with a 20-year track record of leadership and success in nonprofit and community organizations.