Give Thanks to Our Front-line Workers

Ideas for how you can join the movement and participate in #GivingTuesdayNow.

Nurses. Doctors. Childcare providers. Delivery drivers. Warehouse workers. First responders. Caregivers. Truck drivers. Cleaners. 211 Resource Specialists. Food bank...

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How Will You Raise Your Hand?

United Way of Central Iowa volunteers give back to the community by raising their hands and taking action – especially when crisis strikes. Will you join them?

Whether you have been volunteering with us for years or are taking the first step in...
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Please Pass the Love: Connect with Students to Promote Mental Health

Continue physical distancing while you virtually connect to stay social! Find out how you can connect with other people your age through Please Pass the Love.

In response to COVID-19, Please Pass the Love (PPTL), one of United Way of Central Iowa’s...

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Why Everyone Should Know About 211

 

211 is a free service to find help. Iowans can connect with 211 to learn about local resources available to get them through whatever challenge life has thrown their way.

Everyone knows when to call 911. We want to make 211 just as well known....

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Percentage of Self-Sufficient Central Iowans Increased in 2018

On December 19, 2019, the U.S. Census Bureau released its 2018 five-year estimates for different data points, including population, housing, and income. Within the release, the results showed improvement from the previous year for the percentage of...

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4 Reasons Volunteering is the Best New Year's Resolution

When considering New Year's resolutions, it’s easy to set a long list of vague ambitions: exercise more, learn a new skill, spend more time with family and friends, experience new places and so on. But if you want to combine all those goals into...

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Give Back with Books

As your holiday shopping wraps up, stop by Barnes & Noble in West Des Moines on December 11 or 20 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. to purchase a gift for a child in need of books.

On these days, volunteers from United Way of Central Iowa will assist...

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Supporting a Community That Cares

Sunnie Richer was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany after her parents fled war in Lithuania. At age 3, she immigrated with her family to the United States, grew up in Chicago, and eventually, moved to Des Moines to head IBM’s Iowa...

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Children in crisis: A new mental health response for central Iowa

Last November, 15-year-old Jontavious Logan of Des Moines entered a manic state. Diagnosed with autism and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), Jontavious can sometimes hurt himself and others close to him when he’s manic. That evening, he became...

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The Power of Giving

For anyone who ever wished to have the power to make a really big impact on their community, and on the world, GivingTuesday can be a dream come true.

Last year, more than 3.6 million people from 150 countries joined together to raise $400 million...

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