Summer job gives youth experience for the future

As some may say, youth hold the key to a better future. However, without work experience before their adulthood, youth are more likely not to succeed in their future career. 

The Youth Summer Employment Program (YSEP) at Oakridge and the Evelyn K....

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10 Ways to Boost your United Way campaign by 10 percent

Running a United Way campaign is your opportunity to make an incredible impact in your community. By inspiring giving throughout your organization, you are fueling the fight for the health, education, and financial stability of all central Iowans....

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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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211 Iowa coalition launches free 211 app

A coalition of 211 partners has developed a free 211 Iowa app to provide up-to-date information on local health and human services for anyone in Iowa seeking help.

“The 211 Iowa app is a great way to find credible, current information about...

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United Way announces progress toward Goals for 2020

At the LIVE UNITED celebration on April 24, 2019, United Way of Central Iowa announced progress toward the community’s Goals for 2020 in Education, Income, and Health with the release of its 2019 Community Impact Report. The event also honored Athene

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Central Iowa partnership launches Housing Interpretation Hotline

A 24/7 Housing Interpretation Hotline has been launched to connect central Iowa landlords with residents who have language barriers. The effort is led by OpportUNITY’s New Iowans work group in partnership with the Iowa International Center, U.S....

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Suku Radia selected to help major giving strategy

Suku Radia has been selected to join a newly formed United Way Worldwide council focused on growing major and planned giving. The U.S. Council on Tocqueville and Million Dollar Round Table will elevate and promote major giving strategies as a key...

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Mirrors and windows: How kids see the world through books

The books we read as children do more than sweep us off to sleep at bedtime, teach us our letters, and help prepare us for school. 

They also serve as mirrors as we learn who we are and windows as we discover the outside world. Through books, we see...

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How you can improve mental health in central Iowa

You may know a friend or co-worker who experiences issues with mental health. Or, you have heard that Iowa ranks among the worst states for access to mental health care. Many groups are coming together to talk about mental health in our community...

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11 ways you can fight poverty in central Iowa

Poverty seems like an impossible problem to solve. Many barriers prevent individuals from achieving financial stability, and the solutions seem just as puzzling. 

Yet, there is something we all can do. It starts by asking this one questionHow can...

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