3 Youth Career Readiness Programs in Des Moines

Youth in central Iowa, particularly those living in poverty, are much more likely to graduate high school and earn more money throughout their lives if they’re well prepared to succeed from the start. According to the Urban Institute, over a third...

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Donate food for families in need during the holidays

You can bring a box of hope to a family in need this holiday season.

Through our Hope for the Holidays food drive, United Way of Central Iowa is collecting food, cleaning items, and gift cards for 40 families in need at our funded programs


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UWCI Commends Future Ready Iowa Policy Recommendations

United Way of Central Iowa commends Future Ready Iowa Co-Chairs, Gov. Kim Reynolds and Dan Houston, and the Future Ready Iowa Alliance, for the final policy recommendations released yesterday. 

“The practical recommendations of the Future Ready Iowa...

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Central Iowa Works to advance retail careers with grant

The National Fund is awarding $900,000 in grants made possible through a grant from Walmart to the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative, Central Iowa Works, and SkillUp Washington. The grants will be given in $100,000 increments each year for...

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5 Ways to Welcome Refugees to Central Iowa

Welcoming and supporting refugees is on people’s minds these days—and in our conversations. Refugees share our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces in central Iowa. They enrich our community economically and culturally. In return, you can help...

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What Life is Like After Prison

“I was more scared to leave prison than I was to go to prison.”

Jamie Roos shared her story of re-entering society after serving 16 years at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville to a crowd of about 60 people on Thursday,...

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Johnson Named OpportUNITY Program Director

United Way of Central Iowa has hired Seth Johnson as OpportUNITY Program Director. In this role, Seth will lead the community's collective impact plan to eliminate barriers to self-sufficiency and reduce poverty in central Iowa. 

Seth has served as...

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Summer Food Service Program Kicks Off in Des Moines

As summer kicks off, so has a campaign to encourage families to access sites providing free meals to kids and teens ages 18 and younger. 

"Not only are the youth fed, but there's socialization going on, there's crafts, there's reading projects...

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Bridges to Success Celebrates 80 Students at Graduation

On May 7, I was honored to attend the Bridges to Success graduation at Roosevelt High School to celebrate 80 students who achieved their high school equivalency diplomas. Since it was my first time at this event I didn’t know what to expect, but...

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5 Things You Need to Know About Affordable Housing

Finding affordable housing is a barrier for many central Iowans working toward achieving financial stability. As a result, many low-income residents are spending most of their income on rent and forgoing many essential needs, such as food and...

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