10 facts you should know about poverty in central Iowa

One in three central Iowans doesn't earn enough to cover basic expenses without support. Many struggle to find enough food to eat or a place to sleep at night, while others manage by piecing together jobs and support. Yet, they are one flat tire or...

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Why hire someone with a criminal record?

Nearly every individual in prison today will eventually return to our community. Most are eager to rebuild their lives and achieve long-term financial stability, but they need support in finding a new path. 

"If you don't do it for the people, do it...

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Stephanie Chin named Community Impact Officer of Income

United Way of Central Iowa has hired Stephanie Chin as community impact officer – income. In this role, Stephanie will lead the community’s efforts to increase the percentage of central Iowans who are financially self-sufficient.

Chin comes to Des...

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What is poverty in Des Moines and across the region?

The U.S. Census focuses on federal poverty at 100% - a point where 11.1% of central Iowans cannot afford food, housing, and other basic needs. Above that level, however, 22.9% of individuals in Warren, Dallas, and Polk Counties cannot afford...

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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

First...

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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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