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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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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More central Iowans are financially self-sufficient

The percentage of central Iowans who were financially self-sufficient increased to 67% in 2017, up 1.1% from the previous year and up 1.8% since 2015, according to the latest U.S. Census data released this December.

Since 2015, nearly 25,000 more...

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$1.5 million grant will support individuals returning from prison

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded United Way of Central Iowa’s Central Iowa Works a $1.5 million grant to support individuals returning from prison to become employed and avoid re-offending.

The grant will allow Central Iowa Works to launch...

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Opportunities to grow retail industry workforce in central Iowa

United Way of Central Iowa’s Central Iowa Works convened a meeting with area retail and service industry employers and other community stakeholders on June 7, 2018, to share results from the retail analysis report – Preparing for Partnership: An...

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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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