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VOLUNTEER: Get Connected Volunteer Hub

COVID-19 VolunteeringUnited Way of Central Iowa's Get Connected offers hundreds of volunteer opportunities, and donation drives for various supplies the community needs. Click below to search for opportunities, or to enter opportunities if you are a nonprofit organization.

DONATE: Disaster Recovery Fund

Disaster Recovery FundDollars received will first focus on disproportionately affected communities by addressing economic needs and the health impact on vulnerable populations caused by COVID- 19 related closures and other impacts of the outbreak. Click the button below to learn more. 


ADVOCATE: Spread the Word About 211

Facebook Post to ShareUnited Way of Central Iowa's 211 service is now working with the Iowa Department of Public health to act as the statewide hotline for general information about the COVID-19 pandemic.  Spread the word on social media about 211.


United Way of Central Iowa - COVID-19 Response

United Way of Central Iowa leads the fight for the health, education, and financial stability of all central Iowans. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread across our country and the world, we want you to know that we have established business continuity plans and practices to ensure we can continue leading that fight, and supporting those in our community who are most vulnerable and need our help. In uncertain times like these, it is our highest priority to ensure the health and safety of our staff, donors, volunteers, partners, and those who need help. Below you will find a few updates about what our team is doing to continue serving the community while keeping everyone as safe and healthy as possible:

211 Statewide Coronavirus Hotline

We are working closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health to operate the statewide hotline for general information about the coronavirus and its impact on our state. Individuals are encouraged to call 211 if they have questions.

LIVE UNITED Luncheon Cancelled

We have made the difficult decision to cancel our annual LIVE UNITED Luncheon, our largest annual public event to ensure the safety of the more than 800 individuals who attend each year. Plans are underway to find a safe alternative to this important community event, allowing us to share the impact all of our donors and partners have made over the past year, and to honor our LIVE UNITED Award winners. If you have questions about the LIVE UNITED Luncheon, please contact Andy TeBockhorst at

VITA Service Closed

Effective immediately, VITA tax preparation services are closed for the rest of the 2020 tax season. If you qualify for free tax filing services, please consider using these online resources:

An additional resource

For advice on planning and preparedness for organizations as well as illness prevention strategies can be found on the Greater Des Moines Partnership's website at

As always, we greatly appreciate your support, partnership, and commitment to our community. As you know, this continues to be a rapidly evolving situation, and we are committed to continuing to lead the fight. Together, as central Iowans, WE LIVE UNITED!