Without access to essential needs, children cannot learn in school, families cannot be financially stable, and individuals cannot enjoy health and well-being.
WHAT WE FIGHT FOR
FAMILIES MEET BASIC NEEDS
Percent of population struggling to meet basic needs:
increase in visits to the DMARC Food Pantry Network since 2012
Des Moines Area Religious Council
of low-income households experienced at least one civil legal problem with health care, housing conditions, disability access, veterans’ benefits, or other issues in 2017.
Legal Services Organization, 2017 Justice Gap Report
WHERE WE WIN
meals and food items were served or distributed to individuals/families through United Way-supported partners and shelter services in 2018.
In 2019, a free 24/7 Housing Interpretation Hotline was launched by OpportUNITY’s New Iowans work group to help landlords and non-English speaking tenants solve housing issues.
calls were received by United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline in 2018. United Way’s 2-1-1serves a 15-county area and helps Iowans address essential needs.
Essential Needs Cabinet
Each member of the Essential Needs Cabinet brings unique expertise in the areas of poverty, human services, and more. This group of volunteers directs the strategy and investments to make progress addressing the needs of central Iowa's most vulnerable.
United Way of Central Iowa is proud to have earned a four-star rating for 14 straight years from Charity Navigator, an American independent charity watchdog organization that evaluates charitable organizations in the United States. This record places United Way of Central Iowa in the top 1 percent of charities nationwide. Click the logo to review our complete evaluation.
United Way of Central Iowa has received a Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. The seal is given to nonprofits who have achieved the highest level of transparency through disclosures, information made available to the public, and accuracy and frequency of updates.