Essential needs is the foundation of safety and security for central Iowans.

Without adequate food, housing, and other basic needs, families cannot get a good education, grow their income, or live healthy lives.  Unfortunately, an increasing percentage of central Iowans are struggling to meet their basic needs.   

UNITED WE FIGHT

73-percent

increase in visits to the DMARC Food Pantry Network since 2012.



Des Moines Area Religious Council

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homes would need to be built to meet the demand of low-income central Iowans who need affordable housing.


Polk County Housing Trust Fund

71-percent

of low-income households experienced at least one civil legal problem with health care, housing conditions, disability access, or other issues in 2017.

2017 Justice Gap Report

SUDDENLY HOMELESS

Debra and her dog

After her daughter was tragically murdered here, Debra moved to Des Moines to take care of final affairs. But her housing plans fell through, and the veteran found herself on the streets—somewhere she never expected to be.

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WHAT IF...

every central Iowan had food and a safe home?

We fight for everyone to make healthy choices by:

  • Managing the 211 helpline to connect Iowans who need help to local services
  • Supporting community-wide efforts to distribute food to those in need
  • Promoting pathways for central Iowans to move from homelessness to safe, affordable homes
  • Increasing access to legal services

UNITED WE WIN

28383

calls were received by United Way’s 211 helpline in 2018, for needs including housing, income assistance, disaster services, and family support.

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meals and food items were served or distributed to individuals/ families through United Way-supported partners and shelter services in 2018.

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A free 24/7 Housing Interpretation Hotline was launched by OpportUNITY to help landlords and non-English speaking tenants solve housing issues.  

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GIVE NOW

As a young professional, join LINC to give and volunteer in support of essential needs
LINC

Share 211 as a resource for anyone who may need help finding local services211

Find a volunteer opportunity with a non-profit focused on housing or food

VOLUNTEER

Join a work group that’s focused on housing, transportation, or food insecurity

OPPORTUNITY

Learn about ALICE families—  those who are working and still unable to meet basic needs

ALICE

GIVING CENTRAL IOWANS A CHANCE

United Way of Central Iowa invests in programs and initiatives that increase access to ESSENTIAL NEEDS.

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A free 24/7 helpline accessible by phone, text, website, or app that connects Iowans to local services to meet their needs.

 

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An initiative uniting central Iowans to fight poverty together through advocacy and work groups.

 

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