As United Way of Central Iowa forms and executes strategies to benefit central Iowans, we work closely with hundreds of nonprofit organizations, agencies and other programs to align and coordinate our work.

This approach allows the greatest potential impact on some of the most difficult issues facing our community, and ensures everyone involved is aware of those around them who are working toward the same goal. The following programs receive funding, strategic collaboration and other assistance from United Way of Central Iowa. The annual investment process involves a rigorous application, goal-setting and results review led by a panel of qualified expert volunteers and supported by United Way Staff. 

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24/7 Phone Support for Human Services  

After School Arts Program
Summer in the City Education-Gray.png

Al Exito - Des Moines  Education-Gray.png
Al Exito - Perry Education-Gray.png
Al Exito - Moviemento Education-Gray.png

Art Force Iowa
Creative Pathways Education-Gray.png
Street Cred Studios Income_Naked.png
DSM Heroes Education-Gray.png

Bidwell Riverside Child Care Center
Quality Early Learning Center  Education-Gray.png

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Community Based Mentoring  Education-Gray.png

Boy Scouts of America 
After School Scouting  Education-Gray.png

Boys and Girls Clubs
Hiatt Education-Gray.png
McCombs Education-Gray.png
Youth Development Program  Education-Gray.png

Camp Fire USA
Community Center Programs Education-Gray.png

Capitol Park Early Learning Center
Quality Early Learning Center Education-Gray.png

Catholic Charities
Refugee Resettlement Program Income_Naked.png
St. Joseph's Emergency Family Shelter Essential-needs-no-circle.png
Counseling Program Health-Gray.png

Central Iowa Shelter and Services
Community Kitchen Essential-needs-no-circle.png
Individual Development & Workforce Readiness Income_Naked.png

Central Iowa Works
Workforce Collaboration Income_Naked.png

Child Abuse Prevention Council of Warren County
CAPC Programming in Warren County Education-Gray.png

Children & Families of Iowa
Quality Early Learning Center and Therapeutic  Support Education-Gray.png
Counseling Services Health-Gray.png
Domestic Violence Essential-needs-no-circle.png
Teddy Bear Town Education-Gray.png

Children & Family Urban Movement
Backyard Boyz Education-Gray.png
Whyld Girls Education-Gray.png
Literacy for Life Education-Gray.png

Outpatient Therapy Health-Gray.png

Community Youth Concepts
Teen Outreach Program Health-Gray.png

Courage League Sports
Courage League Wellness Program Health-Gray.png

Dallas County Health Department
Health Navigation Project Health-Gray.png
Hunger Free Dallas County Fresh Food Focus Health-Gray.png

Des Moines Area Religious Council
Food Pantry 2.0 Health Screening  Health-Gray.png
Food Pantry Network Essential-needs-no-circle.png
COUNTS Database Essential-needs-no-circle.png

Dental Connections
Smile Squad-Oral Health & Mobile Dental Clinic Education-Gray.png
Dental Clinic Health-Gray.png

Des Moines I Have A Dream Foundation
Dreamer Academy Education-Gray.png

Des Moines Public Schools
Community Liaison Education-Gray.png
Community School Coordinators Education-Gray.png
Early Leadership Initiative Education-Gray.png
Flexible Graduation Pathways Education-Gray.png
Keys to Success Education-Gray.png
Run DSM Education-Gray.png
SUCCESS Education-Gray.png
Licensed Social Worker Education-Gray.png

Urban Adult Literacy Program Income_Naked.png
Bridges to Success Income_Naked.png

Eat Greater Des Moines 
Food Systems Coordinator Health-Gray.png


Health Navigation Project Health-Gray.png
Work Ready Navigators Program Income_Naked.png

Evelyn K Davis Center for Working Families
Center for Working Families Income_Naked.png
Summer Youth Employment Program Income_Naked.png

Everybody Wins! Iowa 
Power Read/Power Lunch Education-Gray.png

5210 Let's Go Education-Gray.png Health-Gray.png
Nurse Family Connections Education-Gray.png
Community Home Visiting Health-Gray.png
Child Care Nurse Consultant Education-Gray.png
Developmental Screening / 1st Five  Education-Gray.png
Literacy Specialist Education-Gray.png

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
Girl Scout Leadership Experience Education-Gray.png

Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa
Work Experience Program Income_Naked.png

Greater Altoona Community Service Campus
Kids Klub Education-Gray.png

Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity
Self Help Homeownership Program Income_Naked.png
Financial Foundation for Success Income_Naked.png

Hawthorn Hill
New Directions Shelter Essential-needs-no-circle.png
Home Connection Income_Naked.png
HOPE for Stable Families Essential-needs-no-circle.png

Hispanic Educational Resources
Conmigo Quality Early Learning Center & Support Education-Gray.png

Community Housing Services Essential-needs-no-circle.png
HOPE for Stable Families Essential-needs-no-circle.png

IMPACT Community Action Partnership
Financial Education Income_Naked.png

Iowa ACEs 360 

Central Iowa ACEs Health-Gray.png

Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children
TEACH  Education-Gray.png
WAGE$  Education-Gray.png
Early Childhood Quality Initiative Education-Gray.png

Iowa Community Capital
Solidarity Microfinance Income_Naked.png

Iowa Homeless Youth Centers
Employment, Education & Housing Income_Naked.png
Post-Secondary Retention Program Income_Naked.png

Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates
iJAG Education-Gray.png

Iowa Legal Aid
Civil Legal Assistance Essential-needs-no-circle.png 

Drill and Drum Corps Education-Gray.png

ISU Extension
Reach for the Stars - Dallas & Warren Counties Education-Gray.png

ISU Foundation
Science Bound Education-Gray.png

Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community
Johnston Youth Mentoring Program (JUMP)Education-Gray.png

Link Associates
Leisure Services Health-Gray.png

Lutheran Services in Iowa
Parenting Initiative Education-Gray.png
Preparing Refugee ELL for Work & Career Income_Naked.png
Refugee IDA Partnership Program Income_Naked.png
Refugee Childcare Providers Education-Gray.png
Refugee Elder Services Health-Gray.png
Global Greens Health-Gray.png

Man Up Mentoring
Man Up Iowa Education-Gray.png

NAMI of Greater Des Moines
Education & Outreach Health-Gray.png

New Opportunities
Financial Education Income_Naked.png

Oakridge Neighborhood Services
Adult & Family Services Income_Naked.png
Be Real Academy Education-Gray.png
Hope for Stable Families 
Project OASIS Education-Gray.png
Quality Early Learning Center and Support Education-Gray.png
Summer Youth Employment Program Income_Naked.pngSWAGG at Callanan Education-Gray.pngEssential-needs-no-circle.png

Orchard Place
CCRR Reach for the Stars (Polk Co) Education-Gray.png
Direct Clinical Services Health-Gray.png
PACE Education-Gray.png
School Based Mental Health Health-Gray.png

Community Effort to Reduce Poverty Essential-needs-no-circle.png Income_Naked.png Education-Gray.png

Perry Child Development Center
Quality Early Learning Scholarships Education-Gray.png

Please Pass the Love
School-Based Mental Health Outreach  Health-Gray.png

Prelude Behavioral Services
Bernie Lorenz Recovery Center Health-Gray.png

Prevent Child Abuse Iowa
Connections Matter Health-Gray.png

Primary Health Care
Centralized Intake Essential-needs-no-circle.png
Outreach & Case Management  Essential-needs-no-circle.png

Project Iowa 
Project Iowa Programming Income_Naked.png
Impacting the Work of Women Income_Naked.png

Pursuit of Innovation
Pi515 Education-Gray.png

St. Vincent de Paul
Education Center Services Income_Naked.png 

State Public Policy Group
Enrichment Coaches Education-Gray.png 
One Economy Financial Revival Income_Naked.png

The Helping Hand
Food Pantry  Essential-needs-no-circle.png

United Way of Cental Iowa
2-1-1 Essential-needs-no-circle.png
Book Buddy Volunteer Reading Program Education-Gray.png
Bridges to Success Income_Naked.png
Community Gardens Initiative Health-Gray.png
Out of School Initiative/Summer in the City 
Play & Learn
Quality Childcare Center Support &  Scholarships Education-Gray.png
READ to SUCCEED Education-Gray.png
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Income_Naked.pngEducation-Gray.png

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
Refugee Mental Health Program Health-Gray.png

Urban Dreams Health-Gray.png 
Community Engagement & Connectivity Initiative

WeLIFT Job Search Center
Workforce Program Income_Naked.png

Wesley Community Services
Meals on Wheels Essential-needs-no-circle.png
Wesley Home Care Aide Health-Gray.png

West Des Moines
Youth Justice Initiative Education-Gray.png

Willkie House
After School and Summer Programming Education-Gray.png

YMCA of Greater Des Moines
OST at Waukee & Findley Education-Gray.png
Starfish Academy Education-Gray.png
Supportive Housing Program  Essential-needs-no-circle.png

Young Women's Resource Center
Young Mom's Program Education-Gray.png
Empowerment Services Health-Gray.png

Youth Emergency Services & Shelter
Emergency Services for Youth Health-Gray.png

Youth Law Center
Multi-Disciplinary Legal Representation Education-Gray.png

Youth Policy Institute of Iowa
Opportunity Passport Income_Naked.png
Options for Post Secondary Transition Income_Naked.png

eens Against Human Trafficking Health-Gray.png