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.

24/7 Phone Support for Human Services

Catholic Charities:
Emergency Family Shelter 

Central Iowa Shelter and Services:
Community Kitchen; 
Pathways to Permanent Housing

Children & Families of Iowa:
Domestic Violence Shelter

Des Moines Area Religious Council:
Food Pantry;
Food Pantry Network Database 

Des Moines Parks & Recreation Foundation:
Evelyn K. Davis Outdoor Basketball Court

Eat Greater Des Moines:
Food System Coordinator

Hawthorn Hill:
New Directions Shelter;
The Home Connection

HOME, Inc:
Community Housing Services;
HOPE for Stable Families 

Hunger Free Dallas County:
Pop Up Produce

Iowa Homeless Youth Centers:
Emergency Housing Program

Iowa Legal Aid:
Legal Assistance to Meet Essential Needs

Lutheran Services in Iowa:
Refugee & Immigrant Urban Agriculture

Primary Health Care:
Case Management & Outreach Programs;
Centralized Intake

The Helping Hand of Warren County:
Food Pantry

Urban Dreams:
Community Connectivity

Meals on Wheels

YMCA of Greater Des Moines:
Supportive Housing Program

Bidwell Riverside Center:
Bidwell Riverside Child Development Center

Capitol Park Early Learning Center:
Early Learning Center

Children & Families of Iowa:
Child Development Center

Dental Connections:
Smile Squad-Little Healthy Smiles

Des Moines Independent Community School District:
Early Childhood

Refugee Parent Navigator

5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices;
Child Care Nurse Consultant (CCNC);
Community Home Nursing - Early Childhood;
Developmental Screening and 1st Five - Healthy Mental Development Initiative;
Nurse Family Partnership

Grand View Child Development Center, Inc:
Child Development Center

Healthy Birth Day, Inc:
Count the Kicks

Highland Park Community Development Association:
Precious Beginning Children's Center

Hispanic Educational Resources:
Conmigo Early Education Center

Iowa AEYC:
Early Childhood Quality Improvement Project (ECQuiP);
Shared Services;
Social Emotional & Mental Health Services;
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood IOWA

Iowa Congolese Organization and Center for Healing:
Early Childhood Success - ICOACH Birth to Five Program

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach-Dallas County:
Reach for the Stars Dallas & Warren

Lutheran Services in Iowa:
Healthy Families America-HOPES;
Refugee & Immigrant Child Care Provider Training

Oakridge Neighborhood Services:
Oak Academy

Orchard Place:
Quality Child Care Initiative;

Perry Child Development Center:
Child Development Center

Short Years Partnership:
Child Abuse Prevention Programming

United Way of Central Iowa:
Quality Action Plans;
Book Buddy

Wonder Years Academy:
Wonder Years Academy

Young Women's Resource Center:
Young Moms Childbirth Education & Doula Program;
Young Moms Parenting & Life Skills Program

Art Force Iowa:
Middle School; K-12

Big Brothers Big Sisters:
Mentoring Programs

Boy Scouts of America:
After School Scouting

Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa:
Middle School; K-12

By Degrees Foundation:
Findley Elementary; Harding Middle School; North High

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa:
Thrive {ology}

Carlisle Community Schools:
Carlisle Summer KickStart Camp

Children & Family Urban Movement:
The Haven & Awesome Summer Days

Des Moines Public Schools:
Community Schools & Family Support Svcs.;
Early Leadership Initiative;
Alternative Pathways;


Everybody Wins! Iowa:
Power Read/Power Lunch

Genesis Youth Foundation:
Middle School; K-12

Gigi's Playhouse:
One-On-One Tutoring

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa:
Girl Scout Leadership Experience

Iowa Center for Children's Justice:
Child Focused Mediation

Iowa Congolese Organization and Center for Healing (ICOACH):

Out of School K-12; Middle School

Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates:
Middle & High School Programs

ISU Foundation:
Middle & High School Programs

Isiserettes Drill & Drum Corps:
Drill and Drum Corps

Jewels Academy:
STEM Programming for Girls

Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community:
Johnston Youth Mentoring Program (JUMP)

Latinas Latinos Al Exito Inc.:
Middle School; Program Plus

Man Up Iowa:
Man Up Mentoring Program

Oakridge Neighborhood Services:
Middle School; K-12

Perry Paces:
Before/After & Summer School Learning Center

Please Pass the Love:
Stomp Out Stigma-Middle School Program

Pursuit of Innovation:

Sarge's WestSide Boxing Club:
Boxing for Success

West Des Moines School District:
Crestview Scholars

Let's Get 2 Work

Willkie House:
6UP Middle School Program;
Afterschool/Summer Program

YMCA of Greater Des Moines:
After School Program;
Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program

West Des Moines:
Youth Justice Initiative

Youth Law Center:
Youth Law

Catholic Charities:
Refugee Cooperative Program

Central Iowa Shelter and Services:
Mulberry Farm

Children & Families of Iowa:
Employment Network: Ticket to Work

Basic Adult Literacy Program; Bridges to Success;
Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families;
Financial Empowerment Center

Work Ready Navigators Program

Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa:
Retail Sales Training;
Summer Youth Skills Training;
Warehouse/Packaging/Logistics Skills Training

Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity:
Financial Foundations;
Self-Help Homeownership Program

Iowa Community Capital:
Solidarity Microfinance

Iowa Congolese Organization and Center for Healing:
Economic Opportunity Upskilling

Iowa Homeless Youth Centers:
Post-Secondary Retention Program

Iowa Legal Aid:
Legal Assistance to Meet Essential Needs

Lutheran Services in Iowa:
Immigrant Education and Workforce Program (IEWP);
Refugee & Immigrant Economic Development Programs

New Opportunities:
Financial Education & Coaching

Oakridge Neighborhood Services:
Adult & Family Programs-Transitions

One Economy Financial Development Corp:
OEFDC Program

Project Iowa:
Training Program

The Director's Council:
One Economy Initiative

United Way of Cental Iowa:
Central Iowa Works;
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

WeLIFT Job Search Center:
Workforce Program

Youth Policy Institute of Iowa:
Opportunity Passport

Refugee Community Organizing

Can Play:
Can Play Programming

Catholic Charities:
Counseling Program

Children & Families of Iowa:
Behavioral Health Services

Outpatient Therapy

Community Youth Concepts:
Teen Outreach Program

Dallas County Health Department:
Health Navigation

Dental Connections:
Dental Clinic;
Smile Squad

Health Navigation Project

5210 Program Coordination;
Community Home Nursing

Heart of Transit:
Transportation in Dallas & Warren Counties

Iowa ACEs 360:
Iowa ACEs 360

Iowa Safe Schools:
The Iowa GSA Network

Link Associates:
Leisure Services

Lutheran Services in Iowa:
Refugee & Immigrant Family Wellness Program

Education & Outreach

One Iowa:
Improving the Quality of Life for LGBTQ Iowans

Orchard Place:

Outpatient Mental Health Services

Please Pass the Love:
School-Based Mental Health Outreach

Proteus, Inc.:
Healthcare Delivery in Meat Processing Facilities

United Way of Central Iowa:
Community Gardens Mini Grants

U.S. Committee for Refugees & Immigrants:
Refugee Wellness Program

Urban Dreams:
Community Engagement & Connectivity Initiative

Home Care Aide

Young Women's Resource Center:
Counseling & Therapeutic Program; Empowerment Services