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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Al Exito:
Al Exito - Des Moines
Al Exito - Perry High School
Al Exito - Movimiento 

Art Force Iowa:
Creative Pathways
DSM Heroes

Bidwell Riverside Child Care Center:
Quality Early Learning Center

Big Brothers Big Sisters:
Community Based Mentoring

Boy Scouts of America:
After School Scouting

Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa:
Gregory & Suzie Glazer Burt Club
Hiatt Programming
McCombs Extension Club
Youth Development Programs

By Degrees Foundation:
Dreamer Academy at Findley

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa:
Community Center Programs

Capitol Park Early Learning Center:
Quality Early Learning Center

Child Abuse Prevention Council:
Parent/Guardian Education

Children & Families of Iowa:
Quality Early Learning Center & Therapeutic        Support
Teddy Bear Town

Children & Family Urban Movement:
Literacy for Life

City of West Des Moines:
Youth Justice Initiative

Dental Connections:
Smile Squad 

Des Moines Public Schools:
Community Liaison
Community Schools & Family Support Svcs.
Early Leadership Initiative
Flexible Graduation Pathways
Keys to Success
Licensed Social Worker

Everybody Wins! Iowa:
Power Read/Power Lunch

Child Care Nurse Consultant
Community Literacy Specialist
Community Literacy Support (Play & Learn)
Developmental Screening/First Five
Nurse Family Partnership
Play & Learn

Genesis Youth Foundation:
West Des Moines Pilot

Gigi's Playhouse:
Literacy & Math Tutoring

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa:
Girl Scout Leadership Experience

Grand View Child Development Center:
Quality Early Learning Center

Greater Altoona Community Service Campus:
Kids Klub

Hispanic Educational Resources, Inc.:
Conmigo Quality Early Learning Center &

Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children:
Early Childhood Quality Initiative

Iowa Center for Children's Justice:
Child Focused Mediation

Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates:

Isiserettes Drill & Drum Corps:
Drill and Drum Corps

ISU Foundation:
Science Bound

ISU Extension:
Dallas & Warren County Reach for the Stars

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

Lutheran Services in Iowa:
Parenting Initiative
Refugee Childcare Providers


Man Up Iowa:
Man Up Mentoring Program

Oakridge Neighborhood Services:
Be REAL Academy
Oak Academy Quality Early Learning Center
   & Support
Project OASIS
SWAGG at Callanan

Orchard Place:
Reach for the Stars (Polk County)

Perry Child Development Center:
Quality Early Learning Center

Please Pass the Love
Middle School Mental Health Pilot

Pursuit of Innovation:

State Public Policy Group:
Enrichment Coaches

Mentorship Support Pilot

United Way of Cental Iowa:
Book Buddy Volunteer Reading Program 
Out of School Initiative/Summer in the City 
Play & Learn

Quality Childcare Center Support &  Scholarships
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) 

Willkie House:
After School and Summer Programming

Wonder Years Child Development Center:
Quality Early Learning Center

YMCA of Greater Des Moines:
Before & After School Program at Waukee &
Y-Readers Program / Starfish Academy

Young Women's Resource Center:
Young Mom's Program

Youth Law Center:
Multi-Disciplinary Legal Representation

Income Funded Programs


Catholic Charities:
Refugee Cooperative Program

Central Iowa Shelter and Services:
Job Training Program

Basic Adult Literacy Program
Adult Basic Education and Training

The Director's Council:
One Economy Financial Revival

Work Ready Navigators Program

Evelyn K Davis Center for Working Families:
Job Navigators
Summer Youth Employment Training

Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa:
Work Experience Program

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

Hawthorn Hill:
Home Connection Education/Employment

Iowa Community Capital:
Solidarity Microfinance

Iowa Homeless Youth Centers:
Education & Employment Program
Post-Secondary Retention Program

Lutheran Services in Iowa:
Preparing Refugee ELL for Work and Career
Refugee IDA Partnership Program

New Opportunities:
Financial Literacy Education

Oakridge Neighborhood Services:
Adult & Family Services
Hope for Stable Families
Summer Youth Employment Program

Community Effort to Reduce Poverty

Health Funded Programs


Refugee Community Organizing

Catholic Charities:
Counseling Program

Children & Families of Iowa
Counseling Services

Outpatient Therapy

Community Youth Concepts:
Teen Outreach Program

Courage League Sports:
Courage League Wellness Program

Dallas County Health Department:
Health Navigation

Dental Connections:
Dental Clinic

Des Moines Area Religious Council:
Food Pantry 2.0

Eat Greater Des Moines:
Food Systems Coordinator

Health Navigation Project

5210 Program Coordination
Community Nursing

Hunger Free Dallas County:
Fresh Food Focus

Iowa ACEs 360

Link Associates:
Leisure Services

Lutheran Services in Iowa:
Global Greens Urban Agriculture
Refugee Elder Services

NAMI of Greater Des Moines
Education & Outreach

One Iowa:
Reducing Social Isolation for LGBTQ Iowans
Reducing Social Isolation for Older LGBTQ Iowans

Orchard Place:
Direct Clinical Services
School Based Mental Health

Please Pass the Love:
School-Based Mental Health Outreach


Prelude Behavioral Services:
Bernie Lorenz Recovery Center

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:
Empowerment Services

Youth Emergency Services & Shelter:
Emergency Services for Youth 

Youth and Shelter Services:
Teens Against Human Trafficking

Essential Needs Funded Programs


24/7 Phone Support for Human Services

Catholic Charities:
St. Joseph's 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 

Hawthorn Hill:
New Directions Shelter

The Helping Hand:
Food Pantry

HOME, Inc:
Community Housing Services
HOPE for Stable Families 

Iowa Homeless Youth Centers:
Housing Program

Iowa Legal Aid:
Civil Legal Assistance

Primary Health Care:
Centralized Intake
Outreach & Case Management

Meals on Wheels

YMCA of Greater Des Moines:
Supportive Housing Program