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Good deeds. Good times. Good friends.

Join others just like you and donate your dollars and time to help feed the hungry, house the homeless and fight for the most vulnerable central Iowans.

United Way LINC offers monthly volunteer opportunities and bi-annual professional development events with happy hours afterward for drinks, fun, and social connections.

Most importantly, you'll know that your annual pledge of $250 or more is invested directly in the Essential Needs (such as food and housing) of struggling central Iowans. 

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Why LINC Matters

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All LINC dollars go to fund investments in Essential Needs, such as food and shelter. Without these needs being met, children cannot learn in school, families cannot be financially stable, and individuals cannot enjoy health and well-being.

 

There are 108,000 food-insecure and 4,000 homeless central Iowans. 

 

86% of households earning less than $15,000 annually live in housing they cannot afford (paying more than 30% of their income).

8,350 affordable units are needed in central Iowa to meet current housing needs.

Homeless children are 2x more likely to have a learning disability, repeat a grade, or be suspended from school.

Nearly 30% of Polk County households were food insecure at some time during 2017.

Low-income students are 4x more likely to be chronically absent, often for reasons beyond their control, including unstable housing, unreliable transportation, or a lack of health care.

 

What's Working

115 fewer individuals were homeless in Polk County in 2017 than the year before.

104,475 meals and food items were served or distributed to individuals/families through United Way- and LINC-supported pantries and shelter services.

2,842 people accessed United Way- and LINC-funded services for homelessness.


 

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Questions?

Contact Jaclyn Wulfekuhle, Director of Leadership Giving and LINC, at 515.246.6548 or jaclyn.wulfekuhle@unitedwaydm.org.

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Join Now

Individuals ages 30 and under are invited to try United Way LINC any time. We hope you’ll love it and decide to join our ranks by making a gift of $250 or more to United Way. 

Fill out the form below, and we'll be in contact about how to make a gift and join LINC.

Upcoming LINC Events 

LINC Serves:

Literacy Solstice

Make literacy kits for kids learning to read. Break out your inner kindergarten skills as you cut and color for a good cause.

Thursday, June 21

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
West End Salvage
22 9th St, Des Moines

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LINC #LifeHacks

Bring your best LifeHack idea! Have an app that changed your world? Tell us about it?  A fun time to socialize and share tips for making life easier!

Thursday, July 11

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Taco Hangover Patio
265 50th St, West Des Moines
More details and RSVP to come.

 

LINC Serves: Backpack Heroes

Sponsor and then pack a backpack for a student returning to school without one this year.

Thursday, August 2

3:45 - 5:00 p.m. 
or
5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
United Way of Central Iowa
1111 9th St. Des Moines
More details and RSVP to come.

 

Link up with LINC

Join us for a recruitment event to learn more LINC: who we are, what we do, and how we help central Iowa.

Thursday, August 16

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Willis Auto Campus
2121 100th St, Des Moines, IA
More details and RSVP to come

 

LINC Serves:

Day of Action

LINC members will complete a special volunteer project during central Iowa's largest one-day volunteer event, when more than 3,000 people leave work to serve the community.

Tuesday, September 11

More details and RSVP to come.