2019 Community Impact Report
This is what we accomplish when our community UNITES to tackle our most critical problems. This is what happens when we come together to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of all central Iowans. These achievements belong to all of us.
These stories are examples of the strength, generosity, and resilience of the people in our community. These are the people we fight for—as they fight for themselves, their families, and their futures. For United Way, these are the true heroes—the ones who guide us as we strive to build a stronger community for all central Iowans.
Missy Montero has missed a lot of school. In addition to raising her younger sister and niece, the 17-year-old has juvenile arthritis and severe migraines. Flex Academy, funded by United Way of Central Iowa, has allowed Missy to work at her own pace and keep up when she misses days. She will graduate from East High School in May.
Forced to choose between paying for rent or textbooks, Rhonnie chose the latter and ended up living in her car for months. United Way's Central Iowa HealthWorks funded her final two semesters at Mercy College of Health Sciences and provided the emotional support she needed to graduate. This grandmother of 9 was recently hired by MercyOne Medical Center.
A refugee from Burundi who lost his family land in war, Bizimana began to farm again through the United Way-funded LSI Global Greens program. Today, he grows eggplant, broccoli, and many others crops on two acres in Altoona and sells the produce at the Downtown Farmers' Market. Now Bizimana and his family can eat healthy year-round.
LIVE UNITED Award Winners
The LIVE UNITED recognition awards are United Way of Central Iowa’s way to honor and recognize organizations and individuals who have made a significant impact in the community over the past year. The honorees are selected by a panel of independent judges representing the business and nonprofit communities. The judges carefully evaluated each nominee for their outstanding achievements in advancing United Ways’ community progress in Education, Income, and Health.
These awards honor organizations for their dedication, innovation and success in GIVING through the 2017 United Way campaign.
Fewer than 300 Employees:
Delta Dental of Iowa
Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
These awards honor organizations and an individual that has shown determination and tenacity working toward solutions for a specific issue or cause that relates to the community goals for 2020.
Fewer than 300 Employees:
Eat Greater Des Moines
American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company
Kum & Go
These awards honor organizations and an individual whose service and dedication to United Way through VOLUNTEERING in central Iowa are helping to transform our community and tackle our most daunting challenges.
Individual Award Winners
Spirit of Central Iowa
The SPIRIT of CENTRAL IOWA Award honors the one organization that—through giving, advocating, and volunteering—has shown an exceptional level of dedication to helping attain the community goals and impact work of United Way of Central Iowa.
The 2019 LIVE UNITED Celebration is sponsored by: