United Way makes it easy to become a hometown hero. By joining the fight for the health, education, and financial stability of all central Iowans, you ensure that Des Moines doesn't succumb the problems facing larger cities. And you help to solve the problems we already have, so we can all live happy, healthy lives here in central Iowa.
" I don’t know that my family was ever in a position to give, but I felt I was on the receiving end of a lot of things, so now I’m in a position to give back. "
" United Way is truly an example of the sum being greater than its parts. It is my goal to combine the resources of like-minded individuals to make the greatest impact possible. "
" I want Des Moines to be the best place in the country to raise a family. That’s why we place our trust and dollars with United Way. "
What United Way Does
Who United Way Impacts
Because everyone deserves a chance at a good life.
Because central Iowa is worth it.
Because we need you in this fight.
Because, together, we can change our home for the better.
If your employer runs a United Way campaign, please give through your workplace form rather than online here, so you can take advantage of donor matches or other incentives.
Read with a child
Volunteer to read with and mentor an elementary school student for 30 minutes a week. Over one year, three out of four students in this program improve their reading level.
Join the fight against poverty in central Iowa. We are tackling our community's toughest challenges to ensure that all central Iowans have a path to financial stability.
Prepare taxes for struggling families
Volunteer to help prepare tax returns for middle- and low-income central Iowans. During the 2018 tax season, volunteers returned more than $9.2 million to the community.
Team up with like-minded individuals to focus your dollars—and your passions—on causes that make a difference for central Iowa.