And you know it's worth the fight.


but United Way has a plan to help solve them together.


at an education, a good job, a healthy life, and a safe home.


as a hand-raiser and impact-maker for the place you call home.

Join the Fight!

United Way leads the fight for the health, education, and financial stability of all central Iowans.

Join us to make the place you love better for your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

If your employer runs a United Way campaign, please give using the online or printed form they provide, so you can take advantage of a donor match or other incentives.


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Fearless in the Fight for Your City

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.

Which kind of hero are you?

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Why They Give Back

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" 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. "

Jem Gong-Browne, Women United
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" 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. "

Michael Krantz, Tocqueville Society
Jim and Deb Israel

" 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. "

Jim and Deb Israel, Legacy Donors

Results You Can Brag About

When you LIVE UNITED, this your impact. You make the place you love better for everyone who calls it home.



The 2018 Community Impact Report provides updates on progress made toward the community Goals for 2020, as well as highlighting the key focus areas in each category of EDUCATION, INCOME, and HEALTH.
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children participated in United Way-funded programs promoting academic growth during out-of-school hours.
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more central Iowans were financially self-sufficient than the year before.
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central Iowans accessed United Way-funded mental health programs.


You transform the lives of central Iowans with your gift to United Way.
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Your Investment

A gift to United Way is an investment in the future of central Iowa.
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5 Reasons to Give to United Way 

Central Iowa is our home. All of our successes start here. So do our challenges. By uniting our efforts, we can empower every central Iowan to succeed.

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How Does Giving to United Way Benefit You?

A donation can have a greater impact than just helping others in our community. It also opens up opportunities that can benefit your life. 

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Live Local, Give Local

Did you know that when you give to United Way of Central Iowa, 100% of your dollars stay local? Here are 4 reasons to give to the community we love through United Way.

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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.

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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.


Giving is not the only way to help improve central Iowa. Here are some other ways United Way can help you make a difference.

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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.

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Fight poverty

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. 

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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.

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Browse thousands of volunteer opportunities with United Way's community partners. Whatever your skills, interests, or schedule, the database has options for you, your family, and your co-workers.

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Connect with Others

Team up with like-minded individuals to focus your dollars—and your passions—on causes that make a difference for central Iowa.

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