for the health, education, and financial stability of all central Iowans.


The Hand-Raisers.

The Trail-Blazers and the Impact-Makers.


And we fight.


Hope isn't a one-man band.


To live better, we must LIVE UNITED.

Join the Fight!

Learn more about United Way of Central Iowa by exploring this page.

To give as part of your workplace campaign, please use the online or printed form provided by your employer, as they may match your donation or provide other incentives.


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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.
View the Full Report
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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.


With your support, United Way transforms the lives of central Iowans.
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While working to earn her high school equivalency diploma through United Way's Bridges to Success program, Elizabeth got a job in the health care field, thanks for her career coach.
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Your Investment

United Way of Central Iowa amplifies your investment by engaging the whole community to make progress toward the Goals for 2020.
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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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4 Steps to Transforming Our Community

How does United Way of Central Iowa lead the fight? It involves a lot more than just investing funds in community programs.

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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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Will You Join the Fight?

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A GAME-CHANGER is a community leader who can bring together people from many different fields and perspectives to tackle a challenge from every direction. 

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A HAND-RAISER is always eager to jump in and fight for central Iowa. They are the first to answer the call of duty, and ready to pitch in wherever they’re needed. 
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A TRAIL-BLAZER has innovative ideas and is not afraid to take the lead when everyone else feels lost.  Their creativity leads the community to implement new strategies.

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An IMPACT-MAKER is passionate about changing the lives of central Iowans. They like to be on the ground, interacting with diverse populations and volunteering.

Get Involved 

Giving is not the only way to help improve central Iowa. You can also advocate and volunteer for United Way. Here are some other ways to stay involved in and keep up to date on United Way's work.

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Read with a child 

Volunteer to read with and mentor an elementary school student for 30 minutes a week. 

Last year, 98.2% of Power Read students improved in reading.

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Fight poverty

Commit to the OpportUNITY Plan—a realistic game plan of actions, big and small, that can bring financial stability and prosperity to the one-third of central Iowans who live in or near poverty.

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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 $8.9 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

United Way of Central Iowa's leadership members focus their dollars—and their passions—while teaming up with like-minded individuals.

Tocqueville Society
Women's Leadership Connection
Education Leadership Initiative

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