April 30, 2017
Hope is Never Lost
At age 30, Mikeesha came to a crossroads. A single mother of two, she was unemployed and struggling financially—with no clear plan for where to go next.
April 27, 2017
Honor to Read
5-year-old Honor cried on his first day of Power Read. His transformation since then has been remarkable.
April 21, 2017
Married couple Mike and Lynn Sucik volunteer to read to elementary school kids once a week over lunchtime as part of the Power Read program.
February 27, 2017
A Never-Ending Story
Jim and Deb Israel are long-time supporters of United Way who have endowed their gift to continue to serve the people of central Iowa for years to come.
February 10, 2017
A Call for Help
A 2-1-1 referral specialist reveals what it’s like to be the ear for all of central Iowa.
January 25, 2017
Like a Boss
Through the Summer Youth Employment Program, Gil Gonzalez-Jacob gained on-the-job knowledge and leadership skills. Now he wants to become an entrepreneur.
December 16, 2016
Now Hiring: A Fearless Woman
A South Sudanese refugee bombs interviews by the dozen before her career coach cracks the case.
December 8, 2016
Like Son, Like Mother
After hearing her four-year-old son rave about Book Buddy, Danielle Marion decided to give it a try.
November 23, 2016
As both a client and volunteer of local food pantries, Connie Hall puts fresh produce to a unique use for others in the community.
November 2, 2016
From Tanzanian Refugee Camp to Life in Central Iowa
Read about how one courageous boy went from living in a Tanzanian refugee camp to working in the aerospace industry in Iowa.
November 1, 2016
A Shot at Success
A student who dreams of directing films earns her high school equivalency as the first step.
November 1, 2016
Taxation Without Trepidation
VITA volunteer Amina Nuhanović helps people get past the fear of taxes and earn larger refunds.
October 7, 2016
Starting with children's books, Nigerian immigrant Udoh Nkanta learned to read at the Adult Literacy Center.
October 6, 2016
Born to Farm
Lutheran Services in Iowa offered Marie a place in the Global Greens program—funded in part by United Way—which provides land and seeds to refugee farmers.
October 4, 2016
Strong as Oak
LaToya Smith and her 10-month-old son Brandon were homeless in Des Moines. Oak Academy came to the rescue for both mother and son.
October 3, 2016
Middle School Justice
At an age when kids are at their cruelest, Zoey Hannan founded an anti-bullying group promoting tolerance and respect.
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