Mission: To improve lives by uniting the caring power of our community
Programs: Community investments-education: united way grants improve the quality of early learning centers and home care providers in central iowa's lowest-income neighborhoods; ensure children read at grade level; provide quality in- and after-school programs; and ensure more youth graduate from high school on time. 2017 accomplishments include:* more than 739 volunteers were engaged as reading mentors as part of united way's first-ever community-wide call to action read to succeed; * of the elementary students who participated in power read, 98. 2% of them demonstrated improvements in reading. * in other united way work, 2,596 children ages 0-5 participated in high-quality early literacy programs; * 1,764 students participated in quality summer programming through summer in the city; and* 12,490 children participated in united way funded programs promoting academic growth during out-of-school hours.
community investments - health: united way grants help people gain access to affordable health care, live in safe environments, and improve their wellness through healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. 2017 accomplishments include:* 1,520,000 lbs of food were donated through united way funded food rescue programs;* 3,257 central iowans accessed united way funded mental health programs and 92. 7% are maintaining or improving their well-being; * 3,945 children participated in 5-2-1-0 programming, which promotes healthy habits in environments such as child care centers and schools; and* 8,065 lbs of fruit and vegetables were given to pantries from corporate giving gardens, feeding 3,226 central iowans.
community investments - income: united way grants help lower-income central iowans prepare for and secure better jobs, learn to manage their money, find safe and affordable housing, obtain free tax preparation and legal services, and sustain a community-wide safety net of emergency food and shelter. 2017 accomplishments include:* 1,116 local adults enrolled in the united way led bridges to success initiative to earn a high school equivalency diploma;* 1,695 central iowas were placed in better jobs;* 4,853 tax returns for low-income central iowans were completed free of charge by united way volunteers, returning $8. 9 million to the community; and* 1,794 central iowas received financial coaching;
united way community impact services: united way funds 2-1-1, a telephone helpline, providing information and referrals for people needing human services. The volunteer engagement program mobilizes volunteers aligned with goals for 2020 in education, income and health. Community impact services staff research community conditions and measures progress of united way investments to reach goals for 2020. Community impact services also oversees a volunteer, citizen-led accountability process of united way-supported programs in partner organizations. $5,682,484 of donor designations are included in the total expenses.