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United Way of Central Iowa

For more than a century, United Way has played a unique role in our community by bringing together people from every part of central Iowa. TOGETHER, we look at the big picture, identifying gaps and leverage points. We are UNITED in taking on some of our community’s toughest challenges and leveraging investments and partnerships to address challenges at their roots. In addition, the United Way identifies specific barriers challenging our community’s ability to provide equitable opportunities to EVERY central Iowan.

Once a year Drake University employees are invited to invest in hundreds of local programs focused on the 5 Elements of a Thriving Community: Essential Needs, Early Childhood Success, Education Success, Economic Opportunity, and Health & Well-Being.

The 2022 United Way employee campaign will be held the week of November 9. All full-time and regular part-time employees are encouraged to participate in the campaign through the eWay system. Otherwise and at other times of the year, anyone can give by selecting this link:

 Donate Now 

Additionally, Drake is home to three United Way of Central Iowa agencies:

Drake Head Start
Robert D. and Billie Ray Center
Gregory and Suzie Glazer Burt Boys & Girls Club