What We Do

It’s about our community

Community can be defined in a variety of ways—by counties, cities, neighborhoods, people. For United Way of East Central Iowa, our community consists of five counties in Eastern Iowa: Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Jones, and Linn.

Within these counties, we take a closer look at several cities and neighborhoods and ask, what does well-being look like? Who is the least likely to have it in our community?

We ask these questions because we know that our whole community benefits when everyone has the opportunity to have a successful life.

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What We Do - Our Community


Our Focus

United Way focuses on education, financial stability, and health because they are the essential building blocks for a good quality of life. Our goal is to build solutions that create positive social change.

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Our Programs

Creating positive change in our community takes all of us working together. A strong, thriving community is important to all of us. United Way measures and evaluates results so partners and donors know their contributions are making the greatest impact in people’s lives and strengthening communities.

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Our Impact

The issues facing our community require collaboration-based solutions. Our staff works with more than 300 community partners from business, government, neighborhoods, and nonprofits at the local, state, and national level.

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