Our Impact

Creating positive change

CHANGE \cheynj\ verb (used with object) changed, changing: To transform or convert.

Creating positive change in our community takes all of us working together. Solutions begin when we understand why conditions exist and believe that we can make our community better. This information and process helps us make decisions about how change can happen and what are possible solutions.

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.

Partner Programs



The majority of Iowans has experienced childhood adversity or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Specific family problems as well as child abuse and neglect increase risks for serious mental and physical health issues later in life.



United Way is committed to helping families with limited resources receive support they need to get students on the right academic path through Youth Achievement AmeriCorps.



The Linn Area Partners Active in Disaster (LAP-AID) is the community organization that activates when a disaster takes place in Linn County.


RED Ahead

RED Ahead (or Read Every Day to get Ahead) provides parents information and activities to help their young children develop the language skills they need to be ready for kindergarten.


Reading into Success

Reading into Success is a community collaboration to get students reading proficiently by the end of third grade.


United Way 2-1-1

United Way 2-1-1 is a free health and human service information and referral resource.

Our Impact VITA


VITA is an IRS program designed to help low- and moderate-income taxpayers complete their annual tax returns at no cost.

Women's Leadership

Women’s Health

United Way’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) addresses unmet needs to help un- and under-insured women in Linn County have better access health services they need.