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As some of you may know, United Ways of Iowa is preparing for another year of Iowa Reading Corps members tutoring and improving literacy in schools across the state of Iowa. This September, you may see a new face at your site. Please help us welcome our new Iowa Reading Corps Program Manager, Christopher Pratt (no, not the actor)! Christopher will be managing and guiding our AmeriCorps members through their service year, regularly visiting service sites and schools. This Iowa native moved back...
Posted on: August 08, 2017
United Ways of Iowa is pleased to share that we have an AmeriCorps VISTA service member who is fulfilling a service year at our site!  Her name is Kay Wolfkill, and she is serving with us from May 2017 to April of 2018. AmeriCorps VISTA stands for Volunteers in Service To America, and VISTA members make a year-long, full time commitment to serve on a specific project at nonprofits and public agencies all over the nation. Over the course of her time here she will be focused on capcity building,...
Posted on: June 20, 2017
United Ways of Iowa is honored to announce we have been awarded Iowa's largest AmeriCorps grant to date - $1.6 Million for Iowa Reading Corps. The program places reading tutors in classrooms across the state to work with K-3 students to achieve reading proficiency by replicating the successful, decade-old Minnesota Reading Corps model.   This grant for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years will place up to 105 reading tutors statewide. Nine United Ways of Iowa local United Way members are...
Posted on: July 11, 2016
The ALICE Report for Iowa details the 19% of Iowa households who work, earn and pay taxes, but cannot meet a basic needs budget in the county in which they live. Combined with the 12% of Iowans who live below the Federal Poverty Level, the report shows 31% of Iowa households - 381,266 - struggle to achieve financial stability.   Read the United Way ALICE Report for Iowa.   Media throughout Iowa have been sharing the news about ALICE:   Study: A Third of Iowans Don't Earn Enough to Pay for Basic...
Posted on: June 30, 2016
 United Way ALICE Report details size and scope of financial hardship in Iowa   IMPORTANT NOTE: To read an embargoed copy of the report and find county-by-county and municipal-level data on the size and demographics of ALICE, as well as the costs and community conditions faced by ALICE households, visit UnitedWayALICE.org/Iowa and contact Deann Cook at exec@uwiowa.org for your password. The document is available to media only and is embargoed until 12:01 am on June 29th.   Deann Cook, Executive...
Posted on: June 21, 2016
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Posted on: May 26, 2016