Community Impact

Advancing the Common Good

Cedar Valley United Way is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health. These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. Our goal is to create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place.

We invite you to be part of the change. Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow.

That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.


Funding for 2016-17 went to the following areas. You can click on the links for the education, income and health areas to learn which programs we're funding for each investment area.

Education Program Grants $320,497
Cedar Valley United Way is investing so kids are prepared to succeed in school, young people can graduate and young adults make a successful transition from high school to work life.
Income Program Grants $238,000
Cedar Valley United Way is investing to promote financial stability and self-sufficiency for individuals and families.
Health Program Grants $741,132
Cedar Valley United Way is investing so babies are born a low risk for preventable health problems, individuals receive timely, preventative healthcare, and youth and adults avoid risky behaviors.
Emergency and Basic Needs 238,000
Cedar Valley United Way is investing in programs that focus on emergency and short-term outputs rather than outcomes, to provide services that assist those that have experienced a temporary setback or who face emergency situations. 
2-1-1 Information and Referral Services $20,600
United Way 2-1-1 is a free and confidential, information and referral service, ready to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Community Partners Fund $10,000
Being ready to respond to community needs as they arise is an important goal for Cedar Valley United Way. Our Community Partner Fund gives us the ability to invest as needs arise.
Community Services $85,000
Cedar Valley United Way works with area labor unions to leverage support for and manage community programs including the Empty Bowls Fundraiser, MDA Labor Bowl, Mail Carriers’ Food Drive, The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign and many other projects throughout the year.
Donor-Directed Designations $281,973
To encourage charitable giving, United Way makes it easy for anyone to give back to causes that are important to them. United Way is happy to process designations to other 501(c)3 organizations on behalf of our donors.
Social Innovation Grants $50,000
Social innovation grant applications are currently being reviewed and recipients will be announced as the grants are awarded. Organizations interested in social innovation grant funding may contact Debbie Roth at for more information. 
Cedar Valley United Way Program Designations $29,340
United Way programs include the Books for Babies project, Cedar Valley's Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, local book drives and the Women's Philanthropy Connection.