Grand View Receives 2018 Live United Award

April 27, 2018

Grand View has been selected as an honoree for the 2018 Live United Award. We were recognized at a luncheon held on Monday, April 23 at the Prairie Meadows Events and Conference Center in Altoona. Grand View University has won the Impact Maker Award for companies with 300-799 employees.

“Those we honored today represent our community’s genuine compassion and willingness to roll up our sleeves and tackle the issues we need to address,” said Elisabeth Buck, president of United Way of Central Iowa. “Our report shows that together we are making significant gains in the number of students who are graduating and the number of families who are thriving.”

The 2018 Community Impact Report highlights progress toward central Iowa’s Goals for 2020 in Education, Income, and Health and demonstrates how United Way, with its many partners, is leading efforts to reach those goals. The report represents work in Dallas, Polk, and Warren Counties. 

Among the highlights noted at LIVE UNITED:

  • Income: 11,003 more central Iowans were financially self-sufficient in 2016 than the previous year, meaning they were able to afford basic needs, build assets, and thrive at 250% of the federal poverty level or above. United Way continues to lead work in financial stability with initiatives including Central Iowa Healthworks, which has enrolled 245 central Iowans with barriers to employment in training to obtain a good-paying job in health care. This initiative is meeting the needs of the health care industry as 40 percent of central Iowa’s current health care workers will be eligible to retire in 5-10 years, according to Iowa Workforce Development.
  • Education: 93.6 percent of central Iowa students graduated from high school within five years, according to 2016 data just released by the Iowa Department of Education. This is up nearly 1 percentage point from the previous year, and up more than 10 percentage points over a decade. One sign of future success in helping more students graduate: Of students who read with Book Buddy volunteers in the year before kindergarten, 10 percent more students are reading proficiently three years later compared with their peers not in the program. Reading proficiently by the end of third grade is the No. 1 predictor of high school graduation.
  • Health: Central Iowa’s Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index decreased to 62.6 this year, similar to the decline in the national index. In particular, central Iowa remains nearly last in consuming produce and exercising at recommended levels. In the past year, United Way of Central Iowa, with several partners, launched 5-2-1-0 to promote healthy habits and has reached more than 51,000 kids and families with its strategies and messaging.
  • Essential Needs: While always a priority area for United Way, the Community Impact Report calls out for the first time the progress the community is making to ensure central Iowans have access to basic needs such as food, shelter, and legal services. Among the highlights: Three mobile pantries were launched in Polk and Dallas counties to increase access to nutritious food through the OpportUNITY initiative to fight poverty.

About United Way 

United Way of Central Iowa fights for the health, education, and financial stability of all central Iowans. For over 100 years United Way of Central Iowa has brought together nonprofits, businesses, government, community leaders, volunteers, and more to identify and tackle central Iowa’s toughest challenges. Focusing on issues such as early grade reading, poverty, mental and social health, high school graduation, and career training, United Way of Central Iowa inspires central Iowans to give, advocate, and volunteer to improve lives and empower all in our community. For more information about United Way of Central Iowa, visit www.unitedwaydm.org.